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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU6360

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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 6360


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2435 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 6360 Digital Media Technology

    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)
    Digital Media Technology
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    Creating quality online news reports means being a producer. In this course students will hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with the digital technologies of modern journalism. This has an exclusive digital focus.


  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 online media relating to news organizations, especially in the convergence of various forms of media. Online teaching experience is also required.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • TECHNOLOGY: From three to five “big hitter” current technologies used by mobile online journalists, worldwide, will be featured through Web-based experiences, then critiqued by you for communication and advertising effectiveness for both now and for five years into the future.

    • PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH: Comprehensive critiques of digital online components, worldwide, necessary for reporting and publishing along with exploring how effectiveness is measured toward the ends of understanding communication and advertising revenue options. Each critique identifies specific skills and knowledge needed for components such as RSS feeds, blogs, podcasts, videos, audio options, still photos, crowdsourcing, databases, mashups, search engine optimization, etc.

    • EDITING: Work flows for editing digital online media will be critiqued toward the goal of creating a best practices model scaled to news organizations of varied sizes. An overview of still photo, video and audio editing best practices will be covered and measured during hands-on exercises.

    • VISUAL LITERACY: Even digital audio online is often paired with visual components for effective news reports. Visual news reporting and publishing options will be experienced, then critiqued for their effectiveness, worldwide.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    This professional Project must show evidence of having met the following competencies: 6) Critical thinking: journal kept on development of professional project from concept to execution will serve as evidence of critical thinking ; 11) technology: implementation of digital technologies in production of final project will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved; 8) the written dimension of the final project, rather is the form of script writing or reporting, will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved; 12) all final project must incorporate visual media, as video, photography, lay out of web design, and this will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved.

    C. Major Topics

    Overview of digital online technology and Web-based journalism

    Introduction to production and post-production practices of digital video for online news reports

    Introduction to production and post-production practices of digital audio for online news reports

    Introduction to production and post-production practices of photojournalism for online news reports

    D. Textbooks

    Mark Briggs. Journalism Next. $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-60426-560-6

    Available through CQ Press: http://www.cqpress.com/product/Briggs.html

    Mark Briggs. Journalism 2.0, How to Survive and Thrive: A Digital Literacy Guide for the Information Agehttp://www.kcnn.org/resources/journalism_20 download the PDF

    Associated Press Stylebook, current edition

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings from above. Other purchases not required.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Written critiques 50%

    Model of best practices report 20%

    Final exam 20%

    Online "attendance" and participation 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Upon completing each major topic section of this course, students will be tested on both the theoretical and practical applications of the respective technologies.

    H. Attendance Policy

    First Day online "attendance" is required.

    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 – 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. It’s 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

    No late assignments will be accepted unless specific arrangements are made in accordance with university guidelines concerning religious observance and other exceptions.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    NA



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