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Course Descriptions

C 201 Topics in Journalism (3 cr.) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic. Will not count toward journalism major requirements.

C 300 The Citizen and the News (3 cr.) A study of the institutions that produce news and information about public affairs for the citizen of American mass society and problems about the selection of what is communicated. Case studies. International comparisons. Will not count toward journalism major requirements.

C 327 Writing for Publication (3 cr.) A workshop for nonmajors to improve writing skills and learn basic requirements of writing for publication. Instruction in market analysis and interpreting specific editorial requirements, in gathering and researching background materials, and in preparing manuscripts. Examination of various types and styles of published writing. Will not count toward journalism major requirements.

J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication (3 cr.) Survey of the institutions of journalism and mass communication, their philosophical foundations, history, processes, economic realities, and effects.

J 155 Research Techniques for Journalists (1 cr.) A nine-week online course emphasizing basic research techniques used by media writers to gather information for news releases, newspaper articles, magazine pieces, and other forms of journalistic-style writing. Skills covered include researching Internet and non-Internet sources. Ideally this course is taken concurrently with J 200.

J 200 Reporting, Writing and Editing I (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131 or its equivalent and fundamental computer skills. 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.

J 201 Reporting, Writing and Editing II (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Working seminar focused on the strengthening of basic journalism skills, including in-depth reporting, editing, and multimedia presentations. Creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking are used to shape effective messages for diverse audiences.

J 210 Visual Communication (3 cr.) Theories of visual communications including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and graphic design in news communication.

J 261 Studies in Journalism (1-3 cr.) Topical course focused on changing subjects and material. Topics may change from term to term. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.

J 300 Communications Law (3 cr.) P: sophomore standing. 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 system.

J 307 Media Career Planning (2 cr.) Prepare for job or internship searches. Polish your resume and portfolio. Learn how to write impressive cover letters. Practice interviewing skills. Understand how to articulate your abilities and experiences to market yourself to potential employers. Learn how to use campus resources and to network. Prepare a career action plan.

J 315 Feature Writing (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, planning, and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader’s interest.

J 320 Principles of Creative Advertising (3 cr.) Survey course about the field of advertising with a focus on its function as a means of communication. Learn how marketing, psychology, research, mass media, law and ethics are important to professionals working in the industry. Class will emphasize use of strategy to develop creative advertising.

J 321 Principles of Public Relations (3 cr.) Survey course about the theory and practice of public relations. Examines public relations’ function within organizations, its impact on publics and its role in society. Topics include the evolution of the field, the range of roles and responsibilities that public relations practitioners assume in a variety of settings, ethics, and significant issues and trends that have shaped the practice. Course provides a foundation for more advanced study in the field. Also useful for those planning another professional or managerial career that requires an understanding of public relations concepts and management practices.

J 337 Media Economics (3 cr.) This course explores how economic forces influence production of media content, particularly at U.S. organizations. It examines basic economic concepts, such as market and competition, as they relate to commercial media organizations. Special attention is paid to the effect of advertising and market considerations on news decisionmaking.

J 341 Newspaper Reporting (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. 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.

J 342 Magazine Reporting (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing material for specialized and general circulation magazines. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills.

J 343 Broadcast News (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for broadcast. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills.

J 344 Photojournalism Reporting (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. This is an intermediate photojournalism course focusing on the basics of light, camera operation, and the use of the digital darkroom. It includes instruction in spot news and feature photography as well as instruction in ethics, privacy, and law.

J 349 Public Relations Writing (3 cr.) P: J 155, J 200 and J 321. Develop the professional writing skills expected of beginning public relations practitioners, including different approaches required for a variety of audiences and media. Focus on the basics of good writing as well as the art of writing. Brush up on AP style. Learn how to work effectively with clients.

J 351 Newspaper Editing (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Workshop in fundamentals of editing newspapers, including both individual and team projects. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in writing news summaries, editing copy, writing headlines, laying out pages, and using computer editing technology.

J 352 Magazine Editing (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Workshop in fundamentals of editing specialized and general interest publications. Individual and team functions are stressed. Attention is given to editorial voice and judgment, fairness, accuracy, and language usage. Practice in writing headlines and titles, layout, design, and use of computer editing technology.

J 353 Advanced Broadcast News (3 cr.) P: J 343. Continuing workshop in reporting, writing, and editing for broadcast. Individual and team functions are stressed. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in editing copy, audio and video tape.

J 354 Photojournalism Editing (3 cr.) P: J 344 or permission of the instructor. Workshop on the role and function of the picture editor for the print and Internet news media. Theory and practice of picture editing skills including assigning, selecting, cropping, writing captions and blurbs, producing informational graphics, designing photo pages, editing by computer, and managing visual journalists.

J 360 Journalism Specialties (1-3 cr.) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. Course may be repeated once for credit.

J 375 Race, Gender and the Media (3 cr.) Survey and analysis of how news and entertainment media represent issues of race and gender. History of women and people of color as media professionals and media consumers. Discussion of contemporary problems and potential solutions.

J 385 Television News (3 cr.) P: J 353 or consent of instructor. Preparation and presentation of news for television. Practice in writing, reporting, filming, and editing news for TV. TV writing problems; use of photographs, film, and videotape; problems of sound in TV news; ethical problems of the TV film reporter and editor.

J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing (3 cr.) P: one 300-level reporting course and one 300-level editing course. 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.

J 403 Laboratory/Field Experience (0-3 cr.) C: J 425 and J 453. Laboratory or field experiences for prospective journalism teachers at the middle school or high school level. May be repeated. Graded S or F only.

J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3 cr.) P: J 300. Students study the law relating to the content of news media and the processes by which that content is created. Discussion includes the legal issues triggered by story framing, selection of sources, interviewing, photography, and access to information. The course involves reading and research using primary legal materials.

J 409 Media Management (3 cr.) Research seminar that examines techniques and processes used in managing media organizations. Through discussions, case analysis, and group projects, the course explores organizational missions and social responsibilities, market analysis techniques, personnel management issues, and budgeting.

J 410 The Media as Social Institutions (3 cr.) P: J 300 and senior standing. 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.

J 413 Magazine Article Writing (3 cr.) P: J 342. 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.

J 414 International Newsgathering Systems (3 cr.) Structure and function of international communication systems and barrier to flow of information among nations. Emphasis on gathering and disseminating information around the world. Study of the major newspapers of the world, international news agencies, and international broadcasting and satellite networks.

J 415 Literary Journalism (3 cr.) A study of literary forms and techniques used in journalism. Topics to be considered include formal considerations such as voice and structure, reporting methods, and ethical issues. Students will supplement reading with writing experimental pieces of their own.

J 420 Advertising Concepts and Copywriting (3 cr.) P: J 210 and J 320. Intensive practice in producing effective advertising concepts, copy, and design prototypes for newspaper, magazine, direct mail, outdoor, radio, television and converged campaigns.

J 423 Public Opinion (3 cr.) Behavioral study of nature, operation, molding, and influence of public opinion, with practice in its measurement and evaluation. Discussion of major political, social, economic, and cultural problems.

J 425 Supervision of Student Media (3 cr.) P: 12 credit hours of journalism. C: J 403. Lectures, projects and discussion on legal and ethical aspects of advising school media and on designing, producing and financing school-produced student media, including print, broadcast and online media.

J 428 Public Relations Planning and Research (3 cr.) P: J 321. Theories and principles relevant to public relations research and strategic planning, including development of goals and objectives, client relationships, budgets, and research methods.

J 429 Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr.) P: J 321. How to develop a campaign proposal to meet a client’s business objectives and how to pitch it. Part of the course focuses on media relations and crisis communications training.

J 438 Advertising Issues and Research (3 cr.) P: J 320. Seminar in current developments in advertising as an economic and social force. Examines contemporary issues in the profession. Students will conduct independent and original research projects.

J 444 Advanced Photojournalism (3 cr.) P: J 344. Advanced techniques of reporting and interpreting news with photography. Practice in news, sports, features, photographic essays, color photography, electronic imaging, and studio illustration.

J 450 History of Journalism (3 cr.) American social-intellectual history integrated with the story of news media development, emphasizing the historical relationship of the mass media to American social, economic, and cultural patterns and developments. Origin, growth, shortcomings, and achievements of media. Impact of society on the media and vice versa.

J 453 Methods of Teaching Journalism (3 cr.) C: J 403. P: EDUC-W 200, EDUC-P 255, EDUC-M 300, EDUC-H 340 and EDUC-M 314. Examination of the methods, techniques, content, and materials applicable to the teaching of journalism at the middle school or high school level. Experience provided to assess ongoing programs in schools and to study materials appropriate for these programs.

J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing (3 cr.) P: J 110, J 155, J 200 and J 210. Techniques for understanding, analyzing, and reporting on complex events and issues. Development and refinement of skills and techniques for writing news analysis, editorials, and opinion articles.

J 460 Topics Colloquium (1-3 cr.) P: junior or senior standing. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.

J 462 History of 20th Century Photography (3 cr.) Surveys twentieth-century photography as a medium of art and communication. Considers portraiture, landscape, still life, the nude, conceptual photography, the social documentary tradition, the magazine picture story, fashion, advertising, and war photography. Examines the impact of post modern theories on photographic practice and the understanding of photography.

J 463 Graphic Design I (3 cr.) P: J 210. This graphic design course incorporates electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving.

J 464 Infographics (3 cr.) P: J 463 or permission of instructor. This course builds a foundation of knowledge about the visual display of quantitative data and the ethical issues in graphs and maps.  Students put this knowledge into practice by creating graphs, maps and explanatory diagrams in Adobe Illustrator for print publication and in Flash for motion graphics.

 J 465 Graphic Design II (3 cr.) P: J 463. This advanced design course builds on Graphic Design I and incorporates advanced work in color, type design, computer illustration, creative problem solving, and an introduction to production.

J 470 Broadcast Media Analysis (3 cr.) Seminar on problems of communicating news through aural and visual channels. Application of communications theory to broadcast news and public affairs presentations. Study of effects of format, verbal content, nonverbal content, and presenter on communications process.

J 492 Media Internship (S/F grading) (1-3 cr.) P: prior approval of internship coordinator; journalism majors only. Supervised professional experience in communications media. May be repeated, but a student may take no more than 3 credit hours total of internship credit for the B.A.J. degree, either through journalism or any other academic unit.

J 493 Journalism: Off Campus Registration (0 cr.) P: consent of the School of Journalism undergraduate dean. This non-credit course is for journalism students studying off campus temporarily as part of the B.A.J. degree program.

J 496 Foreign Study in Journalism (3-8 cr.) P: consent of the School of Journalism dean. Planning of research project during year preceding summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study.

J 499 Honors Research in Journalism (1-3 cr.) Opportunity for independent reading, research, and experimentation on relevant issues in mass communications. Work with faculty member on individual basis.

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