Opinion Writing

Course NameOpinion Writing
Course CodeJRN251
DescriptionThis course is designed to show students how journalists can use reporting and writing skills to persuade their readers. Because much of what journalists do should be objective and not contain their personal opinion, this is a shift of gears for anyone who has studied journalistic writing. However, this course will emphasize how reporting – gathering information to support the aims of the publication or writer and presenting it clearly – can, should and does have impact and make a difference to an audience and to society.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of persuasive writing in today’s media landscape;
– Recognize the role of opinion writers related to societal values and journalistic responsibility;
– Identify important types of opinion writing — editorials, commentary, columns and reviews — and understand the purpose of each;
– Evaluate the structure, style and impact of such writing as it appears in commercial media and apply this knowledge to writing similar opinion pieces;
– Assess the impact persuasive writing can have to make a difference and shape public opinion.
SchoolSchool of Journalism, Media, and Visual Arts
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS
PrerequisitesCOM102; JRN200