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Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting (common course-id JOUR 110), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: JOUR 110

General Course Description: JOUR 110

An introduction to gathering, synthesizing/organizing and writing news in journalistic style across multiple platforms. Includes role of the journalist and related legal and ethical issues. Students will report and write based on their original interviews and research to produce news content. Experiences may include covering speeches, meetings and other events, writing under deadline and use of AP Style.

Minimum units:  3.0

Any rationale or comment: While student work may be eligible for use in student and/or professional publications, this should not be a publications class, per se.


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations:  None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Define and execute newsgathering strategies
  • Develop interview questions and conduct interviews
  • Write simple leads
  • Write simple and complex/long form news articles using the inverted pyramid and other formats
  • Write articles under deadline
  • Apply Associated Press style to articles
  • Edit own and others’ articles for proper spelling, grammar and AP Style
  • Define writing differences for different platforms


  • Writing assignments
  • Style quizzes
  • Exams
  • Critiques; peer critiques
  • Professional protocols (meeting deadlines, attendance, adherence to ethics)

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Check it Out - Great Reporters on What it Takes to Tell the Story
    Here is a legendary journalist back to the basics guide to the craft of broadcast news. Combining insights from his own... More
  • To Tell You the Truth: The Ethical Journalism Initiative
    A crisis has engulfed media in Europe and America, inflicting profound changes on journalism. A generation of owners is... More
  • Handbook of Independent Journalism
    Handbook of Independent Journalism (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This handbook offers a brief introduction to the fundamentals of journalism as it is practiced in democratic systems — a... More
  • Reuters Handbook of Journalism
    Reuters Handbook of Journalism (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This handbook is not intended as a collection of rules. Beyond the obvious, such as the cardinal sin of plagiarism, the... More