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Thursday, August 11, 2005

By the Way, This Is What the New Minor Looks Like


Core Sequence: (12 units)

0166 100 Introduction to Media Studies
0166 223 Journalism I
0166 224 Journalism II

Elective: (4)

0166 311 Communication Law and Policy
0166 323 Editing
0166 325 Feature Writing (NEW)
0166 326 Broadcast Journalism (NEW)
0166 328 Photojournalism (NEW)
0166 329 Arts and Cultural Journalism (NEW)
0166 400 Media and Politics

Capstone Course: (4)

0166 420 Journalism Philosophy and Ethics (NEW)

* As is the practice in this university to facilitate minoring across departmental lines, in some instances prerequisites for courses such as Communication Law and Policy and Media and Politics will be waived, though junior or senior status will be required.


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Anonymous said...

I think those are all good topics to look at... but I really think a course in writing in the digital age would be key. i.e. writing for websites, updating websites, creating such websites, pictures and designing for websites, because though newspapers are fun to read and all, and nice to hold in one's hands (I learned that from you Dr. R!), a lot more people read websites and a like... Niall

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Gee. Notice the "anonymous" message from someone trolling the Web for business. But now for Niall's comment:

Well, I agree. In our proposal for a journalism major, one of the capstone courses is Internet magazine. Great thing about that would be that content from audio production, video production, reporting and feature writing -- all forms of content could be used. A principle skill that one would acquire in such a class would be handling and evaluating different forms of content. Seems to me that's a "skill for the future": you are really expert in only one form of content making, but you understand enough about how other forms of content are created to serve as an editor and compiler. I have my doubts about good print reporters being equally good TV reporters, and vice versa. But both could learn to work together on projects and to package the results?

L. Shu said...

You really need an intro to computers/Mac class. Also Quark/InDesign and CopyDesk/QPS. I'm so tired of playing tech support for my coworkers.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

To Big City Les, I respond: How much training for each of these. Say four weeks for each? More? Less? If we say four weeks, then we could require two or three one-unit courses. Copy editing gives a little Quark training depending on who's teaching it. Maybe we could get it down to a single 1-unit course covering eight classes over four weeks in which each of these areas is briefly introduced? If you think that's not enough, please say. It is human nature to have very long discussions of of what should be done and then decide to do exactly that thing that you are capable of doing most easily. If what I am proposing is too little, tell us.

L. Shu said...

Good point. I don't think you need a full-on class for computer/software training. It could be folded into one of the courses. I think a lot of the training will come from real-work experience anyway, and some companies will offer CopyDesk training. But it's a good way to prepare graduates as so much of our work is done on computers, everything from research/Lexis-Nexis to making changes in Quark. The magazine class and the Quark skills I developed from it helped me tremendously when I went into actual magazine work.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Ah, there's the rub. I know you know we know that a minimum amount of software skill should be acquired. But it is *hard* to cram everything that is needed into the basic classes. Magazine class was excellent because it was production oriented. But USF doesn't have money to produce a magazine, so a magazine would have to support itself. Thus, you need a thriving journalism program before you can think about a magazine. It's tough. That's why I think somehow requiring/coaxing/inveigling students into a couple of 1-unit software courses is something to seriously consider.

Lia Steakley said...

Create the magazine on the Web, Dr. Robertson. You still need lots of the skills Les is talking about when creating a Web site. And anyone who's working with HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator or other Web editing tools could easily pick up Quark in a few weeks while on the job.

Publishing online only costs the hosting fee and USF can host it for free. We ran Orange for like $10 a month once we switched to a cheaper hosting company. So I say publish the magazine online like we did with LIT.

The photojournalism is a good idea more and more reporters are having to take their own photos. But Les is right students should definitely have lots of computer design work and work researching using online databases like Nexis Lexis or others in addition to learning how to write well.