Introduction to Journalism


Welcome to the Learning Site for Introduction to Journalism (JOURNAL 201). This site contains all of the original content created by Prof. Zamith to give you the conceptual foundation necessary to succeed in the course and to gain a broad understanding of this thing that we call “journalism.”

The site is organized by the week of the semester. There is a navigation panel on the left part of the page to help you quickly find the week you’re looking for. Within each week, there are four to six lessons related to that week. Within each lesson, you will find both written and audio versions of the content. This is designed to accommodate different learning styles. Additionally, you can use the search bar above the navigation panel to quickly locate the content you’re looking for.

The lessons from this site will prove particularly helpful for the quizzes and written assignments, and I hope that you will reference the ideas from the lessons in your discussions. The site is a work-in-progress, and it will be updated over the course of the semester based on the feedback I’m getting from you all.

Course Units

    Introducing the Course

    This unit consists of orientation material, and should be completed on Moodle.

    Defining Key Terms

    This unit focuses on defining some of the key terms that we will be using over the course of the semester.

    Why Journalism Matters

    This unit focuses on theories about how news media affect our understanding of the world.

    Effects on News Media

    This unit focuses on theories of the things that affect news production and distribution.

    Economics of News Media

    This unit focuses on the economic aspects of news production and distribution.

    History of U.S. Journalism

    This unit focuses on a historical examination of how journalism developed in the United States.

    Well-Being Week

    There are no materials for this unit. Please take the time to practice self-care instead.

    Journalism Law and Ethics

    This unit focuses on the laws and ethical considerations involved in producing and distributing news.

    Types of Journalism

    This unit focuses on the different types of news that is out there, and how to come up with story ideas.

    Interviewing Sources

    This unit focuses on best practices for identifying and interviewing sources for news stories.

    Diversity in U.S. Journalism

    This unit focuses on issues pertaining to the homogeneity and heterogeneity of different aspects of journalism.

    Future of Journalism

    This unit focuses on the emerging trends and challenges in the field of journalism.

    News Audiences

    This unit focuses on the changing nature of news audiences, and how journalists understand and engage with them.

This Learning Site is intended to accompany the Moodle course site. Please sign in to Moodle to find all of quizzes and assignments for this class.