COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Newsmaking
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 201
Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course aims to introduce students into the journalistic practice in general, and into the realm of news making in particular. Thus it aims to challenge the students to think how journalists think, learn what journalists do, and see what they themselves will be experiencing as newsmakers.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • demonstrate insights about the news, from journalistic and sociological perspectives
  • discuss the news making environment, and its characteristics.
  • asses the principles and practice of news gathering and news publishing develop skills needed for news making in different media platforms
  • improve their news writing technique and develop newsstory structures
  • make considered choices within the range of possible techniques for news making and to evaluate critically the implications of given strategies
Course Content The course is composed of theoretical and practical sessions that are designed to provide with a comprehensive understanding of news making practice, by covering the institutional, economical, technological, political and social aspects of journalistic practice and environment.




ACADEMIC CAUTION

Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words.

A detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Presentation of the course
2 Introduction to news making, approaches
3 5W1H. News as a concept, as a practice, as a good
4 What makes a story newsworthy? News stories and feature stories.
5 News Sources - From our neighbourhood to social media.
6 News gathering techniques.
7 Different roles of news makers: Objective reporter, investigator and entertainer.
8 Interviewing and writing a profile feature article.
9 Information, disinformation and misinformation.
10 News Writing: Genres and Styles.
11 News writing for print media, broadcast media and the web.
12 News writing workshop.
13 News writing workshop.
14 Guest&Presentation.
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Harcup, Tony Journalism: Principles and Pracitce Sage Publications, 2009. Charon, J. Marie (Der.) Medya Dünyası, İletişim Yayınları, 1993. Alankuş, Sevda (Der.) Gazetecilik ve Habercilik, İstanbul: IPS İletişim Vakfı Yayınları, 2005. Said, Edward Covering Islam: Covering Islam: how the media and the experts determine how we see the rest of the world, Random House, 1997. Zelizer, Barbie & Allan, Stuart Keywords in News and Journalism Studies, Open University Press, 2010. Kemal, Yaşar, Röportaj Yazarlığında 60 Yıl, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2011. Galeano, Eduardo Gölgede ve Güneşte Futbol, Can Yayınları, 2006. Abasıyanık, Sait Faik, Mahkeme Kapısı, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2003. BİA Kitaplığı.
References BİA (Bağımsız İletişim Ağı) Kitaplığı: http://bianet.org/bianet/sayfa/bia-kitapligi

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
1
10
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
1
20
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
1
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
5
Presentation / Jury
1
Project
Seminar / Workshop
1
Midterms / Oral Exams
5
Final / Oral Exam
8
    Total
80

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution. X
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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