Feature Writing [CRN 77177]

Discipline: Journalism and Media Communication
Instructor: Hollie
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | December 16, 2017 | Hawaii, United States
Prerequisites: One (1) newswriting or equivalent course in reporting Download Syllabus

In journalism, the feature story teaches and teases, explores, explains and entertains. Students in this reporting and writing course will select a topic such as education or entertainment to research, report and to write about in a final three-part series using reportage from at least three countries. The course will cover national and cross-border topics such as global warming and trade and will encourage knowledge of the impact of international organizations and institutions such as Save the Children or the Red Cross.  The course will begin with the basic elements of reporting and writing, which will include examples of quotes, nut graphs and other journalistic elements.  And since the key to good journalism is sources, class exercises will encourage students to identify and research sources as well as to formulate a sophisticated inquiry that leads to informative, intelligent and fair reportage. Students will write features on a range of topics including religion, sports, the environment and charity.

Field Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1
Date: December 16, 2017

The growth of the sugar-based economy in the kingdom of Hawaii during the mid-nineteenth century was contingent upon the availability of a large labor force.  But a declining population threatened Hawaii’s success.  In 1855, King Kamehameha IV told the Hawaii legislature that he supported bringing immigrants from Polynesia.  But in time, workers came from everywhere. In 1879 the Portuguese arrived, followed by the Prussians in 1880.  American Blacks came from Tennessee and Mississippi  in 1907 and Puerto Ricans came in 1917.  Scots and Greeks, Austrians and Italians came to work the sugar plantations after WWI.  Then the Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Samoans, Micronesians, Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders arrived. Students will go to Chinatown, a short walk from Aloha Tower shipping terminal, to investigate food markets, restaurants and stores for evidence of the state’s multicultural history.  A visit to Iolani Palace physically demonstrates the European influence on the monarchy of the state.  And a visit to the Mission Houses helps explain the influence of western religion in the islands. 

Learning Objectives:
1. To appreciate the diversity and cultural richness.
2. To engage in the journalistic process of story development.
3. To demonstrate reporting skills and editing.