Metropolitan State University

WRIT 341 : Writing the News in a Digital World

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: WRIT 280 Digital Tools for Writing and Communication OR instructor's consent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
 
In this course, students analyze principles and methods of news gathering and reporting for web, broadcast and print news media. They then prepare a weekly schedule of reporting assignments, similar to those that might be completed by a newsroom intern. Students also complete several major assignments employing various news writing styles for digital, broadcast and print media.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/04/2010 - 05/05/2015 05/06/2015 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Able to write clear, accurate, precise, and objective news articles at an advanced level.
  2. Advanced constructive peer critique skills and ability to critique assigned news articles.
  3. Advanced critical thinking skills.
  4. Advanced understanding of concept of writing about and for community.
  5. Advanced understanding of what constitutes news and how a reporter gathers news.
  6. In-depth understanding of how news is reported in diverse communities and news outlets.
  7. Understand types of news articles and how they are organized and written.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
    None
G. Special Information
Prerequisite: A 3 credit 200-level or 300-level writing course and WRIT 280 Digital Tools for Writing and Communication, or instructor's consent.