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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU6362
Tracking Number - 2439

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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 6362

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-12-13
  2. Department: Mass Communications
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: 120100
  5. Contact Person: Mark Walters
  6. Phone: 7278734544
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: JOU
  9. Number: 6362
  10. Full Title: Digital Audio Production
  11. Credit Hours: 1
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Digital Audio Production
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Recording quality audio for online news reports is a skill all modern journalists should know. You will hone your critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises publishable audio for online news use. Hands-on learning is included.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. 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.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Professional experience in broadcast quality audio for news or journalism.
  29. Objectives: • PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH: Comprehensive critiques regarding the use of audio in online (not broadcast) news reports. The art of writing voice-over copy will be covered in hands-on exercises.

    • TECHNOLOGY: Fundamentals of capturing, then editing original digital “online-quality” audio using Audacity. Hands-on exercises will measure necessary skills, knowledge and critical thinking.

    • EDITING: Fundamentals for editing digital audio for online news reports with Audacity (free) using archive files will be covered. Hands-on exercises will measure skills, knowledge and use of critical thinking such as editorial news judgment -- what to include or exclude.

    • VISUAL LITERACY: Comprehensive critiques of the use of digital audio for online news reports by professionals, worldwide, will help you to identify current best practices.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • The mission of audio in online news reports

    • Innovators in the industry

    • Copyright and fair use in the digital era

    • How to choose and utilize audio recording technology for online (exclusively) journalistic assignments

    • Micing tips for online audio

    • What “online-quality” audio is -- auditory and visual examples

    • Best practices audio editing for online news reports -- single and multiple track files

    • Recorder settings for prosumer or pro-level gear for online news reports

    • Organizing a recording session / production and post-production

    • What it takes to be a mobile online audio journalist

    • Managing online audio journalists and their gear

    • Opportunities and trends in online audio journalism

  31. Major Topics: • Storytelling with audio for online news reports

    • Online news audio ethics with 21st Century technology -- the National Public Radio model

    • Types of recorders, mics, cords, stands/poles, mixers, bags and other useful gear

    • Best practice methods for common online news audio, such as:

    -- interview -- “nat” (natural) sound

    -- panel -- press conference

    -- for use with video -- podcast show

    • Audio editing

    • Network case studies for online news reports: National Public Radio and the BBC

    • Podcast case studies: Stuck in the 80’s and Ante Up!

    • Methods for presenting news audio online

    -- single audio file -- “jukebox” player -- hosting options

    -- compression -- .mp3 and other file flavors

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

    Available through CQ Press:

    2. Mark Briggs. Journalism 2.0, How to Survive and Thrive:

    A Digital Literacy Guide for the Information Age

    FREE at -- download the PDF

    3. Associated Press Stylebook, current edition -- This is available for free to registered students through the USFSP Library via Blackboard

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The Olympus DM-520 or the Samson Zoom H2 are cost-effective solutions for Windows or Mac users. The Zoom H2 contains four mini mic capsules under the grill, located at the top of the unit, that can record in two different directions at the same time making desk-top interviews a snap. $139 - $148.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Written critiques

    Point value for each: 50

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Hands-on exercises

    Point value for each: 100

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Final project

    Point value for each: 300

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %


    Total point value: 100

    Percentage of total course grade: 10 %

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Each student will combine what they learn through individual exercises and critiques into a practical 90-second audio news report about an “evergreen” feature topic of their choice. This must be posted online. This news report will include: (1) a narrative story line: beginning, middle and end; (2) Web-quality audio; (3) ambient audio that follows ethical best practices; (4) a strong human character that carries the story line through the audio interview; (5) voice-over narration
  36. Attendance Policy: First Day online "attendance" is required.

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: The deadlines for graded assignments, activities and extra credit assignments are firm except where falling under university guidelines. Failing to turn in graded work by a deadline will otherwise result in a letter grade of F and a point score of zero for the assignment. Extra credit opportunities and score values will be posted regularly in Blackboard throughout the semester. Any extra credit work submitted that is less than a solid B will receive zero points.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Journalism and Media Studies
  39. Course Concurrence Information: NA

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