Welcome To Online Journalism I – Fall 2011

This course examines the online news landscape. Students learn which principles of traditional journalism can and should be applied to the web, and what makes online journalism unique. Students gain this knowledge through reading assignments, class discussion and activities, and a series of reporting, writing and multimedia production assignments.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the unique challenges and opportunities of digital journalism.
  • Examine ethical and legal issues of online journalism.
  • Maintain a website using a Content Management System.
  • Author a news-oriented blog on a well-defined beat or coverage area.
  • Write blog posts and news articles for the web with effective headline, structure, links and key words.
  • Use social media as a tool for reporting and audience engagement.
  • Gain practical knowledge of basic HTML/CSS web coding.
  • Become proficient in basic multimedia reporting and production including how to tell a story using text, links, photos, audio, video, information graphics, and data visualizations.
  • Produce an online publication with original reporting and multimedia content. If done well, this publication will be suitable for internship, freelance and job applications.

TEACHING METHODS:

Students will practice online journalism in this course. Practice, in this case, means doingjournalism, not pretending to do journalism to fulfill a school assignment. Students will select a topic or beat to cover for the semester. Each student will create a blog and then report, write and create multimedia content to cover the topic. All assignments will be posted online for anyone to read. Students will build an online audience. I will serve as an editorial advisor and give the same responses, instruction and suggestions that I would give to professional journalists. This course stresses journalistic ethics, reporting and writing, and multimedia storytelling.

All lecture notes, assignments, articles and tutorials will be posted on this blog. It is also a portal to student work. Students should bookmark the class blog or subscribe to its RSS feed and read it regularly.

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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