Hofstra University, School of Communication
Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
Journalism 10: Journalism Tools
Tuesday 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Professor Chris R. Vaccaro
Dempster Hall Room 142
Office Hours: By appointment
Class website: HUJournalism.WordPress.com
Journalism has evolved from the typewriter and telegraph days to an age of instantaneous communication. Students will be introduced to and learn the use of modern journalism tools such as tablet publishing, content management system strategization, computer-based information research, still and video cameras, audio recorders and techniques of audio/video editing, information graphics, as well as other tools as the technologies and profession continue to evolve.
Journalism Tools is just what it sounds like; journalists in the multimedia age need a variety of skills and tools to effectively tell their stories to the public and succeed in the profession.
The journalism program aims to make sure students are exposed to the skills they will need in multimedia journalism early in the program and then go on to master them in specialized classes, which will explore and use the tools more in-depth. This class is an introductory class, which will set students on that path.
Students who go through the Journalism Tools class will become familiar with a variety of technical methods of gathering and disseminating news stories. The class is not expected to give students a mastery of any one tool, but instead will expose them to the variety of tools available for their use in journalistic story telling. Students will learn the basics of gathering information through interviews, covering events, record searches, computer databases and other online sources. They will also be introduced to the use of audio recorders, still digital photography and videography and their use in newsgathering. The ethics of their uses will also be explored. Understanding news methods...