This schedule of “lectures” (discussions? conversations?) is subject to change with very little notice as life, the news and guest speaker opportunities require. It is designed to help you excel, and so we ask that you do all of the assigned readings before class and be prepared to discuss them. Some of the assigned readings will come to you via email; others will be posted here.
Reporting Lecture Schedule: Spring ’17
9:30 – 10:45 AM Tuesday, most Thursdays, in 13 Middlebush
Schedule subject to change, especially for fascinating guest speakers
|January 17: Welcome to the Missourian!
(Missourian editors, ACEs and staff)
What is the Missourian?
Whom do we serve?
How can you make this work when you have all those other classes and a job???
Before Thursday: Begin the tasks on the New Reporter’s Checklist!! Start your blog, and subscribe to reedkath.com
|January 19: What we do in class
Why we blog + share: Mine and yours
The grading rubric
Ethics Moments (EM) submissions
On the clock (and how it works).
Syllabus quiz on Tuesday
|Jan. 24: Are you ready?
The reporter’s checklist + GA shifts
Your staff bio + Videolicious bio
Social media peer review
By 7 PM on Jan. 31: Email to your partner the social media peer review; CC your partner’s editor + me (reedkath)
|Jan. 26: Mobile reporting + visual journalism @CoMissourian
Brian Kratzer & Katherine Reed
· Taking great headshots
· Using Videolicious
· Ethical considerations
Please read this short piece for Tuesday.
Daniel Levitt and Abigail West
Thinking graphics, requesting them.
|Jan. 31: The Social Journalist: Finding an audience for your work
The social media peer review
What does it mean to be social?
With Matt Dulin
· Navigating personal/professional
· Responding to audiences
· Ethical considerations
Using Snapchat for reporting: Matt
|Feb. 2: What’s a “story”? (and what do I do when I find/get one?)
Liz Brixey and Katherine
It’s a steak, not a cow: From topic to idea.
From idea —> execution.
Method: Story starter
Read for Tuesday: This Poynter piece on interviewing.
|Feb. 7: Reporting breaking news: Thinking smart & to be first and accurate
What do you need to know, and who can tell you? Katherine
· Priority thinking
· Finding people fast
· Sharing what you know, when you know it (reporting from the scene)
· Verifying user content (Dulin)
|Feb. 9: The Art of Accuracy (it’s not about what you think you know)
LISTENING, note-taking, recording, AC’ing, CQ’ing and researching intelligently.
· “The clips”
· Better Internet searches
· Finding people (& experts)
Crossing the fault lines
|Feb. 14: Getting records & data and into meetings: The Sunshine Law (Swafford)
· Why it matters
· How to find it
· How to ask for it
· Do one and send to your editor
Ethics moment: Asked to leave a meeting
|Feb. 16: (take a breather)
Read for Tuesday: Writing for mobile
|Feb. 21: Tweets, ledes and writing for mobile + online
Making elements work together for the reader.
For Thursday, please take a look at Vox.com’s “card stacks”
|Feb. 23: The challenge of context
· The old-fashioned nut graf
· Structured journalism
· Simple ways to convey context without clutter
|Feb. 28: Better, smarter sourcing: How to find the right people and research for your reporting
· Online resources
· A way of thinking
· A way of checking
Watch 30 minutes of “Merchants of Doubt”
|March 2: Finish film/discuss
Sara Shipley Hiles on science reporting, studies and vetting.
|March 7: Covering trauma: What you need to know to do smarter, more compassionate reporting on sensitive subjects (and vulnerable people) Katherine
Ethics Moment: No-Notoriety Campaign
Read for Thursday: “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” Pro Publica and the Marshall Project.
|March 9: Story discussion
Listen for Tuesday: “The Problem We All Live With”
|March 14: Covering race and social justice issues in a community:
|March 16: Better audio skills and storytelling: Sara Shahriari
|March 21: What data can do; what NICAR does (David Herzog)
|March 23: Shoe-leather investigative reporting (Mark Horvit)
|March 28 (spring break week):
|April 4: Improving your own writing
Read for Tuesday: Jacqui will assign
|April 11: Story Structure
Read for Thursday:
Read for Tuesday: Nieman piece on “solutions journalism”
Solutions journalism: Looking at the “story” in a different way to empower audiences to take action
|April 20: TBA (magazine writing)|
|April 25: The business: new models for sustaining journalism (a conversation)||April 27:
|May 2: Finish film; discuss.||May 4: Wrap-up and evaluations
Last class meeting, but eight more days of newsroom duties