THE FINE PRINT: This
class is unlike most college courses because:
Newspaper and Student Media
Staff - Spring 2013
De Anza College, T/Th 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Room L-42 – 3 units
Practical experience in
gathering and reporting news and features as members of the college's
newspaper and student media staff. Staff includes reporters, editors,
photojournalists, multi-media producers, graphic artists and similar
responsibilities. Positions are self-selected, (within the guidelines of what
the newspaper needs) except for editors, who participate in an interview
INSTRUCTOR INFORMATIONName: Cecilia Deck
Office Hours: Tuesday:
2 to 4 p.m., Thursday: 2 to 4 p.m.,
6 to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 2
Phone: 408-864-8588 (office); 408-864-5626 (La Voz front desk)
Facebook: Cecilia Deck. Please friend me so I can add you to the La Voz Staff group.
La Voz assignments blog: http://lavoznewspaper.blogspot.com
La Voz Web site: http://www.lavozdeanza.com
LA VOZ STAFF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING A PUBLIC
DOCUMENT, with a print circulation of 2,000+ and many more online readers. No
other De Anza class shares its work as often and as publicly as this class
does, nor does any other class represent De Anza to the community and the
public to the extent that this class does. La
Voz is a First Amendment newspaper, which means that all decision-making
over the editorial content is in the hands of student editors. That
responsibility is a serious and important obligation, not to be taken lightly.
LA VOZ IS A BUSINESS, with
deadlines and responsibilities to its advertisers and its public. This class
functions more in the style of a work team than as a typical class. Missed
deadlines, irresponsibility or a poor work ethic affects not just the
individual, but the rest of the team. Deadlines are important, and excuses,
unfortunately, don’t get the paper out. Producing the newspaper requires a
group effort of responsible and dependable people. Student staff must work hard
at maintaining communication with one another. STUDENTS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN LEARNING: This
class is a practical course in producing a newspaper. The deadlines come quickly
and before students are taught what they need and want to know. Students are
expected to learn as they go, learn on their own, learn from their mistakes,
ask lots of questions and be responsible for their own learning. (One of the
best ways to learn is to read a daily newspaper with a critical eye, noting
writing and graphic styles, format, and section definition.) In other words,
this course requires initiative and commitment. Students will need to seek out
sources and materials on their own, although the instructor and the student
editors will be available for conferencing and consultation.
Harrower, Inside Reporting. Any edition.
La Voz Handbook (given out in class)
Associated Press Stylebook, 2011 or 2012 ed.
In this course, students will:
Oversee the gathering, organizing, and presenting of news,
information, and opinions to produce a First Amendment student newspaper
Gain proficiency in the operation of a weekly newspaper and an
appreciation the inherent problems
Improve their journalism skills including news writing, headline
writing, editing, AP style, photography and design.·
Improve management and communication skills while working with
other staff members·
Use the responsibilities given to them inherent in a free student
Compile a portfolio that reflects the course work and which can be
Build on past experiences, improve the newspaper and try new
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: La Voz staff is expected
to spend a minimum of six hours a week outside of class sessions, on
assignments. Other requirements are:
1) ATTEND CLASS: Class sessions are required. Students are allowed two absences
with no consequences on their grades.
2) READ ASSIGNMENTS, complete
quizzes or other classroom assignments: Read
the La Voz Handbook and consult the Harrower textbook as required.
3) TURN IN 11 ASSIGNMENTS:
a) Complete a minimum of 9 regular
weekly story assignments on deadline. TWO must be news stories and TWO must be sports. A story
assignment generally consists of one of
300-400-word story with three or more named sources
two series of photos
one complex graphic
one video report that includes at least three
named sources, an establishing shot, an on-camera “talking head”
one narrated slide-show that includes at least
three named sources, at least 10 varied photos, narration and one on-tape
two NIBs (news-in-briefs)
(Larger submissions may count as two or more
assignments, based on consultation with and approval of an editor.) These
stories require original research, quotes and attribution.
b) Reporters complete a minimum of 2 smaller weekly story
assignments on deadline. The smaller assignments can be any of the following:
o A formatted brief - profile, upcoming event, etc.
o A DA voices
cartoon, comic strip or maze.
A shorter edited video.4)
COMPLETE A WEEKLY LOG: The log is in the
back of the Handbook; there’s also a copy on the instructor’s website.
A campus snapshot.
5) TURN IN STORY
IDEAS AS REQUIRED: "Blanket" the campus to find news
stories and photographs (wild art) and provide tips to the editors on news,
feature, and photo assignments to aid the editors who make the assignments.
CREATE/TURN IN A PORTFOLIO: Turn in a portfolio on the last day of
class which contains
collection of published and non-published work, with description of the
contributions, if not evident
o a self-evaluation form
o a Weekly Log describing the
activities, learning and time spent
Editors are required to:
* Do all the above, except the story assignments
(editors are required to create a portfolio)
* Attend Editorial Board meetings and hold at
least one office hour a week.
responsibility for their assigned section or assignment, including assigning
and editing stories, writing stories as needed and participating in page or
media production. Editors “own” the stories they assign and need to follow them
Photographers, graphic artists
and associate editors are expected to do the equivalent amount of work as the reporters
who write stories. For example, a photojournalist would substitute eight large
assignments (e.g., covering a 2-hour event with many photos, selecting and
turning in the best in both vertical and horizontal formats, loading them on
the server, and writing cutlines, following the directions for cutline writing
in the handbook) and two smaller assignments (snapshots with cutlines, DA Voices). A graphic
artist is expected to create, scan and turn in substantial content each week.
Reporting involves talking to live people and seeking information from varied sources. All sources must be attributed news-style. If you cut-and-paste material from the Internet or copy information from any other source and don't attribute it specifically, that is plagiarism. I may report the incident to the Dean of Student Development and it could appear on your permanent record. The assignment will count against course requirements and cannot be placed in your portfolio.
The college will enforce all policies and procedures
set forth in the Standards of Student
Conduct (see catalog). Any student
disrupting the class may be asked to leave that class. Administrative follow-up may result.NEWSROOM/LAB POLICIES:
Students must follow lab policies
and act in a professional manner in the lab/newsroom.
The Editorial Board is
responsible for setting the standards in the newsroom including:·
keeping it clean
assuring that staff follows safety standards
assuring that staff acts in a professional manner
assuring security of the equipment, materials and lab
assisting and coaching reporters, photojournalists and other
members of the staff.
Students should not be in the lab
unless an instructor, lab tech, advertising/office manager, editor in chief or
other senior editor is present, unless they have permission from the
instructor. No one may be in the lab between midnight and 6 a.m. The department coordinator or the division dean may revoke students' permission to use the
lab/newsroom subject to inappropriate or unprofessional behavior.
Students in this class
should consider themselves to be on the payroll of a professional newspaper,
performing their jobs with a professional attitude, meeting deadlines, showing
initiative and enjoying the satisfaction in a job well done. Results, not intentions, are
what count. Absences, missed deadlines, unprofessional behavior, plagiarism and lack of accountability will lower grades. Your portfolio should be professional-looking, suitable
for using for job/internship interviews.
Students will be graded on a combination of:
a) Contributions to weekly newspaper and associated media (80 points)
Assignments turned in by deadline
and frequent communication with editors
ideas turned in as required
in conduct and work habits.
Assignment ideas brought to Ed Board meeting
and frequent communication with staff
in conduct and work habits.
b) Reading, quizzes and in-class assignments (10 points)
c) Portfolio/Weekly Log, final assessment (10 points)
A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F<60
EXTRA HELP AND SUPPORT
Help with all aspects of journalism is available from the instructor, from La Voz's student employees, Michael Mannina and Sara Gobets and La Voz's lab technician, Walter Alvarado. For office/lab hours, see the door of L41 (around the side of the building).
Help with many other aspects of life at De Anza is available at Student Health Services, Disability Support Services, Financial Aid and several tutoring centers. To learn more, go to deanza.edu.
College closed: Monday May 27