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CA 201 Reporting I
Olson, Jolean T.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseCA 201 Reporting I PV
SemesterU1J2005
FacultyOlson, Jolean T.
TitleAdjunct Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesM.A., Public Affairs Reporting
Office HoursHalf hour before class, or as scheduled with instructor
Daytime Phone913-393-0641 (do not call after 6 pm on weeknights)
Other Phone913-909-8586
E-MailJolean.Olson@park.edu
joleanolson@hotmail.com
Semester Dates6/1-7/31
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
The Missouri Group. News Reporting and Writing. Eighth edition. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.

The Missouri Group.  Workbook for News Reporting and Writing.  Eighth edition.  Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.

The Associated Press Stylebook and briefings on media law. Perseus Publishing, 2004

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Small tape recorder with several tapes


Course Description:
This course focuses on the fundamentals of reporting.  It discusses techniques of fact gathering and news writing and provides opportunities to develop those skills through practical application.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy utilizes a comprehensive, hands-on learning approach.  The focus is two-fold; increasing academic knowledge through textbook readings and in-class discussions and presentations, and increasing skills through participation in news writing and gathering activities.  The instructor will engage students in projects that encourage academic and creative growth.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will:
1.  Demonstrate a greater knowledge of current events
2.  Recognize factors that contribute to newsworthiness
3.  Analyze news stories for errors or bias
4.  Demonstrate the ability to write a news story, by analyzing facts and interpreting interviews, news releases and wire copy.
5.  Organize information in various formats for print, television, radio, on-line media and public relations.
6.  Interpret basic legal and ethical issues central to all positions in the journalism field.

Course Assessment:
Weekly current event quizzes and story ideas, in-class writing exercises, take-home writing assignments, in-class discussions and presentations and exams.

Grading:
Quizzes/Story Ideas:  5 for 10% of grade or 40 Points (8 each)
In-Class Writing:  25% of grade or 100 points

Take Home Assignments including Feature Story:  30 % of grade or 120 points

Two Exams at 15% each = 30% of grade or 120 points

In Class Participation is 5% of grade or 20 points.

Totals:  100% of grade/400 points
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments must be turned in the week following their original due date to be considered for a "C" grade.  After that date no assignments will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
No cell phones or pagers.
Attend every class and be on time.  Deadlines are crucial because the news doesn't wait.  There are weekly quizzes and assignments that cannot be made up.  This is an accelerated course, so missing one class will put you at a severe disadvantage compared to the other students.  
Students are encouraged to participate in discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Monday, 6/6:  Orientation, Discussion on Plagiarism
             Review Chapters 1, 2 & 7
             Small group writing assignment
             Take-home Assignments from Text and Workbook

Monday, 6/13: Current events quiz and story ideas due
             Review Chapters 3, 4 & 5
             Small group writing assignments
             Take-home assignments from Text and Workbook

Monday, 6/20: Current events quiz and story ideas due
             Review Chapters 8, 9 & 13
             In-class writing assignments
             Take-home assignments from Text and  Workbook, and Feature story assigned.

Monday, 6/27: Current events quiz and story ideas due
             Feature due
             Review Chapters 11, 12 & 14
             In-class writing assignments
             Review for exam

Monday, 7/4:  No class, return take-home exam by 5:30 pm
             Take-home assignments:  Read Chapters 6, 10, 15, 16 & 17 for next week, do Chapter 6 exercise in Workbook #8, Chapter 15 exercise in Text #1, and in Workbook #11a.  Also, write a one page Obituary on yourself for next week.

Monday, 7/11: Current events quiz and story ideas due
             Review Chapters 18 & 19  
             In-Class assignments
             Take-home assigments from Text and Workbook

Monday, 7/18: Current events quiz and story ideas due
             Review Chapters 20, 21, 22 & 23
             In-class assignment
             Review for final

Monday, 7/25: Comprehensive Exam

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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