Course code:

HS1055

Level:

I - Introductory

Class size limit:

12

Meets the following requirements:

  • W - Writing

Typically offered:

Yearly

The main goal of this course is to guide students to produce interesting, accurate, well-written, compelling articles about people, processes, and events. The course aims to give students an understanding of the principles of journalism, the structure of journalistic writing, the techniques for identifying, sourcing, and gathering information, and insight into how news is disseminated and read, watched, or listened to in the digital age.

Students will produce a number of short articles for the course, learning the basics of story development, interviewing, research, and covering meetings and events. Students will be tasked with thinking critically, understanding and using news judgment, working collaboratively and on their own, and developing skills for efficiency and self-critique. They will be introduced to the history of journalism, the ethics and laws specific to the field, and the modern media landscape. Students will also learn about visual journalism and will incorporate both photography and videography into their work. Areas covered will include public relations, broadcast media, print and online journalism, and social media. A final project in the course will include significant research, along with the other skills in interviewing, observation, and documentation learned over the term. The course will include as guests professional journalists, photographers, social media experts and others.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria: participation in class discussions and peer review sessions, the quality of their reporting, and the effectiveness of their revisions.

Prerequisites:

None.

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