The following syllabus has been arranged by the Faculty of Journalism and Communications. Students taking English for Journalism at University of Social Sciences and Humanities can view the Google Drive link below for advanced access to the coursework during my teaching weeks. The schedule will go as follows:
Nov. 21 – What is newsworthy and how to develop story ideas.
Nov. 24 – Interviews: How to conduct an interview and the art of asking questions
Nov. 28 – Video Reporting: Broadcast journalism and how to pitch a story
Dec. 1- Production: Students will learn teamwork and production basics from audio, lighting and taking useful b-roll.
Dec. 5- Online Production: Students will learn the basics from buying a domain name, starting a blog, online video editing and overviews of the most popular content management systems.
Dec. 8 Multimedia: Multimedia review. How to select a career in journalism and how to get a job in journalism in 2017 and beyond.
Dec. 12- Ethics: Students will learn ten journalism rules related to ethics and explore the difference between fact and opinion.
Dec 15- Copyright: Students will learn what is Fair Use, Creative Commons and will identify common mistakes.
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Happy Winter Solstice!
This week we are preparing our final presentations. I want to thank the students for the positive feedback given to the school:
“December 14, 2016
I don’t hesitate to express our genuine appreciation of your work at Xinhua College. We’re fully aware of our students’ positive feedback about you, your small English Corner, your panel roles for our extracurricular activities, and your speech to the freshmen, your journalism lecture…among others. Your participation and passion is such a rarity among foreign teachers that really sets you apart.
We look forward to seeing you back next September.
-Frank Li on behalf of Dean Liao
Xinhua College of Sun Yat Sen University”
I was stunned and grateful when I received this email from my boss!!!!
I always conduct my own student surveys to create a feedback loop to improve my teaching. Surveys are a great way to get feedback on how to serve students better. A terrible school may use them as an excuse to punish teachers, but real educational institutions value this tool as a way to improve standards and methods in the classroom.
I’m so grateful for the students and administration at Xinhua College. I am extremely impressed by the dedication, professionalism and commitment of my colleagues. I’m so lucky they are allowing me a break to spend time with my family. (My brother’s baby will come in two days!)
Only the Chinese know the value of the worker and family. This Marxist influence is sometimes criticized, but is one of China’s greatest strengths. I am grateful for it!
See you in September, 2017 🙂
I’ll be announcing a schedule of free Oral English lessons via the WeChat platform soon. (For Xinhua College students only.) Register on this site to receive the announcement.