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Specialized Reporting and Research
SPEC RPTG/RES
CLASS CODE: COMM 440 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $50.00
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Computer-assisted reporting, development of information sources, investigative and other advanced journalistic reporting and research techniques. Methods of surveying and other quantitatively oriented research methods, and proper analysis and use of statistics in news stories.
TAUGHT: WF 2004, SF 2005, WF 2007, SF 2008
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Computer-assisted reporting, development of information sources, investigative and other advanced journalistic reporting and research techniques. Methods of surveying and other quantitatively oriented research methods, and proper analysis and use of statistics in news stories.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Learn how to do detailed internet research using government sources. Learn how to write about the state legislature and general legislative and judicial government. Learn about campaign finance reporting and political reporting, focusing on the use of interest group sources and government documents. Learn the basics of reporting on science and basic stats. Acquire significant skill in computer-assisted reporting on Excel spreadsheets. Learn about advanced, long-form op-ed writing. Learn about journalism careers and writing queries. Learn about the craft that is good journalism.
REQUIREMENTS: Assignments, exams, projects presentations, writings, readings, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, Library visitors, classroom visitors, Courthouse work, visits, texts, WSJ subscription, essays, quizzes, and final.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 240 or three semesters of COMM 397R
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002