Northern Star Online Syllabus

Course Outline

Title: Introduction to Journalism

Credits: .25; .33; .5

Pre-requisites:

Instructor: Susie Evans

susie1111@yahoo.com

text or call: (651) 270-3266

Course Description: This course examines the history, principles, and practices of varied genres of journalism with emphasis on writing news, features, interviews, and editing.  

Course Goals and Objectives:

  1. Understand and appreciate the fundamentals and varied aspects of journalism.
  2. Analyze and practice the philosophy of ethical high school journalism and legalities within high school journalism.
  3. Understand and compare/contrast the importance of the business aspects of a news publication and other media sources.
  4. Investigate and produce various types of news writing and present the finished product in a concise and professional manner.
  5. Review good interviewing techniques and the proper ways to publish interviews.
  6. Develop creativity in the design process and layout using various forms of media.
  7. Appreciate the importance of photojournalism and develop skills of editing and story telling.
  8. Develop the fundamental vocabulary of journalism.
  9. Develop skills of researching and writing of varied journalistic pieces.

Topic Outline:  

Topic One:
History of Journalism....Who/What/Where/When/How/Why?
Work through the timeline of words in print through present day

Topic Two:
Philosophy and rational of ethical high school journalism within the legal boundaries of a public school setting.
Law and Practices (First Amendment Schools)
http://www.firstamendmentschools.org

Topic Three:
Law and Practices (First Amendment Schools)
http://www.firstamendmentschools.org
Continued!

Topic Four:
Tactics Used in Journalism
Fallacies
Persuasion
Fact/Fiction

Topic Five:
Writing! Opinion writing, feature stories, basic news stories, sports writing, story telling, responsibility, and interviewing techniques.

Topic Six:
Business! Sales, jobs and duties, process, deadlines, layout and design, photography, advertising, headlines...
What sells the newspaper?

Topic Seven:
More writing!
Captions, headlines, feature stories, blogs, editing copy, voice, curiosity and observation, sources, vocabulary and capturing the audience

Topic Eight:
National Scholastic Press Association
www.studentpress.org

Topic Nine:
Photojournalism! How does a picture tell a story? What are some of the most famous pictures ever taken and why? Submit a portfolio for credit...

Topic Ten:
Exploration of the various types of technology and media that may be used in creating and publishing your work...

Required books and/or educational materials:

You will need access to a camera for this course.

Minimum Technical Requirements: 

Final Exam (date, time and location if one is scheduled):

None

Extra Credit Options if Available:

No extra credit is available. The opportunity to redo assignments can be requested.

Assessment of Student Work

Grading Policy

Steady continual progress is imperative for the successful completion of an online course. Regular attendance, discussion board participation, and email notifications are required. Students not in regular contact with instructor/classmates will be warned. Subsequent warnings will involve parent/counselor notification. Inactivity for 15 days without contact with the program will result in withdrawal from the course.

Grading Scales:

If you are taking the full credit 1103 points total:

681-761 D

762-871 C

872-981 B

982-1103 A

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If you are taking this for a term and see (TA, TB, TC) you need to complete 2/3 of the Moodle work or 723 points.

434-499 D

500-571 C

572-643 B

644-723 A

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If you are making up a Quarter Credit and see (QA, QB,QC, QD) you need to complete 1/2 of the Moodle work or 565 points.

339-390 D

391-446 C

447-503 B

504-565 A

You will be graded as follows:

  • Weekly Writing Assignments:                70%
  • Unit Projects:                                 20%
  • Response to Reading:                 10%

Policy for Missed Exams and Late Assignments:

Please see NSO Policy for Late Assignments: http://bit.ly/nsolateworkpolicy 

Policy for Addressing Academic Dishonesty:

Minnesota Academic Standards Alignment

Briefly list state academic graduation standards met in the core course (social studies, science, mathematics, language arts)

II.C. The student will apply standard English conventions when writing.

Standards and Benchmarks

ELA.11.7.1 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
ELA.11.7.2 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
ELA.11.7.3 3. Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELA.11.7.4 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
ELA.11.7.5 5. Use a writing process to develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, drafting, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
ELA.11.7.6 6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
ELA.11.7.7 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
ELA.11.7.8 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
ELA.11.7.9 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
ELA.11.7.10 10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Course Instructor and Communications

Please see: http://bit.ly/nsostudentcomm 

Student Attendance Expectations:

Format and Frequency of Progress Reports:

Final Grades and Submissions: