This course will focus on the essential skills journalists need to produce fair, balanced and accurate stories. It will include methods of finding facts and sources, digging below the surface and analyzing the evidence. There will be special emphasis on interviewing. Students will learn how to find and use information tucked away in court, business and property records as well as in libraries and on the Internet. There will be instruction on using Freedom of Information laws to get access to government files as well as how to read a budget and analyze polls.