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Hofstra University, School of Communication
Fall 2009 Syllabus JRNL 80(Online Journalism)
Assistant Professor Mo KrochmalDepartment of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
Instructor Information
Mo Krochmal, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public RelationsHofstra University, School of CommunicationWebsite: http://krochmal.posterous.comOffice Telephone: 516 463 4338Hofstra E-mail:maurice.krochmal@hofstra.eduPersonal E-mail: mo.krochmal@gmail.comOffice: 147 Dempster HallFall Semester Office HoursMonday 3-4:30Wednesday 3-4:30And, by appointment.I believe in being available to my students and my colleagues. I am often in my office or the NewsHub beyond my posted office hours and you are welcome you to drop by for coaching about the course, or to bring by your resume, or to just chat.Additionally, I can be reached through Gchat, Facebook, IM, text message, Twitter and viamy cell phone. Please do tell who you are when you text me. Text is better than voice mail.Do not expect an instant reply and simple courtesy is expected.
Letter to Students
Dear Students,Welcome to a world of constant, rapid change where the future is unclear, and your career opportunities might well be defined by your courage, tenacity and imagination as well as your learning. Your grasp of the skills and practices you are absorbing in Hofstra's accredited journalism curriculum, applied intelligently with new technologies, will serve you well in thisenvironment. Today, this class is called online journalism, but it is journalism, at pace with the 21
Century.This is an exciting and a challenging time for journalism as mainstream media contracts andwrestles with how to use new digital tools and the capabilities of the Internet to fulfill a critical rolein a democracy -- and remain a viable business. I ask you: How many times can you get thechance to invent a new medium. That's the opportunity here. Journalism needs people who are undaunted by technology, but dedicated to the traditional corevalues and ethics of the field. You aren’t guaranteed riches, or even job security, but you canmake the world a better place through your public service. And, it's a job that is never boring. You stand on the shoulders of generations of Hofstra students that have come before you in theover 60 years that this school has offered journalism. We have much to do in the next 15 weeks. I believe in active and project-based learning and inimparting the skills of self-teaching, a life-long gift. I am still the teacher but learning is also your responsibility and that is a skill that will serve you well in the 21
Century..We can not possibly cover every portion of this evolving medium in our short time together, but if you come across something that we don’t cover, bring it up and we will discuss it and I will beglad to help you learn it and share your learning with your classmates.I am in my third year on the Hofstra University faculty and I have taught this course to 10 previousclasses since 2006.Be advised that this class requires a commitment of time. When you are done, you will have hadthe opportunity to develop cutting-edge skills, abilities and practices and methods for stayingcurrent in a rapidly-changing field.We will go through a great many applications from the Web 2.0 world. These are not fads, but arenew tools that are making an impact in journalism and in the working world almost as quickly asthey emerge. These days, companies are blogging, they are creating wikis, they are on Facebookand on Twitter. Your challenge will be to effectively apply these tools to improve your knowledgeof the craft of journalism.To be successful, come to class, participate, do the work, and hit your deadlines. You don’t haveto be a computer expert, you just have the patience to get past the technology so that you canactually get to the story, the reporting, and, most importantly, the writing. Welcome pioneers. Let’s learn and have fun doing it.Sincerely,Mo Krochmal

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