2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Community-Based Journalism


Summer 2012 quarter

Suzanne Simons writing, journalism, sociology
Fields of Study
American studies, communications, community studies, history and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
journalism, communication, publishing, community development, government, social services, nonprofits, education.

In this hands-on writing-intensive journalism course, students will learn and practice doing community-based journalism. Specifically, we will learn and practice the fundamentals of journalism, particularly newsgathering, reporting, writing, and editing. Activities may include guest journalists, shadowing a local journalist or communications professional, and a reporting practicum on local government, events, organizations, or neighborhoods. We will also explore communication theory and the history and development of community-based journalism, particularly among communities whose voices have not traditionally been heard. 

Students registering for 6 credits will also do a journalism-focused internship of 40 hours during the quarter and spend at least one hour a week on internship-related assignments in conjunction with continuing journalism course work.

Advertised Schedule
1-4p Mon/Wed at Tacoma; no class weeks 3, 7, and 8
Greener Store
Internship Required
Students registering for 6 credits must arrange and complete a journalism-focused internship, spending 40 hours over the quarter with a local community media outlet (newspaper, radio or TV station), public agency, nonprofit organization or education institution.
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