SRJC Course Outlines

4/16/2024 4:19:07 PMJOUR 1L Course Outline as of Summer 2018

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  JOUR 1LTitle:  INTRO TO JOURNALISM LAB  
Full Title:  Introduction to Journalism Lab
Last Reviewed:11/14/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR1.50 Contact DHR26.25
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 26.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A lab course in which students will practice Journalism 1 skills involving reporting, news gathering, news and feature writing, editing and applying AP Style.

Concurrent Enrollment in JOUR 1

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A lab course in which students will practice Journalism 1 skills involving reporting, news gathering, news and feature writing, editing and applying AP Style.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in JOUR 1
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2016Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2016Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: JOUR 110 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting SRJC Equivalent Course(s): JOUR1 OR JOUR1 AND JOUR1L

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Apply reporting and writing skills to create a portfolio of news and feature articles.
2.  Apply lessons in objectivity, ethics, libel and news judgment to real-life case stories.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Develop story ideas, identify sources, conduct interviews and research and write different
    types of news and feature articles.
2. Distinguish between news and feature articles in terms of lead, content, sources and story
3. Use copyediting skills and knowledge of AP style to edit, refine and improve articles.
4. Apply ethical philosophies to the evaluation of news judgments regarding use of controversial
    photos, conflicts of interest, withholding information and other ethical dilemmas.
5. Analyze libel and invasion of privacy case studies and determine potential outcomes based on
    knowledge of media law.

Topics and Scope
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I. Newswriting - Inverted pyramid
II. Leads
    A. Typology and rules of leads
    B. Writing news leads  
III. Covering a Beat
    A. Finding story ideas
    B. Developing and keeping sources
IV. Sources and Research
    A. Offline and online research
    B. Mapping sources in articles
V. Interviewing
    A. Interview preparation and question type
    B. Note taking and accuracy
VI. Attribution
    A. Choosing best quotes
    B. Quote vs. paraphrase
    C. Quote punctuation
VII. Working with Numbers
    A. Finding and using numbers in stories
    B. Data driven stories and online numbers research
    C. Means, medians, percentages
VIII. Story Types Practice
    A. Meeting stories
    B. Speech stories
    C. Event stories
    D. News conferences
    E. Police stories
IX. Feature Writing
    A. Feature leads and nut graphs
    B. Feature story structures (focus, hourglass, narrative)
    C. Use of fiction techniques in features
    D. Profile writing practice
X. Editing
    A. Grammar
    B. Punctuation
    C. AP Style
    D. Active vs. passive
    E. Conciseness
    F. Clarity and precision
    G. Strong verbs
    H. Transitions and story flow
XI. Media Law
    A. Libel case elements and defenses
    B. Finding libel in articles and analyzing cases
    C. Analyzing invasion of privacy cases
XII. Media Ethics
    A. Recognizing ethics cases
    B. Applying the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics
    C. Evaluating and problem solving ethics cases
XIII. Objectivity
    A. Recognizing bias
    B. Recognizing framing
XIV. Media as Business
    A. Portfolio building
    B. Online journalism jobs and internships

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1. Skills-building practice and in lab assignments as required
2. Four to five meetings with instructor before or after major Journalism 1 assignments for
    editing, rewriting and proofing
3. Attendance and participation

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
60 - 80%
In-lab skills practice
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 40%
Attendance and classroom participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
Associated Press Stylebook. 48th ed. The Associated Press. Basic Books. 2017

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