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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 21-Dec-23

Summer 2024 | ENG-2050-VO01 - Global Issues in the Media

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Telly Halkias
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
CCV Writing and Research
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This writing course examines the worldwide reporting of key issues in a range of audio, print, and electronic media. Students will study and write about several of the most significant issues facing today's world and discover how the language and style employed in creating and communicating news can affect public understanding and response to world events. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore and analyze how a diversity of media sources (including radio, television, blogs, the foreign press, newspapers, weeklies, and narrative journalism) cover important global issues.
2. Analyze the role of journalism and journalists at important times throughout history, and learn the role of journalists within news organizations to better understand collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information as it relates to the research process.
3. Discuss and describe the purpose and power of rhetoric--including the media's use of informal spoken communication, sound bites, images, and speeches--and how it relates to understanding ethical issues involved in reporting and interpreting media communication.
4. Critically examine and reflect on the ways perception of contemporary world events is shaped by the medium in which they are communicated, including social media, crowd-sourced reporting, and official and unofficial blogs.
5. Examine global news reporting across different media platforms, both national and international, for differences in the selection of stories, and explore racial, gendered, historical, political, economic, and cultural biases in reporting.
6. Demonstrate consistent and confident use of standard English conventions, including grammar, usage, organization, and mechanics.
7. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
8. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
9. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This class may require purchase of supplies or materials that are not available through the CCV bookstore. ***

ENG-2050-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



TELLY HALKIAS is the recipient of the 2013 and 2022 Annual VSC/CCV Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been nominated by his students every year since 2011.

CCV Faculty Receive Teaching Excellence Awards - Community College of Vermont


Enrolling in this section is a rare opportunity for CCV students to examine media issues, as well as hone their writing skills, with a professional journalist as instructor




"Telly is hands down the best teacher I've ever had. He really encourages the entire class to participate in meaningful discussion. Each student in the class made very apparent progress throughout the semester, each one of us improving our writing skills."

"I am very grateful for Prof. Halkias' attentiveness to our development."

"Telly does an amazing job. I was encouraged to improve more than in just about any other class I have taken at CCV up to this point because Telly saw my potential and wouldn't allow me to squander it."

"What I found most effective in this course is that, though we were online, it felt as if Professor Halkias practically held our hands and walked through the entire semester with us. Professor was always present though we are miles apart. I do not believe that there is another tutor who could have done a better job than Professor Halkias."

Our world is rapidly evolving into a global community, and mass communication of the news, through traditional and evolving media, is central to this development.

This semester we will embark on an information Odyssey of media sources. We’ll examine how journalism works, and what some of its media issues are in the digital age. Our purpose will be to describe the historical context of news media, evaluate its development over time, and analyze where we are today and how that might impact delivery of tomorrow’s news.

The subject emphasis will behowthe mediacovers, selects, and presentsthe issues of the day. Mediabias,therefore, will be a major issue, especially on your course essays.

Central to this course is the aforementioned writing requirement,one that everyone must pass with a grade of C- or better in order to pass the course.

We will build the fundamental blocks for this essay over the first 6 weeks. There are 4 out of the 15 weeks in this class designated and devoted to writing the final essay. In essence rather than having you surge to write the final essay, we do it together week-to-week.

Evaluation Criteria

12 Discussion Forums @ 5% each (Weeks 1-15) = 60%

Essay draft (Week 8 AND 10) = 5%

Reflection (Week 10)= 6%

Presentation (Week 11)= 9%

Final Essay(Week 12) = 20%

Total =100%


Max Achievable: 105-110%



Details for all assignments will be provided in the weekly course page. Please always feel free to ask question if an assignment is unclear or if you are having technical difficulties accessing course materials. Past student examples of "A" quality work of every key assignment will also be provided weekly.

Week 1: Introductions, News Media, and Essay Topics

Week 2: The Digital Age/Focused Issue

Week 3: Truth and Verification/Focused Issue

Week 4: Working Journalists/Focused Issue

Week 5: Objectivity/Focused Issue

Week 6: Partisanship/Focused Issue

Week 7: Essay First Draft Writing Week 1

Week 8: Essay First Draft Writing Week 2

Week 9: The Public Watchdog/Focused Issue

Week 9b: The Forum of Ideas/Focused Issue

Week 10: Essay Second Draft Writing Week 3/Reflection

Week 10b: Storytelling/Focused Issue

Week 11: What to Cover?/Focused Issue

Week 11b: Media Ethics and Consumer Bill of Rights/Presentation

Week 12: Essay Final Writing Week 4

FOCUSED NEWS ISSUES INTEGRATED INTO THE ABOVE: COVID/Pandemics, Healthcare, Immigration, Politics/Elections/Government, War and Peace, Diplomacy, Business, Climate Change, Online News

FOCUSED WRITING BLOCKS INTEGRATED INTO THE ABOVE: Initial Research, Outlining, Librarian Consult, Thesis Paragraph, List of Works Cited, Editing and Reviewing, Revision.



The Elements of Journalism, 4thEdition ISBN:978-0593239353, $15.00

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.