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The Swaziland Distance Learning Project

COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

Elizabethtown College
Department of Communications
Steinman Center
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
(717) 361-1262

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Information Agency's Distance Learning Initiative and a grant from the Elizabethtown College President's Fund for Distinction.

Special Feature:
Project Activities and Outcomes

Project Description

Project Agenda

Project
News Group

Links to Civic Journalism and Community Journalism Resources


Project Faculty

Dr. Robert C. Moore
Ed.D., Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction and Communications Technology, West Virginia University; M.S., Mass Communications and Educational Media, Clarion (Pa.) University; B.S., Education - English, Speech and Communications, Edinboro (Pa.) University. Dr. Robert Moore, professor of communications and chair of the department, teaches communications seminar, media and society, introduction to media production, international communications, and organizational training. His research interests include international communications, civic journalism, freedom of the press, communications administration and curriculum development. To leave a message for Dr. Moore: moorerc@etown.edu
Dr. Tamara L. Gillis
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Communications Studies, Shippensburg (Pa.) University; B.A., English, Shippensburg (Pa.) University. Dr. Tamara Gillis, assistant professor of communications and director of student publications, advises student media (The Etownian and the Conestogan yearbook) and teaches journalism, publication design, and public relations courses. Her research interests include civic journalism, student culture, change management, public relations officers in organization structures, public art as communication, and a "great books" approach to teaching public relations. To leave a message for Dr. Gillis: gillistl@etown.edu
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Project Description

An advanced course in the study of current media initiatives, this course will emphasize the important connection between communities and their media -- print and broadcast. Using an investigative approach, coupled with case study analyses, participants will develop an understanding and appreciation for civic/community journalism, its practices, and its development and implications for global communications. The purpose of this course is to encourage journalists to address the basic values and principles of traditional journalism in light of new democracies and community empowerment.

Course Objectives The course will give the journalist:

  • the practice of journalism as an agent of social change and empowerment;
  • the resources and skills to develop civic/community journalism practices in their daily work as a journalist; and
  • a foundation for developing journalism initiatives for social service.

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Project Agenda

SESSION DATE/TIME
(Mbabane)
TOPIC
Preliminary A Thurs., 9/11/97,
8:00 pm
Introduction to the Swazi Community Journalism Project with media managers. Define concept, outline program, profile expected participants.
Preliminary B Thurs., 9/18/97,
8:00 pm
Agree upon project goals with the media managers. Review participants chosen by them. Agree upon basic concepts and terminology for the course.
1 Thurs., 10/2/97,
8:00 pm
First meeting with participants. Introductions. Discussion of the operation and goals of the project.
Preliminary C Various
Dates
During November the American Cultural Center will coordinate various internet training sessions at the Internet Cafe and have e-mail addresses assigned.
2 Tues., 12/9/97,
8:00 pm
First interactive video teleconference. Topic: Developmental Communication and Community Journalism. Have read for today Chapter 1 in the Arthur Charity book, Doing Public Journalism.
3 Tues., 1/20/98,
8:00 pm
Chapter 2 in Doing Public Journalism
4 Tues., 1/27/98,
8:00 pm
No interactive conference scheduled. Participants will meet at the American Cultural Center to view and discuss the video "Civic Journalism: A Practical Guide." Internet discussion via posted comments at /com/SWAZICJ.
5 Tues., 2/3/98 Chapter 4 in Doing Public Journalism
6 Tues.,
2/10/98
Chapter 5-6 in Doing Public Journalism
7 Tues., 2/17/98 Chapter 6 in Doing Public Journalism
8 Tues., 2/24/98 Tapping Civic Life (Pew Center Guide) (Available Library)
9 Tues., 3/3/98 Radio & Television News Directors Foundation - "Community Journalism: Getting Started" (RTNDF Guide) (Available Library).
10 Tues., 3/10/98 No interactive conference scheduled. Participants will meet at the American Cultural Center to view and discuss the video "Civic Journalism: More Than Good Journalism." Internet discussion via posted comments at /com/SWAZICJ.
11 Tues., 3/17/98 "With the People" (Pew Center Guide) (Available Library).
12 Tues., 3/24/98 "With the People" (Continued). Set up groups to begin work on topics for the final project. Give formal charge as to the nature and expectation of the group projects.
13 Tues., 3/31/98 Open discussion about possible projects and how they relate to the course concepts.
14 Tues., 4/7/98 No interactive conference scheduled. Participants will meet at the American Cultural Center to view and discuss the video "Civic Journalism: Covering Your Community through Creative Partnerships" (RTNDF). Internet discussion via posted comments at /com/SWAZICJ.
15 Tues., 4/14/98 Final teleconference. Seminar project begins with preliminary objectives, story plans, etc. worked on each week in group sessions at the American Cultural Center. Comments and questions are posted to the instructors via the internet at /com/SWAZICJ
May 18-29 Field Experience with Professors Gillis and Moore.
May 29 Morning: Closure.
Afternoon: Professors Gillis and Moore depart.
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Project News Group

As an extention of the class meeting sessions, participants in the project may post questions and comments to the Community Journalism news group designed specificly for this project. The news group is password protected to maintain the confidentiality of the group. Participants will receive their password at the beginning of the course.

To facilitate using the news group students may click here to get to the password protection prompt.

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Links to Civic Journalism and Community Journalism Resources

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Copyright 1997 Gillis and Moore. Department of Communications, Elizabethtown College. Links and materials associated with this project may be protected by separate copyright.