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General Course Information for JRN300: Multimedia Journalism Skills

Course: JRN300 - Multimedia Journalism Skills
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: This class covers the organization of news stories and their preparation for newspaper, online, TV and radio formats and the fundamentals of news journalism, including standards of objectivity, fairness and accuracy. The course focuses on how journalists report the material they ultimately need for their finished stories and provides students with the opportunity to understand what counts as news and how to write focused news stories on deadline. Students learn to identify the structure and basic ingredients of news and master different types of leads and such style conventions as the inverted pyramid, the nutgraph and other non-fiction storytelling techniques.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the principle of the inverted pyramid to the construction of a news story
  • Identify the basic ingredients of news
  • Recognize what types of leads were selected by professional writers as they constructed their news stories, whether they appeared in print or online
  • Determine how to find ideas for their work and where to look
  • Study the re-creation of reality and learn how narratives are re-constructed with consideration to accuracy and fairness
  • Learn the skill of observation of your own life and the lives of your neighbors as a technique for gathering story ideas
  • Follow developing news events and discover how to "localize" stories to be of interest to local readers
  • Learn how to cover a general assignment beat and what that involves because it often will be what is expected in your first professional job
  • Gather information with speed and accuracy and take reliable notes
  • Follow an ethical code
  • Write with an audience in mind
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN DIGITAL JOURNALISM
    • Apply copyediting rules and techniques for fact-checking.
    • Apply ethical principles of journalism during reporting, writing and producing.
    • Identify the elements of style and structure in news and feature stories.
    • Identify what constitutes news.
    • Recognize the legal boundaries of the First Amendment that balance the freedom and responsibility of the press.
    • Work in groups to publish an online or print news product.
    • Write focused news and feature stories for a variety of platforms.
    • Write in a variety of story forms, including news and feature.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures