JOURNALISM · COMM 3333· FALL 2010

Professor: Office: Office Hours: Phone: Blog: Twitter: E-mail: Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD) Lakeland, FL  TBA 901-BNIXON4 (Google Voice, for text or voice mail) or barbara.b.nixon on Skype http://publicrelationsmatters.com BarbaraNixon bbnixon@seuniversity.edu

UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT: Southeastern, a dynamic, Christ-centered university, fosters student success by integrating personal faith and higher learning. Within our loving Pentecostal community, we challenge students to a lifetime of good work and of preparing professionally so they can creatively serve their generation in the Spirit of 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 to provide 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 (6th ed.). Boston: Wadsworth. A recent Associated Press Style Book, preferably 45th 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.

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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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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND WEB RESOURCES: Poynter Online: http://www.poynter.org/ Today’s Front Pages: http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ Journalism Resource Links: http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=896

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