Hofstra University, School of Communication
Spring 2009 Syllabus JRNL 80 (Online Journalism) Assistant Professor Mo Krochmal Department of Journalism, Media Studies, Stud ies, and Public Relations Relations
Mo Krochmal, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations Hofstra University, University, School of Communication Website: http://krochmal.synthasit http://krochmal.synthasite.com e.com Office Telephone: Telephone: 516 463 4338 Hofstra E-mail: [email protected]
Personal E-mail: mo.krochmal@gmail. [email protected]
com Office: 147 Dempster Hall Spring Semester Office Hours Monday – 12:00 p.m.-1:00 Tuesday – 3:00 p.m.-4:30 Thursday – 5:00-6:00 And, by appointment. I believe in being available to my students and my colleagues. I am often in m y office or the NewsHub beyond my posted office hours and you are welcome you to drop by for coaching about the course, or to bring by your resume, or to just chat. Additionally, Additionally, I can be reached through GTalk, Facebook, IM, text message, Twitter and via my cell phone. Tell who you are when you text me. Text is better than voice mail. Do not expect an instant reply and simple courtesy is expected.
Letter to Students Dear Students, Welcome to a world where nothing remains constant, change is rapid, the future is wildly unclear, and your career opportunities might be defined by your courage, tenacity and imagination. Your Your grasp of the skills and practices you are learning in Hofstra's journalism program, applied intelligently with new technologies, will serve you well in this environment. Today, Today, this class is called online journalism, but it is proudly and unashamedly journalism, at pace with the 21st Century. This is an exciting and a challenging time for journalism as mainstream media contracts and wrestles with how to use new digital tools and the capabilities of the Internet to fulfill a critical role in a democracy -- and remain a viable b usiness. The new-media sector of journalism is growing and in need of talent, energy, creativity and ideas. Journalism is looking for people who are undaunted by technology, technology, and dedicated to the traditional core values and ethics of the field, and willing to overcome any obstacles to “get the story” and get it right. You You aren’t guaranteed riches, or even job security, but you can make the world a better place through your public service in this field. It's a job that is n ever boring. By your very presence here, you are playing a part in building this medium. You You aren’t the first to take this class. You stand on the shoulders of generations of Hofstra students that have come before you in the 60 years that this school has offered journalism. We have a really ambitious agenda in front of us for the next 15 weeks. I believe in active and project-based learning and in imparting the skills of self-teaching, a life-long gift. I am still the teacher but learning is also your responsibility and that is a skill that will serve you well in the 21 st Century. We can not possibly cover every portion of this unfolding craft in our short time together, but if you come across something that we don’t cover, bring it up and we will discuss it and I will be glad to help you learn it and share your learning with your classmates. I have 30 years in journalism, and I’m one of the few people that can say that they have worked the last 15 as an online journalist. I have worked at The New York Times Times as well as the Wilson Daily Times. Times. I have been a manager and an editor as a journalist in New York City. City. I have covered General Electric, Microsoft and IBM as well as generations of startup companies and the innovation and technology in the emerging fields of information technology and molecular biology. I’ve been on deadline in little tiny dirt stock car race tracks or tiny backwoods gyms in North Carolina or fishing on a river in Oklahoma or reporting from the pile at Ground Zero on Sept. 12, 2001. I’ve covered policy, privacy, privacy, economics, business and finance, computers, cancer, and molecular biology as well as community sports. I became one of the few journalist specializing specializing in microarray technology (go ahead and ask me about it) and the emerging field of systems biology. I wrote about Tiger Woods when he was a 16-year-old and I’ve covered over 500 high school basketball games in North Carolina. I covered Michael Jordan when he played for Dean Smith at North Carolina, and Mike Krzyzewski's first press conference a t Duke University.
I am in my second year on the Hofstra University faculty and I have taught this course to eight previous classes since 2006. I am so proud to be at Hofstra. Teaching Teaching journalism here is exactly what I want to be doing. I love being in the classroom and the NewsHub – and I love teaching and learning from you and from my peers on the faculty in the School of Communication. Be advised that this class requires a commitment of time. When you are done, you will have had the opportunity to develop cutting-edge skills, abilities and practices and methods for staying current in a rapidly-changing field. We will go through a great many applications from the Web 2.0 world. These are not fads, but are new tools that are making an impact in journalism and in the working world almost as quickly as they emerge. These days, companies are blogging, they are creating wikis, they are on Facebook and on Twitter Twitter.. Your Your challenge will be to effectively e ffectively apply these tools to improve your knowledge of the craft of journalism. To be successful, come to class, participate, do the work, and hit your deadlines. You You don’t have to be a computer expert, you just have the patience to get past the technology so that you can actually get to the story, the reporting, and, most importantly, importantly, the writing. Welcome pioneers. Let’s learn and have fun doing it.
Purpose of the Course You have enrolled in this course as an elective. Your Your classmates in JRNL80 are print and broadcast journalism as well as public-relations majors. Soon this course will become a required course in the Hofstra journalism curriculum. This year, year, JRNL 80 is joined by JRNL 10, Journalism Tools, on the ne w-media side of our accredited curriculum and a future prerequisite along with the current prerequisite, JRNL 11 JRNL 11 - News Writing and Reporting. Reporting. In today’s curriculum, JRNL 80 is a structured learning opportunity to prepare you for the future of journalism as it unfolds rapidly. rapidly. The tools you use here are applicable to other courses and to the working world.
Course Description The Hofstra Bulletin describes this course as: A as: A thorough introduction to the fastest growing element of professional journalism -- online journalism. Students examine the theoretical, legal and ethical underpinnings of this new form, while exploring the new form's connections with the print and broadcast media. Practical skills include Web-based reporting, online n ews writing, and design and construction of Web sites. You should have an understanding of the skills you learned previously in JRNL 11. 11. The Hofstra Bulletin describes JRNL 11 as: Defining news and its importance in a democratic society; structure of news-gathering process; the elements of news: introduction to basic news reporting and writing for print and broadcast; use of the Internet as a reporting and research tool; accuracy and fairness as journalistic imperatives. imperatives. Outside community research and reporting time is required.
Goals Students will: 1. Examine Examine the theoret theoretical, ical, legal legal and ethica ethicall underpinni underpinnings ngs of this this new but fastfastgrowing element of journalism. 2. Understand Understand the the connection connection among among platforms platforms in in community community journa journalism lism.. Objectives Students will: 1. Develop Develop and use the the practical practical skill skills s of Web-based Web-based report reporting ing and writin writing. g. 2. Critically evaluate the functionality and application of Web 2.0 platforms in journalism. 3. Learn the practical skills of multi-media/cross-platform multi-media/cross-platform content creation, and publishing, as well as new skills in interaction and community-building. 4. Examine connections between online journalism and traditional print and broadcast media.
Class and Course Logistics If you add up the time we spend together over the period of a semester, you will see that it hardly adds up to the working hours of just o ne week for a working journalist. The time we spend in class together is really important and special. Let’s use it to the best possible advantage by convening on time, being prepared, participating actively, thinking critically and working efficiently efficiently.. We have a lot of ground to cover. To To give yourself the best chance at success, be in class, do your work, hit your deadlines. Be positive, curious. Be courageous. I’ll help you as you develop new skills. The goal of this class is not to make you an HTML wizard, or a Photoshop guru. That’s knowledge you can learn easily enough on your own, or even from an 11-year-old. In fact, much of today’s HTML coding is automated. As a journalist, you should know how to write for an y medium -- to the highest standards of accuracy, ethics, and efficiency. efficiency. The goal of this course is to immerse in you an intellectual examination and use of the tools you will need to make a meaningful contribution to a rapidly evolving field. You You are entering a dynamic and relentless environment that builds on a foundation of solid writing and ruthless editing, having "a nose for news," diligent reporting, holding a strong ethical compass and having a willingness to try new technology to innovate and create. You must have a great attitude about embracing change. The objective of the course is to exercise and develop your writing and reporting skills, to hone your understanding of the principles and laws of freedom of speech and the press in this environment of change, and to know how this medium is different. You You will learn new skills by engaging technology in your practice of journalism. You will need to recognize that you are operating in a diverse multicultural and multilingual global environment. Additionally Additionally,, you will get practical experience in the ethical use and presentation of images and information and be able to explain the ethical principles that guide the decisions you make. You You must demonstrate the ability to think critically, critically, creatively and independently, independently, and to work within a group. You will also be able to critically evaluate your work, and that of others. You must do the math, connect the dots, and ask questions. You You will be able to critically examine new technologies and apply them thoughtfully. Your work will be widely available as a published p iece of journalism. We will work at an extremely high level, classes will be interactive, and we will be proceeding on various tracks concurrently. concurrently. You You are expected to be well read in current events and news (know what is in the most-recent edition of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, at the minimum) and be prepared to always ask questions and contribute to the discussion. You’ll You’ll have help in your development in these areas. For every hour spent in class, I will expect you to spend two hours outside. One of the most important skills you need in life is the ability to manage your time and juggle many projects. The classroom is where we will tee up and then examine the work that you must do outside of the time we are together. I'll be here and I expect you to be here and on time, and to stay for the full class. Being late is 7
being absent, and you will be marked down. We have a lot to do and you will have daily, weekly and long-term assignments that require your presence. Work missed for an unexcused absence can not be made up. If you miss too many classes, it is my responsibility to let the university know out of concern f or your wellness. Miss three classes, and you can expect to fall one letter grade. Doctor ’s appointments and job interviews are not excused absences. You You must document an excused absence by the next class. You will soon be entering the newsroom of the future. Along Along the way, you will be forging lifetime bonds of friendship and trust. You You are expected to conduct yourself professionally, professionally, and respectfully. respectfully. This is a demanding class, but you aren’t alone. Your Your colleagues can be a big help, so treat them with respect. You are expected to bring to the table a grasp of grammar, style and punctuation and to turn in clean copy and to communicate professionally in whatever medium you are using (and that includes e-mail). If needed, I will offer additional workshops during the semester to help you with any questions you may have on your projects and tools. I’m here for you. If office hours don’t work for you, join me for breakfast or lunch or coffee.
Rules Accuracy -- All articles are held to the highest standards for accuracy: Quotes must be exact, names must be spelled correctly, correctly, and addresses should be accurate. Sources must be identified and fact-checkable by e-mail and phone. Errors of this type in a piece will result in an F. Integrity -- "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." I like the simplicity of the honor code of the U.S. Military Academy. Academy. As journalists, we hold a trust in this society. We are looked upon to seek truth and serve as watchdogs for the public. Let us work to uphold that trust. We do not take shortcuts. If you didn’t write it, it’s not yours and you must credit where you got it. Credit all sources with hyperlinks and in-text citations. If it is copyrighted material, either get permission to use it or use something else. Writing and reporting -- This is the foundation of any type of journalistic endeavor. You You must be able to come up with story ideas. You then must do the reporting, the writing, the editing, the rewriting, and then, and only then, the posting, or publishing. You will learn how to write and report for text and video for online presentation and how to collect and produce multimedia and critically evaluate it and then publish it online. You You will also critique the writing and reporting of your peers. Teamwork -- No matter what the medium, today's professional journalism requires the ability to work well with others – editors, artists, producers, photographers, videographers, audio engineers – and most importantly, importantly, with readers, who are empowered with the ability to fact-check your work and to respond well beyond the letters-to-the-editor page of the newspaper. newspaper. Ask Dan Rather. You will be working in teams and your success in this class will depend on your ability to integrate with each other. Deadlines -- In the newsroom, if you don't make your deadline, you don't keep your job. It's just that simple. So, know that deadlines count in this class too. Miss a deadline, score 0 points. A skilled online journalist should: have innate multitasking ability, ability, extreme attention to detail, fluent skills in multimedia and personal communication, and comfort in working under the duress of extreme deadline pressure. She should be fearless and eager to deploy new technology, technology, able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment and successfully manage projects. Additionally, Additionally, an online journalist should understand the business/revenue issues of this medium and realize the value of understanding and cultivating diverse communities and encouraging interactivity with the public. You will get experience in all of this as well as in evaluating news and online presentation, generating news story ideas, and, of course, in lots of writing and reporting. You You will go off the campus for your reporting. You are required to participate in news operations in the NewsHub as a part of this class. We will explore and use a head-spinning list of web 2.0 technologies. Some will work well, some won’t, but the process of managing and using all of these tools will give you a baseline of experience to be able to adopt whatever new tool comes along. New media -- You will learn how to write and report for Web, including the emerging channels of blogs, vlogs, and mobile. You will learn and practice the skills of writing headlines, full and complete captions, blurbs, and scripts to create compelling layers of reporting specific and pertinent to the media you have selected. Also, all of this must meet the highest standards of ethical journalism and keep the user engaged. You You will take photographs, collect audio and video, and report and write and rewrite. 9
Intellectual Property -- We respect copyright. If you don’t have the rights to use it, you can not.
Course Progression This is an assignment-centered course. Each week, you will have outside tasks to perform that build your tool kit of skills and a portfolio of content. You You will have readings from the textbooks and the web. You will conduct research, and engage in editing and writing. Y You ou will discuss and comment. You will report off-campus. The class meetings will include lectures, small groups, critiques, presentations, guests. You You will do deadline writing exercises, and online multimedia production. This is not a class about somebody at the front reading, and you typing. I’m your guide, your facilitator, facilitator, and your professor. professor. You are responsible for your learning. Assignments will be turned in electronically, via e-mail, and also printed out. The class can and often will be streamed onto the Internet. Required Texts: Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World . World . Wenger, Debora Halpern and Potter, Deborah. Washington, DC. CQ Press. 2008. The Associated Press Stylebook . Goldstein, Norm. New York, Associated Press. 2006. Journalism 2.0. How to Survive and Thrive. Thrive . Briggs, Mark. Knight Citizen News Network. http://www.kcnn.org/resources/journal http://www .kcnn.org/resources/journalism_20/ ism_20/
Note: With the exception of the first class meeting, all assigned readings must be completed prior to each class meeting.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures The overall course score will be assigned based on the following criteria: Class participation and attendance -- 25 percent Assignments -- 10 percent Midterm, Final Examination – 10 percent Quizzes, grammar, punctuation, style – 10 percent Final Project -- 45 percent Your work will be edited but you will not receive letter grades on your reporting/writing reporting/writing assignments. Each assignment will be judged on deadline, writing, grammar and quality of content. You You will have a one-hour window (10:00-11:00 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) the night before class to earn a point for meeting deadline b y electronically submitting the assignment. Assignments Assignments then will be evaluated on a 4-point scale (0,1,2,3) for writing, quality of content, and grammar/style. 0 = Fail, 1=Poor, 2=Average, 3=superior. This is a coaching assignment-based approach that is designed to let you concentrate on your skills, not your grades. At midterm and at the end of the semester, we will meet and look at your work. At mid-semester, mid-semester, you will turn in a self-evaluation, detailing your progress, what you have learned and your goals for the remainder of the semester. Grade criteria A = Outstanding work with excellent content, ideas, writing, reporting and style. Shows leadership, innovation, participation, support and enthusiasm. B = Very good work. Minor changes required. C = Average. Requires substantial changes such as additional additional reporting, major rewriting and correction of numerous style errors D = Poor. Fundamental problems in assignments. F = Unacceptable – late, inaccurate, incomprehensible, factual errors or misspelled names. Plagiarism is an automatic F and will be reported for academic disciplinary action. Grading scale No letter grades will be given for papers, tests, quizzes or projects during the semester. You You will receive points (based on 10 for each). At the end of the semester I will will add up the points and weight them according to the percentages listed below. Your points then will determine your grade based on this scale: A = 95-100 A- = 90-94 B+ = 88-89 B = 84-87 B- = 80-83 C+ = 78-79 C = 74-77 C- = 70-73 D+ = 68-69 D = 64-67 F = 0-63
Standards Every article you do for this class must be original for this class. No repurposing of other work. You are encouraged to submit work done for this class for publication elsewhere, but not to take a piece written for another publication and turn it in for credit here. So, if you work for the student newspaper, newspaper, or the radio station, or elsewhere, your work for this class must go through our editorial process, and then you can publish it elsewhere. All work assigned may be posted online. No use of art that you have not produced. No use of music that you don’t have permission to use. If you don't own it, or haven't received specific permission to use it, it's not acceptable for use. If it’s not your original thought, attribute it. Quotes must be accurate. Every piece you turn in must follow these standard forms: Assignment: [Name of the Assignment] Date: [This is the turn-in date] Class: JRNL 80 A or B Professor: Mo Krochmal Headline: [No more than 40 characters] Byline: By Joseph Pulitzer ( [email protected]
) The above is your slug. Cut and paste it to use for a ssignments. All All assignments must be e-mailed before class, and then printed out and brought to class. Do not print out during class. It’s disturbing. Do not format your work with indentions; turn off curly-quotes and other Microsoft Word formatting. In an e-mailed assignment, you must follow guidelines for subject lines: Just write class name and section, and the title of the assignment. All pieces may be posted. In a notebook, you will keep a hard copy of the assignment, the edits, and rewrites. Newer work will go after previous work. Get an e-mail and a phone number for all sources. This information information must be included in your notebook and e-mailed to me with every assignment. You You will also post your final rewrites to a portfolio site that you will set up. On your assignments, basic grammatical spelling and style errors will be indicated with proofreader's marks. You You will be expected to correct what you did incorrectly using the style guide and/or other resources. Headlines are required and will follow New York York Times style (mixing uppercase and lowercase) and will be judged as strictly as the writing that follows. All All work will have a headline that is compelling, and grammatically correct. All articles must include appropriate and specific links. Multimedia will be captioned, people will be identified, photogs/videographers/creators will be credited. No unidentified or anonymous sources unless approved by the professor. You You can not interview your family or friends for an article for this class. W ikipedia links are not acceptable. A list from Lexis-Nexis is not acceptable either.
The Schedule This semester, you will have the opportunity to work on breaking-news assignments in the NewsHub and community coverage operations. operations. You are required to participate in the NewsHub. We will start by building your multimedia reporting skills and knowledge until midterm, followed by the reporting and production your final project, a multimedia multisource investigative article for consideration for publication in NassauNews.org, the school’s hyperlocal online journalism project. Final Project The final project is an extended piece of community journalism that serves as a centerpiece for your portfolio. You You will conduct in-depth research to identify a topic to investigate and report. You You will produce an edited online video package following our format, a text-based article with hyperlinks, a production memo, transcripts and social media as well as additional multimedia such as slideshows and databases. The projects are debuted on a live webcast on NassauNews.org during the final-exam period. One-Minute Papers At the end of each class, you will write a deadline article on what you learned best, and what you learned least during the class period. This is not a recap of the class, but an opportunity to reflect and think and shape your efforts going forward. Critiques Part of the process in this class is to give you experience in thinking critically and providing helpful advice and feedback to your peers in the form of real-time critiques. It also gives you practice in how to work in a press-conference atmosphere. Presentations You will often have the opportunity to present your work in front of your peers. You You should always introduce yourself, and provide a quick synopsis of what you are discussing. Have points to discuss and a conclusion.
Course Calendar The following schedule is subject to change: we are in journalism and news events sometimes dictate a change in the path we walk. That is part and parcel of the business and what makes it so interesting a field. Additionally, Additionally, I reserve the right to change the schedule in response to your needs and abilities. Following is an outline of the topics we will cover by week. You You will have readings, you will write, you will critique your colleague’s work, and you will collect lots of URLs for your portfolio. Class 1 -- Introduction, Background
Wednesday, Wednesday, Jan. J an. 28-Thursday, 28-Thursday, Jan. 29 Reading Assignment for Class No. 2: “How to: Search for Information on Social Networking Sites.. http://www Sites http://www.journalism.co.uk/7/ .journalism.co.uk/7/articles/531651.php articles/531651.php Posted 30/05/08 By Colin Meek on Journalism.co.uk. Read New York Times' Times' Policy on Facebook and a nd Other Social Networking Sites, http://www.poynter. http://www .poynter.org/content/content_view org/content/content_view.asp?id=157136 .asp?id=157136 Posted at Poynter.org on Jan. 19, 2009 Writing Assignment for Next Class: Find 5 working journalists on Facebook or other social networks. Identify them and their organization, and provide clickable links to their profiles. Prepare a 500-word professional profile of yourself suitable f or publication. •
Part 1 – Who are you? Part 2 – Your digital footprint: How many references on a search. Provide links. Part3 – The tools you use.
Do not include highly personal information, please.
Turn in all assignments on one e-mail attachment with the assignment number as the subject line. All files must be saved in Microsoft Word 97-2003 format, showing the blue logo. Any other format results in a 50-percent deduction for the assignment. You You will have a 1-hour window the night before an assignment (10 p.m.-11 p.m.) is due to turn your work in and score a meets-deadline point. Save your work often and back it up as technology SNAFUs are not an excuse for missed assignments. Technology Technology will let you down, but you are smarter than that, right?
Class No. 2 – Writing
Monday, Feb. 2-Tuesday, Feb. 3 We will review the first class and explore social networks and journalism. Students will be responsible for being able to demonstrate their skill in locating article sources and experts via social networks and be able to articulate the advantages and the ethical challenges of this technology. We will discuss the formatting requirements for the class and emphasize the importance of writing in journalistic style and to the highest standards for accuracy and fairness. Reading – Textbook: Advancing the Story, Story, Ch.7, “Writing for the Web,” (pp. 167191) Writing Assignment – After reading the chapter, write a 500-word essay that explains the differences in writing for various media and why this is important for you to understand. Create a top 10 list as a reference sheet to use when writing to remind you of the basics. Turn in all in one file.
Class No. 3 – Wiki introduction Wednesday, Feb. 4-Thursday, Feb. 5 We will review the previous class and discuss the writing assignments. Students will collaborate to create a unified reference sheet for online journalism writing. Students will be responsible for following conventions and be able to describe different writing styles for broadcast, print and online. Reading – Advancing the Story, Story, Ch. 2, “Reporting the Story” (pp 23-42) Writing Assignment – Research your possible local beat for the semester and prepare a pitch to convince an editor to greenlight you for that. Work must reflect in-depth research into the topic, with links. Discuss what you might be able to contribute for publication on a weekly basis. Create your portfolio home page using our class wiki. List your accounts and profiles and urls to your previous work.
Class No. 4 -- Beats Monday, Feb. 9-Tuesday, Feb. 10 Students will present their beat pitches to the class and accept questions and comments. We will review the wiki postings, discussing this new tool and its application application in journalism.
Reading – Go through the tutorial “Creating Movies with Windows MovieMaker” http://www.aiken.k12.sc.us/Sc http://www .aiken.k12.sc.us/Schools/MVHS/w hools/MVHS/website/mslong/teachers/m ebsite/mslong/teachers/movie2.html ovie2.html Writing Assignment – Identify an issue in the news and then prepare a written list of 5 questions you would interview sources about it. Create a reference sheet to use when you are editing your video. Turn both in on one file.
Class No. 5 – FlipCam, and Blip.TV Wednesday, Feb. 11-Thursday, Feb. 12 We will discuss MovieMaker and do an exercise on interviewing skills and using the FlipCam effectively. effectively. Students will have a FlipCam and will go out on campus for a quick interview that will then be loaded onto the Blip.TV service. Students will learn the mechanics of uploading from Flip to Blip as well as interacting with the equipment room. We will discuss how this tool can enhance students' journalism. Students are responsible for being able to discuss how this tool is being integrated into journalism and how to use it well and be able to discuss its limitations.
Reading: -- Advancing the Story, Ch. 3 “Multimedia Newsgathering” (pp 54-80); -- Journalism 2.0, “Shooting and Managing Digital Photos,” Ch. 8 Assignment – With a FlipCam, record yourself reading your edited profile. Post to Blip.tv. Blip.tv. Identify the correct embedded link and post it on your portfolio site.
Class No. 6 -- Photography Tuesday, Feb. 17-Wednesday, Feb. 18 In this class, we will view the students' Flip video profiles and the quick campus interviews. We will discuss photography and its role in journalism. Students will learn how to find photographs that are open s ource and how to create screen grabs. Students will be responsible for writing full and complete captions, crediting work, and obtaining rightsfree photographs from online resources.
Assignment – Take Take a series of five photographs that tell a story of a campus news event. Identify everyone in the pictures, write stand-alone captions for each, and insert your photo credit. Post to Flickr. Flickr. Create a slideshow on Animoto. Reading -- Journalism 2.0, “Digital Audio and Podcasting,” Ch. 7
Class No. 7 -- Audio Thursday, Thursday, Feb. 19-Monday, 19-Monday, Feb. 23 In this class, we will present the photo stories for critique. We will discuss the importance of sound in journalism. Students will be responsible for learning how to find, gather and produce sound-based journalism. Students will also learn about best practices in delivering voice presentations.
Assignment – Students will use FlipCams to record natural sound and VOTs VOTs and edit them into a 30-second package without voice-over narration using MovieMaker as the editing tool. Reading – Journalism 2.0, “New Reporting Methods” Ch. 4. Advancing the Story, Story, Ch. 8, “Producing for the Web” (pp 192-218).
Class No. 8 -- Data Tuesday, Feb. 24-Wednesday, Feb. 25 We will discuss the role of data and databases in journalism. Students will learn how to find data, how to interrogate it, and how to present it.
Assignment – Find no less than five examples of the journalistic application of these new data techniques and reporting. Describe each and write a caption for a hypertext link to a database. Then, to demonstrate your ability to analyze date, cut and paste raw data into a Google documents spreadsheet and sort. Provide a link to your work in a caption. Reading -- Graphics
Class No. No. 9 -- Graphics Graphics Thursday, Thursday, Feb. 26-Monday, 26-Monday, March 2 We will discuss information graphics and visual storytelling. Students are responsible for being able to describe examples where data and information graphics can help advance a story and should be able to manipulate and analyze data sets for visual presentation.
Readings – Rolling the Dice, Dice, American Journalism Review, June/July 2007
Assignment – Align your beat with domestic and economic policy. Answer the question: Who on my beat should I interview to get a view on how new policy might affect this community? Write a memo, with headline and links to propose this piece of reporting and answer the “Why should anyone care?” question.
Class No. 10 – 1-Minute Mini Project Tuesday, March 3-Wednesday, March 4 Students will present their mini-project pitches for classroom critique. Assignment – Report mini project.
Class No. 11 – 1-Minute Mini Project Thursday, March 5-Monday, March 9
Assignment – Present mini project.
Class No. 12 Tuesday, March 10, Wednesday, March 11 You will take a written test on the concepts and ideas addressed in Classes 1-12. You You will also take a skills test, creating a multimedia news report on deadline.
Class No. 13 – Midterm Evaluation Thursday, Thursday, March 12-Monday, 12-Monday, March 16 We will review the midterm and mini-projects. Students will schedule a 1-on-1 conference to discuss progress. Class No. 14 – Final Project Begins Tuesday, March 17-Wedneday, March 18 We will discuss the format and concept of the final project in a question and ans wer session. Assignment – Assignment – Students will create a final project pitch that demonstrates news judgment, originality, originality, presentation skills, research ability and a significant opportunity for success. Pitch will include 10 hyperlinks to relevant online supporting materials. Class No. 15 – Final Project Pitches Thursday, Thursday, March 19-Monday, 19-Monday, March 23 Students present their initial project pitches for critique and approval. Professor will provide realtime feedback. Students will proceed or refine project pitches.
Class No. 16 – Project Reporting Plan Tuesday, March 24, Wednesday, March 25 Assignment – Sources are extremely important for the success of your project. You You have to find at least 10 potential sources, provide their titles and contact information, list why they are important and assess your chances for getting them to speak with you. Reading – Advancing the Story, Ch. 1, “The Multimedia Mindset.” Class No. 17 – Researching the Project Thursday, Thursday, March 26-Monday, 26-Monday, March 30 Reading – Advancing the Story, Ch. 6, “Visual Storytelling.” (pp 139-166) Class No. 18 – Storytelling Tuesday, March 31-Wednesday, April 1 Students will explore the interplay between text, sound and visuals in news. Class No. 19 Thursday, April 2-Monday, April 13 Assignment – You will turn in a project plan, with a calendar and milestones. Class No. 20 Tuesday, April 14-Wednesday, April 15 Assignment – You will present a progress memo on your reporting. Class No. 21 Thursday, April 16-Monday, April 20 Assignment – You will present a progress memo on your reporting. Class No. 22 – Video Deadline Tuesday, April 21-Wednesday, April 22 Assignment – Draft of your final project video is due. You You will present for critique. Class No. 23 – Text Deadline Thursday, April 23-Monday, April 27 Assignment – Edits due, CMS locked. Class No. 24 – Live Class Planning Tueday, April 28-Wednesday, April 29
Class will collaborate to select order of presentation of final projects and break into groups to create script and workflows for live-stream presentation. Class No. 25 – Live Rehearsal Thursday, April 30-Monday, May 4 Class will rehearse live-stream presentation of final projects. Class No. 26 – Nassau News Live Presentation Tuesday, May 5-Wednesday, May 6 Students will create a live news show to publish their stories on Nassau News and streamcast on the World Wide Web. Students will also live blog the program on several social media channels and interact with watchers on a real-time basis, answering questions and comments. Final Class Final exam, NassauNewsLive presentation.
How to Use the Syllabus Print this out and place it in a binder. It will serve as your roadmap through the semester. It will also be available for you online. How to Study for this Course This is course where you need to stay current. The assignments build on each other and the key is to work with the technology, technology, patiently. patiently. If you encounter a roadblock, reach out to your colleagues, myself or the Internet community. Do the reading, collect URLs, learn cut-and-paste and write quickly. Then print out and edit yourself, forgetting that the words are your sweet little treasures. Cut out the junk and get to the point. Make your deadlines and learn from the editing process.
Disabilities If you have any documented disability-related concerns that may have an impact upon your performance in this course, please meet with me within the first two weeks of the current semester, so that we can work out the appropriate accommodations. Accommodations Accommodations are provided on an individualized, as-needed basis after the needs, circumstances and documentation have been evaluated by the appropriate office on campus. For more information on services provided by Hofstra, and for submission of documentation of your disability, please contact: •
Ann Marie Ferro in 101 Memorial Hall at 516-463-5341 (for physical and/or p sychological disabilities) or Dr. Dr. Diane Herbert in 202 Roosevelt Hall at 516-463-5761 (for learning disabilities and/or ADHD)
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