Journalism 1 Syllabus

Syllabus for Journalism 1 – Beginning ReportingDave Silverbrand, InstructorContact info: or  What We Teach: This class is directly transferable to any CSU in the state, including Humboldt State University.  It is the equivalent to their Beginning Reporting so it is important that we achieve certain academic standards.

 Purpose of the Course:

The nature of the media is changing every day, but not our need for good journalists.  In fact, they are more important than ever. This class will introduce you to the basic skills of reporting—gathering information, evaluating it and providing a comprehensive and credible account of events.  At the end of the semester, you will be competent in various methods of reporting and in the various mediums available to you.  And please remember that journalism is fun.


We will employ in-class activities and individual projects to help you experiment with reporting styles and in preparing your work for mass communication.  Those skills will involve:

1: Interview techniques

2: News conference experience

3: Breaking news coverage

4. Critical thinking skills

5. Employment options.

6. Video-taking and photo techniques


1: Enthusiasm

2. Competence in English although a second language will be a plus.

No text is required for this class.  Information will be provided to you on-line or in class.  You are encouraged to use media related equipment to include tape recorders, video cameras of any format and still cameras.

Grading will be on the basis of in-class work and contributions to our media sites,, our exclusive news blog and also TV programs for Access Humboldt (we currently have one regular program on Access Humboldt, “CR News” but we can produce others.

Each completed project will be counted as 100 points with minimum contributions for the class 1500 points.  That is one project a week.  That project will include an interview, story or contribution to our media outlets.


This is essential to the fulfillment of our goals.  I have the option of dropping you from the class for six un-excused absences.  Make-up work is available by pre-arrangement with the instructor.

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