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Spring 2010 Syllabus JRNL 80 (Online Journalism)

Spring 2010 Syllabus JRNL 80 (Online Journalism)

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 Hofstra University, School of Communication
 
Spring 2010 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 Communication
 
 
Website: http://krochmal.posterous.com
 
Office Telephone: 516 463 4338
 
 
 
Personal E-mail: mo.krochmal@gmail.com
 
Office: 147 Dempster Hall
 
Fall Semester Office Hours
 
Tuesday 3-4:30
 
 
Thursday 3-4:30
 
And, by appointment.
 
I believe in being available to my students and my colleagues. I am often in my office or the NewsHubbeyond my posted office hours and you are welcome you to drop by for coaching about the course, or tobring by your resume, or to just chat.
 
Additionally, I can be reached through GTalk, Facebook, IM, text message, Twitter and via my cell phone.Please do tell me who you are when you text me. Text is better than voice mail. Do not expect an instantreply 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 mightwell be defined by your courage, tenacity and imagination -- as well as your learning. Your grasp of thefundamental skills and practices you are absorbing in Hofstra's accredited journalism curriculum, appliedintelligently with new technologies, will serve you well in this environment. Today, this class is
 
called online journalism, but it is journalism, at pace with the 21
st
Century.This is an exciting and a challenging time for journalism as mainstream media contracts and wrestles with how touse new digital tools and the capabilities of the Internet
 
to fulfill a critical role in a democracy
 
-- and remain
 
aviable business. I ask you: How many times can you get the chance to invent a new medium? That's theopportunity here. Journalism
 
needs people who are undaunted by technology, but
 
dedicated to the traditional core values andethics of the field. You aren’t guaranteed riches, or even job security, but you can make the world a better placethrough 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 the over 60 yearsthat this school has offered classes in journalism.
 
We have much to do in the next 15 weeks. I believe in active
 
and project-based learning and in imparting theskills of self-teaching, a life-long gift. I may be the teacher but learning is your responsibility and that is a skill thatwill serve you well in the 21
st
Century.
 
We can not possibly cover every portion of this evolving medium in our short time together, but if you comeacross something that we don’t cover, bring it up and we will discuss it and I will be glad to help you learn it andshare your learning with your classmates.
 
I am in my third year on the Hofstra University faculty and I have taught this course to 11 previous classes since2006.
 
Be advised that this class requires: 1) a commitment of time and 2) requires you to go off campus to report your articles. When you are done, you will have had the opportunity to develop cutting-edge skills,
 
abilities andpractices and methods for staying current in a rapidly-changing field.
 
We will go through a great many applications from the Web 2.0 world. These are not fads, but are new tools thatare making an impact in journalism and in the working world
 
almost as quickly as they emerge. These days,companies are blogging, they are creating wikis, and they are on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Your challenge will be to effectively apply these tools to improve your knowledge of the craft of journalism.
 
To be successful, come to class, participate, do the work, and hit your deadlines. You don’t have to be acomputer expert;
 
 
you just have the patience to get past the technology so that you can actually get to the story,the reporting, and, most importantly, the writing. Welcome pioneers. Let’s learn and have fun doing it.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mo Krochmal
 
Purpose of the Course
 
This year, the journalism curriculum begins to reflect changes put into play over the last few years to align our accredited curriculum with changes in the field. This course is
 
an elective and soon will be a requirement.JRNL
 
80 is joined by JRNL 10, Journalism Tools, on the new-media side of our accredited curriculum and afuture prerequisite joining
 
the current prerequisite for this course, JRNL 11 JRNL 11 - News Writing and
 
. In today’s curriculum, JRNL 80 is a structured-learning opportunity to prepare you for the future of journalism asit unfolds rapidly. The tools you use here are applicable to other courses and to the working world.
 
 
Course Description
 
TheHofstra Bulletin describes this course as:
 A thorough introduction to the fastest growing element of  professional journalism -- online journalism. Students examine the theoretical, legal and ethical underpinnings of this new form, while exploring the new form's connections with the print and broadcast media. Practical skillsinclude Web-based reporting, online news writing, and design and construction of Web sites.
 
You should have an understanding of the skills you learned previously in JRNL 11. TheHofstra Bulletin describes JRNL 11 as:
Defining news and its importance in a democratic society; structure of news-gathering  process; the elements of news: introduction to basic news reporting and writing for print and broadcast; use of the Internet as a reporting and research tool; accuracy and fairness as journalistic imperatives. Outsidecommunity research and reporting time is required.
Meta skills – you will become conversational and have a critical perspective on the topics that are
changing
thepractice of journalism. You will develop methods and experience in
dealing with new technology
and using it

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