Students learn how news and topics are reported in various media -- print, Internet, radio, TV and documentary film.
The aim of the course is threefold: 1) allow students to experience the work of a journalists, and prompt you to rethink some of your ideas; 2) learn how to be impartial and offer opposing sides to a story; 3) learn how to communicate more effectively.
Week 1 (April 12): Introductions, course and assessment outline
Week 2 (April 19): What is news: definitions and comments
Week 3 (April 26): Newspaper: part 1 (the front page)
Week 4 (May 10): Newspaper: part 2 (anatomy of an article)
Week 5 (May 17): Guest lecturer: newspaper/Internet journalist (visit to Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan)
Week 6 (May 24): Magazine/Internet news: Time magazine/Time.com
Week 7 (May 31): Television news: overview
Week 8 (June 7): Visit to NHK
Week 9 (June 14): Guest lecturer: TV journalist (visit to TBS)
Week 10 (June 21): Guest lecturer: radio journalist (visit to radio studio)
Week 11 (June 28): Documentary films: overview
Week 12 (July 5): Guest lecturer: documentary filmmaker
Week 13 (July 12): Guest lecturer: expert on newsworthy topic (pro or con position)
Week 14 (July 19): Guest lecturer: expert on newsworthy topic (pro or con position)
Week 15 (July 26): Wrap up
Assessment will be made on the basis of class attendance and participation, and the nature and level of work accomplished.
Minimal homework required. For guest speakers prepare 1 to 2 questions in Japanese or English. At the end of the term, write a 200 to 300-word essay in Japanese or English on a news topic we will decide in class.