JRN 306 News Editing and Typography

Fall 1999, MWF 12:30, Old Main 238

Dr. John Beatty

Old Main 247


Office Hours: MWF 3-4; TR 12-1

Home phone (910) 695-3348



Course description: News editing and typography will familiarize you with journalistic techniques relating to style, word usage, sentence structure, story structure, headlines, cutlines, typography, photo use, graphics and page layout.

Learning objectives:

To promote an understanding and appreciation of news events as covered by the news media;

To engender an eye for the micro and the macro and associated critical perspectives;

To integrate the above into a sense of editing as a profession.


Frazell, D.L. and Tuck, G. 1996. Principles of Editing. New York, NY.: McGraw-Hill.

Goldstein, N. 1998. The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Reading, MA: Perseus Books.

I recommend a pocket dictionary, preferably Webster's.

A daily newspaper, preferably the Fayetteville Observer-Times (see Requirements).


You will have three tests and one final exam covering material in the texts and in lectures. Each test will include a portion of the AP Stylebook.

I will give periodic quizzes will be given on current events, primarily as covered by local newspapers and in The Pine Needle. Note that these are usually every second Friday.

Lab and take-home assignments will cover the techniques listed above.


In addition to the assignments listed, you are required to read a daily newspaper each day. The Robesonian and the Fayetteville Observer-Times are suggested. Credit will be given for catches made in those papers. I expect you to participate in class. Attendance, alertness, contribution to discussion, and catches or questions about something in the papers contribute to participation. Journalism is a public profession and you should get used to interacting in public settings. Keep backups of computer assignments on floppy disks (3.5" DD or HD).


Any course in journalism includes elements of professional behavior. Just as if you were "on the job," I expect you to attend class. Roll will be taken at each class meeting. For any absence to be excused you must contact me beforehand and provide documentation of your excuse or have a friend do so if you are unable. Given normal extenuating circumstances, you will be allowed a total of three unexcused class absences. Further unexcused absences, or excessive excused absences will lower your final grade.

Assignments, tests or quizzes missed due to excused absences can be made up, but those missed due to unexcused absences cannot.

Adjustments to the schedule and requirements listed in this document are to be allowed for, if not expected.

You have the responsibility to know and observe the UNCP Academic Honor Code (see course catalog). This code forbids cheating, plagiarism, fabrication and abuse of academic materials. The normal penalty for a first offense is an F in the course.

Grading: Editing/lab assignments 30%

Tests 30%

Final exam 20%

Current events quizzes 10%

Participation 10%

Grade assignment: A = 94 and above; A- = 90-93; B+ = 87-89; B = 84-86; B- = 80-83; C+ = 77-79; C = 74-76; C- = 70-73; D+ = 67-69; D = 64-66; D- = 60-63; F = below 60.

In other words: A = All major and minor goals achieved; B = All major goals achieved, some minor ones not; C = All major goals achieved, many minor ones not; D = A few major goals achieved but not prepared for further advanced work; F = None of the major goals achieved.

Class schedule

Aug. 18 Introduction

20 Introduction to the profession, (F&T: Authors, Preface, Introduction)

Aug. 23 WordPerfect, Windows (Computer lab; Room TBA)

25 In-class exercise (Computer lab)

27 Big 10 lecture (F&T Chap. 1), current events quiz

Aug. 30 Big 10 continued

Sept. 1 AP Stylebook A-E

3 Style (F&T Chap. 2)


8 Style (cont.), Controversies

10 Test No. 1 on Big 10, Style, AP Stylebook A-E, current events

Sept. 13 Sentences (F&T Chap. 3)

15 Punctuation, AP Stylebook guide to punctuation

17 Troublesome words, punctuation assignment

Sept. 20 AP Stylebook F-N, Libel Manual (back of stylebook)

22 Troubleshooting, Ethics, Legal Issues (F&T Chap. 4)

24 Troubleshooting continued, current events quiz

Sept. 27 Story structure lecture (F&T Chap. 5)

29 Editing for clarity, major story assignment

Oct. 1 Working with words (F&T Chap. 6)

Oct. 4 News briefs

6 Headlines, words exercise

8 Headlines, current events quiz

Oct. 11 Headlines exercise,

13 Headlines exercise


Oct. 18 Test No. 2 on F&T Chaps. 3,4,5,6, AP Stylebook F-N, Libel Manual

20 Typography (F&T Chap. 7)

22 Typography continued, current events quiz

Oct. 25 Typography, assignment

27 Type on the computer (Computer lab TBA)

29 AP Stylebook O-Z

Nov. 1 Photo editing (F&T Chap. 8)

3 Photo editing, resizing

5 Photo lab assignment, current events quiz

Nov. 8 Photo assignment, style quiz on AP O-Z

10 Photos on the computer (Computer lab TBA)

12 Graphics lecture (F&T Chap. 9)

Nov. 15 Test No. 3 on F&T Chaps. 7,8,9 Stylebook O-Z, current events

17 Page design F&T Chap. 10;

19 Page design (Computer lab TBA)

Nov. 22 Page design

24 Budgets, dummies, reverse dummies


Nov. 29 Pagination on the Mac, Quark

Dec. 1 Mac lab

3 Future, Mac pagination

Dec. 6 Mac lab

FINAL EXAM/PROJECT Monday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.