Welcome to Journalism 310 – Digital Journalism for the Winter 2018 semester at Eastern Michigan University.
In this class, we’ll take a look at the rapidly changing world of journalism and practice the skills you will need to work as a digital journalist. I intend for the class to be heavy on practical experience, with a bit of theory and philosophy thrown in. I am a working journalist and I plan to bring in some of my colleagues, with expertise in different areas, as guest speakers throughout the semester (I already have a couple speakers lined up). We’ll also likely visit the Free Press so you can see what a modern newsroom looks like.
All students will be required to create and maintain a blog as part of the class. Some of the topics we will cover include writing for the web, live blogging from an event, the importance of social media, SEO (search engine optimization), writing good headlines, basic HTML, digital photography, news caption writing, use of videos in reporting, Facebook Live, the role of citizen journalists, the challenges faced by newspapers and digital media companies, and much more. Journalists by nature must be inquisitive and assertive – I expect you to ask questions and add to the discussion in class – so yes, class participation counts.
One final note: Expect things to be fluid and flexible, just like a real newsroom where what you are doing can change in a heartbeat.