Course Directory

1002. The Press in America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing JOUR 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of American print journalism from 18th century print shops to 21st century corporations; how journalists and their work have evolved and influenced American life. CA 1.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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2000W. Newswriting I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Cannot be taken out of sequence after passing JOUR 2001W, 3005, 3030, 3040, 3045 or 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

Defining news; exercising news judgment in a diverse society; employing principles of Associated Press style; writing basic news stories. Laboratory offers intensive newswriting exercises.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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2001W. Newswriting II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W; ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Cannot be taken out of sequence after passing JOUR 3000W, 3012W, 3013W, 3033, 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

Live reporting using the university and the surrounding community as a laboratory. Emphasis on fact gathering, interviewing, diversity of sources, news judgment and deadline writing.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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2010. Journalism in the Movies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Viewing and analysis of motion pictures featuring journalistic themes; journalistic history, ethics, legal issues, contrasting forms of media, and other issues. CA 1.

NOTE: Elective course offered only in summer term

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2065. Mobile Storytelling

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 1002, which may be taken concurrently; open to sophomores or higher.JOUR 1002; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Entry-level photojournalism course that develops aesthetic and technical skills for storytelling using mobile equipment such as smartphones.

NOTE: Elective course usually offered once during fall or spring semester

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2111. Journalism Portfolio I: Multimedia Skills

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W. Open to Journalism majors, others with permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to online and multimedia skills used by journalists; emphasis on ethical practices. Students provided portfolio space on a department-maintained site.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester / Recommended for sophomores

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3000W. Public Affairs Reporting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W & 2001W; ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth reporting on state and local government-municipal agencies, boards, commissions, courts, public safety, schools. Field Trips required.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course usually offered in spring semester

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3002. Journalism Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 1002. Not open for credit for students who have passed JOUR 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

Discussion of such contemporary problems as privacy, good taste, community standards, effectiveness of the press and responsibility of the press.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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3005. Online Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of newswriting techniques to online journalism including assembling and producing interactive news stories.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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3012W. Feature Writing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W & 2001W; ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Emphasis on finding, developing and writing feature stories. Outside stories will be assigned weekly.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course usually offered in spring semester

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3013W. Magazine Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W & 2001W; ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of magazine journalism examining different forms of periodicals and their operation, from mission to final product. Students research, report and write for various publications.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course usually offered in spring semester

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3020. Journalism Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Typical subjects: libel, slander, invasion of privacy, obscenity, legal problems of newsgathering, protecting the political process, protecting state secrets, protecting the public welfare.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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3030. The Editor’s Craft

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W. Recommended preparation: JOUR 2001W.

Grading Basis: Graded

News value; information verification; editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style; content editing; headline writing; search engine optimization; handling visuals; building data visualizations; basic layout and design for print and digital platforms.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester

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3031. Design for Digital Journalists

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3030.

Grading Basis: Graded

Copy and photo selection, copy fitting, photo editing, layout and production for digital and print publications.

NOTE: Elective course offered most semesters

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3035. Podcasting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W. Not open for credit to students who have passed JOUR 3095 when offered as Introduction to Podcasting.

Grading Basis: Graded

Researching, recording, writing and producing news podcasts and associated web and social media posts. Ethical considerations.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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3040. Audio and Video Reporting and Writing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of newswriting techniques to the broadcast and other media.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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3041. Reporting and Editing TV News

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3040.

Grading Basis: Graded

This is an advanced broadcast journalism class that teaches students how to gather, edit and deliver accurate, newsworthy information for television newscasts. Students develop the skills needed to report news and organize newscasts through actual experience in and out of class.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course offered most semesters

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3045. Specialized Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to specialized fields such as business, science, education, arts, sports, and entertainment reporting. Students will examine some of the best work in the fields and will consider ethical issues and other problems.

NOTE: Elective course; selection differs by semester

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3046E. Environmental Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W or consent of the instructor. Open to Juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores specialized coverage of environmental issues by journalists, emphasizing news reporting with the opportunity to produce print, visual and multimedia news reports.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course usually offered in fall & spring semesters

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3050. Professional Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Journalists discuss the economic, technological, sociological and ethical issues that challenge their profession.

NOTE: Elective course offered some semesters

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3065. Visual Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W; open to juniors or higher. Not open to students who have passed JOUR 4065.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines current trends in visual digital journalism; develops skills in photojournalism, multimedia and video storytelling. Instructor approved digital camera required.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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3087. Honors Thesis Preparation Seminar

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W, JOUR 2001W and at least three other journalism credits at the 2000-level or above.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Honors students choose topics for their theses or projects, develop research proposals and apply for funding if needed. Students work as a community of scholars to discuss and support each other’s work. Usually taken the semester before JOUR 3097, Honors Thesis.

NOTE: Course offered every semester

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3093. Foreign Study

1.00 – 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

NOTE: May be repeated for credit with permission of Department Head. Consent of Department Head required before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3095. Special Topics

1.00 – 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

NOTE: Elective; with a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3097. Honors Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W and 2001W; six additional 2000 level or above credits of JOUR.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Students in the Honors Program undertake in-depth research and writing under the guidance of a faculty member. Majors must consult with the departmental Honors Advisor and develop a research proposal in the semester before taking the course.

NOTE: Course offered every semester

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3098. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

NOTE: Elective; with a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3111. Journalism Portfolio II: Content Development

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2111

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of online and multimedia skills used by journalists; emphasis on ethical practices. Students will contribute journalism content completed in other courses and develop new content to build a professional portfolio provided on a department-maintained site.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester / Open to juniors or higher

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4016. Publication Practice

1.00 – 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students and faculty work together to research, write, edit and produce a publication.

NOTE: Elective; with a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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4035. Investigative Reporting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Using the Internet, databases, and other computer resources to research and report on the actions of courts, businesses, public agencies, and governments. Consideration of ethical questions.

NOTE: Elective, Advanced course usually offered in fall semester

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4065. Advanced Visual Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3065; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores multimedia storytelling through time-based media from a journalistic perspective. Students will develop multimedia narrative skills using photography, videography, and audio to create new media content.

NOTE: Elective course usually offered once during fall or spring semester

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4091. Supervised Field Internship

1.00 – 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W, 2001W and 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students research, report and write for newspapers, news departments of radio and television stations, and online publications under supervision of professionals.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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4099. Independent Study

1.00 – 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Open to qualified students who present suitable projects for independent work in journalism. May be repeated for credit.

NOTE: Elective course offered every semester

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4111. Journalism Portfolio III: Professional Presentation

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3111

Grading Basis: Graded

Completion of student journalism portfolios that include examples of journalistic endeavors in print, still and video photography, audio and multimedia packages.

NOTE: Required course offered every semester / Open to seniors only

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