COM 242 Digital Newsroom


Campus Location:
Georgetown
Effective Date:
2018-51
Prerequisite:
COM 140, ENG 102 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:

none

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides students with an overview of multimedia journalism to include current techniques, problems, responsibilities of writing, and the application of these principles assigned to multimedia stories.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Portable USB storage device, sound recording device/app (optional), digital camera/app (optional)

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Hybrid Course
Online Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Deliver a presentation that explains a particular type of journalistic writing. (CCC 1, 5; PGC 1, 2, 4)
  2. Access, retrieve, and evaluate credible information from reputable online and off-line sources to create news media that employ research skills and effective interviewing techniques. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 4, 5)
  3. Analyze information from online and offline sources to plan the selection and organization of information. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  4. Communicate information clearly, accurately, and concisely. (CCC 1, 2, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5)
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to journalism. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Deliver a presentation that explains a particular type of journalistic writing.
    1. Identify distinguishing characteristics of journalistic writing.
    2. Identify professional organizations that specializes in a particular area of journalism and exhibit the organization’s website.
    3. Discuss news stories of a particular genre of journalism.
    4. Use technology appropriate to story.
  2. Access, retrieve, and evaluate credible information from reputable online and off-line sources to create news media that employ research skills and effective interviewing techniques.
    1. Gather information through interviewing sources.
    2. Use credible online and database research skills.
    3. Determine credibility by critical thinking.
    4. Attribute information correctly to sources in news stories.
  3. Analyze information from online and offline sources to plan the selection and organization of information.
    1. Develop an introduction appropriate to the news story focus and media.
    2. Compose stories to model styles appropriate to format.
    3. Process information to craft a balanced and fair presentation.
    4. Compare information with reputable sources for reliability.
  4. Communicate information clearly, accurately, and concisely.
    1. Use Associated Press style in news media.
    2. Construct coherent sentence structures that use consistent and correct verb tenses.
    3. Formulate news media with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
    4. Develop news media that are clear, accurate, coherent, and concise.
    5. Use appropriate tone for the respective news media.
    6. Use language appropriate to readership.
    7. Demonstrate fairness in information use, selection, and placement.
    8. Differentiate active and passive voice use with an emphasis on active.
    9. Use transitions, cause and effect, and other techniques such as pacing and rhythm to move readers logically through a story.
    10. Use endings appropriate to news media.
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to journalism.
    1. Demonstrate professional behavior when interviewing and reporting for the campus newspaper.
    2. Use precision and thoroughness when accomplishing a newswriting task.
    3. Adhere to deadlines.
    4. Communicate and work effectively as a team.
    5. Use professional standards of conduct for journalism.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

 
Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Analyze the impact of media on society.
  2. Produce media products that meet professional standards.
  3. Apply principle of design to media products.
  4. Demonstrate effective professional communication skills.
  5. Apply professional, ethical, and legal standards of behavior.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.