JOUR-292: Journalism Experience - Online News Writing

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Telecommunication
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Journalism
Course Number
292
Course Title
Journalism Experience - Online News Writing
Credit Hours
1.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
Instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

This Journalism learning experience is for students interested in writing for an online news publication. The experience will be under the direction of the faculty advisor for the Mirror News.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Students will:

  • Create online news content
  • Practice professional journalism standards
  • Comply with Associated Press style and ethical guidelines
  • Develop academic responsibility and critical thinking skills in the field of journalism
  • Develop comprehension and practice of ethics in journalism
  • Develop the skills and talents needed to pursue a career in journalism or a journalism-related field
Core Course Topics
  1. News writing standards
  2. Identifying and analyzing sources
  3. Assessing audience response
  4. Evaluating bias and ethics in reporting
  5. Associated Press style guidelines
  6. Journalism standards with photos and captions
  7. Journalism standards with audio and video content
  8. Proposing story ideas and setting timeline for story completion
  9. Editing and proofreading
  10. Publishing content online
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Apply journalism standards for news writing
  2. Identify and analyze sources
  3. Compare and contrast audience responses
  4. Assess bias and ethics in reporting
  5. Comply with Associated Press style guidelines
  6. Practice journalism standards with photos and captions
  7. Practice journalism standards with audio and video content
  8. Propose story ideas and set a timeline for story completion
  9. Edit and proofread for grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  10. Design news story for online publication

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to, weekly activity review meetings and online published content critiques.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

This learning opportunity will provide students interested in careers in Journalism to obtain hands-on experience with producing online content. The student will be required to attend weekly meetings with the faculty adviser for the Mirror News. This opportunity provides students journalism experience beyond that generally available in the classroom. The experiential learning goals are: to encourage academic responsibility and critical thinking in the field of journalism, to develop the student's comprehension and practice of ethics in journalism, and to develop the student's skills and talents in pursuing a career in journalism or a journalism-related field.

Texts

Associated Press Stylebook (online edition)

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2019
ILT Approval Date
10/16/2018
AALC Approval Date
10/17/2018
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
11/05/2018