CA315A JoPrac:News & Feature Writing

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CA 315 JoPrac:News & Feature Writing


SP 2009 HOZ


Lofflin, John


Professor of Journalims

Office Location

Copley 1-South

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Course Description:
CA315A Journalism Practium/Specialized News and Feature Writing: Directed work on the staffs of student publications, in the college Public Relations Office orin the NAIA District 16 Sports Information Office. Practicum credit on student publications. The Stylus editor may enroll for 4 credit hours. Variable credit: 1-3 hours.

Educational Philosophy:

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. Reading and writing are essential tools to achieve depth of understanding and criticism.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. hone craft
  2. real-life ethical decision making
  3. create publications that demonstrate excellence
  4. apply theoretical and aesthetic concerns developed in class work
  5. create artifacts for the portfolio useful in demonstrating personal mastery of craft
  6. professional evaluation through the portfolio process
  7. write news stories or feature stories on deadline
  8. make photographs on deadline
  9. conduct professional interviews
  10. edit work to professional standards
  11. interact with a publication team
  12. consider the ethical issues involved in your work, focusing on the university community
  13. critique your own work and the work of others
  14. experience professional journalism

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 2009 Outcomes: WHAT YOU WILL GET FROM THE COURSE • You will write news stories or feature stories on deadline • You will make photographs on deadline • You will conduct professional interviews • You will edit work to professional standards • You will interact with a publication team • You will consider the ethical issues involved in your work, focusing on the university community • You will critique your own work and the work of others • In sum, you will have a professional experience in journalism
Core Assessment:

Evaluation of stories, photographs, page designs, entire publications


Results of Missouri College Media Association annual contest and concurrent critiques


* Portfolio, journal and self-evaluation of work

Class Assessment:

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their work and on their ability to meet deadlines. Each student must save copies (where applicable) of their work in a portfolio notebook to be presented at the close of the semester and reviewed periodically and informally with the instructor. The portfolio will include all published and unpublished items, the deadline for each item and the date it was completed and turned in. The final grade will be based on these factors in the portfolio:


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.

You will be graded on the portfolio you provide of your work, the timeliness and quantity of your work, and your development across the semester. Your editors will be included in the evaluation process.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Dependability is key. Be available and be willing. Do the best work you can. Learn from your work. Do not sit on your hands when editors ask for volunteers.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

A 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 of 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 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.

  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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Additional Information:



Journalism practica are
designed to give students hands-on experiences in all phases of print
communication. The course is open to majors and non-majors at all levels.




you are a journalism or photojournalism major you should save multiple copies
of your best work from the publication.




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

Task Force, 1996, p. 106


Department Mission: 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.


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


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