This coming spring, I’ll be teaching the “Interactive Journalism” course at Whitworth University. Because the nature of this course is leveraging social media in today’s news organizations, I thought it would only be appropriate to utilize social media to garner feedback for the syllabus. Thus, I’m asking for your input…and I’ll seriously take it into consideration.
- Does this cover the topic of interactive (digital, social media, etc.) news journalism today?
- Are the assignments relevant and support the course objectives?
- Does the course seem to be too little, too intense or just right for one semester?
- Any miscellaneous thoughts or recommendations?
Before you dive in to the PDF of the syllabus to review it, here are the course summary and goals. You may want to read these over first, and then decide if you want to spend the time reviewing the complete syllabus.
Technology has created a paradigm shift in the way we communicate with one another. Now, people interact with one another across the globe, sharing information with complete strangers; traditional media outlets are no longer the primary source of news; and information travels instantaneously. Thus, the journalists of today and tomorrow must know how to leverage technology to gather, develop and distribute stories, identify and engage key influencers, and participate in two-way conversations with a variety of audiences.
The objective of this course is to introduce you to online tools and resources that will help you:
- Utilize the web to research news stories.
- Write and edit for the web and social media.
- Use technology to develop content, including digital photography, videos, blogs and social media.
- Identify and engage key influencers.
- Build and maintain the online reputation for you and your organization.
These skills will prepare you to work as an entry-level content producer at traditional and digital media outlets.
Please provide your feedback by commenting on this blog post by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16. Thank you!