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SAMPLE SYLLABUS – MULTI

SAMPLE SYLLABUS – MULTI

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APPENDIX 1
SAMPLE SYLLABUS – MULTI-MEDIA / ONLINE JOURNALISM / DIANE STORMONTFORMAT:WEEKLY 3-HOUR DIGITAL MEDIA LAB SESSION X 12CONTENT: Students will learn how to produce a number of multi- and multiple-media journalism projects for publication on the web. Theprojects will be uploaded to each student’s personal website and embedded blog (established during bootcamp). This is a practical course andstudents will be expected to become familiar with:(i) Software: Dreamweaver / Photoshop / FTP programs / Audacity / Levelator / Soundslides / Word / Excel(ii) CMS: Wordpress / Joomla / Drupal / others(iii) Web 2.0 utilities: including photosharing / wikis / CSS generators, on-line photo editors, remote storage & backup / RSS readers timeline generators / map generators / mashups / comms including Twitter/Flutter etc / security including encryption, proxy servers / streamingvideoLEARNING OUTCOME: By the end of the course students will be capable of:(i) producing world-class multiple-media journalism for the web directed at an international audience(ii) be comfortable using the standard web technologies and utilities currently available to report and present their articles(iii) in a position to judge how to choose and use the appropriate technology to best tell the story(iv) equipped with the skills to anticipate, approach and teach themselves to master yet-to-be developed technology as it emergesGRADING:25% - In-class work & class participation
 
25% - Assignments25% - Soundslides team project25% - Individual final multiple-media website projectASSUMPTION: This syllabus does not include shooting and editing video, which is taught separately at the JMSC. It does address streamingvideo and embedding from video services such as ustream/ youtube / vimeo in week 5 which may not be necessary.
WEEK # TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS GRADING LEARNING OUTCOME
ONE 1. INTRODUCTIONRequired assignmentsGrading systemExpectations: Emphasis this is a journalismcourse: The technical skills to be developedare for the purpose of telling the storyaccording to the most appropriate medium,whether text, photos, graphics, audio, video ora combination.2. STANDARDSAssignments are to be completed according toJMSC journalistic reporting and editingstandards in terms of:AccuracyPlagiarism and Copyright1. Find and read the university’sonline guidelines on plagiarism2. On your blog, set up a categorycalled Plagiarism3. Add the university’s hyperlink onplagiarism to your blogroll4. Post an article of about 300-400words that:*Defines plagiarism - use at least twosources and credit them.0-5 points Understanding what isrequired of this course.Understanding journalisticrequirements.Avoiding academic style orpolemic and avoidance of producing information-dumps/wikisUnderstanding whatconstitutes plagiarism andcopyright violations.
 
SourcingCaptioningWriting - inverted pyramid / active notpassive, third person not first (without goodreason)Who, What, Where, WhyStrictly adhering to deadlinesNOTE: Plagiarism and copyright infringementwill result in a failing grade. Failure to captionyour permission to use copyrighted materialwill also result in a failing grade.3. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW &SOFTWARE UTILITIES (see above) TO BEUSED ON THIS COURSE 4. DISCUSSIONWhat makes a good/bad/indifferent web-based journalism? Function vs form.We will compare and contrast an assortmentof news websites and consider:*Answers this question: can I legallypost any picture / soundtrack on myblog that I have downloaded from theInternet as long as I credit the source?*Explain your reasoning*What is Creative Commons?Compose a CC credit for anAttribution-NoDerivs LicenseNotes:Make sure your post is categorisedunder “plagiarism”Ensure you do not plagiarise - credityour sources.Avoid footnotes – source your articleas you would for a journalistic piece.Hyperlink your hyperlinks.A clear understanding thatsloppy journalism / plagiarism / copyrightviolations will not betolerated and will result inlow or failing grades.Appreciation of CreativeCommons

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