According to the ACU course descriptions, Convergence Reporting I is a “study of the nature of news; the reporter’s three-fold role of reporting, researching, and writing; and the basic news forms for print and broadcast media.” Although that makes the class sound boring and uneventful—and maybe even torture if you take it as an 8am—there’s more to the course than you might think.
Personally, I love this class—and yes, I’m taking it as an 8am with several other poor, unfortunate souls—and while the class itself is nothing extraordinary, the assignments are where the excitement begins.
Essentially, we’re student reporters for the Optimist, which means we’re included in the weekly email dishing out story assignments. We’re also held to the same standards as the staff writers—2+ sources and 350+ words for each article every single week.
This class isn’t for the faint of heart and it’s certainly not for those who don’t like writing—literally, all we do is write—but for those aspiring to be reporters and writers for any kind of media organization, you’ll find this class interesting, like I do. It’s also a great way to connect to everything happening on campus because there’s a strong chance you might report and learn about things you’ve never even heard of before. But if nothing else, this class is a great way to gain experience and insight into the life of a reporter.