May 23, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

COM 150 - Introduction to Journalism


Course Description: This course covers the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and producing news stories for print, broadcast, and online media. Students develop news writing skills for a variety of media platforms, including traditional and new journalism.


Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine and implement reporting strategies for print, broadcast and online news
  • Write a hard news story in inverted pyramid style and modified inverted pyramid style.
  • Write a compelling feature story.
  • Cover a geographic or community beat, developing and producing a story in text, audio, and video.
  • Apply rules for copy editing, headline writing, photo selection and page layout (digital and print).
  • Articulate the news cycle and develop skill in handling breaking news.
  • Consider ethical implications and apply ethical decision making in the field of journalism.
  • Critically reflect on professional practice.

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