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Course Descriptions for the Communications Department

Journalism  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

JRNL2015 - Info Gathering For Journalism
Summer 2014

This course will prepare journalism students to gather information necessary to write newspaper articles. Upon successful course completion students will be able to: 1) Find information through interpersonal, textual, electronic and Internet channels. 2) Know the implications of copyright and intellectual property law on information gathering. Know when all the necessary information for a particular story has been acquired. (Know when all the questions have been answered.)
3 Credits

JRNL2020 - Copy Editing
Summer 2014

This course will prepare journalism students to edit text for publication. Upon successful course completion students will be able to: 1) edit text for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. 2) enforce Associated Press style when editing. edit text for clarity and effectiveness without impinging on the creativity or autonomy of the author.
3 Credits

JRNL2035 - News Writing I
Summer 2014

This course provides students with a foundation on which to build a career as a newspaper reporter. Students in this class will learn how to gather and write news by covering local government, the police and courts, the schools as well as general assignment topics
3 Credits

JRNL2040 - News Writing II
Summer 2014

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3 Credits

JRNL2060 - Feature Writing
Summer 2014

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3 Credits

JRNL3020 - Journalism Production
Summer 2014

Students in this class gain valuable, real-world journalism experience by writing news articles for publication in the Sentry student newspaper. Upon successful course completion, students will be able to: 1) Recognize the news value or best angle for assigned story topics 2) Conduct effective interviews to obtain information 3) Write publishable newspaper articles on almost any topic 4) Function as a reliable member of a newsgathering unit
3 Credits

JRNL3021 - Journalism Production Prac I
Summer 2014

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3 Credits

JRNL3022 - Journalism Production Prac II
Summer 2014

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3 Credits

JRNL3030 - News Writing II
Summer 2014

News Writing 2 builds on News Writing 1 by challenging students to fine tune their basic newsgathering skills. In News Writing 2, students select a beat, or specialized area of coverage, and write all of their stories on topics relevant to that beat. In this way, they continue to develop your newsgathering and writing skills while cultivating expert-level competence in covering a specific type of news. Journalists need to be able to cover a wide range of issues well, but expert-level competence, such as that developed by beat reporters, is needed to provide substantive coverage of the big issues in many areas. That's what this class is for. Students are encouraged to incorporate their "restricted elective" theme into the beat they select for this course. Upon successful course completion students will be able to: 1) Display expert-level mastery of the subject matter related to your beat 2) Generate consistent news coverage from their own beat Write publishable newspaper articles/features that are beat specific
3 Credits

JRNL3031 - Broadcast News Writing
Summer 2014

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3 Credits

JRNL3050 - Journalism Law and Ethics
Summer 2014

This course is a very practical survey on the legal and ethical principles applied by rank and file journalists in their daily reporting and editing activities. Upon successful course completion students will be able to: 1) Work as a journalist without getting themselves or their employer sued. 2) Obtain more information and perform more efficiently as a reporter as a result of an increased understanding of current laws, particularly those related to open meetings and open records. 3) Reflect more profoundly on the actions of the mass media than someone without ethical training (i.e. yourself before the course). This will involve actually thinking about what the media are really doing, why they might be doing those things and tracking the implications of it. Many people, particularly busy reporters, don't dissect the performance of the media in this way because they are on "auto-pilot," merely acting out (in the case of journalists) or accepting (in the case of audiences) the perceived role of the media.
3 Credits

JRNL3055 - Writing For Magazines/E-Zines
Summer 2014

This class will take a rhetorical approach to freelance writing for magazines and electronic publications. Students will critically examine existing texts and publications as they meet the rhetorical needs of audience, purpose and context. In addition, students will assess a specific target audience for its informational/entertainment needs and collaborate in the creation of an original electronic publication that meets those needs. Students will also develop a publishable portfolio of two full length feature articles targeted to specific publications along with corresponding pitch letters. This course encourages students to experiment across genres with their writing and to actively engage in the exciting world of freelance publishing.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or permission of the instructor
3 Credits

JRNL3075 - International Communications
Summer 2014

The course prepares students to write and report in a converged media world with an emphasis on constructing short- and long-form multimedia reports in an international environment. The course considers issues such as accuracy, credibility, ethics, research and sourcing. Assignments will simulate professional media activities and build on information gathering techniques and news writing/reporting skills learned in other classes.
Prerequisites: JRNL2015 and JRNL2035 or concurrent
3 Credits

JRNL3085 - Interaction Sports, Pol, Media
Summer 2014

The Interaction of Politics, Sports and the Media challenges students to grasp how powerful forces - political, business, athletic and journalistic - often come together (or work with differing aims) for a perceived important local, national or international sports event. Using case studies, readings, research and class discussions, this course explores issues such as political interference in the Olympic Games, business support for local stadium construction projects, the business/commercial pressures on major sports events, and how the media report these events. This course demands that students see sports as more than mere games in which a winner or loser is identified. Instead, over the next 15 weeks students must grasp that the interplay of politics, sports, business and media interests can work together or collide with each other when important events are taking place.
Prerequisites: JRNL2015 and 60 credits
3 Credits

JRNL4010 - Mass Media Seminar
Summer 2014

As the capstone course in the journalism concentration, this course will prepare students to responsibly handle the skills they have acquired thus far in the program (the ability to exercise news judgment, gather information, and prepare effective journalistic products). Upon successful course completion students will: 1) Understand the media's role in constructing the civilization we know today. 2) Understand the "Fourth Estate" role of the media in society 3) Understand the effect mediated messages can have on the direction of public discourse, public understanding of critical information, and public opinion. 4) Gain an increased appreciation for the importance of one's decisions as a media practitioner 5) Be able to defend one's position on media-related issues that impact mass society Increase one's awareness of current nature of the mass media (the way the media are today)
Prerequisites: JRNL3020, JRNL3050, and JRNL2035
3 Credits

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