Journalism & New Media I Schedule

Fall 2017

Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department

Towson University

Class meets M/W from 9:30-12:10 p.m. in MC 110.

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


****************************WEEK 7*********************************

Monday–Oct. 9

**Speech Story Due–workshop in class**

**Story Corps work day**

**Tiny doc work day**

Wednesday–Oct. 11

Exam #2–study guide on blackboard

Tiny Doc workshop

Work on Story Corps, if you’re not finished

****************************WEEK 8*************************************

Monday–Oct. 16
Last class–Tiny Doc due!!! (workshop for entire class period)
AP Style quizzes must be done by noon today!
MCOM 258 starts on Wednesday, Oct. 18!!!

****************************WEEK 1*************************************

Monday–Aug. 28
Introduction to course | Syllabus | Schedule | Required Materials | Newsroom 101 | Course Expectations | Tiny Doc assignment –the guardian
Homework: (For Wednesday)

Wednesday–Aug. 30

Discussion:  How a newsroom runs | Have you ever really looked at a newspaper? |News Values |News Judgment | Reporting ethics

  • grab a copy of The NY Times,  and The Baltimore Sun newspapers. What values do you see being put to use?
  • Aug. 31 is last day to add/drop for 7 week course.
Homework: (For Wednesday)
  • Read Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, Chapter 2–Start a Blog(3) Register for your blog with wordpress.comEmail me the link to your blog:
  • Write your first WordPress blog post. Introduce yourself to us. Be sure to include a photo of yourself. Remember that you must keep a SEPARATE blog for this class.
  • Read chapter 3
  • Bring your AP Stylebook with you to class on Wednesday

****************************WEEK 2*************************************

Monday–Sept. 4

No Class–Labor Day.  Enjoy the last day of summer!


Wednesday–Sept. 6

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

Newsroom 101 | AP Style |your blog | Middle East Map | Map of the US | Europe

Discussion: Using the AP Stylebook: addresses | ages | numerals | abbreviations | dates | states |


  • Start working on Newsroom 101 quizzes–do the practice test first! I will email you when the quizzes are available.
  • Read Chapter 3 in your text

****************************WEEK 3*************************************

Monday–Sept. 11








Grammar fundamentals |Top 20 Grammar Mistakes|

WRITING THE LEAD | accuracy is everything  | The benefits of blogging |

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**


  1. Find five hard news leads that you think embody what we’ve been talking about in class.
  2. copy and paste each lead to a word document.
  3. Tell me where they’re from (NY Times, Baltimore Sun) credit the writer
  4. Underneath each lead write a sentence or two about why that lead stood out to you.
  5. Should be submitted via blackboard by Wednesday, Sept. 13 by noon.
  6. Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes


Wednesday–Sept. 13

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

Social Media discussion: Twitter | Tips for Twitter | Twitter in the news |tips for beginners | How the pros use it | |Good Advice | trendsmap | the search | get into a twitter habit | live streaming | facebook | snapchat | instagram


  1. 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. This assignment is posted on blackboard under “content”.  Due Monday, Sept. 18
  2. Inverted pyramid practice–posted on blackboard, due on Monday, Sept. 18
  3. Inverted pyramid analysis –posted on blackboard, due on Monday, Sept. 18
  4. Midterm Sept. 25
  5. Read chapters 4 and 5–reporting basics. chapter 5–just read part about covering speeches and meetings.
  6. Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes


****************************WEEK 4*********************************

Monday–Sept. 18

**Social Media article reax due–published on your blog**

Good writing isn’t just for print.

More on the body of the story |reporting and interviewing |  When to use attribution |

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

15 faces assignment


  1. Midterm Monday, Sept. 25–study guide posted on blackboard
  2. Read Chapter 4 and 5– just the part about covering speeches and meetings
  3. 15 faces assignment due
  4. Tiny Doc Critique due Wednesday, Sept. 20 via blackboard
  5. Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes

Wednesday–Sept. 20

Tiny Doc Critique Due–turn in via blackboard

Should you give your source your questions? |IP Practice | IP with errors | Covering speeches and meetings | Speech story assignment | Speech Story practice | Work Day


  1. Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes
  2. Midterm Monday, Sept. 25–study guide posted on blackboard
  3. work on finding a speech or event to cover

****************************WEEK 5***************************

Monday–Sept. 25


Wednesday–Sept. 27

A look at the rest of the session |Improving photo composition–bring your cameras with you to class!

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 backgroundyahoo photos

Field Trip:

Using what we’ve learned today, go out and shoot:

  • Tiger in front of Stephens Hall–get an interesting angle
  • A weather shot–show us the rain or early spring
  • A portrait–remember to use rule of thirds and think about lighting


  • Quiz Monday on Headlines/Cutlines/Blurbs
  • Work on speech/event story– due Oct. 9
  • 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 Monday.

****************************WEEK 6*********************************

Monday–Oct. 2

***Quiz on Headlines/Cutlines/Blurbs***

Your photos– Sarah R. | Makya| Christina

Intro to Audio Storytelling–Natural Sound | Actualities | How to conduct an interview |Audio Editing |  Story Corps Assignment | Zoom audio recorders | Audacity Tutorial


  • Work on speech/event story–due Oct. 9
  • Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes–all quizzes must be done by the end of our last class.

Wednesday–Oct. 4

Audio Editing | Combining audio with video–skills you need for your Tiny Doc.

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

simple editing skills in iMovie

work on Story Corps Project


  • Work on Newsroom 101 quizzes
  • Work on speech story!
  • Work on tiny doc