In this class, we will explore how to cover some of the most important institutions in our society — government, business, law enforcement, the courts, nonprofits (including education and health care). Part of the work in this course will be reporting and writing news these institutions generate. You will need to learn about how they operate and how to gather information from documents, events and interviews. In this course, you will also practice thinking like a journalist: looking for story possibilities, judging what your audience wants or needs to know, finding new ways to get needed information, being skeptical but not cynical about what you are told. The central goal in this class is to prepare you for a newsroom job.