This course introduces you to what it takes to be a journalist. Prepare to do a lot of interviewing, reporting, and writing – in class and out – some of it on deadline. News writing can be artful, even breathtaking, and journalists play a vital, if sometimes under-appreciated, role in society. By the end of the year, you will be able to judge for yourself what is, and what isn’t news. You’ll learn the basics of interviewing and note-taking. You’ll know techniques for drawing the best material out of sources both friendly and hostile. You’ll appreciate the importance of accuracy and integrity in reporting. You will be equipped to write many types of stories, from spot news to features. You will have an understanding of broadcast writing and editing.