Introduction to the
online version of Journalism 175
Journalism homepage: http://faculty.bucks.edu/rogerst/
Centurion student newspaper homepage: www.bucks-news.com
Online course syllabus: http://faculty.bucks.edu/rogerst/jour175.htm
The Virtual Classroom (resources for online courses): http://faculty.bucks.edu/rogerst/jourvirtualclassroom.htm
Schedule of assignments: http://faculty.bucks.edu/rogerst/jourdl15weekschedule.htm
Rules for submitting assignments: http://faculty.bucks.edu/rogerst/jourdlguide.htm
schedule (this shows the deadlines for every issue of the paper that
will be published this semester. You should try to do a story for every
Important Facebook pages
Centurion Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centurion/196037023792090?sk=wall&filter=12
Journalism program Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JournalismatBucks/
About.com journalism Facebook page (my blog): https://www.facebook.com/allaboutjournalism?sk=wall
Journalism 175 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jour175-News-Reporting-Writing/363933286955049?sk=wall
You will need to "like" or join these Facebook pages because we will be using them for the course. Probably the most important is the Centurion Facebook page, where we will be posting story assignments for the student newspaper. If you see an assignment that you want to do, click "comment" and let everyone know that you will be covering that story. If for some reason you end up being unable to cover the story, please click "comment" again to leave a message letting us know, so that someone else can take that story.
The work for this class will include story assignments, quizzes and newswriting exercises, but by far the most important work you do for the class will be the original articles that you do for the Centurion and for the class, including coverage of police, town government meeting spend the courts. In other words, you can get A's on all the quizzes and newswriting exercises, but if you're not getting articles done for the student newspaper and for the class you still won't get a good grade. As I said earlier, you should do at least one article for every issue of the student newspaper in addition to the articles specifically for the class, which means by the end of the semester you should have written approximately 10 to 12 articles.
The Centurion is the college's award-winning student newspaper. The Centurion newsroom is located in Rollins 127, the same room where all journalism classes are held. Staff meetings are held every Thursday at 12:30. This is when editors and reporters get together to discuss what's happening with the paper, and to begin the process of editing articles and laying out the paper. I strongly encourage all journalism students to get as involved with the paper as possible. We always need people to be editors, to help with layout, to load stories on the paper's website, take pictures and so on. The more that you are involved with the paper the better you'll do in the class, and this will also give you a better sense of whether journalism is what you'd like to pursue as a career. Don't worry if you don't have much prior experience; this is a student newspaper, so everyone is learning. Also, there's free pizza at staff meetings!
The Centurion production schedule
Articles for the Centurion are due at noon Wednesdays on weeks when the paper is being published. Editing and layout begins Thursday afternoon, continues Friday and sometimes into the weekend. The goal is to have the pages laid out by Monday or Tuesday so that we can send them the Bucks County Courier Times, which prints the Centurion. Generally the papers are delivered to the newsroom on Thursday or Friday and we will need help distributing copies across the campus.