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 ACC 360 - Advanced English: Journalism


This course expands on your current knowledge of the English language and focuses on the writing aspect of the craft of journalism. We will first examine “news values” and newsgathering techniques. Then, in a series of assignments students will have to find and extract information and write effective stories for different media -- all to very tight deadlines. Students will conduct interviews, write agency copy, features and radio scripts and produce multi-media content. Journalism “is an approach to writing that can be taken apart and understood” (Sheridan Burns 2013, p. 13) and we will aim to do just that while writing for different forms of news media.  We will thereby also work on the conciseness, accuracy and versatility of your English writing. Ongoing vocabulary development and reflections on your own learning process are part of the course. 

In the Spring 2016 semester UCR Journalism students wrote several stories about the ‘Four Freedoms’ and related events.  Their work can be accessed via







  • At least a C- for ACC 130 Academic Writing and Presenting 

Furthermore, one of the following is required in order to take this course:

  • ACC 230 Writing across the Disciplines

  • ACC 220 Stylistics

  • ACC 320 Persuasion in Social Discourse

  • Permission from the instructor

Additional Prerequisites

  • The ability to produce grammatically and lexically accurate English sentences is an absolute requirement at entrance.
  • Students must have completed at least 3 semesters at UCR (or a similar English-language institution)