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Journalism I

Subject: Language Arts

Course Description:

Understanding the role of the free press in America helps us to be better informed and more able to analyze media. In this course, you will explore the history of journalism in the United States from its inception in the colonies and its key role in the first amendment, all the way up to present day issues regarding “right to know” and the changing landscape of journalistic media in the 21st century. You will acquire the skills and information needed to actively participate in the consumption, analysis, and creation of news media and will have the opportunity to investigate the constantly evolving career opportunities within the field of journalism.

As you work through each module, you will utilize Web 2.0 tools to respond to current news and shifts in journalism, create original projects, and reflect upon the changing face of news. Authentic assessments, interactive examples, and self-checks will deepen your understanding of the topics covered and prepare you for work or further study in the field of journalism.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • The history of journalism in America
  • The evolution of journalism in America
  • What is a journalist?
  • Media response blogs
  • What is news?
  • Media applications
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Online media
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Ethics in journalism
  • First Amendment freedoms
  • Intellectual property
  • Slander and Libel
  • Sensationalism and Tabloids
  • Persuasion
  • Ethos, Pathos and Logos
  • Bias
  • Credibility

Segment 2

  • Research skills
  • Prewriting
  • Outlining
  • Elements of the interview
  • Lead sentence
  • First draft
  • Content editing
  • Copyediting
  • Revision
  • Article writing
  • Careers in journalism
  • Educational requirements
  • Interest inventory
  • Presentation skills
  • Creation of news media
  • Collaboration
  • Project planning
  • Multi-media presentations

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, peer review, projects, research papers, essays, discussion-based assessments. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 1006300
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Previous language arts course experience recommended

Estimated Completion:
2 Segments/ 32-36 weeks