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Chartingthe newspapercourse

  1. 1. Connecting with 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. Staff <ul><li>10-15 editors </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 reporters </li></ul><ul><li>10-15 photographers </li></ul><ul><li>1-3 designers (sometimes not enrolled in class – they may take independent study) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Publication <ul><li>Newspaper distributed weekly on Wednesdays </li></ul><ul><li>Website updated daily </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 circulation </li></ul>
  5. 7. Class Structure <ul><li>Class meets twice a week, Mondays & Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Mondays: Critiques </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesdays: 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. 8. 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 story pitches </li></ul><ul><li>Reporters turn in three portfolios, each after about 5 weeks </li></ul>
  7. 9. 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. 10. 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 for each weekly award Total Up to 100
  9. 11. Grading reporters <ul><li>Evaluation process: </li></ul><ul><li>Reporter assembles portfolio and 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. 14. Class activities <ul><li>Group critiques – Students meet in small groups to select best headline, best story, best lede, best photo, best page design, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Story hunt -- Send groups of 3 (a mix of editors, reporters and photographers) out on a story hunt; each group has to find an upcoming event, a feature idea, a subject for a multimedia story, a trend story </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming session – Students meet in small groups to generate story ideas. Ask: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s challenging about being a student? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What frustrates you about this school? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does the economy/budget cuts/upcoming election, etc affect students on this campus? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 15. Textbook <ul><li>Instructors can order a free examination copy at </li></ul>
  12. 16. Resources <ul><li>Golden Gate [X]press can be viewed at </li></ul><ul><li>Syllabus available for download at newspapercoursesyllabus </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is available at /rkanigel/connectingwiththenewspapercourse </li></ul>