JRN141 - The Writing Workshop - Mechanics

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Last revision date Sep 30, 2019 12:10:22 AM
Last review date Dec 2, 2019 12:15:07 AM

Subject Title
The Writing Workshop - Mechanics

Subject Description
Students immerse themselves in a writing and content production lab where they connect the principles of story, structure and news value with writing on deadline.  Students develop strategies to enhance English language and writing skills.  They learn the mechanics of writing news, sports, entertainment and weather copy and how to cover a news conference using Canadian Press style.  Students learn the roles and responsibilities of news production personnel including technical and editorial newscast positions.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Write using Canadian Press style
  2. Write to meet news deadlines
  3. Have familiarity with current events content
  4. Understand principles of news story structure
  5. Understand principles of inclusive language
  6. Use critical thinking to determine the news value of stories for an intended audience
  7. Demonstrate comprehension and analysis of the story

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Newscast line up and creation
  • Production roles
  • iNews software system
  • News conferences & Rewrites
  • 5 W’s
  • Specialty Reporting

Student Progression and Promotion Policy


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar.html).

Approved by: Beth Agnew, Michael Maynard