Journalism | JOUR
P Prerequisite | C Co-requisite | R Recommended
I Fall Semester | II Spring Semester | S Summer Session/s
- JOUR-C 200 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 cr.) Survey of functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass communications media. For non-majors. Directed toward the consumer and critic of mass media in modern society.
- JOUR-J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or its equivalent. Working seminar stressing the creation of journalistic stories for diverse audiences. Students will learn to develop story ideas, gather information, combine visual and verbal messages, and to write and edit news.
- JOUR-J 210 Visual Communication (3 cr.) Theories of visual communication including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication.
- JOUR-J 290 Internship in Journalism (1-3 cr.) Completion of or concurrent enrollment in JOUR-J 200. Work as staff member on campus publications. Work will include reporting, writing, layout and pasteup work, photo work, and advertising sales work. May be repeated once for credit.
- JOUR-J 300 Communications Law (3 cr.) P: JOUR-C 200. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and business law affecting media operations. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications systems.
- JOUR-J 319 Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr.) P: JOUR-C 200, JOUR-J 200. Provides an overview of public relations and introduces theory and practice of the field. Topics include the relationship between public relations and marketing, the history and development of public relations, media relations, measurement and assessment methods, ethics and law.
- JOUR-J 341 Newspaper Reporting (3 cr.) P: JOUR-J 200. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for newspapers. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills.
- JOUR-J 351 News Editing (3 cr.) P: JOUR-J 341. Workshop in fundamentals of editing daily news for both print and online formats. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, grammar, style, language fluency, leadership skills, legal concerns and ethics in the newsroom. Practice in editing copy, writing headlines and cutlines, designing print and online pages, working with multimedia features and making sound, ethical decisions on deadline.
- JOUR-J 360 Journalism Specialties (1-4 cr.) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
- JOUR-J 390 Public Relations Writing (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131. Course presents students with practical writing experiences in the specialized writing types and styles required of professional public relations practitioners. Includes business writing as well as writing news releases, feature releases, brochures and other promotional materials, newsletters and writing for the web.
- JOUR-J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing (3 cr.) P: JOUR-J 351. Study and practice in using techniques of social science and traditional methods of investigative reporting. Class will plan, write, and edit news stories in depth.
- JOUR-J 410 Media as Social Institutions (3 cr.) P: JOUR-C 200. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media.
- JOUR-J 413 Magazine Article Writing (3 cr.) P: JOUR-J 200. In-depth explanation of the nonfiction magazine article field. Examination of trends and problems in nonfiction writing for both general and specialized magazines. Criticism of student articles written for publication. Seminar sessions with editors and freelance writers.
- JOUR-J 428 Public Relations Planning and Research (3 cr.) P: SPCH-S 121, JOUR-J 319. Theories and principles relevant to public relations research and strategic planning, including development of goals and objectives, client relationships, budgets, and research methods.
- JOUR-J 429 Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr.) P: JOUR-J 319. Development and execution of a public relations campaign for a non-profit organization. Public relations theory and in-depth case study analysis.
- JOUR-J 460 Topics Colloquium (1-4 cr.) P: JOUR-J 200; and JOUR-J 341 or JOUR-J 401. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and materials from term to term. May be repeated up to once for credit with a different topic.
- JOUR-J 492 Media Internship (1-3 cr.) P: SPCH-S 205, JOUR-C 200, and two courses from within track. J492 is an off-campus, professionally supervised internship course through the School of Journalism. Students secure an internship and enroll for one, two or three credit hours, based on at least 120 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of three credit hours applied toward the journalism major. The course involves fieldwork (the internship itself), assignments, development of a student portfolio or resume tape, and supervisor evaluations. Prerequisite: completion of an application for internship credit (available on the School website), approval of the school career services director, and registration in Onestart. May be repeated twice for up to 3 credits.