Journalism

Spring 2012 course descriptions are available

Director of Journalism and Associate Professor of the Practice, Justin Catanoso
Associate Professor of the Practice, Mary Martin Niepold
Lecturer, Phoebe Zerwick
Adjunct lecturers, Michael Horn, Maria Henson, Beth Hunt

The minor in journalism consists of 18 hours. JOU 270 and JOU 278 are required of all minors. JOU 270 is a prerequisite for advanced writing courses; JOU 278 can be taken at any time. Students can complete the minor by taking four additional journalism course electives. They are also encouraged to consider their specific interests and how best to prepare for opportunities in specialized journalism or writing. In that regard, two electives could come from upper-level, non-journalism interdisciplinary courses that would enable further specialized expertise (explanation below under Electives). Pre-approval of such elective credits must be made by the Director of Journalism.

Course Descriptions

JOU 270. Introduction to Journalism. (3h) Fundamentals of news reporting, news writing and news judgment. Digital skills introduced and practiced. Intensive in-class writing.

JOU 272. Editing. (3h) Fundamentals in copy editing and headline writing as it applies to print and online journalism. Applying grammar, adherence to Associated Press style, and use of photos, layout and news judgment to improve news and feature stories. Intensive in-class editing. P-JOU 270 or POI.

JOU 276. Niche Reporting. (3h) Special topics in specialized reporting and writing in areas such as business, health care, science, sports, environment or public affairs. Traditional and digital skills emphasized. Check at registration to see which specialty will be emphasized. Can be repeated with POI. P-JOU 270.

JOU 278. News Literacy. (3h) Exploring the difference between news and propaganda, news and opinion, bias and fairness, citizen reporting and professional journalism with a goal of training more discriminating and thoughtful producers and consumers of news. Included: historical context of the news industry.

JOU 282. Beat Reporting. (3h) Fundamentals in identifying and developing news and feature beats. Emphasis on interviewing skills, source development, story identification and writing for print and online. Digital skills such as blogging, photography, video production and social media practiced. Highly interactive. P-JOU 270.

JOU 283. Writing for a Social Purpose. (3h) Combines writing, service learning and entrepreneurship approaches in communication by partnering students with a local nonprofit organization to provide a range of writing solutions in print and online. Also listed ESE 203. P-JOU 270 or POI.

JOU 284. Magazine Writing. (3h). Analysis of magazines and their audiences through tone, design and content. Practice story pitches and write articles of various lengths aimed at a stated magazine which student research and select. Digital skills practiced; class magazine produced. P-JOU 270 or POI.

JOU 285. Niche Feature Writing. (3h) Analyzing and practicing the craft of specialized feature writing for print and online. Areas of focus: arts (theatre, film music), travel, food, fashion, people, lifestyle and technology. Emphasis on digital skills and social media. P-JOU 270.

JOU 286. Writing for Public Relations and Advertising. (3h) Principles and techniques of public relations and applied advertising. Students use case studies to develop public relations and advertising strategies. Also listed COM 117. P-POI.

JOU 298. Internship (1.5h) Practical experience in professional media: print, online, publishing, advertising/PR. Overseen by a faculty adviser.

JOU 299. Individual study. (1.5h) Independent study with faculty guidance. By prearrangement.

Electives. Advanced interdisciplinary courses that enable the student serious about a career in journalism to sharpen skills in a specific area such as, but not limited to, business reporting, broadcast journalism, science writing, health care writing, arts writing. Up to six credits (two courses) can apply to the minor. Divisionals will not apply. Preapproval by journalism program director required in all cases.

 

 


For questions about the Journalism Minor, contact Justin Catanoso.


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