CA316 Reporting II

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ca316 reporting II


SP 2010 HO


Youngblood, Steven


Assoc. Professor of Communication Arts



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fall 09

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Rept. I

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Foreign News; Ulf Hannerz; Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004. ISBN 0-226-31575-4

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Course Description:



Reporting II, a required course for journalism and broadcasting students, is designed to expand and enhance your critical thinking abilities, and to make you a more thorough researcher and journalist.

This is a hands-on field reporting class. You will learn about the techniques (like interactive features) and resources (like the Internet) utilized by professional journalists, and we will particularly examine the pitfalls and rewards of reporting on international issues. We will also discuss civic journalism and its impact on the business.


Educational Philosophy:

I believe learning should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. You will describe and evaluate the resources utilized by professional journalists, including those used in backpack journalism, on the Internet, and in international reporting situations.
  2. You will summarize both sides of the civic journalism discussion, and reach some conclusions as it its appropriateness and efficacy.
  3. You will compile journalistically sound research and utilize it to produce professional quality stories, broadcasts, blogs, and other materials.
  4. You will contemplate the ethics and legality of investigative reporting techniques, and come to some conclusions as to your own journalistic ethical and legal boundaries.
  5. You will produce professional quality still and video images, and manipulate these to produce professional interactive features and websites.
  6. You will produced internationally-themed journalistic products that reflect a thorough understanding of the differences, and interconnectedness, of various cultures, economic systems, and societies.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


Your grade will be based on several short projects, and, most significantly, on an International Experience reporting project.


10%-Team civic journalism project

10%-Internet international reporting analysis paper

10%-Interactive feature #1

50%-International experience project: Multimedia materials compiled into an e-portfolio, and burned on disc—details later.

10%-Weekly blogs (last four weeks)

10%-News quizzes

Portfolio—All students in Communication Arts will keep a portfolio of their work. This portfolio will consist of materials saved from each course. In Reporting II, please save your International Experience project.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

With regard to written work: I will not accept late work!. This applies to all daily work, papers, and so on. The only exception to this is if there is some extenuating circumstance, and you contact me IN ADVANCE to get an extension. If you have a problem that precludes you from turning a work in on time, call or e-mail me IN ADVANCE of the due date, let me know what’s going on, and we can make arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect one another.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Topics listed by week:

  1. Civic journalism
  2. Civic journalism and Peace reporting
  3. International multimedia reporting
  4. Interactive features (Team civic journalism project)
  5. Interactive features with international focus
  6. Reporting for the web overview (Interactive feature #1)
  7. Reporting for the web international focus (Internet international reporting analysis paper)

8.    Blogs as journalism (Interactive feature on international experience)

9.   Blogs as international journalism (Audio or video feature for the web) (Weekly blog)

10. Web support of typical broadcast or print material (Two web feature stories on international experience) (Weekly blog)

  1. Prep for “International Experience”

-- (Website blogs and photo/video updates from the scene)

12. No class. Students work on International Experience projects. (Weekly blog)

13. Closure on international experience; peer critique stories, photos, video. (Weekly blog)

14. The law and the Internet in US; Sunshine laws and FOIA (Weekly blog)

15. The law, Internet, and society internationally (Weekly blog) (Web support exercise)

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
At the bare minimum, students caught plagiarizing will receive a zero on the plagiarized assignment. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the instructor, at his discretion, may also choose to have the offender removed from the class, and/or to give the plagiarist a failing grade for the course.

In Reporting II, examples of plagiarism could include copying previously published material, using previously published articles, etc. as a blueprint for the International project without attribution, and so on.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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