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Journalism 216 A (Specialized Reporting)
Second Semester, AY 2002-2003

COURSE OUTLINE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Writing for special newspaper and magazine sections, theory and practice.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To analyze the theory and practice of specialized reporting in the Philippines based on documents review and selected case studies;
  2. To write a news article, feature story, column and an interpretive or investigative report on the student's chosen specialization; and
  3. To learn how to write a news article, feature story and a column on Information Technology (IT) for online publications.

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

A. Theory of Specialized Reporting

  1. Definition - concept of specialized reporting; need for specialization in a profession that demands a generalist perspective of social reality
  2. General Interest Print/Broadcast/Online Publications - characteristics of beat reporting and special sections
  3. Specialized Print/Broadcast/Online Publications- distinguishing between primary and secondary audience

B. Review of Chosen Specialization (N.B. - Individual Reports, hence the absence of readings)

  1. Industry or Sectoral Situation
  2. Assessment of Reportage on Selected Specializations

C. Information Technology

  1. Concepts
  2. Effects of Information Technology
  • Gates, Bill et al. (1996). The Road Ahead. US: Penguin Books. 1-37
  • Gerstein, Marc. (1987). The Technology Connection: Strategy and Change in the Information Age. US: Addison Wesley. 3-32
  • Film Showing: "The Pirates of Silicon Valley" and/or "Revolution OS"

D. The Internet and the World Wide Web

  1. Definition of Terms
  2. History of the Internet and the World Wide Web
  3. How the Internet Works: What It Is and What It's Not
  4. Current Trends and Patterns
  5. Future of the Internet
  • Arao, Danilo, Yvonne Chua & Alecks Pabico. (1997). The Electronic Trail: Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting in the Philippines. Manila: PCIJ. 59-80, 120-128
  • US Robotics (1996). Discover the World Wide Web. US:Sams.net. 1-22
  • Patient, Steve. (n.d.). Reading, writing and the Internet. Practical Internet (16). 31-36

E. Online Journalism

  1. Definition of Online Journalism
  2. Fields of Online Journalism
  3. Mainstream and Alternative Online Journalism

F. Overview of Web Authoring and Publishing

  1. Trends and Patterns in Web Authoring and Publishing
  2. Getting Started with HTML: A Crash Course
  3. Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  4. Overview of Web Authoring Languages - CGI, Javascript, etc.
  • Arao, Danilo. (2002). The Basics of Online Publishing. Presented at the Lunduyan Journalism and Arts Workshop 2002 at the Ateneo de Manila University. 5 October.
  • Barta, Joe. (1998). Form Tutor. HTML Clipart 99 PC-CD. US: Next Step Publishing.
  • US Robotics (1996). Discover the World Wide Web. US:Sams.net. 107-136
  • Hamilton, Jacqueline. (1999). CGI Programming 101: Programming Perl for the World Wide Web [PDF file]. URL http://www.cgi101.com/
  • Raggett, Dave. (2000). Getting Started with HTML (revised 29 August) [WWW page]. URL http://www.w3c.org/
  • Raggett, Dave. (2000). More Advanced Features (revised 29 August) [WWW page]. URL http://www.w3c.org/
  • Raggett, Dave. (2000). Adding a Touch of Style (revised 29 August) [WWW page]. URL http://www.w3c.org/
  • Werbach, Kevin. (1998). Bare Bones Guide to HTML. HTML Clipart 99 PC-CD. US: Next Step Publishing.
  • Web Monkey URL http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/
  • Web Pages That Suck URL http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/

 

COURSE ACTIVITIES:

Lectures, individual reports, film showing, writing exercises (i.e., chosen specialization and IT for online publications), workshops

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Papers / Exercises50%
Midterm exam20%
Final exam20%
Participation10%
 100%

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:
(subject to change with prior notice)

November 14, 2002 Orientation / Lecture on Theory of Specialized Reporting
November 21Continuation of Lecture on Theory of Specialized Reporting
November 28 Case study analysis (students should read the selected clippings of specialized articles)
Deadline: News Article on chosen specialization
December 5 & 12 Individual report on chosen specialization (industry or sectoral situation, assessment of reportage)
January 9, 2003 News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Deadline: Feature Article on chosen specialization
January 16 Feature Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Distribution of Take-home Midterm Exam Questions
January 23 Lecture on Information Technology
Case study analysis (students should read the selected clippings of IT articles)
Deadline: Column on chosen specialization
January 30 Columns Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Submission of Take-home Midterm Exam
February 6 & 13 Lecture on Internet and the World Wide Web
February 20 Lecture on Online Journalism
Deadline: Interpretive or Investigative Article on chosen specialization
February 27 Continuation of Lecture on Online Journalism
Case study analysis (students should read the selected clippings of IT articles for online publications)
Deadline: News Article on IT for online publications
March 6 IT News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Lecture on Overview of Web Authoring and Publishing
March 13 Training on Web Authoring and Publishing
Deadline: Feature Article on IT for online publications
March 20 IT Feature Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Initial Uploading of Class Website
March 27 Development and maintenance of class website
Deadline: Column on IT for online publications
April 2 FINAL EXAM (i.e., Submission of class website)

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