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COMM350 - Journalism

Course Details

Course Code: COMM350 Course ID: 2859 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce students to core journalism skills and the historical, social and political context of journalistic practice. The course provides instruction in on-line journalism, news writing, story structure, interviewing techniques and a working understanding of the code of ethics and legal issues which impact journalistic practice. (Prerequisites: ENGL101, ENGL102, or ENGL110)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

Course Objectives

Co- 1: Explain the value of the Constitutional guarantees as set forth in the Bill of Rights.

Co-2: Compare and contrast the historical and social developments in the 20th century and how it has shaped journalistic trends in print and broadcast media.

CO-3: Examine the reality of war and conflict situations reported in the past and present

CO-4: Construct writing in the journalistic inverted pyramid.

CO-5: Summarize the issues related to the business and organizational side of journalism.

CO-6: Apply the principles of journalistic ethics in your work through various case studies in the class

CO-7: Show through written documents that your writing tasks has adapted and changed over the course of the eight weeks in the class.

Reading Assignments:

Students will be required to complete the assigned readings and may have to consult various supplemental resources as provided by the instructor in order to complete both the written assignments and the discussion forum assignments for this course.

Forum Assignments:

Throughout this course, students will be required to participate in online discussion forums. Within the forums, I expect students to participate actively and truly help their fellow students. We are all writers and have the ability to help each other improve. The word count for each discussion forum is noted in the forum’s description, so make sure to read the descriptions carefully before posting.

Assignments: Students will write two essays in this course. They will also complete other assignments that has them experience what other journalists are required to accomplish in their roles (video, story board).

NameGrade %
Forums 60.00 %
Week 1 Forum 7.50 %
Week 2 Forum 7.50 %
Week 3 Forum 7.50 %
Week 4 Forum 7.50 %
Week 5 Forum 7.50 %
Week 6 Forum 7.50 %
Week 7 Forum 7.50 %
Week 8 Forum 7.50 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 10.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 10.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 10.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 10.00 %

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
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Book Title:Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info:Univ of Mass Press
Author:Daly, Christopher
Unit Cost:$47.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.