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COURSE SYLLABUS FALL 2010 JOUR 151 Journalism Skills I Sections DA and DB, 9-10:50 a.m. M/W Rooms 406 AH (DA) and 212 TH (DB) Instructors: David Grande, associate professor, Cell-740-350-9712, E-mail: Dana Hackley, associate professor. Cell 412- 303-4110. E-mail: Catalog Course Description: (Required of all majors) Introduction to journalistic writing techniques and intermediate-level editing skills. Course will include instruction in media writing. (Students must earn a grade of C or better within two tries to advance to upper-division courses, in the department.) Course Objectives: Upon suecessfil completion of the course, students will be able to: 1. Recognize news and story material. 2. Write effective leads for all types of news and feature stories. 3. Collect information through interviewing and research. 4, Structure material for readability and reader interest. 5. Structure material for viewer comprehension and interest. 6. Publish and broadcast stories in order to begin a portfolio. 7. Rewrite and edit stories. 8. Define the basic techniques of print, broadcast and on-line media. 9. Explain fundamental and advanced concepts of communications process and theory, including language learning and development of language and communication skills; viriting process, skills and semantics, and communication rights, freedoms and responsibilities. Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Communication Majors: I. Knowing the Content: Students will gain knowledge of the media, including the basic techniques of broadcasting media, print media, and film Method: For the print writing portion, students will complete most of their work in class, starting with lab exercises, then moving on to simulated news assignments on campus and in Downtown Pittsburgh. For the broadcast writing portion, students will screen a variety of broadcast writing examples both in and outside of class; learn proper broadcast script format; complete in-class broadcast, viriting exercises; and complete a variety of original short and long broadcast scripts. Some research may be required outside of class time. Each student has a publishing or broadcast requirement to complete this course, Students can chose to either have an article published in a Point Park student publication. (The Globe or Pioneer), a department publication or project, or an outside newspaper or magazine, or a Web site.) or they can complete a short broadcast format script or public service announcement for the on campus student broadcast media (WPPJ Radio, “On the Point,” “Point News Now” or UView shows or School of Communication broadcasting projects.), Specific requirements and due dates will be discussed as the course progresses, but students will submit a first draft and then a second draft to either instructor. Students only need to have one of these assignments completed, but if they do any extra work, they can submit that to the appropriate instructor for extra credit. Required Texts, Supplemental Reading and More: “Writing and Reporting The News,” Carole Rich, Wadsworth, sixth edition The Associated Press Stylebook “When Words Collide: A Journalist's Guide to Grammar and Style,” Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald, Wadsworth, latest edition Paperback dictionary, Webster’s New World preferred, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune Review and a national newspaper of your choice. (Read daily.) Watch a local TV newscast, network newscast and listen to NPR on a daily basis Recommended Materials: ‘Tape recorder (up to individual student) Small reporters notebook for outside assignments Stopwatch Assessment and Grading: Because this is a writing class, students will be judged on their waiting and knowledge of journalistic style and format, how they improve and progress as the semester passes. The class will not include tests, midterms or finals, but rather lab exercises, published articles or broadcast scripts and portfolio reviews of the work students have completed in class. The portfolios will be submitted at the end of the print and broadcast sections, and the instructors will meet with each student individually as part of the process during finals week to review them, Each assignment will be graded on a point basis, and the actual scale is listed below. Students will be given specific directions in how to assemble their portfolios. Attached to this syllabus is a set of grading standards for all assignments. Grading Scale 100-92, A; 91-90, A-; 89-88, B¥; 87-82, B; 81-80, B-; 79-78, C+; 77-72, C; 71-70, C-; 69-60, Dj 59 and below, Grade Computation Print assignments 25 percent Broadcast assignments 25 percent Published or Broadcast work 20 percent Portfolios of work 20 percent Current events news quizzes 10 percent Students must earn a C to move on to higher-level writing classes. Journalists need to be conscious of the world around them, so current events quizzes will be given weekly. The 10-question quiz will be based on the top news stories of the week, covering local, state, national and international news. Attendance: Attendance is required. In-class assignments and quizzes cannot be made up exeept in cases or verified illnesses (with a doctor’s or nurse’s signed statement) or other extenuating circumstances. Arrangements to make up any missed work must be made before the next class. If students must miss class, they must phone or e-mail the instructor before that class begins. Students must artive for class on time, and are expected to stay for the entire class. In the event of a planned late arrival or early dismissal, please notify the instructor in advance and be prepared to present verification of extenuating circumstances that necessitate the missed class time, Each unexcused tardiness or unexcused early dismissal will automatically result in deducting 2 points from your final grade. ‘They must also turn off their cell phones during class sessions. If students have an emergency situation and need to leave them on, they need to notify the instructor. Please do not surf the Internet, instant message or text message during class. It is rude, Plagiarism/cheating: Simply put, don’t do it. If we suspect that you have plagiarized or cheated ‘on an assignment, we will first talk to you about it in hopes of settling the matter at that point. However, please be aware that we have no tolerance for this kind of behavior. If we determine you have cheated, we will give you a zero on that assignment, possibly an F for the class, and then turn you over to the appropriate university department for potential further sanctions. If the university decision is to expel you, we will support such a move. Journalists build their career in large measure on their accuracy and their credibility, and credibility develops through honesty. School of Communication Academic Dishonesty Poli Any student detected engaging in academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade (“F”) for the assignment or exam in question, and may receive an “F” for this course, at the discretion of the instructor. A second offense automatically results in an “F” for the course. In JOUR 151, academic dishonesty includes: 1) Looking on another student’s work during an assignment. 2) Allowing another student to look at your work during an assignment, 3) Working on homework assignments with anyone else or using any but assigned sources; in- class and out-of-class assignments must be completed by only you; plagiarism of any kind, to any degree, will result in an "F" for the assignment and possibly the course. 4) Turning in essentially the same work for two different courses during the same or different semesters (“double dipping”) without explicit, prior approval of both courses’ instructors. ‘The Schoo! of Communication Department and Faculty will follow and adhere to the university's policy on plagiarism as described in the current Student Handbook. Students received a copy when they entered the university. Tf you do not have one, please let the instructors know. Other: Students having a certifiable disability, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and needing reasonable accommodations, should notify the Program for ‘Academic Success, 701 LH, x3870, as early in the semester as possible, preferably during the first week of class. The PAS Office will provide specific information on the Point Park University ADA Policy and application procedures to the student. PAS will contact individual instructors to verify a student's eligibility and to make arrangements for reasonable accommodations