ENG 121-122 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:           ENG 121-122, Introduction to Journalism I-II


Credit Hours:  3                   Hours/Wk Lecture:    3       Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:        Introduces students to all news media, especially news gathering and preparation for print. Prerequisite ENG 111 OR 112 or divisional approval.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course counts as a liberal arts elective in college transfer programs.


III.           Required background: 


ENG 111


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Journalistic Writing Forms

B.               Journalistic Ethics

C.               AP Style

D.               Developing a News Focus

E.               The Source List

F.                Information Sources

G.               Opinion Page Content

H.               Editorials

I.                  Features/News and Human Interest

J.                Legal Restraints and Copyright Issues

K.               Layout and Design Issues


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Have a general knowledge of news, feature, news-feature, obituary, sports, entertainment, technology, photography relative to print presentation and other emerging reader-interests for print media

B.   Understand basic rights and responsibilities of journalists

C.   Understand how to function as reporters gathering information from news sources as well as research sources

D.   Develop knowledge of AP style

E.   Gain a general knowledge of news room dynamics and operation

F.    Understand basic layout principles

G.   Understand the business of journalism

Students will be required to complete multiple writing assignments designed by faculty which illustrate journalistic writing forms.  Tests, quizzes, and research assignments may also be used to assess student skills and competence.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Information Literacy