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Rural Community Newspaper! Course Outline (2017/2018)

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

COURSE COMPACT
2017/2018 Academic Session

Faculty: Social Sciences Department: Mass Communication
Course Code: MAC 306 Unit(s): 2 Semester: Second
Course Title: Rural Community Newspaper
Lecturer: Dr. Chinenye Nwabueze Programme: B. Sc.

(A). BRIEF OVERVIEW OF COURSE
This course discusses the principles, concepts, characteristics, functions, contents and ownership of a rural community newspaper. It introduces students to the meaning and features of the terms ‘community’, ‘rural’, ‘rural area’ or ‘rural community’. It further discusses emerging trends and dynamics of rural news reporting, community journalism, the concept and role of a rural community journalist. This includes a discourse on the rudiments of pre-press, press, and post-press activities involved in rural newspaper management and production. At the end,students would have learned how to write for, edit, and publish a newspaper for the rural community, including small municipalities and semi-urban setting (including the Urban Villages).

(B). COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS
By the end of this course, students will have learned:
Basic concepts associated with rural community newspaper; Relevance of rural community newspaper in rural/national development; Rudiments of community journalism/rural news reporting; Basics of Rural Newspaper Management and Production; Understanding, reporting and operating in a rural community.

(C). METHOD OF LECTURE DELIVERY
Lectures
Indoor Quizzes
Outdoor Quizzes (Assignments)
Practical Classroom Sessions

(D). COURSE OUTLINE
1. Introduction
Understanding the basic concepts of rural community
What is a community?
What is a rural community?
Features of a rural community

2. Rural Community Newspaper
Concept of rural community newspaper
Feature/contents of rural community newspaper
Relevance of rural community newspaper in rural/national development

3. Stakeholders in Rural Community Newspaper
Shareholders/Employees
Vendors
Readers
Advertisers

4. Rural News Reporting
What is rural news?
Defining rural news reporting/rural journalism
Factors that militate against rural news reporting in Nigeria
Sources of rural news
Tips for rural news reporting

5. Rural newspaper management
Meaning/functions of management
Rural Newspaper Ownership
Managing a rural newspaper
Rural newspaper editorial policy
Rural newspaper economics

6. Rural Newspaper Production
Pre-press activities
Press activities
Post-press activities

7. ICTs and Rural Newspaper Production
Defining ICTs
Relevance of ICTs in rural newspaper production
Challenges of publishing a rural newspaper in an ICT era: The case of developing nations

8. Principles of Page Makeup in rural newspaper production
Functions of page makeup
Basic Principles of page makeup
Types of page makeup
Factors that influence page makeup

9. Aesthetics in Rural Community Newspaper Publishing
Defining Aesthetics
Functions of aesthetics in rural community newspaper publishing
Aesthetic elements in rural community newspaper

10. Development Journalism and Rural Community Newspaper Publishing
What is development journalism?
Purpose of development journalism
Relevance of development journalism in the society
Development journalism and rural community newspaper publishing

11. Class Activities

(E). RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Books:
Anaeto, Solomon & Solo-Anaeto, Margaret (2010). Rural Community Newspaper: Principles and Practice. Ibadan: Stirlinghorden.

Nwabueze, C. (2015). Reporting: Principles, Approaches, Special Beats. Owerri: Topshelve .

Agbanu, V. N. (2017). Print Media Production and Graphics. Enugu: Rhyce Kherex.

Nwabueze, C. (2016). Magazine & Newspaper Management and Production: An Introductory Text. Owerri: Topshelve .

Articles/Links:
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1.) Development and Rural Reporting

2). Rural Newspapers Doing Better Than Their City Counterparts

3). COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS, COMMUNITY STRUCTURAL PLURALISM, AND LOCAL CONFLICT WITH NON-LOCAL GROUP

4.) The role of community newspapers as promotional tools and problems therein

5). Articulating the Vital Mission of Community Newspapers

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

2 Comments

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  1. Ebeagwu chinonye J.
    Wow we really got a lot to learn this semester..

  2. Anyadubalu Somto. c

    Wooowws
    it’s gonna be an interesting semester

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