Dec 07, 2022
JOU 243 - News Practicum IV Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 6
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course offers practical experience in the upper-level management of news operations for a campus news organization. Students will work at the highest level of leadership at the paper (managing editor, advertising manager, editor-in-chief). Students will gain experience in managing all aspects of a college newsroom, including staff development and training, oversight of the editorial, advertising, circulation and business departments and producing advanced news packages.
Prerequisite: JOU 142 , JOU 143 , JOU 242 or instructor permission
During this course, the student will be expected to:
- Provide upper-level management of a campus news operation.
- Define news.
- Identify and assign news stories relevant to the campus.
- Determine the best strategy to convey news stories.
- Assist with the steps in producing news stories.
- Assign and manage news stories written by the news staff.
- Evaluate all content published in the campus news operation.
- Analyze different methods of background research.
- Assist with identifying and interviewing sources.
- Write and edit leads.
- Write and edit direct, indirect and partial quotes.
- Follow inverted pyramid style and alternative story structures.
- Check facts.
- Take responsibility for the accuracy and objectivity of the newspaper.
- Maintain objectivity and fairness when writing a news story.
- Apply principles of media law.
- Edit news stories.
- Follow AP Style.
- Edit stories using AP Style.
- Demonstrate newspaper style.
- Use the digital tools of the newsroom.
- Take photographs with a DSLR camera.
- Manage the photography assignments of staff members.
- Supervise the layout of the news.
- Use InDesign to lay out news pages.
- Implement Photoshop to edit photos.
- Record audio and video during interviews.
- Upload news content to a website.
- Manage and supervise the promotion of content through social media.
- Use Microsoft Word.
- Be actively involved in all areas of campus newsroom operations.
- Manage and supervise staff meetings.
- Understand and effectively delegate all the tasks that need to be completed for the news organization.
- Participate in additional hours as needed.
- Manage and supervise additional activities sponsored by the news organization (i.e. open house, retreat, recruiting, First Amendment Day, fundraising).
- Identify and assign additional tasks as needed (i.e. story and photo assignments).
- Lead the editorial/staff team to create a quality news operation.
- Offer constructive criticism to other staff members.
- Apply 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 other staff members.
- Fulfill all commitments to the DMACC community and the public.
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