Welcome to Online Journalism 2 – Spring 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn to conceptualize, design and implement a basic website with emphasis on multimedia content creation and presentation. The course will examine content strategy, editing and production techniques for news related websites. This class uses a hands-on workshop approach to explore online journalism. Students will refine their multimedia skills – integrating text, audio, photographs and video to produce news stories for an online audience. It will also explore social networking and creating multimedia content for websites, tablets and mobile devices. The class will create an online multimedia publication about New Jersey issues and residents. The class also consists of collaboration with students in the Photojournalism courses.

Prerequisites: News Reporting I and Online Journalism I
Recommended: Photojournalism, Publication Layout and Design and/or On-Camera Field Reporting

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
This course is a continuation of Online Journalism I. Each student will become more proficient in her/his interviewing, reporting, writing, editing and multimedia production skills. Each student will contribute to the tasks of building the student-run online publication http://njsouthbound.com By the end of the semester, each student will also have created several multimedia news stories 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.
  • Improve multimedia reporting skills including how to best use and integrate text, photos, audio, video and graphics.
  • Report multimedia stories as a “one-person band” and as member of team.
  • Focus on the narrative qualities of interactive storytelling.
  • Work together as a class to build an online publication (http://njsouthbound.com) with special attention to journalistic ethics, strategy, design, mobile capabilities, social networking, and interactivity.
  • Uncover interesting stories about local people and issues – and hopefully gain new insight into Southern New Jersey life and culture.

TEACHING METHODS:
This is a fast-paced, advanced level multimedia journalism workshop. Students are assigned a series of multimedia reporting and production assignments. The class will devise a strategy and a work plan for building, editing and promoting a website to host the best multimedia projects. This class will also include collaboration with students in On-Camera Field Reporting and the Photojournalism courses. 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.

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