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Introduction to Journalism
INTRO JOURNAL
CLASS CODE: COMM 240 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: History of American journalism; orientation to print journalism careers; information-gathering strategies and techniques, including human source, library, database and Internet searching; proper use of varied source and data information; interviewing and reporting techniques.
TAUGHT: S/F 2004, W/F 2005, W/F 2006, S/F 2007, W/F 2008
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course teaches the basics of research for reporters and marketers.
Marketing Research.
Math basics for communication majors.
Interviewing.
Computer-assisted reporting.
Web-based research.
Library Research.
Computers and technology in research.
Understanding data.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Learn how to do basic research using the Internet. Learn how to cover a beat. Learn the principles of journalism. Learn the basics of reporting on local government. Learn the basics of ethics and legal issues in reporting. Learn more about interviewing assignment. Learn about the craft that is good journalism.
REQUIREMENTS: Assignments, quizzes, final exams, essays, student presentations, interview, and interview evaluations, discussions, lectures, text readings, court visits, guests, and demonstrations.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 111 or consent of Instructor.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002