Multimedia Journalism

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The following is information about the Multimedia Journalism course (COM 450) I teach at Elon University.

Catalog Description

Students gather and present news and information in a converged media environment that combines text, graphics, photojournalism, audio and video. Students work as individuals and in teams to write, report and produce online multimedia products. This culminating course in the journalism major also explores career opportunities. Prerequisite: COM 350 or 351

Course Goal

Sharpen the skills of critical thinking, reporting, writing and multimedia production under deadline

Course Objectives

Throughout this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan multimedia projects, conduct audience analysis, select resources, gather information and create content in appropriate forms (text, audio, graphics, animation, video, interactivity).
  • Use appropriate content styles and write clearly and accurately.
  • Produce multimedia projects using emerging tools of technology.
  • Determine appropriate manners of technical dissemination with consideration of file size, speed of delivery, linking and search-engine optimization to maximize effects.
  • Use computer-assisted reporting to gather and analyze data and statistics and present information.
  • Engage in ethical ways of thinking and apply professional standards, such as truth, fairness, accuracy and attention to diversity of audiences.

Course Materials

  • NO TEXT — Assigned, targeted readings
  • Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, Norm Goldstein, ed. (RECOMMENDED)
  • Reporter’s Notebook
  • Other readings as assigned

Multimedia Journalism Fall 2016 Syllabus (PDF)

COM450Fall16Syllabus by cmdonohue on Scribd