Syllabus
Mr. Hatten's 2007-2008 Edina High School Journalism Class

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About the class

Journalism is an elective class that focuses on all aspects of journalism in today's society.  Students will learn what role journalism plays in a democratic society, how it is a part of mass media, styles,  ethics, laws and controversies surrounding the topic.  In addition, students will become working journalists, writing newspaper stories, blogs, conducting interviews, writing, reporting and broadcasting their work.  All aspects of new forms of journalistic media, including internet modes and other technological advances will be addressed.

 

There will be quizzes, homework, class work, small group work, discussion, participation and performance grades.  In addition, there are two major tests: a mid-term and a final.

Unit 1 - What is Journalism?

Mass Communications

Journalism

    Print

    Broadcast

         TV

         Radio

         Podcast

     Digital

         Blogs

         Webpages

              Online newspaper

              Online TV site

         Discussion board

Unit 2 - Principles of Journalism

The newsroom

Ethics

Law

Unit 3 - What is News?

Reporting

Elements of News

Unit 4 - The Interview

Pre-interview

Conducting an interview

Preparing notes

 

Unit 5 - Newswriting

Inverted pyramid

Ledes

Inserting quotes

Building a story

Unit 6 - Layout and Design

Bylines

Headlines

Sub-heds

Fonts

Graphics

Other design elements

Unit 7 - Broadcast Journalism

Film/TV/Video terms

Television

    News packages

    Studio journalism

         Anchoring

Unit 8 - Commentaries and Editorials

Rhetoric and Editorial writing

Blog

Newspaper

TV

Radio

Podcast

 

Major Assignments

Newspaper article #1

  • rough draft due Friday, Nov. 9, 2007
  • final draft with rough drafts due Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

Video sequencing project

  • Final fully edited project due embedded into blog and on video server: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.

Video news package #1

  • Final edited project due embedded into blog and on video server: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007

Newspaper article #2

  • rough draft due Friday, Nov. 11, 2008
  • Final draft with rough drafts attached due Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2007

Video news package #2

  • Final edited project due embedded into blog and on video server: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008

 

 

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