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JOU 242 - News Practicum III

Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 6
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course offers practical experience in beginning-level management of news production for a campus news operation (print, online, mobile, social media). Students will work as editors on staff where they will have the primary responsibility for the planning, assigning and editing of news stories and news pages. Students in this class also will produce advanced news stories that may utilize multiple sources and investigative techniques. Assistance with the management of all aspects of the newsroom will be expected including recruiting, training, planning, reporting, writing, editing, photography, video, audio, visual, layout, design, advertising, website management and social media.
Prerequisite: JOU 142 , JOU 143  or instructor permission
Competencies
During this course, the student will be expected to:

  1. Engage in the planning and producing of news at a news editor-level position.
    1. Define news.
    2. Identify news stories relevant to the campus.
    3. Determine best strategy to convey a news story.
    4. Complete the steps in producing a news story.
    5. Help assign and manage news stories written by reporters on staff.
  2. Demonstrate how to assign, write, and verify the accuracy a news story at an advanced level.
    1. Analyze different methods of background research.
    2. Identify and interview sources.
    3. Write a lead.
    4. Write direct, indirect and partial quotes.
    5. Follow inverted pyramid style and alternative story structures.
    6. Check facts.
    7. Verify information thoroughly for accuracy.
    8. Take responsibility for the accuracy and objectivity of assigned newspaper    section(s).
    9. Maintain objectivity and fairness when writing a news story.
    10. Apply principles of media law.
  3. Edit news stories.
    1. Follow AP Style.
    2. Provide training on AP style.
    3. Demonstrate proper news style.
    4. Provide training on news style.
    5. Check facts.
  4. Use the digital tools of the newsroom.
    1. Take photographs with a DSLR camera.
    2. Provide training on taking digital photographs.
    3. Use InDesign to lay out news pages.
    4. Train others on using InDesign to lay out news pages.
    5. Apply Photoshop to edit photos.
    6. Conduct training on Photoshop to edit photos.
    7. Record audio during an interview.
    8. Provide training on the use of audio equipment and uploading content to a website.
    9. Upload news content to a website.
    10. Use Microsoft Word.
  5. Promote content through social media.
    1. Manage social media content.
    2. Provide training on social media content production.
  6. Be actively involved in all areas of campus newsroom operations.
    1. Manage staff meetings.
    2. Participate in additional hours as arranged by instructor.
    3. Lead additional activities sponsored by the news organization (i.e. open house, retreat, recruiting, First Amendment Day, fundraising).
    4. Identify and help assign additional tasks as needed (i.e. story and photo assignments).
  7. Lead the editorial/staff team to create a quality news operation.
    1. Offer constructive criticism to other staff members.
    2. Apply suggestions to improve the paper.
    3. Listen to and respect the viewpoints of others.
    4. Be flexible with work assignments, article length, layout changes, etc.
    5. Check messages and e-mail regularly.
    6. Guide and mentor other staff members.
    7. Fulfill all commitments to the DMACC community and the public.



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