Business Reporting Courses - Spring 2013
We're looking for first and second years to take Oakland North and Richmond Confidential to the next level while using this experience for important training. Each week we'll have a lecture by Kara Platoni that tackles an important journalistic skill, and throughout the week we'll do the reporting that makes Richmond Confidential and Oakland North vibrant, well-read and trusted community news sources. For first-year students, think of J201 as a seminar-like continuation of J200 that will go deeper into more advanced writing and reporting topics, help you improve your print and multimedia skills, and give you the flexibility to take on more ambitious or challenging reporting projects. For second-year students this is an invaluable chance to prepare for employment by working closely with an editor who can help you improve your writing and reporting chops; it’s also an excellent opportunity to build your speed, accuracy and ability to write clean copy on deadline. For everyone, this is a great way to build your online portfolio, showcasing work for future employers/internships and practicing reporting in a variety of media. Past students have said that this class prepares you for the real world because you are constantly producing new work and getting in-depth feedback from your editor. We'll also work on news site invention and development. The beauty of the community sites is that they're infinitely flexible and can accommodate all kinds of experimentation. Throughout the semester we'll talk about community involvement, increasing the sites’ readership, and taking on innovative new class projects. Experimenting with new ways of presenting stories, and mixing up all kinds of media—text, photo, video, audio and interactive—is highly encouraged. Radio and TV students very welcome — we’re looking for students ready to produce awesome work. Richard Koci-Hernandez and Josh Williams also will be assisting students working for the sites. This 4-unit class will meet twice a week—one night class for lecture, and one shorter day class to run the budget and plan for the reporting week ahead. This is an Advanced Reporting course. Students should consider this course about half as time-consuming as J200; you should be able to take two other high-energy courses alongside it. Think about useful overlap with other courses including business or politics reporting, narrative writing, photography, radio, TV or new media.
Class Dates: A seven week mini-course that will provide students with basic skills that will help them understand building a freelance career; copyright, grants, accounting,taxes and insurance, pay, query letters and life questions that freelancers face. Taught by faculty member Ken Light with guest lecturers each discussing real life issues and solutions from the world of writing, documentary film, photography, cultural and magazine reporting and new media. Guest lecturers will be Andy Gilbert who has covered music, modern dance and film and is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Contra Costa Times. His CD reviews air monthly on KQED's "California Report.", Elizabeth Fishel who has written for Vogue,New York Magazine, Redbook as well as four books and Dan Krauss a film director and cinematographer nominated for an Academy Award, and who has also worked as a professional photojournalist for nearly a decade, shooting assignments thought the US, as well as in Africa and the Middle East.
Business reporting isn’t all pin stripes and spread sheets. It’s about following the money: who’s making it, who’s losing it, creating jobs with it, or laying off workers to line their pockets with it. It’s about the creation of wealth: the resource that can power social progress -- or perpetuate class discrepancies. It’s about the cycles of fear and greed that drive investments. There’s no better time to delve into business reporting than this year of recession and recovery, failures and bailouts, unemployment and job creation. Reporters who want to put away bad guys -- or break news on the latest genius entrepreneur -- need tools to get started. If you want to understand what makes business tick, J230 can give you the tools to publish stories that make a difference. Your universe as a business reporter is vast and varied, from the rogues’ gallery of the business world’s dirty rotten scoundrels, to the angel investors and venture capitalists who bring bright ideas from the incubator to the marketplace. Reporters in J230 break news on: Social networking, community banking, futuristic moneymen and edgy restaurants that turn failure to success. We’ll cover business for Mission Local, Oakland North, Richmond Confidential and Bay Citizen. In the process, you’ll build resumes and clips that give you a jump on the job market. Assignments include breaking news and color features, with an emphasis on enterprise stories that you initiate. Bring your ideas and pitches. Bay Area business beats include biotech, social networking, clean energy, design, tourism/entertainment real estate and the interface between politics and the economy. Guest speakers include business leaders to help build your source network, and financial journalists from publications like The Wall Street Journal who can share their job-finding tips.
An introduction to the legal and ethical conflicts faced by working reporters. Half of the semester will concentrate on First Amendment and media law, including libel and slander, privacy, free press/fair trial conflicts, and civil lawsuits arising from controversial reporting methods. The remainder of the semester will focus on ethical dilemmas faced by reporters and editors. Using case studies, in-class argument, readings and guest lecturers, the course examines some of the murkier conflicts that don?t necessarily make it to court but nevertheless force difficult newsroom decision-making.
J294 is a 2 semester course (1 unit/Fall, 1 unit/Spring). You must register for both semesters and it must be taken for a grade. ADVISER CCN# Bergman 48192 Bieder 48234 Calo 48213 Else 48195 Drummond 48201 Gorney 48207 Grabowicz 48210 Kahn 48219 Koci Hernandez 48231 LIght 48216 Pollan 48204 Rasky 48222 Rue 48228
Students receive one or two units of credit for the internships. Documentation required from both the student and from supervisor regarding internship responsibilities, hours, etc. Second Year Students will sign up for this class to receive credit for their summer internship requirement.