Journalism - News-Editorial
The news-editorial emphasis provides students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal arts education and equips graduates with the intellectual background and professional skills required for entry-level positions and careers in print media journalism. The graduate with this major emphasis should possess competencies in news writing and have an understanding of journalistic law and media ethics.
Core courses (12 sh)
JOUR 1307 - Mass Communication in Society
A discursive study of mass media organizations, how they operate and exert their influence on individuals and society, enabling students to become knowledgeable and self critical consumers of mass media content. The emphasis will be on those media engaged in news and public affairs reporting and commentary, especially the press and television.
JOUR 336 - Media Law
A study of the First Amendment and the significant legal decisions affecting print, broadcast, and interactive media. Particular attention is focused on Supreme Court decisions. Prerequisite Junior standing or permission of instructor.
JOUR 445 - Ethics in the Media
This is a course about ethical issues raised by contemporary mass media practices, especially those related to news, advertising, and public relations. Students will learn to recognize and analyze problem situations in terms of a framework of ethical principles in a societal context shaped by the libertarian traditions of Enlightenment thought. Communitarian challenges to those traditions will be studied and their impact on media ethics and practices explored. Prerequisite Junior or senior standing.
RTV 420 - Interactive Media
The course explores the Internet, particularly the World Wide Web, as it is used in mass communications, in particular by television and radio news operations. Students will develop a greater appreciation for the history and implications of computer-mediated communication, explore cultural, social and economic issues of interactive media, and learn basic practical skills in various tools of interactive media production. Prerequisite RTV 322.
News-editorial sequence (39 sh)
JOUR 115 - Publication Design and Production
An introduction to programs for application to print publications such as newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Instruction in the fundamentals of layout and design in electronic publishing. Note Required of all sequence majors.
JOUR 214 - Basic ReportingA beginning course in the gathering and writing of news with an emphasis on interviewing and the basic types of stories. Assignments will include work to be submitted to the student newspaper. Laboratory hours each week.
JOUR 260 - Advertising Principles
A survey course in advertising as one aspect of promotion. Examines the historical background, social and economic environments, media channels, and other basics of the field as the beginning for further study in advertising. Prerequisite Jour 1307 or consent of the instructor.
JOUR 314 - Intermediate Reporting
A continuation of Jour 214 with emphasis on developing the students’ news sense, judgment, interpretive news presentation, and reporting skills to produce in-depth stories using multiple sources of information. Assignments will include work to be submitted to the student newspaper. Laboratory hours each week. Prerequisite Jour 214 or consent of instructor.
JOUR 315 - Editing and Production
Focus is on the concerns of the news editor, including copyediting, headline writing, and newspaper design. Laboratory work consists of copy editing, layout, and headline writing for fully-paginated student publications. Prerequisite Jour 115.
JOUR 316 - Topics in Community Newspaper Journalism
This course explores various topics in community newspaper journalism, including photojournalism, business-related operations such as advertising and circulation, newspaper management, technology, and community relations. Prerequisite Jour 1307 or consent of instructor.
JOUR 335 - Media History
A survey of the origins and development of journalism and the mass media from their beginnings in Germany and England to the present time. Emphasis on the ideas, economic forces, and cultural realities touching the development of American journalism. Prerequisite Jour 114 or consent of instructor.
JOUR 350 - Visual Communication for News Publications
An Introduction to preparing visual documents for use in print publications. Digital cameras are used to introduce the essentials of composition, selection, and editing of images. Prerequisite Junior or Senior standing.
JOUR 380 - Magazine Production and Editing
An advanced course to build on Jour 115 and to introduce our majors to the field of magazine journalism. The students will learn the fundamentals of magazine writing, production and editing, which differ significantly from similar newspaper skills Prerequisite Jour 115 and Jour 214
JOUR 495 - Media Internship
Approved Work experience in a media organization. Supervision by professionals and faculty. Prerequisite Junior standing and approval of Journalism division coordinator.
RTV 322 - Video Shooting and Editing
This course teaches the technical skills and creative principles required for single camera (‘film style’) video field shooting and post production using Final Cut Studio®. Topics include audio, video recording technology, composition, lighting, continuity, and editing. Experience planning, shooting and editing entertainment- and/or information-based video projects will be provided through hands-on exercises, projects and assignments.
RTV 440 - News Practices
Lectures and laboratory experience in creating and producing video news content. The basic rules of broadcast news writing will be covered and television-style stories will be will be written and produced. Radio and Internet news production will also be covered. Studio and newsroom procedures will be examined. Students will shoot and edit TV news stories and participate in producing a TV newscast. Prerequisite RTV 320, 320, and 420.
This theory-based course will examine concepts of communication, social interaction and community in a digital world. The course will include such interactive media applications as chat, blog, wiki, avatar, comment, Twitter®, Flikr®, Facebook®, MySpace®, Second Life®, podcast and similar Internet sites and techniques of digital media communication. Students are expected to use social media practices to create multimedia learning journals, and small groups will use social media to produce and present projects