JOUR3410
Intro to
News Reporting

Dr. Barry Hollander
Room 229 Journalism
barry@uga.edu
706.542.5027

9:05 - 9:55 a.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays
Labs at other times

Our Class Calendar
UGA's Academic Calendar
Hollander's Lab

 

Welcome to jour3410, Intro to newswriting and reporting.

This is a lecture-lab format. I run the lecture and teach a lab; others also teach labs. Two-thirds of your grade comes from the lab, one-third from the lecture. Lectures are largely about reporting, how to find information or interview people, labs are more about writing, but expect ocassional overlap. Journalism is about finding stuff out and telling true stories about it. Never invent.

Also, I give lots of leeway to the labs, so what we talk about in lecture may not (and often will not) necessarily dovetail with what you talk about in lab. It's okay. Don't panic. All is well.

Below you'll find the class calendar. Check it for readings and details about what we're doing in lecture every week. Remember, your labs are semi-independent, so it's possible the same text chapter may be read at different times. Deal.

Note: you are part of a "study pool" at Grady and must participate in one study. More on this later but you'll get emails about it from time to time, opportunities to participate.

 

TEXTS

* Carole Rich's Writing and Reporting News, 7th Edition. Buy it now. Make sure you get the right edition.

* An Associated Press stylebook. You will need it in later classes in journalism AND public relations. Get the latest version and keep it. Make it your friend.

Your lab instructor may require you bring both to lab. Assume so unless told otherwise.


For you obsessive-compulsive types, the tentative weights in the lecture are as follows: 45 percent from each of the TWO exams. For you non-math majors, that equals 90 percent. That extra 10 percent for pop quizzes, you washing my car, etc. I reserve the right to quiz you on chapters you should have read for that week, so when I have on the calendar that you should read the text, I mean it. By Monday. If we fail to have enough "stuff" in the semester, I'll shift weight back to the exams and make them something else, like 49.655%. Or the square root of Pi. Math is fun.

What's an overall A? 93 and up. 90-92 is A-. 87-89 is B+. 83-86 is B. And so on. UGA doesn't have an F- but, dammit, it ought to.

You may make up an exam only if you arrange for it in advance. Let me say this again but use all my various typographic options to make it stand out -- only in advance. If you miss an exam and don't communicate with me -- either by email or my office phone before the end of the class period in which the exam is given -- you may NOT take a makeup. All approved make ups are essay exams. Yes, essays, as in 5-10 questions that require long, profound answers. Feel profound? Here's your chance.

My advice? Be there on test day and don't come with any sad stories. Just drop.

DO NOT at the end of the semester email me whining about your grade. This is not high school or a private school where you can intimidate an underpaid teacher into changing a grade because mumsy and dadsy paid loads of money for overindulged BMW-driving yuppie larvae to hang out with other overindulged BMW-driving yuppie larvae. I am indifferent to your plight when it comes to grades. I get paid regardless.

 

Policies

The web page is the syllabus. Check here often for changes, random thoughts, schedules, and updates. Here are a few important rules to remember: No cheating, no stealing, no spitting or public scratching, no calling me at home, no begging, no bribes, and no mentioning Hope Scholarship.


When class begins, neither laptops nor cell phones are to be visible. No checking messages, no texting, no receiving calls. No Facebook, no Twitter. Survive 50 minutes disconnected from the collective. Exceptions only if you have a UGA-approved notetaking disability or you are taking notes for someone through Disability Services, otherwise it's important for you to know how to take notes on paper. A survey I read the other day had 90 percent of students admitting they text or check email during class. Not on my watch.


You get three free misses in lecture. That's 10 percent of the course. That's a week-and-a-half of class. On the fourth miss it's a drop of 5 points from your lecture numeric grade. There are no excused absences, no unexcused misses. I don't want to hear why you did not attend class, so don't email me to say why you missed unless it's something extraordinary, like Ebola. On your fifth miss, it's 10 more points off. On your sixth miss, 15 points. I can keep going if you like, all the way to an F for the lecture. Unfortunately I can't go any lower than that (don't think I haven't tried!).

Here's some advice: save up your absences for that sudden illness or unexpected family death or family trip and spend them wisely. Attendance is expected; a lack of attendance hurts your grade. If tardiness becomes an issue, such as people walking in late, I will use the Tardy Roll in which each tardy counts as a half-absence. And you may also get to wear the dreaded Tardy Sorting Hat during class -- it spends most of class time insulting the wearer.

Never ever ask me if I did a roll the previous class or how many classes you've missed. I don't compute this until the end of the semester, often long after you've left campus. Save your absences for emergencies, illnesses, the deaths of multiple grand-uncles, or for those lousy Monday mornings where it's raining and you can't get out of bed. Do the counting of misses yourself. C'mon, you're in college. And yes, 9:05 a.m. is early, but it's not THAT early. Jeez.

Boilerplate Stuff: Read It! Live it!

* All academic work must meet the standards contained in  "A Culture of Honesty." Each student is responsible for reading these lengthy, verbose, carefully crafted standards. Basically, know the rules and follow them -- or else.

* The syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary, which is a fancy way of saying the instructor reserves the right to change things whenever he damn well pleases. He's that kind of guy. The web page trumps the syllabus, either in a game of Spades, Rook, or in real life. Check here often. Make it your home page. Tell your friends.

* Cheating may be harmful to your health. Hollander ignores the official university process for cheaters and dreams up his own awful things to do to those he catches. Do not tempt his imagination. He is a sick man. Plus he was a cop reporter for years. He knows people who will kill people. For $20, or even a cheap bottle of wine.

* Any cell phones or laptops being used during class will be confiscated and Hollander will do terrible things with them behind the podium. Do you really want to touch it afterward? No, I didn't think so.

* Don't break the rules because we write them. You can't win. We own you.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Week
and Monday's Date

If a box is gray we've finished that week


Stuff We'll Do
Remember you are responsible for readings by Monday of that week unless otherwise noted below. Beware of quizzes. Also note that your lab may assign chapters from the text at different times than the lecture. Hell, you may get quizzed twice on the same chapter. How cruel is that?

Remember the information below changes often as I get word of possible guest speakers or we get ahead, or behind, in material. Check here often. I'm still fiddling and this is a work in progress.

 

1 (8/18)

Read Rich, chapters 1-2, by Wednesday.

Monday: Intro class, how it all works (or sometimes doesn't work). Drink coffee. Group hug. Explain why you're actually here, why my voice only halfway works due to the permanent loss of one vocal cord (violins will play, angels will weep, and behind the podium where you can't see I'll add a dollop of adult beverage to my coffee).

Wednesday: Ignore those who didn't bother to show on Monday and instead we talk about what is news and the criteria of what makes something news (see your text, and my powerpoints). IMPORTANT -- my powerpoints are NOT online. In other words, you signed up for a class at this time, so come to a class at this time. Don't whine. it's not that early. And even if it is, just don't whine.

 

2 (8/25)

Read Rich, Read Rich, chapters 5-7.

Monday: The four ways we find news.

Wednesday: Perhaps a bit more on the four ways above, especially on observation and interviewing and whether we can we record someone. Other material as I see fit, even a bit of video.

 

3 (9/1)

Chapters 3, 17.

Monday: Labor Day = no class. Go do some actual labor.

Wednesday: How beats organize the world. Why beats are great. Why beats suck. Finding story ideas.

 

4 (9/8)

Rich, Chapters 13-14

Monday: Finding third places, beats, and covering what people care about, covering what people should know about, and the tension between the two. How people learn about stuff (also may appear later). Also, news habits. Tends in the same.

Wednesday: More stuff, some of it seen in the links above, plus a bit more on beats and the like. How journalists use Twitter on the beat, for example.

 

5 (9/15)

 

Monday: Law & Ethics, a primer. See the SPJ Code of Ethics, and ethical challenges. Moral reasoning. And the Principles of Journalism. Bit on law.

You'll want to go to this talk Wednesday at 2:30. Yes, you do.

Wednesday: More on law/ethics, probably using some of the stuff above.

 

6 (9/22)

Chapter 18

Monday: TBA. Perhaps more law/ethics. Or how to be illegal and unethical and not get caught. No. Wait. I'm not supposed to say that.

Wednesday: Our guest has deserted us. Stuff here.

 

7 (9/29)

 

Monday: Covering speeches, rallies, and the like. It is possible, only possible, that I've not quite recovered enough from a medical thing the previous week and will have to cancel this class. I *should* be okay.

Wednesday: More stuff, similar to that above, only more so. Maybe some on speeches, definitely some on rallies and protests, including this new piece. Also other odds and ends.

 

8 (10/6)

Review Chapter 18

Monday: Exam 1 review. Text chapters you are responsible for: 1-2, 4, 5-7, 14-15, 18 (speeches stuff, not meetings).

Wednesday: Exam 1. Expect 50 questions, a mix of multiple guess and true/false. I write test questions first from my lectures (and supporting material, like videos and such). After that, I finish with stuff from the textbook. Any links on this calendar are also fair game, such as the code of ethics. I also love to ask questions from my own anecdotes to separate those listening from those glancing down at their itty bitty smartphones even when they shouldn't be but they have no life without it and can't stand not to see what's on Yik Yak.

 

9 (10/13)

Chapter 20

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Monday: Guest tentatively scheduled. Digital portfolio stuff, likely on Monday. Expect some of this in your labs this week as well.

Wednesday: Covering crime and punishment. Blotters and incident reports and all the rest. We'll visit the campus police site and the Athens-Clarke site. The Athens Banner-Herald blotter and other info on that page for other counties.More on cops, perhaps some on tragedies and disasters, which uses the Dart Center's web site.

 

10 (10/20) Chapters 20-21.

Monday: More crime, more punishment. Especially punishment.

Wednesday: Meetings and local government. And some on this report.

Withdrawal Deadline is Thursday, 10/23. Flee while you can.

 

11 (10/27)

 

Monday: Juries and grand juries, courts and crime.

Wednesday: tba

Fall break is Friday, 10/31. Spooky.

 

12 (11/3)

 

 

Monday: Covering elections.

Wednesday: On 11/5, no class.

 

13 (11/10)

Rich, Chapter 17

Stories are everywhere and other essays on craft

Monday: Profiles and features. Read Mrs. Kelly's Monster before class.

A great site for terrific narrative journalism is here and one on longform journalism here. I'll probably use some in class. If you love writing, this site should become a favorite place to visit. Also, the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Oh, and here's a local government story told in a different way.

Wednesday: More on features.

 

14 (11/17)

Monday: Data journalism, writing with numbers, computer-assisted reporting. Because, yes, math matters. IRE ExtraExtra

Wednesday: More on social science, data, numbers, and math tests.

 

15 (11/24)

Thanksgiving Break. Break a turkey.

 

16 (12/1)

Monday: Stuff

Wednesday: Stuff, and review for second exam.

  17 (12/8) Monday is the second exam. As a side note, Tuesday is a Friday, according to UGA. Keep that in mind. Wednesday (12/10) is reading day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

New study how people get news.

 

John Oliver on Native Advertising. http://youtu.be/E_F5GxCwizc

 

 

video on public records


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzDE7D52zlA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

Ccomputer-assisted reporting, writing with numbers. Remember the immortal words of that great philospher Barbie, who famously said: "Math class is tough."More on writing with numbers, covering public opinion, etc., from the Literary Digest disaster of 1936 to today. Looking at some good analytic journalism stories. To make my life simple, the links are guns, gangs, student fees, low-income students, empty homes, income drops, traffic stops, and fish. May not use 'em all. Plus have some hard copy ones I may show.

 

cancer | Danielle | gambling | school | baseball | one roof |

 

rooster
pennies

 

Finish up features. Discuss the dangers of angry roosters. I'll show some stories, we'll talk a bit about this one. But lots of narrative can be found in the latest Pulitzers, not only in features.

 

 

USAToday ghost factories series

 

Twitter video on journalism

 

 

crap I may or may not use

 

Danielle
Writing ledes
Polishing and tightening

More on multimedia. Here are the 2010 online journalism finalsts. Below are some stories I may visit to discuss multimedia work.

cancer | Danielle | gambling | school | baseball | one roof | Taliban | Galapagos

 

Dying Medium

 

nd as a side note -- I've not won a Pulitzer. Yet.

 

 

 

rooster
chess
farm
kidnapper
green beans
pennies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

internship info

 

 

videos about polls here and here

Rich, chap 12
1 2 3 4 5

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

 


Places in class I often visit

Funny police blotters
Obscure Store
Offbeat AP news
Al's Morning Meeting
Google News
ABH's AP National News
AJC National/Intl News
NYTimes
Regret the Error
Pulitzer Prizes
Nieman Narratives stuff today

Story links

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090128/METRO08/901280491

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/04/nyregion/04pennies.html?_r=3&oref=slogin

http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/narrative/content.aspx?id=100526&display=content

http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/narrative/content.aspx?id=100484&display=content

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna/

http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/wdc/killer_blue/




Look at some good multimedia stuff being done today in journalism. Stories here, here, here, here, here, and here.

this and this

Short mag video

 

 

Fracking News Version

 

Fracking Colbert Version

 

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/fracking-arguments-risky-practice-16915900#.UPTkDvIp_PA.email

 

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/397649/september-21-2011/daniel-yergin