Fall 2012

Journalism 3550: Online Journalism

The purpose of this class will be to prepare you for working in news in an online environment. There is so much happening in the industry today that we won’t be able to cover it all. However, you can expect to learn the following in this class.

Website Development and Management
Website Usability and Design
Working with FTP clients and Web Domains
Designing with HTML and CSS
Search Engine Optimization and Website Analytics
Installing and Managing Content Management Systems like WordPress

Preparing Multimedia for the Web
Working with Photoshop and Illustrator
Shooting and Editing Video & Photos for the Web
Plan, report and create multimedia stories

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Journalism 3250: Copy Editing

The goal of this course is to make you a proficient copy editor. These skills can be easily transferred to editing assignments in newspaper journalism, on websites, in magazines and other publications, in broadcasting, and in public relations. We will focus mostly on newspaper journalism. If your career goal is to be a writer, the course should help you do a better job of revising your own copy.

The course will teach proficiency in:

General Skills
Editing for accuracy, clarity and fairness of content.
Editing for precision in the language.
Writing headlines, captions and other display elements.
Editing Photographs
Planning News Packages
Evaluating the relative importance of news.

Skills for Print Editions
Basic Print Terminology
Layout and Page Design
Graphics and Sidebar Development

Skills for Web Editions
Designing for multimedia platforms
Linking and embedding content
Search Engine Optimization

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