JOUR 101: Introduction to Journalism

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Fundamentals of Journalism. Course covers the principles, ethics, role and responsibility of journalists and news outlets; history, law, and economics of the industry. Students are also introduced to the challenges of newsgathering, writing, and publishing to audiences in an ever-evolving landscape of multi-media, digital and social platforms.

Grading Basis

Placement in language usage and reading or a grade of C or higher in ENGL 97 or a grade of B- or higher in ABE 19 or a grade of B or higher in the Bridge-to-College English Language Arts course or a grade of 3 or higher on the Smarter Balanced exam.

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics

  1. Journalism: Foundations & Functions
    • Defining News
    • Social Role & Responsibility of the Press
  2. Journalism Principles, Ethics, and Law
    • Objectivity, Truth, Fairness, Bias
    • First Amendment/Freedom of the Press
  3. News Media Industry: Disruptive Changes
    • Demise of Traditional Model
    • Rise of Contemporary Alternatives
    • News Challenges – Diverse Audiences across Multiple Media
  4. The Newswriting Process
    • Researching
    • Interviewing & Reporting
    • Editing