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Journalism
Course of Study

Rationale: This Course is designed to give students an insight into the foundations of journalism. While some time will be devoted to facets of the media other than newspapers (TV, radio, electronic, etc.), the bulk of the course will be to give students the basic skills necessary to producing a student- generated publication.

Texts: Getting Started in Journalism by Harkrider (workbook) Journalism Today, 6th edition by Ferguson, Patten and Wilson

Quarter 1: Items of Study

Textbook Chapter 1-
Free Press - Penny Press - Partisan Press - Telegraphs - Yellow Journalism - Muckracking - Minority Media (including women) - Effects of Radio and Development of Television - Modern Effects of Technology.

Textbook Chapter 2 -

Functions of a Journalist - Media Evaluation - Ethics - Libel - Legislative Cases and Precedents (i.e. Tinker and Hazlewood) of Scholastic Journalism - Slander - Fair Comment - in loco parentis - Forum Theory - Privilege - Objectivity - Plagiarism - Prior Restraint - Credibility - Composite Characters.

Textbook Chapter 3 -
News Judgment - Proximity - Localization - Brainstorming - Advance - Prominence - Conflict - Human Interest - Random Sample - Timeliness - Filter Question - Consequence - Advance.

Textbook Chapter 6-
Leads and Lead Writing - Inverted Pyramid - Summary Lead - AP Lead - 5W&H - Tease Lead - Quote Lead - Question Lead.

Workbook Chapter 1-

Origins of Scholastic Journalism - Role of School Newspapers & Yearbooks - Layout Types.

Workbook Chapter 2 -

Law, Standards and Ethics - Seditious Libel - Obscenity - First Amendment - Privacy of Public -vs.- Private Figures - Credibility - Code of Ethics.

Workbook Chapter 3-

Qualities of Newswriting - Oddity - Drama - Subject/Verb/Object Technique - 6 Basic News Questions - Varieties of Leads - Writing Strong Leads.

Workbook Chapter 4 -
LT - QT - QT Method - Direct Quotes - Indirect Quotes - Attribution - Transitions - Newswriting "Helpful Hints" - Active Voice - Passive Voice.

Quarter 2: Planned Items of Study

Textbook Chapter 5-
Primary Source - Open - ended Questions - Degrees of Questions - Stock Question - Formal Question - Off the Record - Q and A Techniques - Interviewing Strategies.

Textbook Chapter 4-
Publisher - Managing Editor - Beat Reporter - General Assignment - Reporters in General - Jump - W.E.D. - Maestro - Main bar - Sidebar - Future Book.
Textbook Chapter 11 - Feature Stories
Textbook Chapter 12- Sports Stories
Textbook Chapter 13- Editorial Page
Textbook Chapter 17- Advertising and Business
Textbook Chapter 10- Design and Layout
Textbook Chapter 8- Writing News Stories and Headlines

Workbook Chapter 5 -

Copyediting - Magic Number - Editing Team - Blueprint - Flow of Information.

Workbook Chapter 8 -
Word Pictures - Details - Leads - Conclusion - Magic 3.

Workbook Chapter 13 -
Desktop Publishing - Printers - Budgets - Advertising - Content & Design.

Workbook Chapter 9 -

Editorial Writing.

Workbook Chapter 10 -
Sports Reporting - Entertainment Writing - Backstage - Background - Overcoming Fear.
Computer Training on PageMaker for Semester II
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