Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Journalism


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

Intensive introduction to fundamentals of reporting and writing news and feature stories. Covers interviewing, reporting methods, ethics, news judgement, and newsroom practices. Skill Area I


JRN 236     Journalism II     3

Prereq.:  JRN 235 or permission of instructor. This course builds on JRN 235, emphasizing news-gathering procedures and the challenges of writing on government, the law, and other areas of journalistic specialization. No credit given to students with credit for ENG 236. 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 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.


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. 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 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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