Fall 2018 special courses overview: A guide to next semester’s offerings

Fall 2018 special courses overview: A guide to next semester’s offerings

Each semester, the faculty at the Reynolds School develop special electives for upper division students that want to innovate the way they look at media. This semester is no different with course offerings that focus on web design, documentary film making, design thinking applied to media production and a myriad of other topics.

Learn more about the Fall 2018 offerings below:

Web Design for Social Engagement, JOUR 308, sect.1001

Taught by Katherine Hepworth, Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Students enrolled in this class will learn the latest interactive web storytelling techniques through a semester-long project that will include designing, writing and producing an interactive storytelling site documenting the history of Reno’s iconic neon signs. The project will be produced collaboratively with history students at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Some of the course’s key takeaways include: web design, basic front-end coding, interview skills, work with researchers, information architectures, advanced content management system skills and experience in visual communication strategy. Learn more about this course in this blog post.

Human Centered Design: Designing Cross-Cultural Media Collaborations, JOUR 455, sect. 1001

Taught by Myrton Running Wolf, Mon/Wed, 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

This class is for students who are looking to change the way the media approaches cultural movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to take design thinking, an interdisciplinary approach to solving some of society’s biggest problems, and use it to help students create high-quality, high-impact media that conveys difficult messages (like those about diversity and inclusion) clearly.

In this course, students can expect to learn the theory behind race and gender in media, as well as work in the practical aspects of creating the media itself. Learn more about this course in this in-depth blog post.

News Studio: Noticiero Móvil, JOUR 460, sect. 1001

Vanessa Vancour leads students in a chant.Taught by Vanessa Vancour, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Learn how to report in Spanish and English by joining the Reynolds School’s bilingual news service. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of reporting on minority communities while also improving their language skills. Check out Noticero Móvil’s reporting on their website.

News Studio: Documentary, JOUR 460, sect. 1002

Taught by Kari Barber, Tuesdays, 12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Students don’t need video experience in order to create their first documentary film in News Studio: Documentary. This class will teach students to work in teams to plan, shoot, edit and produce a short documentary film. Learn more about this course in this in-depth story. 

News Studio: Election Reporting, JOUR 460, sect. 1003

Taught by Nico Colombant, Tuesdays, 9 to 11:45 a.m.

Students enrolled in this course will help create a pop-up newsroom for the fall 2018 election cycle using multimedia tools to report and create new ways for the public to engage in election news. Learn more about what this course has to offer in this blog post.

Media and Health Messaging, JOUR 490A, sect. 1001

Taught by Laura Crosswell, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

If students are interested in learning about how media framing influences public health, this is the course for them. Students will examine the role of media, persuasion, consumerism and media selection in today’s health communication environment. Learn more about this course in this in-depth blog post.

Latinas/os Through the Eyes of the Media, JOUR 490A, sect. 1002

Ezequiel Korin sits with student at computer with sound waves on the screenTaught by Ezequiel Korin, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 4:15 p.m.

As the first course in the bilingual media track, Promoting Latinas/os through the Eyes of the Media is all about diving into the discussion of culture and identity in the media. In it, students will learn about cultural sensitivity and how it builds a good basis for understanding Latinas/os, who make up a significant portion of the local and national population. Students will develop their skills in critical media literacy, media analysis and diversity in communication. Learn more about this course in this blog post.

Advanced Photojournalism, JOUR 490B, sect. 1001

Taught by David Calvert, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Advanced photojournalism allows creative, but news-oriented, students an opportunity to learn skills essential to getting work published as a freelance photographer. Students will also learn how to create images editors want, how to build a professional portfolio while focusing on long term documentary photo stories. This course is for students with intermediate to advanced technical understanding of exposure theory and composition.

Cinematography, JOUR 490B, sect. 1002

Taught by Luke Sorensen, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

This course is for students who are interested in a beginning study of cinematography. Students will learn digital camera fundamentals as well as visual framing and production lighting techniques.

For more information, or to register for any of these courses, visit: my.nevada.unr.edu.

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