cmc250 | undergraduate

Information Sources: Where It's At

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Finding information can be a journalistic challenge, whether it’s an investigative project or a routine report. This course reviews the process of conducting investigative research: generating ideas for a research project; locating primary, secondary, and people sources; using research techniques and computer-assisted tools; managing and evaluating information; and applying writing techniques to report the results of an information search. Special emphasis is given to exploring the resources available for investigating a variety of governmental, social, health, business, and environmental issues.

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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    Launching an Investigation

    • Discuss ways to overcome the challenges of finding good sources.
    • Generate ideas for an area of ongoing investigative research.
    • Describe methods for finding subjects for investigative research. 

    The Ethics of Investigative Journalism

    • Discuss the ethical challenges of investigative work.
    • Identify inconsistencies and information gaps in an investigative report.
    • Assess investigative reporting according to ethical standards.

    Preliminary Research: Techniques, Tools, and Sources

    • Select an individual, institution, or issue to research.
    • Locate primary, secondary, and people sources.
    • Use research techniques and computer-assisted tools.
    • Construct an organization system to manage information.

    Investigating Government

    • Critique a published article about an investigation of government.
    • Discuss challenges involved with investigating government.
    • Outline resources available for investigating government.

    For-Profit and Nonprofit Investigating

    • Outline resources available for for-profit or nonprofit investigations.
    • Critique a published article about a for-profit and nonprofit investigation.

    Investigating Health Care, the Disadvantaged, and the Environment

    • Defend an issue that is worthy of further investigation.
    • Critique a published article about an investigation involving health care, the disadvantaged, and the environment.
    • Outline resources available for investigating health care, the disadvantaged, and the environment.

    Evaluating the Research

    • Analyze research gathered from sources for relevance to the investigation.
    • Examine relationships within the data and research acquired during an investigation.
    • Document an interpretation of the research.

    Writing Compelling Projects

    • Apply investigative writing techniques.
    • Assess the effectiveness of an investigative report.

    Reporting the Results

    • Discuss the importance of investigative work in a communications (or other) career.
    • Communicate findings arising from an investigation.
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