Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Online Journalism

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION Students are trained in the technological skills required to function as a multimedia journalist in the 21st Century and they also learn best practices in online news. Facility is gained with such computer programmes as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and blogging software. Students learn effective website design and important content considerations. The history of online news is canvassed in order to help students understand how technology is changing news media.

Study-Unit Aims:

To equip students with the technical skills required to produce online journalism, acquaint them with best practices in online news, and familiarise them with the ways in which the Internet is changing both journalism and and news industries.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the similarities and differences between online journalism and legacy news media;
- Explain how online journalism is changing news industries and news gathering practices;
- Recount the basic history of online journalism;
- Explain the significance of such online phenomena as hyperlinks and interactivity;
- Explain how rich content enhances online news presentation.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Create a news website using Dreamweaver or other Web authoring software;
- Create and maintain a blog using Blogger or Wordpress;
- Edit images using Photoshop;
- Insert appropriate links into online news copy;
- Write appropriate headlines and photo captions for online news pages;
- Design and produce an attractive and informative online news package.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- James Foust, Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2011.
- Elliot King, Free for All: The Internet's Transformation of Journalism. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2010.
- Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave, and Lucas Graves, The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism. New York: Columbia Journalism Review Books, 2011.

Supplementary Readings:

- Mark Briggs, Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing 3rd Ed. London : Sage, 2015.
- Stuart Allan, Online News: Journalism and the Internet. Open University Press, 2006.
- Dan Gillmor, We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People. O'Reilly, 2006.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: CST1031 Journalism 1


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 15%
Practical SEM2 No 25%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Martin Debattista

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