COMM 2311
Media Writing

Western Texas College

  1. Course Description: 
    1. Fundamentals of writing news for the mass media. This includes instruction in professional methods and techniques for gathering, processing, and delivering content.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None; completion of Audio Production One or concurrent enrollment is recommended.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Demonstrate proper media writing and editing styles.
    2. Modify writing styles to fit various media platforms.
    3. Demonstrate effective information gathering skills and techniques.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of laws, ethics, and responsibilities of media writing.
    5. The student will be able to construct and complete, with recording, a written newscast suitable for on air use in a radio broadcast according to industry standards.
  3. Measurement of expected outcomes:
    1. Using the provided rubric, and industry standards, the student will write a news article which gives examples of various media platforms. 
    2. The student will be able to execute the recording and editing of a written broadcast news article using the provided audio software.
    3. The student will complete a written exam demonstrating comprehension of the course material as provided in the required textbook.
    4. Each assignment and exam will have a point value.
    5. Assignments = 5 points. Total = 100
      Newscasts = 10 points. Total = 100
      Unit Exams = 50 points each. (2) Total = 100
      Comprehensive Exam/Final Project = 100 points.
      Total points = 400
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Weekly Newscast
    2. Unit Exams
    3. Comprehensive Exam
    4. Assignments
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Text Book “Better Broadcast Writing” Dobbs, First Edition  ISBN # 0-205-35994-9
    2. The instructor will provide other needed materials.
    3. Flash drive with 2GB capacity.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog
    for the following:
    1. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    2. Students with disabilities
    3. Drop/Withdrawal Information
    4. Final Exam Schedule
    5. Class Attendance
    6. Campus Calendar
  7. Course Schedule


Section/Online Work

Ch. 1

The Right Words, The Right Stuff

Ch. 2

The Wrong Way to Write It

Ch. 3

Being Perfectly Clear

Ch. 4

The Right Way to Write It

Ch. 5

Saying It Twice

Ch. 6

The Story of the Story

Ch. 7

Organizing Your Facts, Organizing Your Story

Ch. 8 & 9

Choosing Your Lead. Ch. 9 – Choosing Your Close

Ch. 10 & 11

Proof Positive of Proofreading. Ch. 11 – The Correct Corrections

Ch. 14

Letting It All Hang Out

Ch. 16 and 17

If The Shoe Fits, Write It. Ch. 17 – Fitting It All In

Ch. 18

Even More Ways For Radio

Ch. 20

Holding Onto Your Ethics

Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: January 10, 2017