• Instructor:
    • Irfan Essa (irfan at cc dot gatech dot edu).
      • Use Piazza rather than sending email about general questions about the class and its content.
      • As needed, if Piazza is not appropriate, email is the best way to get a hold of the instructor, if class related make sure to add CS4464 or CS6465 (as appropriate) in the subject line. For more information go here. Office hours are usually after class, and additional meetings be scheduled via email.
  • TA
    • Daniel Castro (dcastro9 at gatech dot edu)


  • Mondays – Wednesdays, January 6 – May 1, 2014
    • Time: 3:05pm – 4:25pm
  • Room: Klaus 2456


Here is a class-by-class schedule produced using Google Docs (Here is the link to the direct file in case the browser does not show the google doc).  See the “Readings” tab below for pointers to reading and other additional material for each class session. Note that the class schedule is divided up (and color coordinated) to show modules of “Journalism,” “Reporting,” “Analysis,” “Media,” and “Class.”


  • Assignments 1, 2, 3 (30%, 10% each)
  • In class Assignments, 1 & 2 (10%, 5% each) 
  • In class and written paper presentation or a critique of a journalism effort/site. (10%)
  • Class and Online Participation (15%)
  • Exam (One week before Finals/Dead Week) (10%)
  • Review of Assigned Readings before some of the classes (5%)
  • Final Project 20%
    • Includes, Proposal (2%), Update (2%), Presentation/Demonstration(8%) , Report (5%) and Self-Evaluation (3%)
  • All grades are subject to slight modifications, depending on new information.


  • Class attendance is required. Late by 15 minutes, counts as an absence. Legitimate reasons for being excused from class include, personal issues, health (keep those germs away from class), interview, conference travel, etc. Travelling and exploring, assignments due in other classes, out to pick up friends, and other such excuses not accepted. Please inform Instructor of a planned absence via this FORM and via email before class.
  • Grading. Usually a score of 90 is considered an “A” and 100 an “A+” (but a 100 is given to only artifacts/projects/hw that are exceptional and beyond what was expected!). 80, 70 are “B” and “C” respectively.
  • Homeworks Assignments will be graded on a list of criteria (specified on the assignment) such as quality of work, completeness, insight into technical issues, insight into other relevant issues, etc. Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due.
  • Late Assignments: Everything is DUE before the class session. NO extensions. In most circumstance, students will be asked to discuss their assignment in class.
  • Laptops use in class: Use of laptops in class room for purposes of note-taking and work related to the class is allowed, but ONLY and ONLY for that purpose. If a student is seen surfing the web during class, or chatting with someone, or emailing, then points will be deducted from the class attendance and participation portions of the grade (3% for each infraction, with a total of 3 max, after that the student looses the whole class participation score).
  • Cellphones in class: Please turn your cellphone and other mobile devices to “silent” mode during class. Thanks.
  • This class abides by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. All assigned work is expected to be individual, except where explicitly written otherwise. You are encouraged to discuss the assignments with your classmates; however, what you hand in should be your own work. If any work product was produced based on discussions with someone else (in the class OR outside), please specify clearly in the final turn-in.

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