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MEA 125 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism - Dave Brill

Course:Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
Professor:Dave Brill
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Mass Media and Society MEA-125 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism.  This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. Because the course is being taught in a remote/online learning environment, we will not meet on-campus for the duration of the course. But this course will be taught "live" on Zoom during regular class at time every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00PM to 3:20 PM beginning on Monday August 23rd and concluding on December 8th.  All tests, exams, assignments, discussions boards and critiques will be conducted online. There will be an official schedule published on the 1st day, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration.  Students enrolled in this course will also have access to equipment and our on campus MEA facility.  I have an EXPECTATION that students enrolled in this course will be willing to meet face to face and on campus to complete course project work.

Course Description

Presents beginning instruction of multimedia journalism including news-gathering, photo-journalism, podcasting, social media, animation and text, broadcast media and web

The content for the intro course will be presented in modular fashion that emphasizes hands-on assignments. Student will evaluate why news is pertinent and where to find it.  Compare and contrast digital storytelling strategies including multimedia journalism, blogs, social media and other visual media.  Differentiate storytelling and writing techniques in multimedia journalism environment including print, broadcast and web.  Appraise the role of reporter in a print, broadcast or web environment including use of video, photos, audio and social media.  Compare and contrast interviewing techniques. Describe the basic structure of multimedia image creation.  Identify the main elements and functional responsibilities including animation and text in each stage of a digital editing project.  Interpret legal issues to content created as well as analyze sound ethical judgement.  Appraise the role of law enforcement within a multimedia journalism workflow.  Develop digital research strategies including search engines, social media tools and on-demand video, audio.  Identify the main elements in marketing a completed project to a multimedia delivery format including social media.

As part of the lab component of this course, students will create content for mobile, online and multimedia distribution including produce audio, video and photo slideshows. Organize and employ digital media tools and techniques in a digital post production format.  Construct news stories through blog and social media posts.

Through individual projects and in class (Zoom) presentation and critiques, and a consistent and moderated learning environment, it is hoped that you will develop the self-virtues of accountability, commitment, and discipline that are core values and essential to your success within the broadcasting and new media journalism community

What to Expect in this Course

This class beginning on August 23rd and concluding on December 8th will meet every Monday and Wednesday (not Veterans Day) from 1:00pm to 3:20pm on a "live" Zoom. If you are not present in 1st Zoom meeting on August 23rd and haven't contacted me, you will be dropped from the course.

A student enrolled in MEA 125 section 57634 will need a working computer with internet. You will also need a smart phone that is capable of shooting and sharing video/audio. Having access to some kind of edit software including: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, I-Movie or something similar is strongly encouraged. You will also need to have access to YouTube. Netflix is not required but strongly recommended.  We will be using Canvas as our main point of contact. I expect you to actively participate in the course.

Types of Assessments

Grading will be on a typical A-F scale. Students will be evaluated on following: Quizzes, writing assignments, and various hands on project based work including, podcasting, photography, producing/on camera reporting, and construction of short news stories.

Textbook Information

This course of study requires the reading of various materials (both online and via a course textbook), viewing of online websites and news media, and your participation in online research and discussion with colleagues.  Required: 2019 Associated Press Style Book, and Briefing on Media Law 2019 ISBN-10: 1541699890 ISBN-13: 978-1541699892

Other Relevant Course Information

All course materials for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome recommended, however, Firefox, Safari, IE 9, should work as well);
  • QuickTime player software for viewing video materials (free player, available through Apple's website at:
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at:
  • There will additional software (ZOOM) used for scheduled online meetings (these are synchronous, real-time meetings held online, every Monday and Wednesday  throughout the semester); the CCC Confer web conferencing software will be used for real-time communication via web conferences 
  • CCC Confer can be accessed here (software/system is free of charge):
  • Access to Adobe Premiere or Adobe Rush, Final Cut Pro, I-Movie, or any basic video edit software
  • Access to Netflix, or similar online streaming service, and YouTube

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 249