“One Computer Mediated-Communication Approach to a News Writing and Reporting Course”

By Kathleen Taylor Brown.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Because of the Internet, journalists are losing their jobs and newspaper circulation is significantly decreasing. Those students who are interested in news writing and reporting must be extremely proficient in those current state of the art media technologies necessary to share the news. This Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) approach to news writing and reporting describes the process involved in the initial design, development, implementation, and assessment of one news writing and reporting course where undergraduate students applied mobile technology to connect theory and journalistic practice. In order to assess the effectiveness of the instructional strategies used for this course, a preliminary survey was conducted. The results of this pilot study indicate a heightened awareness in students’ attitudes, knowledge, and writing skills attributable to the use of CMC to enhance learning. These initial findings appear to support the continued use of networks and mobile technologies in learning applications. They further indicate that continued assessment, and future research replicating this and other instructional strategies employing CMC will more effectively meet students’ learning needs.

Keywords: Computer-Mediated Communication, Problem Based Learning, Peer to Peer Learning, Applied Communication, Mobile Technologies, Social Networks, Pedagogy, iPod, Blogs, Podcasts, Vodcasts

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 906.472KB).

Dr. Kathleen Taylor Brown

Assistant Professor of Communications, Communications Department, Academic Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University, McKeesport, PA, USA

My scholarly background is holistic and includes both practical experience and solid research skills. I have participated nationally and internationally as a presenter and author for academic conference papers and as a peer reviewer and editor for international communication publications. Over the years, I have been honored with several teaching and research awards both from the Pennsylvania Communication Association and International Society for Teaching and Learning. Teaching Interests: Undergraduate courses in applied (technology)communication theory: community based research methods, and foundations of civic and community engagement. Specifically, communication courses related to applying community outreach through research and service.


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