JOUR 1128: Fundamentals of Reporting

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Course Format Lecture 2.0 h + Seminar 1.0 h + Lab. 1.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

Today's journalists and communications professionals need to know everything from the start to the end of the news cycle; which stories are worth pursuing, how to chase and verify the story, which tools to use to tell the story, what platform to put it on, and how to use social media to provide useful information. In this hands-on course, students learn the basic principles and practices of identifying and pitching news stories, researching, interviewing news sources, using social media to find and promote news and commentary, and reporting a variety of general-assignment news stories.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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