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In Spring 2000 Frederic Moritz taught one section of JMC 435 Feature Writing and one section of JMC489 Seminar in Media Ethics and Issues. For writings by his students see the class produced Off Campus and On.
In Fall 2000 he taught an individualized course as writing coach helping to produce a Shakespearean monologue at the University of Maine, Belfast.
JMC 435 is an upper level is an upper level journalism course in nonfiction writing for publication. Students with background in news reporting and writing expand their skills and experience by writing longer stories and experimenting with a variety of techniques. The course will explore the twofold nature of features as 1) a light, easy to read, human interest contrast to hard news and 2) a way to explore, in extra color and depth, heavier, more serious issues of the day.
JMC 489 is an advanced seminar aiming to stimulate student thinking and discussion. It involves extensive reading and research on the relationship between mass media and ethics, politics, economics and society. Each student will be a member of a research team which will also invite guest speakers to address the seminar. Each team will strive to identify and develop solutions to problems addressed in this seminar.
Here are some search engines; try them and compare them with a specific search:
- Alta Vista
- Ask Jeeves
- Quotation Search
- Search: Dogpile
- Search: Google
- Search: MetaCrawler
- Search: Northern Light
- Search: SavvySearch
Here are some journalism related sites:
- Amazon.com: a research tool for books and book reviews
- American Journalism Review
- American Society of Newspaper Editors Online
- AJR Newslink
- Alex Jones - CJR, November/December 1999
- Arts Journal: The Daily Digest of Arts & Cultural Journalism
- Associated Press Managing Editors
- Auto-Dave: call this up and write an automated Dave Barry style newspaper humor column
- Columbia Journalism Review Home
- Community Media Workshop
- Daily News on Media: Benton Foundation
- Environmental Services for Journalists
- Freedom Forum: Journalism Education
- Free Writing: Moritz on Sears Island kayak trip
- International Center for Journalists
- International Federation of Journalists
- Moorehead State Univ.: Overall Journalism Resources
- Moorhead State Univ.: International Journalism Resources
- Ohio Wesleyan Univ.: Journalism Resources on the Internet
- MyYahoo: create your personalized research tool
- National Conference of Editorial Writers
- News and Journalism Sources
- Reference Desk: perhaps the single most powerful reference site on the web
- StudentU.Com study resources and lecture notes
- Online Resources: NCEW
- Yellow Journalism explained by James Creelman
- Yellow Journalism: origins of the term
Those who seek to publish, please take note:
- Writer's Digest: Users can search a database of more than 1,000 writers' guidelines, and "Market of the Day" provides the latest details on writer-friendly publications like "Yachting" and "The Artist's Magazine." For more options, there's a database of descriptions of more than 100 "hot" markets, with "Travel and Leisure" and "Parents" magazine topping the list. If that's still not enough, check out the directory of 101 websites for writers. And don't miss the latest industry gossip from "The Buzz." The site tops it all off with details on awards, contests, and conferences, plus an online bookstore geared toward authors. Offering a variety of resources, "Writer's Digest" helps writers get the word out. --Shana Wingert, Britannica.com (a basic web reference for aspiring writers)
- Writer's Digest Writer's Guidelines: click this link to go directly to this searchable database of 1000 writer's guidelines.
Here are some journalism ethics related sites:
- AP Managing Editors Code of Ethics
- American Society of Newspaper Editors assorted codes of ethics
- ASNE Statement of Principles
- ASNE Journalism Credibility Study
- Doing Ethics in Journalism (SPJ Ethics Handbook)
- European codes of journalism ethics
- Followup journalism: the failure to do this gives massive distortion. An example on Bosnia from The Christian Science Monitor.
- National Press Photographers Association Code
- Minnesota News Council Welcome Page
- Other Ethics Sources
- Radio Television News Directors: Codes of Ethics and Standards
- RTNDA: Code of Ethics
- Society of Professional Journalists ethics in journalism
- SPJ Code of Ethics
- SPJ Ethics News
- SPJ-Ethics Listserv
- Yahoo: Media Ethics Resources
Some individual ethics codes:
Journalists sometimes explore the nature of heroes and heroic action through feature stories. Here are some resources on the web:
- My Hero Website: stimulate your thinking with this comprehensive web resource.
- Web links on selected heroes: examine how basic research links on the web can be used to create profiles.
- Email to this website your own choice of heroes either community, university, state, national, or international -- with a brief description of your nominee and the reasons for your choice.
- Heroic Stories: you may subscribe to an email publication of heroic stories and/or submit your own stories for publication through this freelance agency.
- Free Online Environmental Distance Courses
- Free Online General Distance Courses
- Online Education Newsletter (includes online reviews)
- Overview of Online Offerings
- Worldwide Learn Directory
As an experiment in distance education Moritz edits and publishes on the Internet the gradually evolving "Writings From A Busy Day" by Christa Koenig, an Austrian/Swiss essayist and humorist. Koenig practices writing in her second language, English, while she raises two children and works in the business of her husband Ernest. Moritz and Koenig collaborate by email on how to integrate hypertext Internet links into essays so that writings published on the web are illustrated and complemented by vast international resources accessible on the web. This technique of publishing can be taught in the classroom or long distance.
March 6, 2001
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