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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU5342

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-07-31
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1765 2006-04-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Mass Communications AS 1247000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Derina R. Holtzhausen 46800

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    JOU 5342 Multimedia Journalism

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Multimedia Journalism
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    An appropriate undergraduate degree in mass communications or significant professional experience in journalistic writing styles.



    Course Description

    The course is designed to bring components of print, web and broadcast writing together to develop skills for and understanding of the multimedia environment. It is restricted to majors and not repeatable for credit.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The challenge for a new generation of journalists and communicators, i.e. print and magazine journalists, broadcasters, advertising and public relations professionals will be to build a system that provides more than just a quicker way to receive the same

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This is the intro level course for the newly proposed Mulitmedia Journalism Concentration and is required of all students in this concentration. Also, students from the other concentrations in the School of Mass Communications graduate program will be required to take this course if they wish to take the Advanced Multimedia Journalism course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    yes, twice.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A PhD in Mass Communications or related field and professional multimedia journalism experience.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To teach students from a variety of mass communication backgrounds the necessary writing skills to be able to communicate through advanced methodologies on multiple journalistic platforms.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to:

    - hone their writing skills and apply them to different media platforms

    - evaluate multimedia journalism products

    - critically evaluate multimedia journalism and its current impact on media values and characteristics

    - produce their own multimedia works.

    C. Major Topics

    New media vs. old media

    Diffusion of new media

    Information vs. entertainment

    Audience analysis

    Writing for print

    Writing for broadcast

    Writing for the Web

    Individual project development

    D. Textbooks

    Williams, J. M. (2003). Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace.

    Additional readings from course pack.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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