COMM 2315
News Reporting

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: This course focuses on advanced news-gathering and writing skills. It concentrates on the three-part process of producing news stories: discovering the news, reporting the news, and writing the news in different formats.
    2. Prerequisites:  Comm 2311 Media Writing
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:  
    1. Evaluate newsworthiness of information.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of story idea creation.
    3. Comprehend the basic structure and format of a news story (lead, body, and conclusion).
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of beat reporting and feature writing.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of multimedia journalism and alternative story forms.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of journalistic ethics.
  3. Measurement of expected outcomes:
    1. The student will write a news article for use in a radio broadcast graded utilizing a rubric. 
    2. The student will be able to demonstrate and edit a recording of a written broadcast news article using the provided software and hardware.
    3. Each assignment will have a point value.  The points achieved will be totaled and calculated as a percentage of total points possible, whereby a letter grade will be assigned the student.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Unit Exams
    2. Three original news stories
    3. Participation in at least four live broadcasts 
    4. Homework assignments (10 pts each), Unit Exams (50 pts each), Original news stories (25 pts each), Attendance (15 pts), Comprehensive Final Exam (100 pts) for 420 pts total.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 8e, Rich ISBN: 9781305077331
    2. Other materials will be provided by the instructor such as handouts, etc.
    3. Other : 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


Section/Online Work

Ch 1

The Mass Audience, Understanding News

Ch 2

The Basic News Story

Ch 3

Social Media

Ch 4

Sources and Online Research

Ch 5

Interviewing Techniques

Ch 6

Mobile and Multimedia Skills

Ch 8

Story Organization

Ch 9

Story Forms

Ch 10

Storytelling and Feature Techniques

Ch 14

Media Law

Ch 15


Ch 16

Multicultural Sensitivity

Ch 19

Government and Statistical Stories



Last Modified: February 2, 2018