District Syllabus
Reporting I

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: Placement at the college level or completion of the appropriate exit-level developmental course(s) with a grade of C or better.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Teaches news writing and touches on some other kinds of journalistic 

articles such as feature stories and press releases. With exercises 

and real assignments for The Corsair, students gain experience 

gathering news, interviewing, writing, and editing. A writing 

emphasis course.

Required Materials: Books:
  • James W. Kershner. The Elements of News Writing, 3rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, Copyright 2012, 2012. ISBN: 9780205781126
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, the student will be able to gather 

information and write basic news stories.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Write simple news stories in the inverted pyramid and featurized 


2. Gather information from “live” sources, press releases, and other 

printed background materials.

3. Recognize and remove material that libels or illegally invades

the privacy of people in the news.

Methods of Evaluation:
Students do about thirty newswriting exercises and write at least

two major stories for The Corsair. About fifteen of the thirty

exercises are graded (50 % of the final grade), as are the stories 

for The Corsair (40 %). The final exam (10 %) includes newswriting

exercises and material on libel and privacy.

Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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