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Comm 3333 Journalism Fall 2010

Comm 3333 Journalism Fall 2010

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Syllabus to accompany Prof. Barbara Nixon's Fall 2010 online Journalism course at Southeastern University
Syllabus to accompany Prof. Barbara Nixon's Fall 2010 online Journalism course at Southeastern University

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COMM 3333 - Fall 2010 - 1 -
J
OURNALISM
· C
OMM
3333· F
ALL
2010
 
Professor: Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD)Office: Lakeland, FL
 Office Hours: TBAPhone: 901-BNIXON4 (Google Voice, for text or voice mail) or barbara.b.nixon on SkypeBlog:http://publicrelationsmatters.com Twitter:BarbaraNixonE-mail:bbnixon@seuniversity.edu 
 
UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT:
 Southeastern, a dynamic, Christ-centered university, fosters student success by integrating personalfaith and higher learning. Within our loving Pentecostal community, we challenge students to a lifetimeof good work and of preparing professionally so they can creatively serve their generation in the Spiritof Christ.
 COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is intended to introduce to the student the world of journalism,including newspapers, radio, photojournalism, television news, and new media. It is also intended toprovide a hands-on approach to interviewing and writing news and features stories for publication.
PREREQUISITES:
ENGL 1133 English Composition I & ENGL 1233 English Composition II
REQUIRED RESOURCES:
 
Rich, C. (2010).
Writing and reporting news: A coaching method 
(6
th
ed.). Boston: Wadsworth.
 
A recent
 Associated Press Style Book,
preferably 45
th
edition (it says 2010 on the cover)
 
 
Consistently reliable Internet access.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
This course seeks to:
 
Develop an understanding of Christian journalism and its place in today’s media.
 
Provide an overview of contemporary journalism.
 
Development of the ability to write journalistically sound articles in a variety of formats.
 
Develop an understanding of journalistic ethics and professionalism.
 
Provide an opportunity to work with campus publications.
 
Provide an opportunity for creativity through writing and editing.
 
 
COMM 3333 - Fall 2010 - 2 -
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:
As a result of the activities and study in this course, the student should be able to:
 
write well-researched news and feature stories.
 
demonstrate the ability to interview and utilize those sources for stories.
 
discuss the various issues surrounding journalism.
 
find story ideas and use narrative journalism to tell a story in a feature article.
 
discuss various story structures and components of news and feature stories.
 
be familiar with narrative journalism, including storytelling and feature stories.
 
learn various research and interviewing techniques for accurate sources.
COURSE TOPICS:
These topics will be covered in class:
 
 journalistic issues, including bias, accuracy, and fairness
 
narrative journalism
 
interviewing techniques
 
finding story ideas
 
submitting stories or articles to publications
 
research techniques and public documents
 
story structures and components
 
media convergence
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:
These methods will be used to deliver instruction:
 
online discussion (discussion of theory from reading; discussion and assessment of articles)
 
media presentations (theory and practical instruction)
 
article examples
 
instructor critiques (using rubric, instructor grades articles for assessing student-written articles,and students get practice writing news and feature formats)
 
AP style guide quizzes and final exam
LEARNING METHODS:
 You will demonstrate your leaning in this course through:
 
participation in online discussion on assigned reading
 
research of public records, interviews, and other sources
 
college-level journalistic writing of news and feature article
 
group participation in online peer critiques of articles

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