RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 005 Writing in the Real World: Best Practices of Journalism
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
25
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This intensive writing course is designed to give students a solid grounding in the tools and principles of journalism. Students will complete a variety of reporting assignments, ranging from short news pieces to in-depth articles to opinion pieces. Throughout, the emphasis will be on research- and interview-based writing that adheres to the journalistic principles of brevity, clarity, and objectivity. The course will also examine ethical issues, including the responsibilities inherent in being a rigorous reporter and writer. Final projects may include advocacy pieces or experiments in new media. While students may have opportunities to write for The Michigan Daily and other local publications, the goal is for students to develop strong writing skills that are broadly applicable to a range of projects and disciplines.

Students will learn how to:

  • think critically about what they need to know and convey
  • do research, online and off
  • conduct an effective interview
  • write a compelling and informative lead
  • structure a story
  • provide balance
  • check facts
  • and write for different audiences
This course should be valuable not only for aspiring journalists but for anyone interested in communicating more effectively.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
38821
Open
10
 
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
39199
Open
4
 
-
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
41727
Closed
0
 
-
M 8:00PM - 10:00PM
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
M 7:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
41805
Closed
0
 
1So
-
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
42135
Open
6
 
-
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Class will meet at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780073526140
Inside reporting : a practical guide to the craft of journalism, Author: Tim Harrower., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 1st ed. 2007
Required
ISBN: 0872896129
Best newspaper writing 2008-2009 edition : American Society of Newspaper Editors award winners and finalists, Publisher: Poynter Institute for Media Studies 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780465012626
Associated Press 2009 stylebook and briefing on media law., Author: edited by Darrell Christian, Sally Jacobsen, David Minthorn., Publisher: Basic Books 44th ed 2009
Required
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for RCHUMS 334 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)