SYLLABUS – JRN 211
SYLLABUS – JRN 211 (Subject to Change)
Introduction to Multilingual Media – JRN 211 – 3 hours, 3 credits
Introduction to print and electronic multilingual media in the United States. Focus on the growth and diversity of ethnic media, the role they play in the lives of those who use them, and how they compare to mainstream media. Pre/Co requisites: None.
Professor Miguel Pérez
Office: Carman Hall #251
Office hours: Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
3. Learning Objectives
The students will gain an understanding of the role that multilingual and ethnic media play in the lives of the people who use them, and of the impact these media have upon the mass media in general. The course is designed to provide training in a range of essential skills as well as a broad understanding of the subject matter, by comparing mainstream media to ethnic media. The course involves research projects, some fieldwork, as well as discussions with active participation of all students. The course is based on the use of technology for research and data analysis using the Internet.
4. Expected Learning Outcomes (ELO)
Students will be able to analyze the impact of identity (race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc.) on the practice of journalism.
5. About the Course
This is an online course. Students are expected to participate actively and frequently – at least twice per week – in the class discussions on the Blackboard Discussion Board. We will explore ideas together and critique each other’s work. We will learn from fellow students comments and ideas. Active participation is essential. Students will be asked to compare mainstream and ethnic media. How are they different? Similar? Whom do they target, and for what purposes?
6. Books and Materials
The main bibliographical sources will be newspapers, magazines and online news sites – especially ethnic news agencies. However, the following texts are highly recommended and will be useful in discussing the different areas of the course and in writing your assignments:
1) Inside Reporting: A Practical Guide to the Craft of Journalism by Tim Harrower, second edition.
2) English dictionary.
7. Use of Technology and Blackboard
This is an online version of the course run via the Blackboard system. We meet only on the Blackboard throughout the semester. I will regularly post information in the your assignments in Blackboard. We will be using a Blackboard site for all of the class activities. You will be receiving emails about this class – but only through Blackboard, so you must make sure to keep checking whatever email address you use for Blackboard.
Blackboard can be accessed through the Lehman website at www.lehman.cuny.edu. If you have any questions about your Lehman email address or your password, or if you have any problems accessing the site please call the computer helpdesk at 718-960-1111.
However, I do invite all students to participate in one meeting, in the beginning of each semester, to answer whatever questions you may have about the course. This meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8. This is a time when there are no other classes being taught, so it will not conflict with your other courses, but attending this meeting, while not required, is essential to understanding what to is expected of you in this course. I strongly recommend that you make every possible effort to attend! The room where we will meet will be announced shortly.
8. Grading Policy
There are no examinations in this course. Grades are based on writing assignments and participation in writing discussions. The grading will reflect both the content and quality of your writing, the clarity of your ideas, the organization of your presentations, and the overall accuracy and correctness of your reports. The breakdown of the final grade will be as follows:
1.- Writing reports – aggregate of three grades will be 50% of the total course grade.
2.- Participation in the Discussion Board – aggregate of three grades will be 50% of the total course grade.
9. Course Outline
The course is divided into three units. Each unit will be divided into two sections:
Section A. Research and paper report
Section B. Class participation via the Discussion Board. Here you will discuss your fellow students’ reports. A minimum of five MEANINGFUL participations is required (see below for meaningful participation rubric). Look for details, angles and ideas not covered in your own written report. This may help you in your next assignment.
• ASSIGNMENT 1
a) Research: Reading and research assignment covering a specific subject -- to be announced the first day of the semester.
b) Written Report: About 800 words)
c) Discussion Board for Assignment 1
• ASSIGNMENT 2
a) Research: Reading and research assignment covering a specific subject -- to be announced later.
b) Written Report: About 800 words
c) Discussion Board for Assignment 2
• ASSIGNMENT 3
a) Research: Reading and research assignment covering a specific subject -- to be announced later.
b) Written Report: About 1,000 words)
c) Discussion Board for Assignment 3
11. Course Grading Rubric (How you will be graded):
A quality work:
• You filed each of your three reports on time and they demonstrated a clear understanding of the role of ethnic media and how they compare to mainstream media.
• The reports also demonstrated the accomplishment of in-depth research, an understanding of ethnic sensitivities, and exceptional command of English grammar.
• Your contributions to our Discussion Board were frequent and demonstrated that you read and reflected over the reports filed by your classmates, as opposed to “improvising” on the topic. Your Discussion Board comments were critical and analytical, not just a repetition of what you read in your classmates’ reports. You explained what you found right and wrong with your classmates’ report, pointed out inconsistencies and justified your analysis. You expressed your opinion and explained why you hold that onion. You compared what you read to your own life experiences, and/or to your own research.
• Deadlines: You met your deadlines for all your assignments. In journalism, the timeliness of your work is as important as the work itself.
B quality work:
• You deviated from the above criteria by failing to keep up with your writing assignments and your expected participation in our Discussion Board; and/or your writing reflects lack of command of the subject.
C quality work:
• You deviated – overtly – from the above criteria.
D and F quality work:
• You deviated – egregiously –from the above criteria.
12. Accommodating Disabilities
Lehman College is committed to providing access to all programs and curricula to all students. Students with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to register with the Office of Student Disability Services. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services, Shuster Hall, Room 238, phone number, 718-960-844.
13. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Science Learning Center (SLC)
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Science Learning Center (SLC) are two of the tutoring centers on campus. The ACE provides appointment based and drop-in tutoring in the humanities, social sciences, and writing, as well as general writing and academic skills workshops. The SLC provides drop-in tutoring for natural and computer science courses. To obtain more information about the ACE and the SLC, please visit their website at http://www.lehman.edu/issp, or please call the ACE at 718-960-8175, and the SLC at 718-960-7707.
14. Lehman Online Attendance Policy
Online students are subject to the same attendance policy and procedures as traditional students and instructors are required to record attendance to certify eligibility for financial aid. Please see the “Attendance Policy and Procedures” section of the Lehman Student Handbook. Individual instructors will often weigh online attendance and participation in determining grades. It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain the effect attendance may have on the grade in this course. However, participation will be defined in a different manner. Student attendance in online courses is defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. Online courses will, at a minimum, have weekly expectations for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods:
• Completion of tests.
• Submission/completion of assignments (through the digital drop box or discussion boards).
• Communication with the instructor.
15. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy
Reporters who make up sources, quotes or descriptions or who plagiarize are fired; students who do that, fail.
The most common forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is taking or giving help on a test: for example, using unauthorized books, papers, or notes during an examination; or procuring, distributing, or using unauthorized copies of examination. Plagiarism means the failure to give credit for the source of another’s words or ideas, or—as in the use of borrowed or purchased papers—passing off another person’s work as one’s own. The full policy statement may be found in the Lehman Student Handbook. For more information refer to http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/student-affairs/documents /student-handbook-02.pdf
16. Deadlines and Extensions
Journalism is a deadline business. If you are ill or cannot participate in the Discussion Board for any other reason, I expect an email from you. However, because your reports will be posted for a period of only a couple of weeks for other students to review, and because other students will be expected to comment on your reports, filing late reports is unacceptable and extensions for submitting reports cannot be granted. If you fail to meet your deadline for a particular unit report, and you didn’t get prior permission from your instructor to extend that deadline, your grade will suffer.
I am here to help you succeed. No one who does his/her work will fail. However, please keep in mind that your final grade depends on the quality of your research, written report and class participation in the Discussion Board.
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8.
But let's get started by introducing ourselves.
Please post some brief personal information in the Discussion Board as a way to introduce yourselves to the instructor and your fellow students -- at least a couple of paragraphs telling the rest of us who you are, what you are about, and why you are taking this class. Photos are not required, but strongly encouraged.