Online Publishing I
JOUR 3345, CRN 17878
TTH 2:40-3:55 p.m.
Office: SRH 216F
Office Hours (216F): MW 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; TR 12:30-2:30 p.m., or by appointment.
A required course for mass communication majors and minors with an emphasis in online journalism. An introduction to the World Wide Web with an emphasis on news storytelling. The course focuses on fundamentals of design and usability, creating functional web sites, working with multimedia for the Web, and Web development, to include leading scripting and server technologies and content management techniques.
At the end of this course, students will be able to discuss Online Journalism in terms of design and production of assets for distribution on the Web; understand the importance of writing for the Web; develop multimedia content, using stories, social media, photography, video and graphics for the Web. Students will also be able to demonstrate familiarity with leading story development applications, such as WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro and other industry standard applications.
Not required. However, students are expected to read all assigned articles. Readings are available on the Web.
Required Supplemental Materials
USB Drive for backup and transfer of digital assets.
Late assignments will be accepted for a maximum of 50% credit for up to one (1) working day after they are due. After this period, they will not be accepted for a grade.
However, you must still complete the assignment or you will fail the class. You may not skip any assignment. All assignments must be completed and turned in for you to receive a passing grade for the course. You will fail or you may be withdrawn from the course if you do not fully complete assignments.
The instructor will distribute an Assignment Sheet for each assignment or activity to include a detailed description of the assignment, length and writing requirements, and tips on how to approach the work.
Students are responsible for keeping track of their own grades during the course. Please keep copies of all returned assignments, tests and quizzes for reference in calculating your grades over the course of the semester.
Grading (1,000 points total)
3 stories (300 points)
3 videos (300 points)
5 photos (100 points)
10 blog entries (100 points)
Story and video ideas (50 points)
10 social media posts (50 points)
1 graphic (50 points)
Up to 10 news or reading quizzes (50 points)
You should familiarize yourself with all policies listed in the UCA Student Handbook.
Students are expected to attend each class. The instructor will take attendance at the beginning of class. However, to accommodate illness, family emergencies, etc., 4 (four) absences will be allowed. Additional absences will result in the student’s grade dropping one (1) letter grade per absence.
After five (5) unexcused absences you may be dropped from the class.
Late arrival to class may at the professor’s discretion result in an absence being recorded. Regardless, three (3) late arrivals will be recorded as (1) absence. It is up to the late-arriving student to notify the professor at the end of class that they are in attendance.
Only officially sanctioned/sponsored university activities may be considered excused absences. Students must notify the professor ahead of time and must present written documentation.
Missed exams that occur from absences are the student’s responsibility to make up. As such, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor either prior to the exam or within three (3) days of the missed exam to schedule a make-up exam, which will be given at the instructor’s convenience. Failure to contact the instructor and make such arrangements will result in a grade of zero (0) for a missed exam. You must take all exams in the course. Failure to take an exam or a make-up exam will result in a failing grade for the course.
Students may not take a quiz if they arrive late to class and while the quiz is underway. Please do not ask for a quiz if you arrive late to class.
Students may not use computers, laptops or tablets during class unless instructed by the professor. Also, no headphones, earphones, ear buds etc.
Unless otherwise instructed, cell phones should be turned off and out of sight in a pocket, purse, or backpack. Any use of a cell phone in class (calls, texting, reading texts, checking for calls or texts etc.) will constitute an absence. The instructor will note this in the attendance log. Unauthorized use of a phone in class may also result in dismissal from the class for the day.
No reading the newspaper; no doing homework for another class, no sleeping or “resting” one’s head on the desk. Violators will be asked to leave the class for the day.
Although the professor endeavors to maintain an informal tone for this course, extended sidebar conversations among students tend to disrupt classes. A disruptive student may be asked to leave the class for the day.
Email is a formal and professional correspondence. Emails to the instructor should be written in proper format using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and include your name.
Students are urged to visit with the professor during office hours or by appointment for help with writing assignments, questions about the material or other issues. (Relax, you are always welcome to come by and visit. And the professor is not as mean as he looks.)
For other writing help, students may also visit the University Writing Center located in Thompson Hall, Room 109. Please make appointments by calling 450-5123. The friendly, experienced staff there is waiting to help you. You may use the OWL (Online Writing Lab) available through the UCA website under the Writing Center page. Furthermore, UCA has established a tutoring center in the library with generously flexible hours to offer tutoring and technology support.
Final Day to Withdraw from Class with a W
NEW THIS SEMESTER. The WP and WF grades will no longer be given. The final date to withdraw from Fall 2017 classes with a W grade unless already dropped for non-attendance is Tuesday Sept. 19. After this date only grades of A, B, C, D, and F will be given.
Assignments must represent your own work. Plagiarism is the cardinal sin of academia and the news media. Papers and articles that copy the research and words of others without properly attributing the source will be given a zero (0) and cannot be redone. Students may also be dropped from the class.
1. Any academic dishonesty in connection with the taking of, or in contemplation of the taking of any examination. (For the purposes of this policy, any student is academically dishonest who (a) knowingly discovers or attempts to discover the contents of an examination before the contents are revealed by the instructor; (b) obtains, uses, attempts to obtain or use any material or device dishonestly; or (c) supplies or attempts to supply to any other person any material or device dishonestly; or (d) during the course of an examination obtains or attempts to obtain unauthorized information from another student or from another student’s test materials.)
2. Any misrepresentation of academic work by a student as the product of their own study and efforts.
3. The unauthorized possession, taking, or copying of solutions manuals or computerized solutions for homework or research problems assigned by a professor and/or instructor.
Please refer to the student handbook for university policy on academic dishonesty and plagiarism as well as on sexual harassment and other academic and university policies.
The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university's Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on Feb. 10, 2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the professor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student's acceptance of this university policy.
Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are taking starting late in the semester through the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button on the top right.
Title IX Disclosure
If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to "student-on-student" or "employee-on-student"), the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs and the obligation to conduct an investigation will depend on those specific sets of circumstances. The determination to conduct an investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit: https://uca.edu/titleix. *Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.
The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this act because of a disability, contact the UCA Office of Disability Services at 450-3613 or Student Health 212.
The UCA Counseling Center (450-3138, Student Health 327) is open to all students, and the services are free. The center offers confidential, professional counseling to assist you with personal problems. Students are urged to take advantage of this valuable resource.
An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for Stanley Russ Hall will be discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are available at http://uca.edu/mysafety/bep/. Every student should be familiar with emergency procedures for any campus building in which he/she spends time for classes or other purposes.
This syllabus and the following class schedule are subject to change depending on the pace and progress of the course. Any changes will be noted in class.
Tentative Class Schedule
Aug. 24 – Course Overview, equipment check
Aug. 29 – Story forms; Review Weebly Websites from POJ
Aug. 31 – Story forms; Develop beats/specialty areas
Sept. 5 – Establish blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts; 3 story ideas due for peer review
Sept. 7 – Writing for the Web
Sept. 11 – Labor Day
Sept. 12 – Google News Lab
Sept. 14 – Fake News and Verification, 1st story due
Sept. 19 – Analytics
Sept. 21 – Photography for the Web
Sept. 26 – Social Media, 3 Photos due, peer review
Sept. 28 – Social Media
Oct. 3 - 2nd story due, peer review
Oct. 5 – 2 blog entries due; peer review
Oct. 10 - Video for the Web
Oct. 12 – 3 video ideas due, peer review
Oct. 17 – Total of 5 Tweets/Facebook posts due
Oct. 19-22 – Fall Break, No class Oct. 19
Oct. 24 – Video for the Web, 2 additional story ideas due, peer review
Oct. 26 – 360-degree video
Oct. 31 – 2 videos due, peer review, Midterm grades due
Nov. 2 – Graphic representation of data
Nov. 7 – Graphic representation of data, 3 additional blog entries due, peer review
Nov. 9 - Q and A
Nov. 14 - Graphic representation of data
Nov. 16 – 1 graphic due
Nov. 21 – 3rd story with 2 photos due
Nov. 22-26 – Thanksgiving Holiday begins, No class on Nov. 23
Nov. 28 - 1 video due, peer review
Nov. 30 – WordPress, 5 blog entries due, peer review
Dec. 5 – Set up WordPress site, 5 Tweets/Facebook posts due
Dec. 7 – Review WordPress sites, Portfolio and course review
Dec. 8 – Dead Day
Dec. 11-Dec. 15 – Final Exams
Dec. 16 – Commencement
Dec. 18 – Noon, Final Grades Due
Dec. 19 – Final Grades available to students