Journalism & New Media I Schedule

Fall  2017

Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department at Towson University

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12:15 in MC 110.

(This schedule is subject to change. Look for updates before every class)

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Tuesday–Dec. 5

Tiny Doc Workshop

Thursday–Dec. 7

Last Class–Tiny doc must be published to blog by end of class.

All Newsroom 101 quizzes must be finished by today at  the end of class. I will base my grades on your quizzes based on how many you have completed by 12:15 p.m. on this day.

Final Exam–Tuesday, Dec. 19  8-10 a.m.

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Tuesday–August 29

Introductions | What journalism students need to know | syllabus | course expectations| Today’s journalist

Homework

  • Read IR, Chs. 1 and 2

Thursday–August 31

| News Values | News Judgment | WordPress | The benefits of blogging | Owning a piece of the Internet | the modern newsroom

Discussion: News values at work| the age of convergence

  • grab a copy of The NY Times,  and The Baltimore Sun newspapers. What values do you see being put to use?

Homework

  • Read IR ch. 7
  • (1) Read Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, Chapter 2–Start a Blog(2) Register for your blog with wordpress.comEmail me the link to your blog: jatwater@towson.edu
    (3) Write your first WordPress blog post. Introduce yourself to us. Be sure to include a photo or video of yourself. Remember that you must keep a SEPARATE blog for this class.

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Tuesday–Sept. 5

Find the News Values in use |Journalism Ethics | 7 deadly sins | NPR’s Code of Ethics

Four Pillars of good journalism: Thoroughness | Accuracy | Fairness | Transparency

Journalism Ethics–The SPJ Code of Ethics

Thursday–Sept. 7

AP Style–bring your AP Stylebooks to class with you | Newsroom 101| News literacy |covering the storm

Homework:

  • Read IR, ch. 3
  • (1)Read Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, Chapter 2–Start a Blog(2) Register for your blog with wordpress.comEmail me the link to your blog: jatwater@towson.edu
    (3) Write your first WordPress blog post in the “about” section of your blog. Introduce yourself to us. Be sure to include a photo or video of yourself. Remember that you must keep a SEPARATE blog for this class.

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Tuesday–Sept. 12

 

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Grammar fundamentals |Top 20 Grammar Mistakes|

 

 

 

 

 

WRITING THE LEAD | Lead examples|

  • Strong leads:
    • use the essential “w’s”
    • are written in active voice
    • are one sentence long
    • get to the bam or the heart of the story
    • are 30 words or less

    **In class exercise on writing leads–submit via blackboard**

    Homework

    1. Find five hard news leads that you think embody what we’ve been talking about in class.
      • Create a word document. Copy and paste the leads to this document.
      • Tell me where they’re from (NY Times, Baltimore Sun) and credit the writer.
      • Underneath each lead write a sentence or two about why that lead stood out to you.
      • Due via blackboard Thursday, Sept. 15at the start of class.

Thursday–Sept. 14

**Leads homework due at start of class**

More leads practice

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Tuesday–Sept. 19

The body of the story | The inverted pyramid | Proper quote punctuation and attribution

**in class exercise on writing the inverted pyramid**

HOMEWORK:

  • More IP practice. Assignment posted on blackboard. Submit via blackboard by the start of class on Thursday.
  • Inverted Pyramid article analysis. Assignment posted on blackboard. Submit via blackboard by the start of class on Thursday.

Thursday–Sept. 21

More on the body of the story | Your final project

Tiny Doc–Final project–more details|we see them everyday| |My project | couponing |  AJ+ | The Guardian | Grandma Gamer|(final project–due last day of class )

HOMEWORK:

  • Read IR, ch. 4
  • Tiny Doc critque due Tuesday, Sept. 26 (posted on blackboard)

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Tuesday–Sept. 26

**Tiny Doc Critique due via blackboard**

reporting basics | when to use attribution

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 5

Thursday–Sept. 28

Interviewing practice| 15 faces assignment

Homework:

  1. Midterm Oct. 12
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Tuesday–Oct. 3

|Twitter | Tips for Twitter | Twitter in the news |journalists on Twitter|tips for beginners | How the pros use it | Snapchat |

Homework:

  1. Midterm Oct. 12
  2. Try to have half your Newsroom 101 quizzes done by Oct. 12
  3. Find a recent story in the news about journalists’ use of social media. Write a brief summary of the article and give your thoughts about it in a blog post. Link to the article. Due Thursday, October 5 . Full assignment posted on blackboard.
  4. Think about creating a Twitter account if you haven’t already.
  5. Read Chapter 5–just the part on speeches and meetings

Thursday–Oct. 5

**Twitter article reax due–published on your blog**

speeches and meetings| speech assignment |speech practice

Homework:

  1. Midterm Oct. 12–study guide posted on blackboard
  2. Speech writing HW on blackboard
  3. Start looking for a speech or meeting to cover

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Tuesday–Oct. 10

midterm prep

Homework:

  • Midterm Thursday, Oct. 12

Thursday–Oct. 12

Midterm

Homework:

  • work on newsroom 101. You should aim to have at least 75 quizzes done by now.
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Tuesday–Oct. 17

a look at the rest of the semester–assignments |

Improving photo composition–bring your cameras with you to class! The basic principles:

| Get close  | Look for different angles | the golden hour |check out your background yahoo photos

Your task:

  • Shoot a photo of the tiger in front of Stephens Hall. Try for a different angle. Look at it differently.
  • Shoot a portrait.  Use the rule of thirds. Think about lighting and background.
  • Shoot a news feature. What photo can you shoot that says fall?

Homework:

  • Publish your favorite portrait, still shot of the tiger and news shot to your blog. Write about why you chose each photo. What rules of good photo composition do they follow? Due by the start of class on Thursday, Oct. 19
  • Work on Newsroom 101 Quizzes
  • Work on speech story!

 

Thursday–Oct. 19

Headlines |Cutlines | Blurbs

Your photos: Owen| Nick Shelly | Lane | Melissa

Homework:

  • Quiz on headlines, cutlines and blurbs on Tuesday, Oct. 24

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Tuesday–Oct. 24 

***Quiz — Headlines, cutlines and blurbs***

Serial | Intro to Audio Storytelling–Natural Sound | Actualities |How to conduct an audio interview |Audio Editing | Story Corps Assignment |

Thursday–Oct. 26

The Zoom audio recorders| MCCS checkout procedures |Audio editing

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Tuesday–Oct. 31

work on StoryCorps project

Thursday–Nov. 2

Story Corps Project Work day–due at end of class

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Tuesday–Nov. 7

Let’s get out there and do some reporting!

Thursday–Nov. 10

News brief story workshop

Homework:

  • Speech story due on Tuesday
  • story proposal for Tiny Doc due on Thursday at start of class
    • proposal must be typed and tell me whom you plan to interview and why they are newsworthy

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Tuesday–Nov. 14

Tiny Doc Example 1 | Example 2  | Example 3 

Speech story due. entire class spent on editing and publishing story

Homework:

  • story proposal for Tiny Doc due on Thursday at start of class
    • proposal must be typed and tell me whom you plan to interview and why they are newsworthy

Thursday–Nov. 16

***Tiny Doc Proposal Due***

Shooting Video | video that doesn’t suck

  • Steady
  • No pans or zooms
  • Try for different angles–Wide/Medium/Tight
  • Clean Audio
  • Hold each shot for 10 seconds

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Tuesday — Nov. 21

No formal class meeting. Work on final projects/Newsroom 101.

Thursday–Nov. 23

No Class–Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday–Nov. 28

Editing Video

Thursday–Nov. 30

Guest Speaker