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Syllabus

Class time: We meet Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8:55 in Olney 127, with additional meetings or assignments in the field (e.g the Easter Food Drive). Given that we are meeting in the evening, accommodations will be made for class time to be credited for reporting and meetings that must be scheduled during office hours.

Textbook:

The class textbook is

Briggs, M. (2013). Journalism Next (2nd ed.). Washington: CQ Press.

Recommended are:

Brooks, B. S., Kennedy, G., Moen, D. R. & Ranly, D. (2013). Telling the Story. The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media (5th ed.). Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s.

Christian, D., Jacobsen, S. & Minthorn, D. (2014). 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 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 slide show with audio, a video, and incorporating these into a final story package that covers La Salle initiatives involving food, nutrition and health, focusing on the Exploring Nutrition project from three perspectives: personal, expert/professional and statistical. You will also present in groups and blog about an online resource/app that will help advance the class’s understanding of current issues and techniques related to online journalism.

Requirements:

This is a 300-400-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 acknowledgement 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).

Grading:

Final package  ……………………………………..25%

Blog, technical, comments, posts………….. 20%

Audio/podcast…………………………………….. 10%

Slide show…………………………………………… 10%

Video………………………………………………….. 15%

Participation, work in groups………………… 10%

Group 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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