CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY
2017/2018 Academic Session
Faculty: Social Sciences Department: Mass Communication
Course Code: MAC 211 Unit(s): 2 Semester: First
Course Title: Features and Magazine Reporting
Lecturer: Dr. Nwabueze, C. Programme: B. Sc.
(A). BRIEF OVERVIEW OF COURSE
In this course students will learn the basics of feature story writing and magazine reporting. They will be taught the meaning of feature stories and feature story writing, approaches to feature story writing, the structure of a feature story and specific ways to generate content for a feature story. Students will also learn the dynamics of magazine reporting, basic difference between magazine reporting and reporting for other media, this includes the basics of online magazine reporting. Students will also learn the rudiments of investigative reporting, including investigative interviewing techniques for gathering magazine and feature story contents.
(B). COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS
By the end of this course, students will have learned:
- The Concept of feature story and magazine reporting;
- Types of feature stories;
- Structure of a feature story;
- How to write a feature story;
- Approaches to feature story writing and magazine reporting;
- Investigative reporting concepts and techniques for feature story and magazine reporting;
- Investigative interviewing skills for features and magazine stories.
(C). METHOD OF LECTURE DELIVERY/TEACHING AIDS
- Indoor Quizzes
- Outdoor Quizzes (Assignments)
- Practical Classroom Sessions
(D). COURSE OUTLINE
- Course Introduction
- What is feature story
- Types of feature stories
- Approaches to feature story writing
- Sources of ideas for a feature story
- Features of a feature story
- Writing the feature story
- Meaning and Nature of Magazine Reporting
- Investigative Reporting: Definition and Relevance to feature writing and Magazine Reporting
- Investigative Interviewing: Relevance to Feature Writing and Magazine Reporting
- Class Activities
(E). METHODS OF GRADING
- Assignments and tests attract a minimum of 30%
- Examination attracts a maximum of 70%
(F). GROUND RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Anyone guilty of academic cheating of any form will face disciplinary action.
- Attendance below 75% disqualifies any student from sitting for the course examination. Students who miss class for health reasons or grave challenges are to see the course representative with a doctor’s note (native doctor’s report WILL NOT be accepted) and acceptable evidence to explain their absence.
- Students would be required to observe punctuality in attending lectures and in submitting assignments.
- Class quizzes (indoor and outdoor) and all practical sessions are mandatory for all students.
Nwabueze, C. (2015). Reporting: Principles, Approaches, Special Beats, Second Edition. Owerri: Topshelve Publishers.
Nwabueze, Chinenye (2012). The Art of Investigative Reporting: A Practical Guide (Second Edition). Owerri: Topshelve Publishers.
Garrison, Bruce (2004). Professional Feature Writing (Fourth Edition). Mahwa, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Friedlander, Edward J., & Lee, John (2011). Feature Writing: The Pursuit of Excellence, 7th Edition. New York: Pearson