2:30 - 5:30
Journalism is the art of storytelling, the creation of literature on the run. This course will introduce you to the world of non-fiction, journalistic writing. The course is writing intensive. You will write news stories and feature stories, developing stories from the generation of ideas through the research and writing process. Classes will include lectures, field assignments, group discussions and group writing critiques both in the classroom and in online discussion forums. You will be encouraged to read your writing to the class. Your goal is to tell compelling stories in clear, clean language.
Zinsser, William Knowlton. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Globe and Mail Style Book: Guide to Language and Usage
William Strunk and E.B. White. The Elements of Style
including journal and online critiques 50%
Writing assignments/Online discussion forum
During the semester, you will be asked to complete informal writing assignments and post them on an online discussion forum. These assignments will include drafts of stories that you work on over a number of weeks. During the semester you will also be asked to keep a daily journal in journalistic style. This journal is not a personal diary, but a creative exercise in recording observations in a journalistic style.
A complete portfolio of your writing during the semester must be submitted at the end of term. The portfolio will include your journal entries and all drafts of your work.
You will be asked to submit one final news story and one final feature story that will be developed during the semester. These stories will require field work and research.
Attendance, deadlines and participation
Attendance is required. Deadlines are mandatory. Journalists must meet deadlines; late work will not be accepted. Participation involves taking part in group discussions and writing critiques and presenting your work to the class. The consequences of missing classes and deadlines will be discussed at our first meeting.
Introduction to interviewing: The listener
research: The investigator
The news story: Getting started
The news story: Clutter
The news story: Organization
The news story: Rewriting
The news feature:
REMEMBRANCE DAY - CLASS CANCELLED - UNIVERSITY CLOSED
The news feature: Rewriting
The Art of Fact: Non-fiction reconsidered
The Art of Story Telling