Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course covers all the basics of all the journalism fields. We learn how to write in AP-style and how to edit and improve our writing. This course not only teaches students about journalism but also lets them practice their skills in labs throughout the week. This course gives the students a taste of how journalism fields are practiced in the real world. We touch on fields including Press Release, Advertising, Broadcast and News. There are also in class workshops that students partner up on to help us put our knowledge to practice. This class also helps us journalism majors in plenty of our other classes relating to that major. I started noticing that my writing improved on a very large scale. Our motto is to "keep it short and simple (KISS)" when it comes to writing news stories which was rather difficult for most of us to adjust to at first, but after some practice we started to get the hang of it. This class is incredibly beneficial, and I would recommend any freshman considering journalism as their major to take this lecture class.
There are occasional guest speakers who work in local journalism departments that share their experiences of studying journalism as well as their practice. I am personally interested in Broadcast Journalism. Professor Ray Minor got a few crew members from UATV and another local news channel to give us insight on how things are on set and how stories are covered in such little time. It was actually very eye opening for me. Most of the students in fundamentals have had some experience in school news papers and yearbooks. When we heard that news reporters had to come up with a well written and edited story in a matter of hours before the show aired, we were absolutely blown away. The guest speakers kept stressing that deadlines are the most important thing to consider. "Always, always meet your deadlines. Its a good idea to start practicing now." That is one of the quotes that will be stuck in my head throughout the rest of my years of studying Broadcast Journalism.
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I would definitely study! The tests can get pretty tricky. Honestly if you study your notes that you take in class for a few hours you can expect decent scores. The one thing that occupied most of my time was the Lab portion of this class. This was when the students got a chance to practice what they learned in the lecture. It could get pretty stressful and difficult at times, but I learned to power through and ASK QUESTIONS. You can't get help on things you keep missing if you don't go to your professors office hours and ask them yourself.