100 teaches the student to be a more discerning consumer of the mass
media. Topics include the origin, development, and contemporary role
of the newspaper, magazine, radio, television, books, and other mass
media in shaping the political, economic and social fabric of society.
The course meets lower division requirements for most communication-related
majors and is transferable to California State University and the
University of California.
class is being taught online. Lectures and assignments will be delivered
online, but you will need to visit the campus to take tests (see below).
If this is your first online course you should look at "Is
the DE option for me?"
This syllabus includes:
Information -- Web
Page and E-Mail Info -- Grading Information
-- Instructor Information
In addition, you
should become familar with :
objectives -- Assignments
available online -- Certificate/Degree
Journalism Program Philosophy --
5th Edition) by Shirley Biagi.
is a new version of the text, no used texts available. Campus bookstore
cost = approx. $55)
The text can also be purchased online through www.VarsityBooks.com
at a substantial savings. But be sure to purchase the 5th edition.
WEB PAGE AND E-MAIL INFO
The web site for this class is located at www.rcameron.com/journalism/100/online.
Technology is an important part of a journalism education and you
should become familiar with use of the World Wide Web. The web site
includes copies of this syllabus, assignment information, lecture
notes, and more.
In addition to use of the web page you should also become familiar
with the use of e-mail. Important information may be distributed to
you via e-mail and you can use e-mail to communicate with each other.
You can contact
the instructor at email@example.com
- Grade reports
will be e-mailed to you periodically throughout the semester. It
is your responsibility to check these reports and and report any
- Tests Cumulative
Totals . . . . . 25 percent
There will be five tests. They will be multiple choice
and based on the materials covered in class and in the text. Approximately
one-third of the questions will come from lectures and two-thirds
from the text.
Tests are open book, open note, but you should not wait until the
test to familiarize yourself with the contents of the chapters.
Tests must be taken on campus.* The class has a scheduled night
and you can take tests on campus those nights. In addition, the
journalism lab is open most days Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Any day during the test week you may visit the journalism
lab and take the test then. Please make a reservation with the instructor
or Nancy Ballard, the journalism lab aide to insure the lab will
be open when you want to take the test. We cannot open the lab earlier
or close it later for test takers, however. All reservations to
take the test other than test night must be made before the scheduled
You will need a pencil and a ScanTron form for each test. Makeups
are not allowed unless you clear an absence with the instructor
at least one day IN ADVANCE (and even then, the test must be taken
before the next class period).
- Unit One --
Intro to Media (Chapters 1, 9)
- Unit Two --
Print Media (Chapters 2, 3, 4)
- Unit Three
-- Media Law/Ethics (Chapter 14, 15)
- Unit Four --
Broadcast Media (Chapters 5, 7, 14)
- Unit Five --
Issues/Effects/Movies/PR/Advertising (Chapters 8, 10, 11, 12)
those who are outside the Cerritos College level special test arrangments
might be available. Let the instructor know if you need this service.
- Homework . . . .
. 25 percent
There will be 8-10
homework assignments and 5-6 concept reports designed to get
you to think about your involvement with the mass media. E-mail
your assignments to me following the instructions below and on the
Intro to Grading lecture. In addition,
there will be six to eight "Go to the Movies" assignments
where you will need to view popular movies about the press and write
reports. Movies on the list are rentable from your local video store
and are on reserve in the lower computer lab (near LAP) in the Learning
No late assignments will be accepted. If for some reason you must
miss the class the assignment is due, you may e-mail the assignment
(no attachments!) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax the assignment to the journalism department at (562) 467-5044
the day it is due or mail the assignment to Rich Cameron, Cerritos
College, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90560. WARNING: A mailed
assignment must contain the postmark of the day it is due (or earlier)
or it will not be accepted.
Amendment Project . . . . . 25 percent
Specifics of this assignment will be announced later,
but its intent is to have you take a closer and critical look at
First Amendment freedoms in today's society.
. . . . . 25 percent
Attendance in this class is measured by completion of assignments
and reading of lectures. After each lecture there will one to three
questions for you to answer. The questions are based on the lecture
and designed to insure you understand it. E-mail the answers to
the questions to the instructor.
doing poorly on tests or homework assignments will ask about extra
credit. From time to time there may be extra credit opportunties;
they will be announced. But, in general, you should concentrate on
improving scores on tests and assignments to improve your grade. There
are lots of assignments and missing one or two or screwing up on one
or two (with the exception of the First Amendment Project) will not
overly impact your grade.
i c h C a m e r o n
Office hours = Daily before class and after class
Phone = (562) 860-2451, x2619 -- Fax (562) 467-5044
E-mail = email@example.com