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Journalism B

Course Description

Journalism B is the second of a two part series that introduces secondary school students to the world of journalism. Students will explore the changing role of journalism in today’s society. They will gain a basic knowledge of radio, television, newspaper, and Internet journalism, to include how each medium is relevant today, how it may adapt to economic changes and audience preferences, and how writing for each medium has its own characteristics.

Course Organization

Modules. The Modules are practice assignments. Each Module is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Course Objectives

Upon completing of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the roles of varying mediums in journalism;
  • determine professional approaches to various roles in journalism;
  • analyze a variety of journalistic styles for bias;
  • identify advertising’s impact on the journalist;
  • plan the layout of the news page; and
  • distinguish between the various news mediums.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Objective
Time Allowed: 3 hours

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 7
Total Number of Activities: 28
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 21

Unit 1: The Changing Role of Journalism
Module 1: Newspaper Journalism
Module 2: Magazine Journalism
Module 3: Television Journalism
Module 4: Radio Journalism
Module 5: Internet Journalism
Module 6: Technology and the News
Graded Assignment 1: Print Journalism
Graded Assignment 2: Television and Radio Journalism
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About The Changing Role of Journalism
Graded Assignment 4: Write a News Story
Graded Assignment 5: The Changing Role of Journalism Unit Test

Unit 2: Internet Journalism
Module 1: Internet Journalism
Module 2: Online Research
Module 3: Creating Internet News Stories
Module 4: Conducting E-Mail Interviews
Module 5: Online Professionalism
Module 6: Reputable Web Sites
Graded Assignment 1: Reputable Web Sites
Graded Assignment 2: Internet News Stories
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Internet Journalism
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Profile
Graded Assignment 5: Internet Journalism Unit Test

Unit 3: Blogs and Personal Web Pages
Module 1: The Blog
Module 2: Blogs as News Sources
Module 3: Starting a Blog
Module 4: Writing a Blog
Module 5: Personal Web Pages
Module 6: Marketing a Blog
Graded Assignment 1: Blogs
Graded Assignment 2: Writing a Blog
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Blogs and Personal Web Pages
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Blog Entry
Graded Assignment 5: Blogs and Personal Web Pages Unit Test

Unit 4: Advertising in Journalism
Module 1: The Necessity of Advertising
Module 2: Evaluating Advertisements
Module 3: Propaganda and Fallacies
Module 4: Writing Advertising Copy
Module 5: Writing an Advertorial
Module 6: Writing Want Ads and Classifieds
Graded Assignment 1: Evaluating Advertising
Graded Assignment 2: Writing Advertising
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Advertising in Journalism
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Book or Restaurant Review
Graded Assignment 5: Advertising in Journalism Unit Test

Unit 5: Radio Journalism Today
Module 1: Radio Journalism Today
Module 2: The Radio News Story
Module 3: Writing News Copy
Module 4: Other Radio News Stories
Module 5: Preparing and Presenting the News
Module 6: The Future of Radio Journalism
Graded Assignment 1: Radio News
Graded Assignment 2: Writing Radio News
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Radio Journalism
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Radio News Story
Graded Assignment 5: Radio Journalism Unit Test

Journalism B Midterm Exam
This Midterm Exam counts as a graded assignment and does not need to be taken at a testing center.

Unit 6: Television Journalism
Module 1: Television Journalism Today
Module 2: Television Journalism Today
Module 3: Writing News Copy
Module 4: Preparing the Viewers
Module 5: Unplanned Interviews
Module 6: The Future of Television News
Graded Assignment 1: Television Journalism
Graded Assignment 2: Writing Television News
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Television Journalism
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Television News Story
Graded Assignment 5: Television Journalism Unit Test

Unit 7: Bias in the Media
Module 1: Bias in the News
Module 2: Detecting Bias in the News Media
Module 3: Labeling and Double Standards
Module 4: Some Other Forms of Media Bias
Module 5: Ignoring and Emphasizing the News
Module 6: Story Selection and Placement
Graded Assignment 1: Bias in the News
Graded Assignment 2: Bias in the News
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About How the Media Can Shape the News
Graded Assignment 4: Write a Letter to the Editor to Report Bias
Graded Assignment 5: How the Media Can Shape the News Unit Test

Unit 8: Photo Journalism
Module 1: The Importance of Pictures
Module 2: A Clear Assignment
Module 3: Planning a Photo Shoot
Module 4: Taking a Good Picture
Module 5: Getting Important Information
Module 6: Writing a Good Caption
Graded Assignment 1: The Photo Assignment
Graded Assignment 2: Getting the Picture
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Photojournalism
Graded Assignment 4: Writing a Cutline for a Photograph
Graded Assignment 5: Photo Journalism Unit Test

Unit 9: Planning a Page
Module 1: Goals of Page Creation
Module 2: Page One News
Module 3: Using Photos on a Page
Module 4: Opinion and Editorial Pages
Module 5: Sports Pages
Module 6: Center Pages/Spreads
Graded Assignment 1: Front Page Layout
Graded Assignment 2: Photo Layout
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Planning a Page
Graded Assignment 4: Write an Editorial
Graded Assignment 5: Planning a Page Unit Test

Unit 10: Ethics and Law
Module 1: Ethics in Journalism
Module 2: Accuracy in Journalism
Module 3: Objectivity in Journalism
Module 4: Other Ethical Issues
Module 5: Libel and Journalism
Module 6: Major Legal Cases and Differences in Opinion
Graded Assignment 1: Ethical Journalism
Graded Assignment 2: Maintaining Objectivity
Graded Assignment 3: Think and Write About Ethics and Law
Graded Assignment 4: Write and Action News Story
Graded Assignment 5: Ethics and Law Unit Test

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