JRN170 - Research Methods

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Subject Title
Research Methods

Subject Description
This multimedia digital journalism course establishes the context for future accurate and well researched digital storytelling. Students will be introduced to online writing and reporting, video creation and reporting on multiple platforms. Students learn how to gather information from reliable sources essential to researching, writing, shooting and editing a news story. Students filter and verify sources, use the internet, library/subject data bases and social media, while developing their own reliable contacts and digital research packs. Students explore a variety of pre-interview techniques.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Use fact-based research in journalism
  2. Locate factual information sources
  3. Select and apply appropriate research methods on multiple platforms
  4. Employ and assess accuracy, balance, and fairness in research methods and content
  5. Pre-interview
  6. Create Research Packs
  7. Shoot, write and edit accurate stories

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.