2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Feb 03, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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JOURN 103 Introduction to Feature Writing (1 to 5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Prerequisite Instructor permission and JOURN 102  with 2.0 or better.

Course Description
A study and practice of the form and style of writing feature stories for the college newspaper. Students will serve as staff writers for The Pioneer and generate and/or receive feature story assignments for publication. This course is a sequel to JOURN 102, Intro to News Writing.

Student Outcomes
1. Identify credibility and ethics as the overarching standards of journalism.
2. Recognize and eliminate personal bias, stereotypes and prejudice in feature writing.
3. Define the basic elements of privacy in feature writing, such as false light.
4. Explain which topics are worthy of feature writing and why.
5. Identify the student newspaper’s market and generate story ideas for that market.
6. Develop a story plan, including angle, contacts and questions to ask.
7. Conduct interviews in a professional and effective manner.
8. Create leads other than the summary lead that are more appropriate for the subject and tone of the story.
9. Develop a feature story that utilizes a variety of quotes and paraphrases.
10. Apply “color” to each story through the use of quotes, metaphors, similes, and sensory detail.
11. Recognize and apply appropriate style, structure, and language in feature writing.

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