Module 3: What is Journalism?

Welcome to Module 3. You’ll have your second beat story to complete, we’ll start working on your knowledge paper, and we’ll return to the text.

Before you start the text, you may want to step back and consider, “What do you think journalism is?” Then, once you’ve completed that work, consider whether you still agree with your initial answer or if the work this week has changed your mind in some way.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance and unique nature of journalism.
  • Recognize the various ways in which the traditional journalistic culture is challenged by changing distribution platforms and the broader media culture.
  • Explain the competing visions of journalism as evidenced by the variety of definitions offered for it.
  • Continue working beat
  • Connect general topics to current events

Assigned Reading:

  1. [Textbook Reading]: Chapter 2 text
  2. [Reading/Video]: Guest blog post and video
  3. [Research]: Gather information for 2nd beat story
  4. [Reading]: Knowledge Paper Draft assignment, instructions, & rubric
  5. [Research]: Select Knowledge Paper (KP) topic and begin research
  6. Optional: Chapter 2 Online Resources

Assignments:

  1. [Blog Post] Create a blog post addressing ONE module objective.
    • Your blog post should address each question and do any required preliminary work for one of the following activities from your text.
      • Activity 2: Module Objective – Discuss the importance and unique nature of journalism.
      • Activity 4: Module Objective – Recognize the various ways in which the traditional journalistic culture is challenged by changing distribution platforms and the broader media culture.
      • Activity 5: Module Objective – Explain the competing visions of journalism as evidenced by the variety of definitions offered for it.
    • Respond to a classmate’s post on the two other activities. If you need to complete your response before anyone else posts,  create a shorter post inspired by that activity.
  2. [Guest Questions] Provide at least two questions per guest.
  3. [Bb Quiz] Complete the chapter quiz in Blackboard [insert Bb link here].
  4. [Blog Post] Second beat story – Use the category of “2nd Beat Story” to make your post.
  5. [Research] Knowledge Paper Draft
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