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Chartingthe newspapercourse

  1. 1. Charting the Newspaper Course Rachele Kanigel San Francisco State University [email_address]
  2. 2. JOUR 609 Publication Lab <ul><li>Newspaper production course in a journalism department </li></ul><ul><li>All students required to take at least once, most take at least twice </li></ul><ul><li>Prerequisites: Newswriting + Reporting (reporter/editors) </li></ul><ul><li>OR Newswriting + Photojournalism 2 (photographers) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Publication Staff <ul><li>10-15 editors </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 reporters </li></ul><ul><li>10-15 multimedia producers </li></ul><ul><li>15-20 photographers </li></ul><ul><li>2-3 designers (generally not enrolled in class) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Publication: Golden Gate [X]press <ul><li>Newspaper distributed weekly on Wednesdays </li></ul><ul><li>Website updated daily </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 circulation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Class Structure <ul><li>Class meets twice a week, Mondays & Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesdays: Critiques </li></ul><ul><li>Mondays: Workshops, guest lecturers, discussions of ethical issues, panel discussions, brainstorming sessions, project planning sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Last 15 minutes of class reporters & editors meet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Grading reporters <ul><li>Minimum requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>15 stories (roughly one per week) </li></ul><ul><li>20 production hours </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly beat memos </li></ul><ul><li>Reporters turn in three portfolios, each after about 5 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Grading is done AFTER work is published – no prior review </li></ul>
  7. 7. Grading reporters <ul><li>Portfolio includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Original draft of each story and story as it appeared online or in print </li></ul><ul><li>Memo for each story explaining how story originated, problems encountered, how reporter and editor worked together </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly beat memos (story ideas) </li></ul><ul><li>Production hours log </li></ul><ul><li>Self-evaluation form </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of editors </li></ul>
  8. 8. Grading reporters <ul><li>Point system: </li></ul>Portfolio 1 Up to 25 points Portfolio 2 Up to 25 points Portfolio 3 Up to 25 points Beat Report Up to 5 points Class participation Up to 5 points Beat handoff Up to 5 points Production hours (20) 1/2 point per hour Bonus points 1 Total Up to 100
  9. 9. Grading reporters <ul><li>Evaluation process: </li></ul><ul><li>Reporter assembles portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Reporter fills out self-evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Editors fill out evaluation form for each reporter they work with. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor reviews portfolio, evaluation forms and grades portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor meets with each reporter in the first grading period; conferences are recommended but not required after that </li></ul><ul><li>After meeting with all reporters instructor meets with each editor to discuss their performance </li></ul>
  10. 13. Golden Gate [X]press can be viewed at xpress.sfsu.edu Syllabus available for download at http://issuu.com/rkanigel/docs/xpresssyllabuss2010

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