Course Title : News Writing and Reporting I
Code Course
Credits ECTS
COM 211-1 B 3 3 2 0 4.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level
Description News Reporting and Writing I, is a skills-based immersion into journalism. Students will learn the foundations of journalism and the craft's two main components - reporting and writing of the news - and will explore how news is delivered through mobile devices, TV, radio, Web and printed publications
Objectives This course aims to expose you to basic journalistic principles, and to build fundamental reporting and writing skills. These goals are pursued in lectures, assignments, and reporting exercises that echo the situations professional journalists face. By the end of the course, you can expect to have a good grasp of the fundamental issues and methods of gathering news & writing news stories. You will also have the opportunity to improve your Albanian-language writing skills, in order to convey facts in straightforward and understandable fashion
Course Outline
1Presentation of course. - Aims and objectives.
2The Nature of News - What is the news? - The role of journalism and the challenges facing - accuracy, fairness and objectivity.
3Redefinition of news: Citizen journalism and convergence - Citizen journalism - Convergence
4Interviewing - Gain Confidence - Preparing for an interview - broadcast interviews - Creation of the report - How to maintain accuracy
5What to quote directly - Problems in direct quotation - Attribution of direct and indirect quotations
6Collection and verification of information - accurate information: The basis of a good story - Sources of computerized information - other traditional sources
7Inverted Pyramid - How to write leads - Organize writing - Thinking by an inverted pyramid
8Midterm Exam
9The elements of good writing - Good stories begins with good reporting
10Alternatives of inverted pyramid - Chronology - Narrative of news - Structure of focus
11 Necrology - Basic information and style of necrology - Sources of information
12Press Releases - Finding news in press releases - Types of press releases - How to treat a press release
13Collect and use of background - Contents of a stock - Specific and general knowledge - Always use background - Further Readings
14Speeches, Press conferences, Meetings - Preparation - Coverage of speeches, Press conferences and meetings - How to build and write article
15Presenting projects
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Students acquire basic knowledge’s about news reporting and writing
2Students will be able to use better sources of information, to structure the story for a newspaper, TV, radio, and long stories.
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16580
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14228
Assignments 100
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11010
Other 000
Total Work Load 128
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5.12

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