2019-2020 Catalog

WRD 285 Principles of Journalism I: Covering News Across Media

This course is an intensive introduction to the theories and practices of a trade that is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, essential to democracy, and yet increasingly under threat. Taught by a Pulitzer Prize-winning report, editor, columnist, and author who bolsters his teaching with distinguished guest speakers, this class introduces students to the core values and nuts-and-bolts skills demanding by the rapidly changing field of journalism, while teaching critical thinking skills that are key to global citizenship. Students will learn to research, report, interview, and then write with rhetorical force in the concise, clear newswriting style that remains the foundation of journalism in its myriad, multi-media forms.


4 units