Journalism

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JRN 200 Introduction to Journalism 3
Prereq.: ENG 110. Introduction to the principles of journalism. Instruction in writing the basic news story; overview of issues such as journalistic ethics, the First Amendment, and the role of journalists in a democratic society. This is a prerequisite for all journalism courses. Skill Area I

JRN 235 News Writing and Reporting I 3
Prereqs.: JRN 200. Coreq.: JRN 255. Intensive introduction to fundamentals of reporting and writing news and feature stories. Covers interviewing, reporting methods, ethics, news judgement, and newsroom practices. Students must enroll in an accompanying section of JRN 255 Multimedia Journalism. Skill Area I.

JRN 237 Introduction to the Profession 1
Prereq.: JRN 200 (preferably taken with JRN 235 or 236). Overview of career opportunities in print, broadcast and online journalism.

JRN 255 Multimedia Journalism 3
Prereq.: JRN 200. Coreq.: JRN 235. Students will learn to tell journalistic stories tailored for digital platforms and mobile devices during this introduction to photojournalism, audio reporting, mapping, videography and video editing for the web. Some skills will be applied to assignments in the accompanying JRN 235 section.

300s

JRN 336 News Writing and Reporting II 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or permission of instructor. Builds on JRN 235. Emphasizes news-gathering procedures and the challenges of writing on government, the law, and other areas of journalistic specialization. Formerly ENG 236; no credit given to students with credit for ENG 236 or JRN 236.

JRN 340 Introduction to Broadcast News 3
Prereq.: JRN 200 and 235 (COMM 330 recommended), or permission of instructor. Introduction to the writing, production, and performance requirements of TV news.

JRN 370 Today's News in Context 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or JRN 236. Examination of current news and the historical figures, forces, and events underlying it. Students study the intersection of past and present on issues such as government reform, war and peace, foreigh policy, social justice, the electoral process, health care, the economy, religion and the environment. Fall. (O)

JRN 371 Reporting Cultural Diversity 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or JRN 236. Students explore scholarly research and journalistic commentary on the challenges of reporting about race, gender, ethnicity, religious differences, and other aspects of cultural diversity; read exemplary work; and apply what they learn by reporting and writing journalistic articles. Irregular.

JRN 380 Feature Writing 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or permission of instructor. Writing and analysis of human interest articles; exploration of the newspaper and magazine markets. No Credit given to students with credit for ENG 380. (E)

JRN 381 Opinion Writing 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or JRN 236. Study, evaluation, and writing of opinion pieces for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Focus is mainly on public affairs issues. Fall. (O)

JRN 383 Responsibilities of Journalism 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or 236 or permission of instructor. Examination of the principles and practices of journalistists with reference to various ethical systems and the law. Topics will include fairness, courage, conflict of interest, libel and privacy. Irregular.

JRN 384 Journalism History 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or 236 or permission of instructor. Examination of the history of American journalism from colonial times to the late 20th century. Irregular.

JRN 385 Web Journalism 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or 236 or permission of instructor. Introduction to writing and reporting for the web. Students will create multimedia content and examine the Internet's impact on journalism. Irregular.

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

JRN 400 Journalism Theory 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 and JRN 236 and JRN 383 or JRN 384; or permission of instructor. Survey of major theories on the production and comsumption of journalism, and implications for democracy. Covers established theories on the role of the press as well as more recent perspectives on the nature of news; and civic journalism. Irregular.

JRN 410 Public Opinion 3
Prereq.: Junior or senior standing. Dissects the social-psychological phenomenon of public opinion to understand its nature as well as to explore its social function. Goes in depth into the most important public opinion research methodologies. Cross-listed with COMM 410. No credit given to students who have received credit for COMM 410. Irregular.

JRN 412 Editing 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on copy editing, headline writing, news judgment, photo handling, newspaper layout, and electronic desktop publishing. No credit given to students with credit for ENG 412. Irregular.

JRN 416 Magazine Writing 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 and JRN 236 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to the magazine industry. Students get experience researching and writing various types of magazine articles. No credit given to students with credit for ENG 416. Irregular.

JRN 418 Studies in Journalism 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 or permission of instructor. Selected topics in journalism. Students may take this course under different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. No credit will be given to students who previously have earned 6 credits for ENG 418. Irregular.

JRN 420 Political Economy and Media 3
Prereq.: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Examines structures that shape media organizations and content, with some focus on the link between political economy and news. Irregular.

JRN 440 TV News Practicum 3
Prereq.: JRN 200, 235, 340, and COMM 330 (or related video/television production experience), Direct experience in the production of TV news. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

JRN 450 Journalism Studies Abroad 3
Prereqs.: JRN 200 or permission of instructor. Course involves mandatory travel to a foreign country for study of contemporary issues and journalism practices. Students may take the course more than once for different locations and topics. Irregular. [I]

JRN 490 Individual Guided Projects 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Senior standing, G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and permission of instructor. Conference course for students who want to pursue an individually designed project. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

JRN 491 Campus Newspaper Critique 1
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Open to editors and regular staff on the Recorder only. Weekly session at which participants critique the most recent issue of the student newspaper. Students address current organization problems and plan future issues. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.

JRN 495 Internship in Journalism 3
Prereq.: JRN 235 and 236. Students work in a professional news or media organization and meet regularly with a faculty advisor. On demand.

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