> In this fast-paced course, beginning journalists learn to interview sources, gather and compile information into accurate, ethical, interesting stories for print, online and broadcast. Students will cover campus and community events, interview interesting people and write at least one story for print and one for the web to submit to the campus or community newspaper. This required course for all journalism majors is also a great preparation for anyone who wants to enhance critical thinking and writing skills, preparing for careers in journalism as well as law, politics and many other fields.
"Writing and Reporting for the Media," Fifth Edition, by Carole Rich, and The "Associated Press Stylebook." Both texts may be purchased at the Moorpark College Bookstore and online.
"[Edna's] idea of a successful lead is one that might cause a reader who is having breakfast with his wife to 'spit out his coffee, clutch his chest, and say, "My God, Martha! Did you read this!"' When Edna went to Fort Lauderdale not long ago to talk about police reporting with some of the young reporters in the Herald's Broward County bureau, she said, 'For sanity and survival, there are three cardinal rules in the newsroom:Never trust an editor, never trust an editor, never trust an editor.'" --Calvin Trillin's profile of legendary Miami Herald cops reporter Edna Buchanan, The New Yorker, 1986