Journalism 3026
Advanced Print Journalism


Monday 2:30-5:20
CBC Classroom

Philip Lee

Course Description

Print journalism is the art of storytelling, the creation of literature on the run. This course is designed for students who have completed Introduction to Journalistic Writing (Journalism 2023). You will focus on developing advanced reporting, storytelling and non-fiction writing skills. You will write stories in various journalistic genres, including hard news, features, investigative reports and commentaries for publication on web site edited by students in the journalism programme. Classes will combine lectures and writing workshops to allow you to develop as story tellers through narrative writing, creating characters and constructing scenes. You will also study and practice the art of reporting by refining interview techniques and learning how to use paper and electronic archives. You will complete stories, ready for web publication, every two weeks.

Course Requirements

Participation: 10%
First semester writing portfolio, including daybook: 40%
Second semester writing portfolio, including daybook: 50%

Required texts

Baker, Bob. Newsthinking: The Secret of Making Your Facts Fall into Place. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2002.

Strunk, William and White, E.B. The Elements of Style. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.

Globe and Mail Style Book: A Guide to Language and Usage. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1998.

Course content

The course will explore in detail the following: reporting techniques; investigative reporting; electronic research; traditional archival research; interviewing skills; the art of story telling in journalism; narrative writing; character development; creation of scenes; the various genres in print journalism. Classes will combine lectures, writing workshops, field work and web publishing


All students will be required to keep a writing daybook in both first and second semesters. The daybook is a place where you will write every day. You daybook can be either a physical notebook or a folder on your computer hard drive. The daybook can contain journal entries, fragments of writing, questions that need to be answered, leads, notes from events, story outlines, story ideas, story drafts, quotations etc.


A portfolio of your stories written during each semester must be submitted at the end of term along with your daybooks. The portfolio should include all drafts of your stories.

Attendance, participation and deadlines

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.


September 8

Introduction and Organization
The daybook
Developing story ideas
Pitching your story ideas
Discovery Drafts

September 15

WRITING DEADLINE: Discovery Draft of Story 1 Completed

Approaching the story
Writing what you see

September 22

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 1 Final Draft

Leads Part One
Story Focus

September 29

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 2 Discovery Draft

Leads Part Two

October 6

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 2 Final Draft


October 13


October 20

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 3 Discovery Draft

October 27

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 3 Final Draft

The writer and the reader

November 3

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 4 Discovery Draft

The perspective paragraph

November 10

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 4 Final Draft

Your inner voice

November 17

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 5 Discovery Draft

Your inner voice

November 24

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 5 Final Draft

December 1


January 5

Deadline writing: Literature on the run

January 12

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 6 Discovery Draft

Deadline writing continued
Coping with deadline pressure

January 19

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 6 Final Draft

Opinion writing

January 26

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 7 Discovery Draft

Column writing

February 2

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 7 Final Draft

Investigative journalism

February 9

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 8 Discovery Draft

Investigative journalism

February 16

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 8 Final Draft

Investigative journalism

February 23

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 9 Discovery Draft

Magazine writing

March 1


March 8

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 9 Final Draft

Magazine writing

March 15

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 10 Discovery Draft
Magazine writing

March 22

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 10 Second Draft
Literary non-fiction: Readings

March 29

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 10 Second Draft
Literary non-fiction: Readings

April 5

WRITING DEADLINE: Story 10 Final Draft