DRAFT Course Proposal:
Journalistic Publishing in the 21st Century
The continued shift of journalism to digital platforms requires greater collaboration
between journalists and computing professionals. Journalists need to have a better
understanding of the structure, functionality, and larger implications of online news
preparation and delivery systems. Journalists need to be able to target mobile, tablet, and big
screen content delivery and interaction devices. Computing professionals need to better
understand how system structure and design help tell stories and inform the public. In
this advanced seminar, co-taught by professors in journalism and information technology,
a mix of journalism, photojournalism and computing students will work together in
interdisciplinary teams to design, build and test competing digital publication approaches.
Each publication will be built using a different set of technological solutions requiring
varying degrees of computing expertise. Students will launch their community-news focused
publications at mid-term, and will compare and contrast the pros and cons of each technology
mix at the end of the term.
Journalism. Photojournalism, and Computing majors who wish to prepare to work in an
online publishing environment.
Maximum Class Size
Classroom with projector, students will bring their own devices. Student Innovation
Center would be ideal, to provide greater public visibility and student engagement.
- Computing Students: 4002-536 (Web Client-Side Programming), or permission of the instructors
- Journalism and Photojournalism Students: 0535-472 (News Editing), or permission of the instructors
Introduction to and overview of the issues and problems/questions in Twenty-First Century
Introduction to and overview of range of current probable technological solutions, including:
- (some tech staff/knowledge required) blog-style customized but rigid templates, like WordPress
- (little tech staff/knowledge required) fixed-format data-consumption solutions, like Scoop.It
(some tech staff/knowledge required) use across devices ranging from big-screen connected TV
to handheld smartphone
Coverage assignments, teams formation, initial visual and workflow design
Visual and workflow design review and revisions
Second design review and first prototype publication
Prototype testing and review
Version 1.0 published
Publication testing and review
Version 1.1 published
Team Projects Presented and Reviewed
Outside experts will be brought in to speak on a regular basis during this course, utilizing
videoconferencing tools such as Google+ Hangouts. The focus will be on speakers
who can clearly articulate the problems of 21st Century journalistic publishing, and who can
situate these issues within the larger historical and technological context.