cmc240 | undergraduate

Information Strategies: Putting 2 And 2 Together

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This course addresses effective communication strategies via the gathering, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis that comprise information literacy as a standard of modern problem solving. Students recognize the need for information, formulate meaningful questions to guide their search, assess what is cogent, interpret bias, and integrate material for a compelling presentation. Furthermore, they perform these tasks with a regard for social responsibility and professional ethics.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Getting it Right--Credibility

    • Create pre-search questions that avoid message bias.
    • Apply appropriate criteria to identify and evaluate a credible source.

    Gathering Information

    • Describe the importance of using news aggregators to find credible sources.
    • Conduct an information search using the University Library.

    Different Types of Journalism

    • Describe the relationship between types of journalistic information and types of journalistic stories.
    • Evaluate components of online content and production.
    • Describe the effects of audience participation on journalism.

    The Responsibilities of a Journalist

    • Evaluate information collection strategies.
    • Identify journalists’ ethical responsibilities to society, their organization, and themselves.

    The Right Message for the Right Audience

    • Explain the importance of adapting messages to different audiences.
    • Identify bias and ethical use of information.
    • Identify criteria used to establish credibility of information sources.

    Informal Sources of Information

    • Explain criteria for establishing credibility of informal sources.
    • Describe the limits of personal experience, social media, and interactive news stories as informal sources.
    • Explain the importance of accuracy and attribution when using interview information.

    Using Libraries

    • Explore virtual libraries to locate information.
    • Provide an information trail from indexes, bibliographies, or references.
    • Discuss the pitfalls to online research.

    Reviewing Your Information

    • Apply critical thinking to evaluate and prioritize information.
    • Evaluate the quality of information gathered.

    Creating a News Story

    • Demonstrate the methods for creating a news story with an effective lead.
    • Demonstrate the methods for creating a news story with an effective message.
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