jrn310 | undergraduate

Introduction To Journalism

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This course is the introduction to the journalism concentration. The role of the journalist will be described from its origin to the emergence of the modern-era journalist. Key journalistic theories and principles will be discussed. Special attention will be given to influences in journalism and qualities that exemplify journalistic writing. The concepts of journalistic writing, research, technology, ethics, and personal responsibility will be introduced. Controversial issues faced by journalists will be highlighted throughout the course.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Ethics, Personal Responsibility, and Controversial Issues

    • Describe the importance of personal responsibility in the role of the journalist.
    • Examine controversial issues faced by journalists.
    • Prepare for intense study and explanation of ethics, personal responsibility, and controversial issues.
    • Identify ethical issues associated in journalism.

    Role of the Journalist

    • Identify key influences and notable practitioners in the field.
    • Describe the traditional role of the writer/reporter.
    • Explore the expanding role of the modern journalist.
    • Analyze the importance of past trends and current communication movements.

    Journalistic Theories and Principles

    • Identify the key theories and principles of journalism.
    • Analyze the components of journalistic awareness (influence, quality, thoughts, and culture).
    • Evaluate journalistic theories and principles as they apply to the modern journalist.
    • Examine journalism principles in everyday writing.

    Journalistic Writing

    • Introduce journalistic style.
    • Identify specifics to writing for print, broadcast, and digital media.
    • Discuss the key concepts of target audience, journalistic purpose, and storytelling.
    • Examine samples of journalistic writing for print, broadcast, and digital media.

    Research and Storytelling

    • Recognize the role of journalism in society and the need for news to be adequately researched.
    • Examine the emergence of technology and resources available to the journalist.
    • Analyze the role of media convergence and effects on story dissemination.
    • Evaluate widespread usage of technology as related to news delivery
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