CCOG for J 103 Summer 2024

Course Number:
J 103
Course Title:
Introduction to Media Writing
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Course Description

Introduces the basic process and practice of writing media. Discusses style and story structure for print and electronic media and the rights and responsibilities of the public communicator. Emphasizes journalistic style and format, accuracy and clarity in writing. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in J 102. Audit available. Prerequisites: WR 121.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Organize researched material into journalistic format.
  • Understand the responsibility inherent in providing information to the public.
  • Apply basic techniques of journalistic writing and formats.  

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor and may include:

  • Qualitative examinations
  • Quantitative examinations 
  • Essays        
  • Journals 
  • Research papers        
  • In-class participation 
  • Portfolios   
  • Projects 
  • Oral presentations     
  • Group work  

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Language and writing issues
  • Writing in various media to inform
  • Writing in various media to persuade  
  • Building a story
  • Ethics, responsibilities and values
  • Inverted pyramid    
  • The 5 W’s
  • Objectivity  
  • Similarities and differences among media