SRJC Course Outlines

9/21/2021 8:09:46 PMJOUR 1 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  JOUR 1Title:  INTRO TO JOURNALISM  
Full Title:  Introduction to Journalism
Last Reviewed:3/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR2.00 Contact DHR35.00
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  JOUR 1A

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to journalism, news reporting and writing with an emphasis on journalistic standards, media ethics and the changing nature of the news industry.  Students will learn fundamental reporting skills and write news and feature articles for possible publishing in the Oak Leaf college newspaper and/or website.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for English 1A or equivalent; AND Basic knowledge of Macintosh or Windows computers.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to journalism, news reporting and writing with an emphasis on journalistic standards, media ethics and the changing nature of the news industry.  Students will learn fundamental reporting skills and write news and feature articles for possible publishing in the Oak Leaf college newspaper and/or website.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for English 1A or equivalent; AND Basic knowledge of Macintosh or Windows computers.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: JOUR 110 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting SRJC Equivalent Course(s): JOUR1 OR JOUR1 AND JOUR1L
 CID Descriptor: JOUR 110 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting SRJC Equivalent Course(s): JOUR1 OR JOUR1 AND JOUR1L

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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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 structure.
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.
6. Discuss and critically analyze the dynamic status of news media in America, including objectivity, framing and
   bias, media consolidation, the democratizing role of the Internet and other issues.

Topics and Scope
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I.      What is News?
        A. Definition of news
        B. Internet vs. newspaper vs.     
             television vs. radio news
        C. What is newsworthy?
        D. Inverted pyramid
II.      News Leads
        A. Typology of news leads
        B. Leads to avoid
        C. Story angle
III.     Covering a Beat
        A. Finding story ideas
        B. Developing and keeping sources
        C. Police beat reporting
IV.     Sources and Research
        A. Types of sources
        B. Diversity of sources
        C. Agreements with sources (off the
            record, on background, etc.)
        D. Offline and online research
V.      Interviewing
        A. Interview preparation
        B. Question types
        C. Rapport/listening skills
        D. Note taking and accuracy
VI.     Attribution
        A. Choosing best quotes
        B. Quote vs. paraphrase
        C. Quote punctuation
VII.    Working with Numbers
        A. Why use numbers
        B. Interpreting poll results and
             studies
        C. Means, medians, percentages
VIII.   Story Types
        A. Meeting and speech stories
        B. Event stories
        C. News conferences
IX.     Feature Writing
        A. Difference between feature and
            news stories
        B. Types of features
        C. Profiles
        D. Feature leads
        E. Feature story structures
            1.   Focus structure features
            2.  Hourglass
            3.  Narrative
        F. Use of fiction techniques
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. First Amendment, censorship
            and prior restraint
        B. Freedom of Information Act
        C. Sunshine laws/Brown Act
        D. Shield laws
        E. Libel
            1.   Categories of libel
            2.   Elements of a libel case
            3.   Libel defenses
            4.   Avoiding libel
        F. Invasion of privacy
XII.    Media Ethics
        A. Ethical philosophies
        B. Ethical dilemmas
             1.   Conflicts of interest
             2.   Deceit
             3.   Controversial photos/stories
             4.   Withholding information
             5.    Plagiarism and other issues
        C. Code of ethics
        D. Ethics cases and ethical problem
             solving
XIII.   Objectivity
        A. Objective procedures
        B. Is objectivity possible?
        C. Framing and bias
XIV.  Media as Business
        A. Media consolidation/
            monopolization
        B. Role of gatekeepers
        C. Media as business/profit-
            making enterprises
        D. Role of Internet

Assignments:
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1. Five to seven articles that may include general news, meeting, speech, event
   coverage, police blotter, profile and feature article assignments.
2. Reading 10-30 pages per week in text and reader.
3. Seven to fifteen short assignments to build reporting and writing skills, including:
    a. copyediting
   b. writing leads
   c. developing story ideas
   d. practicing interview skills
   e. writing inverted pyramid and feature stories
   f.  completing AP style and grammar exercises
   g. finding sources and problem solving libel and ethics cases
4. 1-2 Midterm(s) and final exam

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
30 - 50%
Articles
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 30%
Homework
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
1-2 Midterm(s) and final exam that can include multiple choice, short answer, and skill demonstration
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Attendance and classroom participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
 
Inside Reporting.  Tim Harrower.  McGraw-Hill: 2007
 
News Reporting and Writing. 11th ed. or higher.   Mencher, Melvin.  McGraw/Hill: 2008
 
News Reporting and Writing , 9th ed. or higher.  The Missouri Group (Brooks, Brian S.; Kennedy, George; Moen, Daryl; and Ranley, Don.  Bedford/St. Martin's: 2008
 
Writing and Reporting News (5th ed. or higher).  Carole Rich.  Wadsworth: 2007

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