The class meets Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Room 2070 of the humanities building.
This is not a computer class. It is a
journalism and writing class where we will be using computers. We'll be learning about how to use the Internet to improve our journalism.. While the first semester focuses more on using the Internet as a news journalism tool, the second semester focuses more on the Internet as a creative cultural medium.
The course has four elements:
Readings: Students will read a selection of news articles and book chapters chronicling how the Internet has changed journalistic ethics and practices. Students will also read examples of journalism written for and about the Internet.
Writing: Students will sharpen and enliven both their creative and journalistic writing skills through numerous assignments. Students will email their writing assignments to the instructor as well hand in printed versions in class.
Research: Students will learn how to systematically and quickly hunt down facts, figures, contact information and story ideas using the Internet.
Web Production: Students will learn the basics of website production and design using the Microsoft FrontPage software.
15%--attendance and attitude.
10%--assignment 1: TBA
10%--assignment 2: TBA
10%--assignment 3: TBA
20%--mid-term assignment: best of the web article.
35%--final paper: TBA
A note on lateness and absences: Each time you're more than 3 minutes late, your attendance and general attitude grade drops one grade. Each time you miss a class without an extremely good excuse, it drops two grades. Late assignments will be docked one grade for each day late.