JOURNALISM (JOUR)

JOUR 400 - NEWS FUNDAMENTALS:EDITING

Intensive preparation for students without previous journalism course work or training. Focus on editing techniques; grammar, usage and Associated Press style; content, ethics, rewriting for multiple media.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: Consent of Journalism Chair needed.

JOUR 401 - NEW FUNDAMENTALS: WRITING AND REPORTING

Intensive preparation for students without previous journalism course work or training. Focus on mass media writing and reporting.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: Consent of Department Head.

JOUR 405 - READING, REPORTING, AND WRITING JOURNALISM

Developing the skills needed to become a responsible, well-read journalists drawing on current journalism to inform journalistic practice and identify stories to pursue. Across a broad range of media including newspapers and magazines as well as broadcast and alternative journalism, students develop a beat and report stories in numerous styles for particular publications and audiences while practicing that beat. Emphasis on awareness of diversity, cultural and fairness issues in journalism.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 400 and JOUR 401

JOUR 406 - NEWS BROADCASTING

News reporting for radio and television: writing, video editing, and delivering news and feature stories.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 407 - DOCUMENTARY VIDEO STORYTELLING

A beginning course in documentary storytelling, including planning the project, shooting video, editing and completion of the project.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Transformational Service Learning

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

Course Notes: Consent required for graduate students not majoring in JOUR, COMM, or IMC.

JOUR 410 - HISTORY OF JOURNALISM

Development of journalism from European antecedents of the American colonial press through trends into the 21st century. Examination of US newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and other media. The nature of historical evidence and interpretation.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 411 - ADVANCED REPORTING METHODS

Use of statistics, census data, and original research in journalistic writing; emphasis on social science and computer research methodology and on advanced reporting techniques.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401

JOUR 422 - FEATURE WRITING

Principles and practices of writing newspaper and magazine feature stories.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401

JOUR 425 - PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduction to black and white film-based photography. Basic camera and darkroom techniques. Cameras provided by the department. Students provide some supplies.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401 (may be taken concurrently)

Course Notes: or consent

JOUR 428 - DOCUMENTARY PHOTO

An exploration of documentary photography consisting of camera usage, shooting assignments, slide lectures, and computer work using Photoshop. No previous photography experience required. Cameras will be provided for the semester. This course will introduce the computer as a powerful tool for the photographer. We will discuss the ethical, philosophical and practical considerations regarding digital imaging. We will be using flat-bed scanners, 35mm slide and negative scanners, and digital cameras for inputting images into the computer. Adobe Photoshop will be our primary imaging program.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 429 - PERSONAL MEMOIR WRITING

This course acquaints students with the area of personal journalism, which serves as a forum for the expression of opinion and personal views, including memoir and essay writing. While emphasizing the art of fusing solid reporting and feature writing with the art of the personal essay, the course explores the art and craft of literary nonfiction as well as the structure, tone and style of essays, columns and memoir, giving special attention to some of the nation's leading journalists, essayists and memoirists.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 431 - PUBLIC OPINION & PROPAGANDA

Factors in public opinion formation; techniques and uses of public opinion polling; definition, identification, and socially positive and negative uses of propaganda.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405 (may be taken concurrently)

JOUR 434 - WRITING FOR RADIO

This course is designed to give students the skills needed to write news copy for radio. Students will be drilled on writing concisely, accurately, and under deadline pressure. They will become familiar with the use of audio, and they will be required to produce their own audio reports.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 435 - THE NEWSGRINDER

This graduate level course will give students a strong taste of the kinds of demands they will face in a changing and creative media workplace. Students will learn aggregation and consolidation; two of the most powerful new newsroom tools, giving readers access to big amounts of information in a narrative structure that provides context and direction at the same time.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405 and JOUR 411

JOUR 442 - POLITICS AND MEDIA

A blend of theory and practice focusing on how media covers politics; how politicians, special interest groups, and political parties attempt to influence media; how politicians and issue advocacy groups use advertising to take messages directly to voters. Emphasis ion the interplay among media, candidates, and special interest groups and effect of political campaigns on society and democracy; use of polls and focus groups to drive message; future of campaign finance reform.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 444 - PROMOTIONAL VIDEO PRODUCTION

A step-by-step, hands-on tutorial on video production techniques for the advocacy of ideas and products. Students will learn how to research a topic, write about it, interview participants, shoot video footage and edit it all into an effective and attractive package that promotes some idea, cause, product or service.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 445 - WRITING FOR NEWSLETTERS

Skills course focused on information gathering and writing for newsletters.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 446 - NEWSLETTER PUBLISHING

Audience research, budget planning, and production overview for newsletters, both print and online, whether they are strictly journalistic entities, promotional arms of business, or adjuncts to organizations.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 450 - SPECIAL TOPICS: JOURNALISM TODAY, REPORTING THE OTHER

Course content varies by semester but always focuses on current issues and/or diversity, alternative media, and social justice as they relate to media.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 451 - EDITING

Emphasis on grammar, usage, copy editing, headline writing; overview of editorial processes and standards; introduction to layout and design, and photo editing.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401 and JOUR 405

JOUR 452 - EDITORIAL & COLUMN WRITING

Writing of well-researched, logically argued editorials and columns expressing opinion of newspaper, other publication, or individual journalist.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 453 - THE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

Case studies of suburban, ethnic, and alternative media; emphasis on history, staffing, content, and production.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 454 - PUBLICATION DESIGN

Theories of design and practical experience with creating layout and using photos and art in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, online publications. Students use QuarkXPress software for hands-on layout exercises.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 455 - MAGAZINE WRITING

Writing and researching of magazine articles.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401

JOUR 456 - LITERARY JOURNALISM

This course acquaints students with the area of literary feature writing, which serves as a forum for the expression of journalism as narrative. Combining the seminar and workshop forums, it explores the art and craft of literary nonfiction as well as the structure, tone, style, and also approach to writing feature stories, giving special attention to the work of some of the nation's leading journalists and introducing students to the process of immersing themselves in the subject.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 457 - MAGAZINE PRODUCTION

Research, writing, design, and production of magazines. Students use InDesign software for publication design.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 401

JOUR 462 - REPORTING/WRITING TOPIC

Changing rotation of courses focused on reporting and writing for specific audiences and publications. Courses will including Arts Reviewing, Trade Journal Writing, Travel Writing, Science and Medical Writing, and others to be developed.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 411

JOUR 463 - LAW AND ETHICS

First Amendment rights and responsibilities; libel and slander; legal access to public meetings and documents; restrictions on print and broadcast media, criteria for ethical decision making.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 400 (may be taken concurrently) or JOUR 401 (may be taken concurrently)

JOUR 467 - ON THE TRAIL OF THE PRIMARY

An in-depth look at the presidential primaries as they happen: presidential campaign history, daily review and discussion of events on the campaign trail; polling information and analysis from campaigns.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Transformational Service Learning

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

Course Notes: Consent of instructor for non-Journalism majors.

JOUR 469 - THE ELECTION

Hands on experience covering the presidential election as it plays out. Course emphasizes the issues, the rhetoric, the history and the dynamics of the modern presidential campaign, with real time assignments and projects aimed at expanding background and honing performance for journalists who are interested in political reporting.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 470 - MEDIA CRITICISM

Students use newspapers, magazines and the Internet in applying contemporary criticism to current media issues and performance. The role of visual communication in media and the social impact of mass media messages.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405 (may be taken concurrently)

JOUR 475 - SCHOLASTIC MEDIA

Designed for high school journalism teachers and newspaper advisers. Introduction to reporting and writing, layout and design; photography; software and equipment; law, censorship and ethics.

Credits: 1-3

Course Notes: Consent of Department Head. Open to high school journalism, teachers and newspaper advisors.

JOUR 480 - THE JOURNALISM PROJECT

Capstone course; students develop a substantial project in the area of career focus, working closely with a faculty advisor.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Transformational Service Learning

Course Notes: Completion of all required courses in major.

JOUR 489 - NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY

Current trends and new forms of media and technology and their potential effects; focus on the World Wide Web, interactive media, online services, digital photography, and other current topics. Hands-on experience with computer applications, web site design and multimedia presentations.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: JOUR 405

JOUR 492 - PRACTICUM IN THE TEACHING OF JOURNALISM

The teaching of writing and other skills related to journalism, such as reporting, layout and design, and photography. Contact school director for course availability.

Credits: 3-6

Course Notes: Consent of Department Head.

JOUR 493 - GRADUATE PRACTICUM

Designed for students who cannot complete traditional internships.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: Consent of instructor.

JOUR 495 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Guided individual research on topic mutually agreed upon by student and journalism instructor.

Credits: 1-6

Course Notes: Consent of Department Head.

JOUR 499 - GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

Advanced in-service training with professional publication, broadcast station, public relations or advertising agency. Minimum of 15 hours per week for 15 weeks or the equivalent must be spent with employer.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Transformational Service Learning

Prerequisites: JOUR 405 and JOUR 411

Course Notes: Instr. consent