Welcome to Online Journalism 2 – Spring 2011

The course will examine content strategy, editing, and production techniques for news web sites. Students will learn to conceptualize, design, and implement a basic web site with emphasis on multimedia content creation and presentation.

Students will refine their multimedia skills – integrating text, audio, photographs, and video to produce news stories for an online audience. The class will create an online multimedia publication about New Jersey issues and residents at htt://njsouthbound.com By the end of the semester, each student will also have created multiple web-based packages suitable for internship or job applications.

In this course, students will:
• Learn how to generate story ideas through original reporting.
• Explore the art of interviewing and listening to subjects in a way that allows people to tell their own stories in a vivid and intimate manner.
• Report across multimedia platforms.
• Explore interactive storytelling.
• Create an individual portfolio of multimedia work suitable for internship or job applications in the news or new media industry.
• Work together to build an online publication with special attention to journalistic ethics, strategy, design and interactivity.
• Uncover interesting stories about local people and issues – and hopefully gain new insight and understanding into the place that is Southern New Jersey.

This is a fast-paced, advanced level workshop. Students are assigned a series of multimedia reporting assignments. The class will devise a strategy and a work plan for building, editing and promoting a web site to host the best multimedia projects. This class will also include collaboration with students in the Photojournalism course. There will be a lot of discussion, back-and-forth, and, as is the case in the creation and editing of any publication, a fair amount of chaos. The success of the course and the finished product will depend on your energy, entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and ability to work together as a team. It will require personal responsibility and high journalistic standards. I will conduct the course as a group facilitator, editor, and publisher.

This class blog serves as the primary source of information for the course. It will updated several times a week. Resources for lectures and in-class activities will be posted here, as well as the schedule, assignments, tutorials, and grading policies. It is also a portal to student work. Students should bookmark the class blog or subscribe to its RSS feed, and read it regularly.

Students are required to purchase some basic equipment for this course. Make sure it meets the required specifications.

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