Undergraduate Catalogue: Journalism Course Descriptions

The following outlines of course content are correct at the time of writing, although the material (or the order in which it is covered) may be subject to change.

1. All courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise indicated.

2. Normally, a course will not be run without a minimum enrolment of students.

JRN101: Introduction to the History of Mass Communications

Radio, magazine, newspapers and television will be examined from a contemporary and historical standpoint, in addition to examining the role of public relations and advertising in mass communications.

JRN102: Introduction to Journalism

Journalism’s history and method, focusing on how modern reporting in many forms of media has been influenced by the developments and practice of previous generations of journalists and their employers.

JRN103: News Writing

Writing for magazines, television, newspapers and other media forms, with a focus on writing and reporting various types of stories.

JRN201: Feature Writing

Students will learn how to write professional, readable material for magazines and newspapers, emphasizing quotes, ideas, human interest, organization, etc.

JRN202: Photojournalism

How professional photojournalism is created and practiced, emphasizing feature photos, story ideas, and the use of photo editing in various media.

JRN203: Editorial Graphics

Students gain experience in printed material design through the examination of principles, theories and contemporary page design techniques. Using illustrations, photographs, type and graphs students will become familiar with the roots and practice of publication design.

JRN204: Journalism as Literature

Examines great journalistic work of the last 2000 years, from Plato and Caesar through Swift, Twain, Crane, Camus, Mencken, etc.

JRN205: News Reporting

The study of different types of stories through a focus on news writing and reports.

JRN301: Advanced Publication Writing and Reporting

Course focuses on news reporting and writing, including study of different types of stories.

JRN302: Reporting Public Affairs

Investigative reporting will be studied through an examination of country, state, and Federal government, as well courts, city and police affairs.

JRN303: TV News Writing

The creation of news and feature stories through the learning of various techniques, including gathering information, selecting sound clips, choosing video, etc.

JRN304: Photography for Publication

Through their own stories and those assigned by the instructor, students will practice the techniques of newspaper photography.

JRN305: Radio News Writing and Reporting

How news is gathered, composed and delivered in the radio format, including for feature stories and everyday news.

JRN306: Publication Editing and Makeup

The various methods involved in the publication of magazines and newspapers will be examined, including legal problems, page design, headline writing, photographs, wire service material, editing, etc.

JRN401: Advanced Photojournalism

Photojournalism examined in all its various aspects as applied to the professional field, including layout, ideas, story creation for newspapers and magazines, etc.

JRN402: Radio News Production

The production of radio news, emphasizing production techniques as well story composition, from the reporting, writing and editing stages to on-air delivery.

JRN403: Television News Production

The creation of stories for student television programs through the various stages of production: scripting, shooting, editing, etc.

JRN404: Theories of Mass Communication

How various theories of mass communication can be applied to dilemmas faced in the modern media world.

JRN405: Investigative Reporting

The writing of complex pieces on crime, pollution, poverty, etc., with course instructor acting as “editor” to the students’ “reporter” role.

JRN406: Senior Media Production

Students work as photographers, writers, broadcasters and editors on publications produced by the university.

JRN407: Law and Mass Communications

Press, television and radio laws will be examined through case studies, focusing on libel, privacy, contempt, taxation, etc.

JRN408: Ethical Problems of the News Media

How the production and presentation of news is guided by ethical decisions made by practicing journalists. The value systems and philosophical roots of various codes will be studied.

JRN498: Internship

Through work at a TV, radio or production company, students will gain writing and editorial experience. Evaluated by professional supervisors, students’ progress and difficulties will be discussed at regular meetings with an on-campus instructor.

JRN499: Special Projects

Meeting weekly with a designated instructor, students conduct research in journalism and its related fields, including public relations, magazines, newspapers, advertising, TV, etc.




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