CA 315 Journalism Practicum: News and Feature Writing
FA 2008 HOZ
Associate professor of journalism
Copley 1 South
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Journalism practica provide an opportunity to apply the skills of journalism as a member of a publication team, usually on the staff of the Stylus or the Narva. The course is conducted in an independent manner as students fill roles on the publication team then submit their work to the instructor for critique. The Stylus or Narva editor may enroll for 4 credit hours. The usual enrollment is for 3 credit hours. Variable credit:1-4 hours.
“...the purpose of media education is to produce well-rounded graduates who have critical thinking skills as well as practical skills, and who have an understanding of the philosophy of the media and a dedication to the public service role that the media have in our society.”
-- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Curriculum Task Force, 1996, p. 106
THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS / JOURNALISM
The communication arts graduate in journalism is a thinking journalist capable of adapting to change and creating change in the profession, open-minded, committed to truth and the empowerment of all citizens through the arts of journalism. Specifically, the graduate exhibits excellence in craft and an analytical approach to problems. The graduate recognizes excellence and strives to produce it. The graduate’s professional and personal ethics are in harmony, motivated by a sense of purpose for good in the community. The graduate celebrates individuality and respects differences while searching for the common good.
HOW THIS COURSE FITS INTO THE DEPARTMENT MISSION
· Practica provide opportunities to hone craft
· Practica provide opportunities for real-life ethical decision making
· Practica provide opportunities to create publications that demonstrate excellence
· Practica apply theoretical and aesthetic concerns developed in class work
· Practica create artifacts for the portfolio useful in demonstrating personal mastery of craft
· Practica provide the opportunity for professional evaluation through the portfolio process
Engagement with the ideas of the course is the essential prerequisite for higher level learning. The teacher serves as a guide to the construction of meaning, the development of skills and dispositions, the recognition of what constitutes excellence, and the consideration of ethical issues.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Evaluation of stories, photographs, page designs, entire publications
Results of Missouri College Media Association annual contest and concurrent critiques
In addition to the portfolio, each students will submit a brief paper describing the work accomplished in the practicum, what the student has learned from the experience, and what the student plans to improve.
· Quality of the work (determined by portfolio review) -- 40%
· Timeliness of the work -- 50%
· Final paper -- 10%
Special note: Students sometimes complete projects that are not used in one of the publications. Simply place that work in the portfolio. Whether your work is used or not, you will be responsible for accomplishing one piece for each issue. It is your responsibility to get assignments or conceptualize your own assignments.
Provide a hard copy of everything you do to me weekly so I can offer a preliminary evaluation of the work.
For writers and photographers, the portfolio should contain three kinds of documents for each artifact: A hard copy of the story or photograph; a printed copy of the story or photograph, and an electronic copy of the story or photograph.
For editors, multiple copies of each issue should be gathered for the portfolio. Also editors should retain uneditied copy to compare with edited versions.
The portfolio will be evaluated at the conclusion of the course. Improvement will be the primary criteria.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Meeting deadlines composes half the final grade
Journalism practicum is a guided practical experience on a student publication or another publication. No class meetings are scheduled. The student may meet with the Stylus staff at their weekly meeting time, currently Wednesdays at noon. Students may arrange to receive assignments at other times.
The student will be responsible for completing an assignment for each issue of the Stylus or for a variety of Narva deadlines. Students may also be present for production of either publication. Details will be arranged individually with the instructor.
Because this is an extremely important educational experience accomplished in an independent manner reflecting the world of commercial journalism, both the teacher and the student must be responsible for strong informal exchange of ideas, critique, brainstorming and general help in accomplishing assignments.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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