What I am teaching this semester

Jan. 7 is the first day of class for the spring semester at UNC-Chapel Hill. Here’s what I am teaching in 2015:

  • JOMC 157, News Editing. This is the introductory course on editing for print and digital news. It covers story editing, fact checking, word choice, social media, Associated Press style, headline writing and caption writing. Students will use InDesign, WordPress, Soundslides and Twitter. Here is the syllabus for the course.
  • JOMC 457, Advanced Editing. This course builds on skills that students learned in J157. It includes editing and writing headlines for features, sports and opinion pieces. Students will edit and post stories to the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE websites. They will also explore the editor-writer relationship with help from “The Subversive Copy Editor” by Carol Saller. Here is the syllabus for the course.

In addition to teaching, I will continue to oversee our certificate program in communication and technology. Other tasks this semester will include reviewing and interviewing applicants for the master’s program and the online MATC program. I will also serve as co-chair of the university’s Faculty Grievance Committee.

Best wishes to faculty, staff and students on a successful semester and a productive 2015.