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Syllabus

Class time: We meet Wednesday from 1:55 to 4:40 in Olney 127, with possible additional meetings or assignments in the field. We also have editing time reserved in Holroyd 167 (classroom) and can work in Holroyd 165 (workroom) where the Creative Cloud versions of Adobe Premiere and After Effects are available.

Textbook:

The class textbook is

Briggs, M. (2016). Journalism Next (3rd ed.). Washington: CQ Press.

Recommended are:

Brooks, B. S., Kennedy, K., Moen, D.R., & Ranly,  D. (2017). News Reporting and Writing (12th ed.). Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s.

Kent, T., Froke, P., Minthorn, D., & Schwartz, J. (eds.) (2017). The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Boston: Associated Press.

Shirky, C. (2009). Here Comes EverybodyThe Power of Organizing Without Organizations. New York: Penguin.

A pocket dictionary, preferably Webster’s (the default for words not covered by AP).

Assignments:

Lab and take-home assignments will cover the techniques listed on the Schedule and About pages. They will most likely include developing a WordPress blog with plug-ins and widgets, posting to the blog, commenting on other students’ posts, posting still photos, an audio/podcast, a slideshow with audio, social media posts and stories, data mapping and Google maps, a video, and incorporating these into a final story package that covers your semester topic from three perspectives: personal, expert/professional and statistical. You will also present in groups and blog about online resources and apps that will help advance the class’s understanding of current issues and techniques related to online journalism.

Requirements:

This is a 300-level class. In that regard, it will be treated somewhat like a seminar in which you will participate with your colleagues by offering critiques, working in groups, and contributing brief tips on the use of the software and hardware.

Professionalism:

Any course includes elements of professional behavior. Just as if you were “on the job,” I expect you to attend class. Roll will be taken at each class meeting. For any absence to be excused you must contact me beforehand and provide documentation of your excuse or have a friend do so if you are unable. Given normal extenuating circumstances, you will be allowed a total of two unexcused class absences. Further unexcused absences, or excessive excused absences will affect your final grade.

Assignments, or tests missed due to excused absences can be made up, but those missed due to unexcused absences cannot.

You are responsible for following the University’s and this class’s policies on submission of original work and acknowledgment of direct quotations or paraphrases from others’ writings (see the university’s policies on Academic Integrity). Plagiarism “consists of passing off the ideas, opinions, facts, words—in short, the intellectual work—of another as your own” (Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers). Plagiarized work may result in a grade of “F” for the assignment, or for the course, as will self-plagiarized work (original work prepared by you for another college course).

The Academic Integrity Policy, the American Disability Act of 1990, and the Student Guide to Rights and Responsibilities are posted in the Canvas course Help Menu.

Grading:

Final package  ……………………………………..25%

Blog, technical, comments, posts………….. 25%

Audio/podcast…………………………………….. 10%

Slideshow/social media………………………… 10%

Video………………………………………………….. 15%

Participation, work in groups………………….. 5%

Presentation on online, social media  ……….5%

Other lab assignments/e.g. mashups……….. 5%

(Grading rubrics courtesy of Sue Robinson and Katy Culver, U. of Wisconsin.)

Grade assignment:                     A = 94 and above; A- = 90-93; B+ = 87-89; B = 84-86; B- = 80-83; C+ = 77-79; C = 74-76; C- = 70-73; D+ = 67-69; D = 60-66; F = below 60.

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