MCS 430 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Online Journalism
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 430
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to transfer the fundamental journalism skills to the Internet environment.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Search for credible data on the Internet.
  • Develop an understanding to criticize news stories presented at an online environment.
  • Make news for an online medium.
  • Apply journalistic skills on the Internet.
  • Use basic software for online journalism.
Course Content This course is consist of the theoretical and practical issues of online journalism. Considering the connections between online journalism and traditional print media, the aspects of cross media publishing are observed.



ACADEMIC CAUTION

Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words.

A detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 What is online journalism? Eric C. Deggans, “What Is Your Media Pyramid?,” Poynter, Jan. 19, 2006. Martin Langveld, “Building Networks Around News,” Niemann Lab.
3 Media convergence Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture, New York University Press, 2006, 125. Stephen Quinn & Vincent F. Filak, Convergent Journalism, Focal Press, 2005, 321.
4 Citizen journalism and the change in news values Stuart Allen, “Histories of Citizen Journalism,” Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Stuart Allan, Einar Thorsen (Eds.), 1733. Quinn & Lamble; Online Newsgathering, Focal Press, MA: 2008, 4356.
5 Online alternative media Bailey; Cammaerts; Carpentier. Understanding Alternative Media, New York: Open University Press, 2008, 335.
6 Online news cycle Mike Ward, Journalism Online, 1826.
7 Web storytelling techniques Jonathan Dube, “Online Storytelling Forms” Debora Wenger, “Writing for the Web,” Advancing the Story, 167191.
8 Midterm exam
9 Editing for online media Mike Ward, Journalism Online, 121150.
10 Introduction to HTML Mike Ward, Journalism Online, 150164. JLearning.org
11 Online design Mike Ward, Journalism Online, 164200.
12 Using Wordpress Stern, Damstra, Williams, Professional Wordpress.
13 The future of online journalism John Pavlik, Journalism and New Media, 159193.
14 Project presentations
15 Project presentations
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Textbooks Soft copy notes and links to sample websites will be avaible on the lecturer’s website. Hard copies are to be handled during the semester.
References Several websites will be reviewed to observe practical work.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
1
45
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
0
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
10
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution. X
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest