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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Basic Skills
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to access and discuss current affairs and conduct dialogue in order to gain different perspectives of national and global events.
  • The student will be able to access and demonstrate the formats of printed, on-line, radio broadcasting and televised news media.
  • The student will be able to identify and access five types of news media sources.
  • The student will demonstrate and illustrate the pro's and con's of different news media.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate and report on different televised news media by using electronic media guides in order to find current events programming.


Exploration of global, national and community topics through a variety of media sources. Discussion on the pro's and con's of different news media formats and perspectives.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. List five different sources of news information
B. Explain the advantages, disadvantages and accuracy of receiving news through the media
C. Identify specific types of information in a newspaper
D. Distinguish between hard news and an editorial
E. Distinguish between television, radio, print, internet media
F. Report on local, state, national and global news

Course Content

A. Sources of news information
1. Television
2. Newspaper
3. Magazines
4. Internet
5. Radio
B. Advantages, disadvantages and accuracy of receiving news through the media
1. Opinion differences between media sources
2. Newspaper comparisons
3. Television station comparisons
C. Information in a newspaper (print media)
1. Front page
2. Sports page
3. Local news
4. Classified
D. Hard news and an editorial
1. Definition of hard news
2. Definition of an editorial
E. Discussion of television and/or the internet
1. Limitations of coverage
2. Structure of television versus the internet
3. National versus local and global issues
4. View of "real" time broadcasting

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Accessible classroom, internet access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Class participation
B. Class presentations
C. Homework assignments
D. Written assignments
E. Oral presentations
F. Teamwork
G. Final exam or final project

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Oral presentations
D. Use of the internet
E. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

News print media - local, state and national; internet news media, e.g., CNN, FOX News, Yahoo, MSN, etc.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading Assignment:

1. Students read news media articles and provide report in an oral presentation to the class

B. Writing Assignments:

1. Students write a news article which is read and evaluated by other students

2. Students write their own story in news format that will be presented in the classroom



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