COM 1040: News Gathering and Reporting


COM 1040 provides instruction in determining what news is, how information is gathered, and how it is reported through the various media (print, electronic, and web). The course gives students a background in newsgathering and reporting and practice in writing stories for publication. We will also learn the Associated Press (AP) style of writing.


  1. Demonstrate best journalistic practices when gathering news.
  2. Compose a quality news story.
  3. Demonstrate the basics of news writing.
  4. Determine the proper use of the AP Style writing format.
  5. Compose a quality feature (personality profile) story.
  6. Explain how digital media is replacing print journalism.




Inside reporting: A practical guide to the craft of journalism (Rev: 3)

Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2013)
Author: Harrower, T.
ISBN: 9780073526171
Price: $115.84

The Associated Press stylebook and briefing on media law 2013 (Rev: 46)

Publisher: Author (2013)
Author: The Associated Press.
ISBN: 9780465082995
Price: $73.71

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact Student Services at