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JR 103 The Digital Journalist

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    Betty-JoCugini, ChristopherSzechenyi, CindyE.Rodriguez, DouglasStruck, Angela Andeson
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    A Few Big Assignments

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Group Projects

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    May 04, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course. It is a required course, so all journalism major must take this course, but I encourage students to really try and get the most out of this course. Angela is an extremely qualified journalist, which means every tip she provides to the class comes from real world experience. She not only grades her assignments but she gives helpful tips to her students on effective ways to improve, bit academically and professionally.

    Course highlights:

    In the first few classes, we performed man on the street interviews. The topics were relatively simple, but the assignment was meant to give us experience in that field of the trade. These sorts of interviews can be difficult for even the most experienced journalists, so when she saw that I was having a difficult time getting anyone to speak with me she was able to assist me in the process. Since that day she has done nothing but her absolute best to ensure her students are not only qualified on paper but in action to take on this field.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention in class. Handling some of the operating systems can sometimes be difficult, so don't be afraid to ask questions multiple times. She is very understanding and will work with you step by step until you have it down packed.

    • Spring 2016
    • Angela Andeson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Group Projects
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    Jul 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Coming into this course, I was originally apprehensive. As a journalism major focusing in print, the idea of having to do broadcast journalism left me feeling uneasy. This class didn't let me hide behind a computer where I was most comfortable - I was forced to stand and talk in front of a camera with the rest of my class staring at me. I was terrified. However, as the class went on and we started learning about audio and video editing softwares, such as Final Cut Pro and Audacity, I learned that I had an affinity for the tech-side of journalism. I would happily spend hours editing video packages for my class; in several cases, many of my classmates asked for my help in editing their own projects. This course changed my perspective on journalism, and have now broadened my focus to include broadcast.

    Course highlights:

    This class always left me feeling like I had learned something new. Doug is not your typical professor. He is exceptionally intelligent, witty, humble, and one of the most experienced and impressive journalists you will ever meet. Having him as a mentor is one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. Doug will push you out of your comfort zone and make you do stories you never thought you'd do. When I did my first video story at the St. Patrick's Day parade, I was filled with so much anxiety, I was certain I'd fail the project. However, I finally mustered up the courage to approach people and interview them. After this, I felt at ease approaching people with a camera and microphone, and was able to cover stories like the Boston Marathon and a Syrian refugee vigil with ease.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    While this course does not require studying, it does require proactivity and enthusiasm. Even when you're assigned less exciting stories (in my case, I was once sent out to interview children at an ice-skating rink), it is important to approach these assignments with the same attitude that you would any other story, as it is experience, and experience and knowledge is invaluable.

    • Spring 2016
    • DouglasStruck
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Participation Counts
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    Jun 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I loved the teacher's relaxed way of conducting class and because of that I learned so much in this class. She really lets you explore on your own!

    Course highlights:

    I learned what it's like to report on my own and make my own video package on a deadline. I learned several real-life skills in this course. Cugini truly exposes you to the real world of reporting and being there on your own. :)

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Just do what she says, participate and be ready to step out of your comfort zone!

    • Spring 2016
    • Betty-JoCugini
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts

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