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Jour 101: Survey of Mass Communication

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Louise Arizzoli

Instructor name:

Dr. Kathleen Wickham, professor of journalism

Instructor Information:

I worked as a newspaper reporter for 10 years in New Jersey before moving to Memphis 37 years ago. I covered city and county government, casino gambling and organized crime while working for the statewide paper, the Newark Star-Ledger. I also wrote investigative stories, features and analysis stories on a regular basis.

This is my 20th year at Ole Miss. I previously taught at The University of Memphis, where I earned my master's and doctoral degrees. I have also had fellowships with Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C., at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, at the Freedom Forum, at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University and at Washington University of St. Louis.

My writing credits include four books, We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss (2017), Perspectives: Online Journalism (1998), Math Tools for Journalists (2002), The role of the Clarion-Ledger in the adoption of the 1982 Education Reform Act (2007); and freelance writing for The New York Times, Memphis Business Journal and Memphis magazine.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

An introduction to traditional mass media (newspapers, magazines, television, radio, public relations and advertising), the new media and their importance to and impact on modern society.

This course is designed to acquaint you with concepts and functions of journalism in American society, including the underlying principles of journalism. The course will highlight the value and values of journalism and will discuss current issues and problems facing journalists and the society they serve.

 

Textbook Information:

AH 201 TEXTBOOK

Required Textbook:

Craft, Stephanie and Charles Davis. ìPrinciples of American Journalism: An Introduction,î 2nd edition.

Routledge: 2016.

  • ISBN-13: 978-0815364672
  • ISBN-10: 0815364679

You will also need access to the following videos via a streaming service or a library (campus or public). Videos to be watched:

  1. Empire of the Air
  2. Truth (The Dan Rather Story)
  3. All the Presidentís Men
  4. Shattered Glass
  5. Good-Night & Good-Luck
  6. Spotlight (The Boston Globe Story)

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of media and role of todayís journalists.
  • Identify new and emerging media technologies and their potential impact.
  • Apply the principles and laws related to free speech and the press.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding the media today and how to cope with such issues.
The course also will introduce each of the learning objectives required by the schoolís assessment plan and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. These objectives include: Laws & Freedom of Speech; Media History; Diversity; Use of Images; Ethics; Critical & Creative Thinking; Research & Information- Evaluation Skills; Writing Abilities; Editing Abilities; Numbers & Statistics; and Tools & Technologies.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional modules (or lessons).

Lesson
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
0
Introduction
Discussion board, Quiz
Week 1
1

Chapter 1: The Mirror, the Watchdog, and the Marketplace

Chapter activity, Journal entry, Video Assignment
Weeks 2-3
2

Chapter 2: What is Journalism?

Chapter activity, Journal entry, Video Assignment
Weeks 4-5
3

Chapter 3: How is News Made?

Chapter activity, Journal entry, Video Assignment
Weeks 6-7
4

Chapter 4: Who Pays for Journalism?

Chapter activity, Journal entry
Week 8
Midterm Exam
Covers lessons 1-4
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 8
MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
5
Chapter 5: New Voices, New Models
Chapter activity, Journal entry
Week 9
6

Chapter 6: What do Journalists Owe Us?

Journal entry,
Video Assignment
Weeks 10-11
7

Chapter 7: The Foundations of Free Expression

Chapter activity, Journal entry, Video Assignment
Weeks 12-13
8
Chapter 8: A Declaration of Journalistic Independence
Chapter activity, Journal entry, Video Assignment
Weeks 14-15
Final Exam
Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 16

Grading Information:

Grading Scale:

A: 95-100A-90-94
B+: 87-89B83-86
B-: 80-82
C+: 76-79
C: 70-75
D: 60-69 indicates below average work
F: Below 62 indicates a failure to meet minimum standards

The grading format is as follows:

  • Video assignments: 30 percent
  • Chapter assignments: 30 percent
    • Activity: 15 percent
    • Journal: 15 percent
  • Tests (Mid-term and Final Exam): 40

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

Testing Information:

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.

NOTE:

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