Class Schedule

Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.

The following schedule is a guide for the semester. It is subject to change. Check the main page of the website for updates. Major assignment due dates are marked in bold.

Week 1

In Class: Get Rolling
-Introductions
-Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.
Course overview
Readings and 2016 Online Journalism Awards
Assignments and Grading
Class schedule
Equipment and hosting
Ethics review
-What this class is about: 1.)”The future of news is now” and 2.)“Journalists today have to be Swiss Army knives” – Advice from Texas Tribune co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief Evan Smith. (See About page for Texas Tribune)

Assignments:
-Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.
-Start getting your personal equipment together.
-For Monday: Explore the entries for the 2016 OJA finalists. Browse widely. Try to spend at least 30 minutes clicking around. Get a sense of the OJA’s. Pick one entry that you really like and want to discuss.  Answer the following questions and be prepared to share them with your classmates (Orally. You do not have to write anything down.)

  • How would you describe the values/critiera of the OJAs based on the finalists and winners?
  • Briefly describe the entry/story you particularly liked? What pulled you in?
  • Tell us about the news organization that published it? What is their niche/mission?
  • Why do you think this is award-worthy? What do they do? How do they do it?

I’ll ask each of you to talk about your entry in class.

Week 2

In Class:
OJA example inspiration
Evan Smith Review
-Discussion: What does digital-first look like at BillyPenn.com?
Lecture and activity: Establishing a digital-first workflow (continued)
Assignment 1: Event overview Workflow due Feb. 8. Final due Feb. 15

Assignments:

For Wednesday:
-Explore BillyPenn.com, a local, digital-only publication and OJA finalist from 2015. What does a digital-first strategy look like at this publication? Come with examples.
-Read How Philly’s Billy Penn is building a local news audience from scratch (NiemanLab)
-Read Inside Billy Penn with CEO Jim Brady (AJR)

For Monday:
-Read How a digital-first workflow guides a reporter’s work by Steve Buttry
-Read 10 ways to think like a digital journalist by Steve Buttry
-Read NPR’s Emily Harris made this checklist to organize her story process (NPR)
Bring your event idea for Assignment 1: Event

Week 3

In Class:

-A few more thoughts on media “steamships” and “cigarette boats”
Art of story hunting
How to pitch stories for this class (Using XY And what’s interesting… test)
-Assignment I: Event pitches
Which media element/platform is best for your story?
Assignment I: Event Workflow – What to do and how to do it
Curation as Journalism
How/where to post your post-event coverage of Assignment I: Event
In-Class Assignment: Curating with Storify (Worth 2 points)

Assignments:
-Work on Assignment 1: Workflow due prior to your event (No later than Feb 8.) Turn in via email. (See Assignment I: Event Workflow – What to do and how to do it)
Assignment I: Event coverage due Feb. 15. (See How/where to post your post-event coverage of Assignment I: Event)

Week 4

In Class:
Intro to Being 12 video series (for Wednesdays reading and watching)
Reviewing basics: Headlines, featured image, formatting, and hyperlinks
Verification as Journalism
In-Class assignment on Verification (Worth 1 point)
Equipment check-out
Verification assignment review
Video teams for next week
Being 12 discussion

Assignments:
For Monday, Feb. 13
-One person from each team must reserve, check-out and bring the video equipment to class. Also bring your own headphones, SDHC card, and flashdrive.

-Read  How to make boring things interesting in video by Adam Westbrook
-Watch Being 12: Intro
-Watch Being 12: If you give a 12-year-old a phone
-Watch Being 12: What romance is like in middle school
-Watch Being 12: On race

-Work on Assignment 1: Workflow due prior to your event (No later than Feb 8.) Turn in via email. (See Assignment I: Event Workflow – What to do and how to do it)
Assignment I: Event coverage due Feb. 15. (See How/where to post your post-event coverage of Assignment I: Event)

Week 5

In Class:
Being 12 review
Online video tips and techniques
T5i and Rode mic intro
In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing (Worth 4 Participation points)

Assignments:
Assignment I: Event coverage due Feb. 15. (See How/where to post your post-event coverage of Assignment I: Event)

Watch some of the Innovative Approaches to “Person on the Street” Video

If you are new to video editing, spend some time with tutorials

Week 6

In Class:
-Assignment 1 feedback
-Very brief video editing overview. Here are tutorials for Final Cut and Adobe Premiere
-Work on In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing
Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview

Assignments:
-Watch and study examples of Innovative Approaches to “Person on the Street” Video
-Due Monday, Feb. 27 In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing (Worth 4 Participation points)
-Due Monday, Feb. 27 – Communicate with your teammate over the weekend and come up with your question pitch for Assignment 2: On the Street Video

Week 7

In Class:
-Planning and Question pitch for Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview
-Advice for shooting and editing “person on the street” video
In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing due at end of class on Monday
Wednesday is a reporting workday. Use the time to shoot/edit Assignment 2 with your teammate. I will be in class. Come if you want/need help and assistance.

Assignment:
-Working on Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview. Rough cut is due Monday, March 6 in class. Final cut due Friday, March 10 before you leave for Spring Break

Week 8

In Class:
Fall 17 registration reminders
Assignment 2: On the Street Video rough cut review and revisions

Assignments:
– Assignment 2: On the Street Video due Friday, March 10 before you leave for Spring Break. Here is how to post it and turn it in to me.

Week 9

In class:
What we’ve covered and where we are headed
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video review
Intro to Explanatory Journalism
-Mid-semester check-in and Assignment 2 participation

Week 10

In Class:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature overview
-Assignment 3 brainstorming
Topical Reporting or Issue Story overview

Assignments:
-Explanatory feature pitch due Wed, March 27 in class
-Read A River of Booze for Wed, March 27
-Explore the examples of Explanatory Journalism and Issue Stories

Week 11

In Class:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature check-in
Issue Stories (continued)
Assignment 4: Issue Story

Assignments:
-Work on Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. Rough draft due Wed. April 5. Final draft due Wed, April 12.

Week 12

In Class:
Issue Stories (continued)
Issue Story Reporting Plan
-Wednesday is workday for Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. I’ll look at your work in progress.

Assignments:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. NOTE: Deadline has been extended to 11:59pm on Thursday, April 13
Issue Story Reporting Plan due Monday, April 17 at the end of class

Week 13 

In Class:
Schedule for the last four weeks of the semester
Issue Story Reporting Plan due Monday, April 17 at the end of class
Explanatory Feature review
Assembling an Issue Story
Posting an Issue Story

Assignment:
End-of-the-semester quiz on Monday, April 24 will cover anything we’ve discussed in class. (Worth 2 participation points)
Assignment 4: Issue Story. Complete draft due Monday, May 1. Revised draft due Monday, May 8.

Week 14

In Class:
End-of-the-semester quiz. Will cover anything we’ve discussed in class. Week 1 through Week 13 (Worth 2 points)
No class on Wednesday, April 26. Reporting day. Work with your group on Assignment 4: Issue Story

Assignment:
Assignment 4: Issue Story due Monday, May 1

Note: Schedule for the final weeks of the semester

Finals Week

Monday, May 1 – Final Class Period

Course evaluation

-Return quiz

-Group work – Posting Assignment 4 and share it to my mbg.rowan email address.

Assignment 4: Issue Story is due at 11:59pm on May 1. Note: This is not a rough draft. It must be complete.

Tuesday, May 2

-Forum on “Future of News in South Jersey” on May 2 from 7:00-9:00pm at South Jersey Tech Park – RSVP here

Finals Week – May 2 to May 7

-I will review each project and then respond via email with suggested revisions. Revise your project for May 8.

-On Sunday, May 7, I will send out a short online form for you to fill out regarding your participation and teamwork on Assignment 4.

Final Exam period, Monday, May 8 from 10:15am-12:15pm

-I will be in Room 205 during our final exam period from 10:15am to 12:15pm. Attendance is optional, but I will be there to assist you if you need help. If your group has questions about revisions, needs technical help, or if you want to review your grades to date, this is the time for those things.

-Your online participation form for Assignment 4 is due by 12:15pm on May 8.

Revised Assignment 4: Issue Story is due at 12:15pm on May 8.

May 9 – 12:30 – Pizza lunch for graduating journalism majors – 301 High, Room 216

May 10 – 10am – CCCA Commencement

Sometime between May 10 and May 15, I will email you with all of a grade on Assignment 4, all of your assignments and attendance/participation and your final grade for the semester. If you have questions, get back to me ASAP.

May 16 – Final Grades submitted

 

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