MCM310 : Journalistic Writing

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Journalistic writing is a preparatory course designed to develop writing and editing skills specifically. We will concentrate on such language skills concerns as spelling, vocabulary, eliminating wordiness and trite expressions, using verbs correctly and effectively, distinguishing between words that are sometimes hyphenated or used as one or two words, syntax, grammar, punctuation, style, and editing. The course will help students in developing and enhancing the capabilities of writing in journalistic mode.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Write effective paragraphs, memos, reports, letters, columns, articles, editorial, feature, documentary, press releases, reviews, interviewing skills, obituaries and other pieces of writing.
  • Know how to mutate and mold rough draft of writing after applying the good editorial and proofreading skills.
  • Apply their knowledge of a range of basic tools and techniques to assist at each stage of the planning, production and delivery.
  • Know how to handle complex issues of writing and putting the ideas onto paper in form of editorial, review, columns, obituaries or newspaper policy.

Course Calendar

1 Introduction to Journalistic Writing
2 Qualities of Good Writers
3 Qualities of Good Writers (II)
4 Qualities of Good Writing
5 Qualities of Good Writing (II)
6 The Process of Writing
7 The Process of Writing (II)
8 All about words
9 Dictionary - A writer's language tool
10 Parts of Speech
11 Basic Clause Patterns
12 Active and Passive Voice
13 Modifiers and Sentence Types
14 Reported Speech
15 Grammatical Sentence - Issues
16 Grammatical Sentence - Issues (II)
17 Effective Sentence
18 Style: Guideline and Pitfalls (I)
19 Style: Guideline and Pitfalls (II)
20 Paragraph Writing: Types and Techniques
21 Paragraph Writing: Types and Techniques (II)
22 Essay Writing
Mid Term
23 Signal Words
24 Expository Writing
25 Writing Styles: Report and Narrative Writing
26 Writing Styles: Descriptive and Persuasive Writing
27 Research Writing and Documenting Sources
28 Summary and Précis Writing
29 Punctuation
30 Mechanics
31 Reading Skills for Writers
32 Parts of Newspaper
33 The Language of Newspaper
34 News Writing and Style (I)
35 News Writing (II)
36 Editorial Writing
37 Writing Features
38 Writing Columns
39 Writing Articles for Newspapers
40 Writing Analysis
41 Letters to Editors
42 Broadcast and Web News Writing
43 Writing Press Release, Reviews and Obituaries
44 The Art of Interviewing
45 Final Thoughts
Final Term