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J-Course Outline

Material that might be included in a Journalism Course:
 Entrypoints
 Questions
 Why read news?
 Sense of time and place in it.
 First draft of history
 Improve map of reality
 Develop Community
 Why an editor?
 It's easier for new eyes reading to recognize, ommissions, errors, and areas that can be made more accessible.
 Be wary of people who edit their own work. It shows lack of judgment.
 Humility -- there is the possibility you just might be wrong.
 History
 Events
 1690 - Publick Occurrences
 John Peter Zenger - Acquitted of seditious libel
 Truth is a valid defense - Not so in Britain
 Boston Massacre
 Civil War
 Spanish American War
 McCarthyism
 Vietnam, Iraq I and Iraq II
 September 11, 2001
 Newspapers
 Publick Occurrences - 1690
 Journalists and Writers
 Michel de Montaigne
 James Boswell
 Benjamin Franklin
 H.L. Mencken
 A.J.Liebling
 Edward R. Murrow
 Mary McGrory
 J.F.K's Funeral
 Websites
 News History
 Case Studies
 Yellow Journalism - William Randolph Hearst
 Excellence
 The Economist
 Pulitzer Prizes
 Journalism in the world
 Diversity
 Oppression
 Behind the iron curtain
 Methods
 Opinion
 Types
 Editorials
 Robert Bartley - Wall Street Journal
 Vermont Royster - Wall Street Journal
 Columnists
 Mary McGrory - Washington Post
 H.L. Mencken - Baltimore Sun
 Concepts
 Illuminating rather than incendiary
 The sympathetic contract - you can't convince people you alienate.
 Martin Luther King: Letter from a Birmingham Jail
 Ethics
 Public Disservice
 Concepts
 Everybody's entitled to an opinion... but you don't have to know anything to have one.
 Point-Counterpoint - Never weaving the truth of both sides together.
 Techniques
 Statistics
 The unanswered accusatory question
 Demagoguery
 Dickens' "Hard Times" - Slackbridge
 Practitioners
 Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore, Al Franken, O'Riley.
 Technique
 Drilling down
 Jobs, Debt
 News
 Concepts
 "Fair and Balanced" versus Objective
 Public journalism - Being "In the scene"
 First draft of history
 Style
 Inverted pyramid
 Feature
 Ethics
 Trust
 Photography
 Trust
 Digital Manipulation
 Advertising
 Public Relations
 Media
 Newspapers
 Scope
 Community, Suburban, Regional, National
 Period
 Daily, Weekly, Monthly
 Focus and Content
 News, Niche, Shoppers, Alternative, Tabloid
 Parts of a newspaper
 Advertising
 Shoulders 3/4 of the cost of the news
 Sections
 News - Local, State, National, International
 Characteristics
 Bandwidth, drill-down, serendipity
 Depth
 Television
 Scope
 Local, Cable, National
 Focus and Content
 News, Niche
 Parts of a newspaper
 Advertising
 Shoulders 3/4 of the cost of the news
 Sections
 News - Local, State, National, International
 
 Characteristics
 Visual, Immediate, Limited content
 Tools
 Of the news
 Of the mind
 Trivium
 Grammar
 Richard Mitchell - The Underground Grammarian
 Logic
 Rhetoric
 Of the machine
 History
 Johan Gutenberg - Movable Type Printing Press
 Benjamin Franklin - Postal Service
 Matthew Brady - Photography in the field
 Samuel F. B. Morse - Telegraph
 Adolph Ochs - New York Times
 Marconi - Radio
 David Sarnof - Television
 Outliners
 Pagination
 Internet
 Weblogs
 How to...
 Journalistic style
 Inverted Pyramid
 Clichés
 "The Public's Right To Know"
 As a club, an insult, and inflammatory remark
 Graveyard of misspent words
 Legal
 First Amendment
 1964 Times vs. Sullivan
 "The unconditional right to say what one pleases..."
 Libel
 Truth as a defense
 Shield Laws
 
 Copyright
 Fair Use
 Under the Constitution
 Original specification and purpose
 Digital Millenium Copyright Act
 Philosophy
 Profitability
 Required to be independent
 What and why
 Purpose
 Witness
 Watchdog
 Lens of the media
 Recursion
 Public Journalism
 Yellow Journalism - 1865-1900
 The future of news
 Community participation
 Feedback
 Tyranny of the majority
 The future of society
 
 Your part
 Humility: People think they are right, not necessarily because they are right, but simply because they think they are right.
 Bibliography
 AP Style
 MLA Style

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