Courses

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Jour 482 – International and Cross-Cultural Reporting

Best practices in both foreign reporting and reporting in culturally diverse communities within the United States. Analysis of global and historical contexts for cross-cultural news content. Prerequisite(s): Journalism major or minor. Units of Lecture: 3 Core Status: CO11 Offered: Every Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to analyze their own […]

Jour 107: All Things Media: Foundations

Introduction to journalism and strategic communications in the 21st century. Learn the foundations of producing news and strategic communications: how to ethically collect, analyze, aggregate create and publish timely information to engage public audiences. (Formerly JOUR 102; implementation FL09). Corequisite(s): ENG 101. JOUR 108. Units of Lecture: 2 Units of Laboratory/Studio: 1 Offered: Every Fall and […]

Jour 108: All Things Media: Design

Introduction to design principles for media production including the basics of color, typography and composition. Corequisite(s): ENG 101. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon completion of this course: Students will be able to identify and analyze basic color use, typography and composition of media messages. Students will be able to create […]

Jour 207: All Things Media: Words and Numbers

Develop journalistic skills and practices including researching, investigating, reporting, writing, analyzing data, and thinking critically and creatively. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 107 with a “C” or better; JOUR 108 with a “C” or better. Corequisite(s): ENG 102. Units of Lecture: 2 Units of Laboratory/Studio: 1 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students […]

Jour 208: All Things Media: Images and Sounds

Critique and create photo, audio and video stories that are technically adept and which effectively convey a message, as well as analyze aesthetic and storytelling choices in digital media. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 107 with a “C” or better; JOUR 108 with a “C” or better; ENG 102. Units of Lecture: 2 Units of Laboratory/Studio: 1 Offered: […]

Jour 300: Visual Communication

We live in a visual world. Understanding how to ‘read’ the visual images that surround us daily is critical to understanding communication today. In this course you will learn about visual literacy, perception, cognition, aesthetics, design principles, creativity, critical evaluation, and ethics related to the use of images and information in the media. Prerequisite(s): Junior […]

Jour 305: Media Ethics

Understanding and committing to ethical action is the hallmark of a professional media practitioner. In this course you will think deeply about the ethical issues related to the practice of public communication as well as explore your own values. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 208; Journalism major or minor. Units of Lecture: 3 Core Status: CO12 Offered: Every […]

Jour 313: Photojournalism

Want to know how to create powerful photos that tell stories? In this course you’ll learn photojournalism techniques and methods to create stories that make a difference. Camera equipment is available from the school for use in the course. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 207; JOUR 208; JOUR 300 or JOUR 318 or JOUR 319 or JOUR 320; […]

Jour 318: Narrative Journalism

Journalists are storytellers. In this class, you’ll learn the elements of what makes a great story. You’ll study classic storytelling elements and practice telling your own stories from multiple points of view. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 207; JOUR 208; Journalism major or minor. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon completion of this course: […]

Jour 319: Data Journalism

Do you dig data? Or, perhaps you don’t exactly “dig” data, but you want to be an investigative journalist. This course focuses on incorporating data into investigative and explanatory journalism in order to tell the most accurate and complete story possible. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 207; JOUR 208; Journalism Major or Minor. Corequisite(s): Core Math Requirement. Units […]

Jour 320: Social Journalism

News has always been a social enterprise. From the earliest days of civilization people have told stories about their communities. Today’s news travels through social networks that are both physical and virtual, reaching across a single room and instantly around the world. Our task in this class is to explore the nature of social journalism […]

Jour 351: Principles for Strategic Communications

You will learn key concepts concerning the role of advertising, public relations, social media and emerging technologies in strategic communications. The course focuses on consumer research, tactics and planning and requires collaboration. The semester culminates in the preparation and presentation of a comprehensive strategic communications plan for a fictitious organization. Experienced professionals participate in assessing […]

Jour 361: Writing for Strategic Communications

How do you communicate your ideas to your audience in a clear, concise and clever way? Refine your writing and editing skills and learn how to best apply them in the field of strategic communications. You’ll also develop a professional portfolio of your written work. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 351. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall […]

Jour 401/601: The First Amendment and Society

What does having a society committed to “free expression” really mean? In this course you will learn about the origins of the First Amendment and free expression in the United States. You’ll study the theory, practices, laws, conflicts and resolutions involving U.S. Constitution guarantees of free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition. And you may argue […]

Jour 418/618: Magazine Writing

From reading famous feature articles, to learning the basics of a good “pitch,” to writing your own creative pieces, this course is perfect for those who are interested in the ins and outs of writing for magazines. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 207; JOUR 208; JOUR 318; major or minor status. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall […]

Jour 421/621: Video/Audio Field Reporting

Practice in writing and producing field reports for audio and video. Introduction to professional videography, lighting, editing and sound recording. Prerequisite(s): Major status. Corequisite(s): JOUR 318; JOUR 319; JOUR 320; JOUR 351. Units of Lecture: 2 Units of Laboratory/Studio: 1 Offered: Every Fall Upon completion of this course: 1. Student will be to demonstrate the […]

Jour 423: Newscast Production

Practice in writing and producing television news shows and other programs. Advanced video production techniques. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 421 and one of the following: JOUR 318, JOUR 319, JOUR 320, JOUR 300, JOUR 351. Units of Laboratory/Studio: 3 Offered: Every Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to examine and discuss ways […]

Jour 432: Creative Solutions for Strategic Communications

Do you love to create messages? Learn to apply strategic communications concepts to creating messages on a variety media platforms. You’ll design advertisements and create campaigns. By the end of the course, you will have developed a personal creative portfolio. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 351; major status. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall Upon completion of […]

Jour 433: IMC Competition

Advertising, PR and marketing students from business and journalism programs prepare an Integrated Marketing Communications plan for national client and entry in American Advertising Federation Collegiate Competition. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to recognize, position and develop commercial messages for strategic communications channels. […]

Jour 442: Advanced Strategic Communications

Application of the principles and techniques of strategic communications in managing advertising and public relations to the solving of representative problems through strategic thinking and qualitative research for a real organization. Stresses the use of marketing research data. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 351; major status. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon completion of […]

Jour 446/646: Crisis Communications

Advanced study of the theory, nature, and forms of effective communication to different target audiences before, during, and after crises. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 351; major status. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Spring Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to build advanced professional writing and presentation techniques. 2. Students […]

Jour 452/652: Web Design for Media Professionals

Explore the theory and techniques of basic to intermediate level web design. The history; the aesthetics; basic HTML and CSS; content management systems (WordPress); domains/hosting; FTP/file management; SEO; and analytics. Prerequisite(s): Completion of basic Journalism core classes. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to […]

Jour 460/660: News Studio

Design and produce a multi-platform journalism product. Prerequisite(s): Two of the following:JOUR 318, JOUR 319, or JOUR 320. Corequisite(s): JOUR 303 or JOUR 313 or JOUR 317 or JOUR 323 or JOUR 354 or JOUR 418 or JOUR 421 or JOUR 451 or JOUR 490A. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon […]

Jour 481/681: Race, Gender & Media

Here, you’ll examine how the media creates and challenges social constructions of gender and race, with a focus on women and minorities as media professionals and audiences. (This course is also a university diversity course.) Prerequisite(s): JOUR 207; JOUR 208. Units of Lecture: 3 Core Status: Diversity, CO10 Offered: Every Fall and Spring Upon completion […]

Jour 703: Innovation

Overview of media communications, media literacy, and our understanding of current practices; model a process for innovation, and explore processes of user-centered brainstorming and prototyping. Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Spring Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to identify problems with current communication organizations’ designs and practices. 2. Students will […]

Jour 755: Engagement

The role of engagement and participation in journalism. We will study examples of community engagement, learn tools for engagement and create and run a participatory journalism project. (Formerly JOUR 655; implemented SP2010). Units of Lecture: 3 Offered: Every Spring Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course: 1. Students will be able to use in […]

Jour 793: Independent Study

Investigation into problems in journalism.