Course Overview

Online Journalism II – CRN 22215 JRN 02325 – 1
Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
301 High Street, Room 205
Instructor: Mark Berkey-Gerard

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

Online Journalism II explores how digital news stories are reported, produced and distributed on various digital platforms. Students will learn what it takes to create high-quality, innovative, multi-platform stories while adhering to the traditional standards of news judgment, accuracy, fairness and truth.

Prerequisites: News Reporting I and Online Journalism I
Recommended: Photojournalism, Publication Layout and Design, On-Camera Field Reporting, Introduction to New Media

This course builds upon the basic skills and knowledge presented in News Reporting I and Online Journalism I.

In this course, students will:

  • Study and analyze award-winning online news stories in order to gain insight into reporting and storytelling techniques.
  • Learn how to generate enterprising story ideas through original reporting.
  • Develop a “digital-first” workflow for reporting and news content creation.
  • Understanding of the unique characteristics of text, photos, audio, video and graphics and when to use each to present a story in the most compelling manner.
  • Explore innovative ways to adapt traditional news story formats for the web and mobile audiences.
  • Improve multimedia reporting and production skills.
  • Produce multimedia stories alone and as member of team.
  • Complete several portfolio-worthy or publishable news stories. In the past, student work from this course has been published in,, South Jersey Times and South Jersey Magazine.

This is a fast-paced, advanced level multimedia journalism workshop. There will be a lot of discussion, back-and-forth, and, as is the case in any newsroom, a fair amount of chaos. The success of the course and the finished products will depend on your energy, entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and ability to work together. I will conduct the course as a teacher, group facilitator and editor.

I welcome conversations with students outside of class. My office is located at 6 High Street. My regular office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm-2pm and Tuesdays from 10:30am-12:15pm. I may also be available other times as well. If you would like to make an appointment, email me.

Students are also expected to adhere to the university classroom and mobile device policies.

We will often use the computers and mobile devices for in-class assignments. When we do use them, please refrain from unrelated multi-tasking that may distract yourself and others.

Students are expected to read and abide by all University policies, including:

All policies are outlined in the Rowan University Student Handbook

Rowan affords equal opportunity to all and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected class in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies and practices.

Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me at the beginning of the semester. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856-256-4234. The Center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations.

The University has made it a practice to hold classes during inclement weather whenever possible. As the Student Handbook states, it is the student’s decision, based on his or her assessment of the situation, whether or not to attend class. Students will not be penalized for missing classes because of inclement weather; however, they must contact their professors prior to class and make up any work assigned.



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