May 20, 2022
JOU 143 - News Practicum II Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 6
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course offers intermediate-level practical experience in news production for a campus news operation. Students will work as specialized/beat reporters on their campus news staff and will take leadership roles in all stages of news production including planning, reporting, writing, editing, photography, video, audio, visual, layout, design, advertising, website management and social media.
Prerequisite: JOU 142 or instructor permission
During this course, the student will be expected to:
- Produce news as a specialized/beat reporter.
- Define news.
- Outline responsibilities of a specialized/beat reporter.
- Identify news stories on a beat relevant to the campus.
- Build a rapport with sources on a beat.
- Determine the best strategy to convey a news story on a beat.
- Cover a variety of stories on a beat.
- Write news as a specialized/beat reporter.
- Analyze different methods of background research.
- Identify and interview sources.
- Write a lead.
- Write direct, indirect and partial quotes.
- Follow inverted pyramid style and alternative story structures.
- Check facts.
- Maintain objectivity and fairness when writing a news story.
- Apply principles of media law.
- Edit news stories at an intermediate level.
- Apply AP Style.
- Follow newspaper style.
- Accept responsibility for editing a variety of stories.
- Use the digital tools of the newsroom.
- Take photographs with a DSLR camera.
- Use InDesign to lay out news pages.
- Edit photos using Photoshop.
- Record audio during an interview.
- Upload news content to a website.
- Define methods for promoting content through social media.
- Use Microsoft Word.
- Be actively involved at an intermediate level in all campus newsroom operations.
- Provide leadership in staff meetings.
- Participate in additional hours as arranged by instructor.
- Provide leadership in additional activities sponsored by the news organization (i.e. open house, retreat, recruiting, First Amendment Day, fundraising).
- Accept tasks as needed (i.e. advanced photo assignments, copy editing, additional stories, advertising).
- Serve as a leader in a quality student news operation.
- Accept constructive criticism from editor, adviser and other staff members.
- Give constructive suggestions to improve the paper.
- Listen to and respect the viewpoints of others.
- Be flexible with work assignments, article length, layout changes, etc.
- Check messages and e-mail regularly.
- Guide and mentor new staff members.
- Fulfill all commitments to the DMACC community and the public.
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