Newswriting: Writing Above the Fold
In this course, learn the central aspects of newswriting, from crafting a lede to organizing complex information into truthful, objective, and accurate prose. Whether you are interested in covering local concerts, sporting events, and developments in City Hall or you want to build a foundation of skills and strategies for breaking national stories and speaking truth to power, you will gain experience translating pages of observations, notes, and quotations into a coherent, compelling, and impartial account that informs readers in an engaging way. In addition to writing, revising, and editing, you will explore pitching a story, creating a deadline, conducting basic research, and identifying and approaching sources for comment. By the end of this course, you will have produced a piece of narrative, explanatory, or investigative writing that complies with current journalistic standards and practices.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the central issues and responsibilities of news reporting and writing
- A piece of journalistic writing suitable for publication
- Aspiring writers, podcasters, filmmakers, or other professionals interested in projects with newsworthy angles
- The curious and creative