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ERIC Number: ED341053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-6
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Teaching in Journalism.
Haber, Marian Wynne
Recently, the Communication Department at the University of Texas at Arlington offered an innovative news editing course taught collaboratively by a journalism professor and an editor of the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram," a metropolitan daily newspaper. In 1990 the course was continued on the model describes by R. L. Gates (1989), and in this class students had the opportunity to transfer the theories that they learned in the lecture to the laboratory. The subjects that were covered included: a study of the electronic newsroom, role of the copy editor, duties of the copy editor, leads, headline writing, photographs and cutlines, wire service news, libel, type, layout and supplemental material of broadcast editing, and magazine editing. The students also learned practical applications of copy editing tools, and received newsroom experience as they interacted with an academic journalist, an editor of a metropolitan newspaper, and staff personnel of the student newspaper. Participants' reactions to the lecture and laboratory sections of the course--evaluated by means of an attitude test in the form of a five-point Likert scale--were favorable. In addition, essay evaluations of the course submitted by faculty indicated that all agreed that in future courses, labs should meet every week or every other week with a maximum of four to six students in each 3-hour lab. Using a Macintosh format and adding a workshop were also suggested. The entire experience supported the principle of collaboration between academics and working editors. (Two tables are included; a list of collaborative teaching tips is attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A