The lecture schedule

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

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?

Syllabus quiz

The reporter’s checklist + GA shifts

Your staff bio + Videolicious bio

Social media peer review

Ira Glass and the Creative Process

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.

In-class writing

For Thursday, please take a look at’s “card stacks”

Feb. 23: The challenge of context

·      The old-fashioned nut graf

·      Structured journalism

·      Simple ways to convey context without clutter

In-class exercise


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:

 Traci Wilson-Kleekamp





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):


March 30:









April 4: Improving your own writing



April 6:



Read for Tuesday: Jacqui will assign



April 11: Story Structure

(Jacqui Banaszynski)



Read for Thursday:

April 13:



Read for Tuesday: Nieman piece on “solutions journalism”

April 18:


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


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