Course Abstract Details

JOUR-101, Introduction to Journalism

Credits: 3

Course Description

JOUR-101, Introduction to Journalism, introduces the student to the skills, principles, and ethics of news reporting and news writing. In addition to analyzing and studying types of journalistic writing (feature, editorial, and news story), the student works on news gathering, interviewing, and writing. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 and ENGL-101 or ENGL-103, or concurrent enrollment in ENGL-101 or ENGL-103. Credit by portfolio available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information
· Course Objectives:
To develop an appreciation of the importance of a free press and the role of a free press within a democracy, and to understand the First Amendment, necessary legal limitations, and threats to the First Amendment rights of journalists.
· To develop a news concept and the critical thinking skills to recognize when news lacks fairness and credibility.
· To develop an understanding of the skills necessary for news reporting
· To understand the concept of gatekeeping and its importance to responsible reporting and publishing.
· To learn to write news with special attention to objectivity, accuracy, and fairness
· To learn the responsible use of sources
· To learn the style and structure of good news writing and AP style.
· To understand the ethical principles that are the foundation of responsible journalism and the integrity of journalists
· To recognize and respond to the ethical issues faced by contemporary journalists.
Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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