Community Journalism and Effective Community Communications

Spring 2021
Olympia
Evening
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Journalism and trained journalists/communicators are essential to an informed citizenry. Often, the best way to engage readers and viewers is to create community-based stories that connect to more global themes. Students will have opportunities to focus on writing on areas of individual interest. The bad news: one in five community newspapers has shuttered in 15 years. The good news: new models are being shaped to bring journalism and informed communication to communities and individuals. Students will gain an acquaintance with the demise and effects of lost local news and efforts to revive local news. We will become acquainted with “polarized” or slanted sources of news and the effect this has on critical public decisions.

 

Though the class is offered virtually during the Covid-19 Pandemic, students will have the opportunity to write feature and news stories “virtually,” by conducting online or phone interviews, as well as covering community news and events hosted online by entities such as cities, issue groups, and others.  Students will gain a foundation in key journalism skills, with room for experienced students to do immersive work. As a learning community, we will study writing with authenticity and engagement, conducting interviews and using research skills for scaffolding stories.

 

Journalism and trained journalists are essential to an informed citizenry. Students will gain skills in writing with authenticity and engagement, learning skills in conducting interviews and research skills for scaffolding stories. Students will write news based on actual events, and a longer piece that explores a complex but focused theme of each student’s choice. This course is useful for those who may write journalistically, academically, or in any capacity to educate and engage a public audience. We will engage in writings, texts, seminars, and observation/reporting of local news.

 

This Monday evening course is designed in content and schedule to complement many 8 and 12-credit offerings in Evening/Weekend Studies. Please note that the final class will be May 24, as May 31 is Memorial Day.  Classes will be on Zoom beginning Monday, March 29, each Monday from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., through Monday, May 24.

 

This offering is remote, allowing students to participate from nearby or away. Students should have access to a computing device appropriate for Zoom and Canvas. Contact Nancy,  parkesn@evergreen.edu Our approach will emphasize participation in live (synchronous) sessions, however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.

Registration

Spring 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

(4): 30135

Academic details

Fields of Study
Credits
4
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

Time Offered
Evening
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia