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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU6114

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-04-04
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF STPT approved; To USF Inst fo rconcurrence. SCNS approved effective 3/1/11. Prefix/number changed from MMC 6xxx to JOU 6114


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2432 2010-12-10
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mass Communications AP 120100
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Walters 7278734544 mjw@mail.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    JOU 6114 Multimedia Reporting

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Multimedia Reporting
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    This course teaches the writing and visual skills specific to journalism across all digital media platforms. It makes a decisive break with traditional print and frames the future of the reporter as digital and global.


  3. Justification

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

    Needed to compete with national trends

    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?

    Most journalism schools (let alone the journalism profession) have utterly failed to keep up with the rapid changes in technologies and values that have redefined the field of professional journalism. Retrofitting old approaches to create new understandings and insights has proven insufficient. Entirely new models and approaches to the remade profession are required. This new course will explicitly direct and support students in integrating all these technologies and approaches into an applied work of digital journalism. This course will be part of the essential training for journalists in the digital era.

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

    No

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

    Professional experience in new digital media, especially in the convergence of various forms of media. Online teaching experience is also required.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills needed to:

    *Write news stories for varied audiences, across all media platforms.

    *Understand the role of technology in digital storytelling.

    *Appreciate how digital media are changing the storytellerís role in contemporary newsrooms.

    *Transform traditional print and broadcast news stories for an on-line audience.

    *Create content specifically for the web and other forms of digital media.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate the following competencies, also known as learning outcomes:

    *The ability to write multiple news stories across media platforms, through the submission of a

    series of multimedia news packages.

    *Hands-on experience with digital technologies integral to the process of multimedia

    storytelling, through the completion of a series of workshops.

    *Creative storytelling techniques linked specifically to content for a multimedia audience,

    demonstrated by the completion of original content for the web and/or other forms of digital

    media.

    *Delineate between the role of traditional and digital media in contemporary newsrooms,

    demonstrated by an essay exam or end-of-semester research paper.

    C. Major Topics

    The Role of the Storyteller

    Reporting Stories Across Media

    Writing the Story for Print and the Web

    Video Storytelling on the Air and on the Web

    Presenting the Story On-Camera, On-Air, and On-line

    Practicing Public Relations in a Multimedia World

    Multiculturalism for a Digital Audience

    D. Textbooks

    Silvia, T., and Anzur, T. Power Performance: Storytelling for Multimedia Journalists. Oxford

    and Boston: Blackwell. 2011.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings from above as well as presentations in various digital formats. No purchases are required.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Four multimedia writing assignments40%

    One digital editing exercise (on-line) 10%

    One long-form multimedia package 20%

    One final research paper 20%

    Participation in on-line discussions 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Four multimedia writing assignments

    One digital editing exercise (on-line)

    One long-form multimedia package

    One final research paper

    Participation in on-line discussions

    H. Attendance Policy

    First Day online "attendance" is required.

    In addition to attending every virtual classroom meeting and participating in large and small group discussions, you are responsible for checking the Blackboard site for this class on a daily basis. Readings and discussion boards based upon those readings may be posted and participation in this forum comprises an important part of the attendance/participation grade in this class.

    Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Ė Registration - 4.0101,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    In addition to attending every virtual classroom meeting and participating in large and small group discussions, you are responsible for checking the Blackboard site for this class on a daily basis. Readings and discussion boards based upon those readings may be posted and participation in this forum comprises an important part of the attendance/participation grade in this class.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    NA



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