Journalism

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  • Journalism 102 - The Press in a Democratic Society
    The role, impact and responsibilities of journalists and mass media in a free society.
  • Journalism 104 - Publishing
    A general survey of book, magazine and specialty publishing that treats editorial and economic aspects of the profession. The course is structured in three or four modules, each taught by a professional.
  • Journalism 105 - Mass Media and Minorities
    An overview of minority publications in the United States with attention to prominent figures and issues addressed during critical eras. Consideration of the influence of the ethnic press; ethical problems encountered in reporting; and issues of prejudice, poverty and race as reported in the mass media. Examination of contemporary social science research and governmental findings on media coverage, violence and race.
  • Journalism 107 - International Newsgathering Systems
    Development, practices and concepts of the foreign press and international communications. Consideration of such structures as social institutions and their role in the press systems of developing countries. History of media in authoritarian systems; existing techniques of control; and political, economic, legal and cultural barriers that inhibit freedom and the dissemination of information. Review of communication channels and interactive media that open or restrict the information flow in our global telecommunications grid.
  • Journalism 109 - Mass Media and Culture
    Examination of how mass media portray and are influenced by popular and folk cultures. Students survey historical, theoretical and empirical data concerning the relationships between media and artifacts of mass culture. Various cultural manifestations, such as supermarket tabloids, and unofficial forms of expression, such as rumor cycles, are studied to determine how the media both initiate and report the expression of various regional and social groups.
  • Journalism 110 - Case Studies in International Newsgathering Systems
    With a variety of systems in a changing world, case studies in international newsgathering are designed to zero in on specific problems of press freedom under different political systems. Press function and censorship in non-Western countries and press public relations in other systems form the core of the course.
  • Journalism 111 - Photojournalism
    A production-based class exploring the use of traditional photography and electronic media imaging. Topics include the photo essay, the photo documentary and the human condition in photography. Students are required to complete weekly photographic and written narrative assignments as well as a final documentary project. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.) Three credits.
  • Journalism 118 - Media Management
    The course concentrates on the business and management side of large media organizations as well as special interest and foreign language publications. Focus is on new management concepts and new solutions to the complex problems facing today's media organizations. Specific areas addressed include administrative service, management planning systems, corporation strategy and collective bargaining.
  • Journalism 122 - Magazine Writing for Print and Web
    Students learn to develop and research feature article ideas, make subjects come alive, and angle their work toward popular and specialized publications.
  • Journalism 126 - Advertising I: Principles
    An introduction to advertising with emphasis on effective creative strategies. Students gain insight into all phases of the business print, radio, television, agency operations and research.
  • Journalism 129 - Broadcast Journalism I: Radio Journalism
    An applied course that allows students to develop the skills to research, write, produce and present news reports, features and documentaries for radio.
  • Journalism 130 - Broadcast Journalism II: Television Journalism
    A skills course that focuses on writing for television newscasts and on providing technical direction for behind-the-scenes directors regarding video tapes, sound bites, live shots, timing, and on-screen graphics. Included are analyses of TV news content, the historic and current impact of television on print journalism, and comparisons of various news media.
  • Journalism 131 - History of Broadcasting
    An introduction to the history of radio and television. Topics include the changing relationship between politics and broadcasting, the mobilization of broadcasting resources during wars, the complex relationship between the broadcasting industry and the government, and the growth and nature of federal regulatory legislation.
  • Journalism 141 - Online Journalism
    An introduction to writing, reporting and editing for news websites, blogs, and more. Topics include media convergence, interactivity, linking, RSS, podcasting, citizen journalism. Provides hands-on instruction in digital content gathering and multimedia presentation. Also addresses issues of social responsibility, credibility, law, and ethics as they relate to Internet journalism.
  • Journalism 143 - Magazine Journalism II: Editing and Production
    Copy and production editing for all types of magazines, including the one person staff magazine and the highly departmentalized magazine. Topics include line and copy editing, proofreading, production, editorial hierarchies, manuscript selection, editorial research, layout, administration, management, and issue planning.
  • Journalism 145 - Public Relations I: Introduction
    Public relations principles and practices with special attention to theory, function, ethics, audience analysis and related communications skills. Also, public relations research, planning and development. Case histories and term projects familiarize students with the public relations activities of such organizations as corporations, governmental agencies, medical centers and nonprofit agencies.
  • Journalism 146 - Public Relations II: Case Studies
    Exploration of the principles of strategic planning and persuasion, the creation of audiences, media placement, and the development of publicity campaigns. Review of various internal publications with attention to their design; content and persuasive capabilities.
  • Journalism 147 - Public Relations III: Sports Information
    Students examine the techniques of sports publicity, promotion and marketing for both amateur and professional athletics. Students study the production of sports statistics, press releases, press kits and marketing strategies for print and broadcast media. Sports information professionals meet with students to assist them in developing their own promotional projects. The class also considers more broadly the business of sports and the role of sports in American society.
  • Journalism 150 - Workshop in Advanced Writing
    A nonfiction writing workshop in the genre of the essay. Content open to subjects across the disciplines, with particular emphasis on the essay as a literary form. Development of writing techniques through analysis of professional and student work.
  • Journalism 151 - Sports Reporting
    Covers all aspects of sports reporting from spot reporting techniques to features, columns and commentary. Techniques of developing expertise in various sports are discussed. Frequent assignments include game coverage to give students first-hand experience.
  • Journalism 152 - Business Reporting
    An introduction to the skills and basic knowledge needed to cover business news in various areas: finance (including personal finance), technology, health care, entertainment, communications, international business, politics, and consumer marketing and advertising. Also, the evolving role financial electronic newsletters and webzines play is examined. The primary focus is on developing the ability to report business news for a mainstream audience.
  • Journalism 156.1 - Video Journalism I
    An intermediate course that trains students to function as video journalists, integrating television production with news-writing skills. Using a digital camcorder and non-linear editing equipment, students learn both the technical and the aesthetic aspects of “VJ” shooting and how to combine in-class news acquisition principles with field application.
  • Journalism 156.2 - Video Journalism II
    An advanced course building on the skills learned in Video Journalism I for mastery of technique. Students product broadcast-quality video news packages for local television stations.
  • Journalism 157 - Advertising II: Creative Aspects
    Copywriting techniques for print media, radio and television and the creation of complete promotion packages for direct marketing. Students develop practical skills by creating advertising letters, brochures and commercials. For students who may be considering advertising as a profession.
  • Journalism 222 - Social Media in Theory & Practice
    The rise of social media has changed the way readers and publishers interact, creating important conversations around the news that complement the news itself. This course explores how different social networks reach different parts of a segmented audience, and the variety of ways that news organizations approach each platform, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr and others. The rules of social media are still being written, but students will gain a conceptual understanding of the best practices in this new digital media environment, and will explore the impact of social media in real-world events. Requires active participation in online discussions and digital projects in addition to face-to-face class meetings.