Course Offerings

We are dedicated to teaching students how to tap into and refine their skills to become relevant and effective journalists. Our courses prepare students to become well-rounded and highly skilled journalists that are prepared to work in the digital world of media in the future.

  • JOUR 100 Mass Media and Society   Mass media and interrelationships with society, including history, structure, and trends. Additionally, the following topics will be covered as they pertain to the mass media: economics, law, ethics, technology, and such social issues as gender and cultural diversity.
  • JOUR 101 Beginning Newswriting   Gathering, organizing and writing news in journalistic style across multiple platforms. Writing and reporting based on original interviews and research. Covering meetings, speeches and events, writing under deadline, and the use of Associated Press (AP) Style. Role of the journalist and related legal and ethical issues.
  • JOUR 102 Intermediate News    Newsgathering, organizing and writing news and features in journalistic style across multiple platforms. Public affairs, local and regional government, police, courts, arts and entertainment, and sports beats writing and reporting on and off campus.
  • JOUR 103 Magazine Staff Production Lab   Practical experience in a lab set ting writing and producing the print and online editions of the college student magazine. Writing and editing articles; creating multimedia to accompany stories and images for print, web and broadcast.
  • JOUR 104 Student Media Photography Lab   Practical lab experience in the creation, preparation, and publishing of photos for the student newspaper, magazine, and online media. Provides learning through the use of digital cameras, Photoshop image editing, emerging technology, and scanners. Students may choose to use their own digital cameras, but digital cameras are available in the newsroom for checkout.
  • JOUR 105 Editor Training   Leadership skills in a journalistic set ting using the student media as a practical laboratory. Designed for students selected to serve as editors or managers of the student media.
  • JOUR 106 Online Media Laboratory   Practical experience in a newsroom lab set ting in a variety of online publishing activities to produce and enhance the online student media. Use of computers, software and emerging technologies including audio, video, live broadcast, and wireless computer technology, as well as social media applications.
  • JOUR 107 Race, Culture, Sex and Mass Media Images   Role of mass media and advertising in the integration of minorities, cultures, women, and lesbians, gays-bisexuals, and transgenders LGBT) into American society. Examines how the mass media impacts public attitudes.
  • JOUR 108 Writing for Public Relations   Theory, principles and professional practice of public relations. Concepts of planning and executing effective communication strategies including writing news releases and press pieces, and writing for and distribution through traditional, online and social media outlets, for any organization.
  • JOUR 109 Public Relations Internship   Field work in public relations. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
  • JOUR 110 Magazine Writing and Production   Writing and production of a student-run magazine. Artistic design, harmony, creativity and layout are stressed. Writing and editing magazine features, designing pages, selecting photographs and illustrations, preparing them for production; working under deadlines and other aspects of the magazine business are included.
  • JOUR 111 Broadcast News Writing   Intensive news gathering and writing for radio and television. Newscast planning, story organization, and functions of a broadcast newsroom are explored. Emphasis on assignments for both audio and videotape media. Lecture and discussion of issues and responsibilities confronting broadcast journalists including ethics and changing technology.
  • JOUR 112 Work Experience in Journalism   This course is designed to provide majors with actual on-the-job experience in an approved workstation, which is related to classroom instruction. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
  • JOUR 114 Media Practicum I   Newsroom lab setting writing and producing the college student news publications. Researching, writing and editing articles for both publications; photography, videography, and multimedia to create stories and images for print, web and broadcast; layout, design and graphic illustrations. Basic fundamentals of journalism law and ethics.
  • JOUR 115 Media Practicum II   Management and leadership involvement in writing and producing the college student print publications. Researching, writing and editing articles for both publications; photography, videography, multimedia, and emerging new technologies to create stories and images for print, web and broadcast; art direction, layout, design and graphic illustrations. Journalism law, copyright and ethics.
  • JOUR 116 Multimedia Reporting   Multimedia story telling with a journalism emphasis. Techniques explored include the use of video, photos, audio and text to convey interactive news and feature stories for online publishing. Cultivates skills in interviewing, sourcing and information, gathering content using photographic, audio and video recording equipment.

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