Courses in Journalism
300Z Introduction to Journalism (3)
newswriting and reporting course emphasizing working journalism. Regular guest
lectures by working journalists and media professionals, and weekly workshops
in which students discuss their own work. About 10 news and feature stories
are assigned each semester, covering the courts, politics, and the metropolitan
scene. Prerequisite(s): enrollment limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
who have taken an English course or a writing intensive course. [WI]
308Z (= A Eng 308Z) Narrative and Descriptive Journalism (3)
will explore a variety of journalistic writing styles, with an emphasis on good
narrative and description, combined with the skillful use of quotes and dialogue.
The class features intensive critiques of students' work. A variety of formats
will be studied: newspapers, magazines, non-fiction books, and online publications.
Class discussion and reading will help students improve their skills in observing,
interviewing, and organizing material for longer articles. Students will have
five writing assignments, including a short research paper; several in-class
writing exercises; and a final project consisting of a major feature story of
350 Journalistic Interviewing (3)
writers have called interviewing an 'art'. Some interviews require extensive
preparation, others cursory, while still others are conducted with none. Students
in this course will obtain experience in each of these 'genres' by doing actual
interviews in a variety of journalistic situations. Students will consider the
purpose of particular interviews: will the information be used for a story?
For background? For attribution? Which information will be used and which will
be filed? How does an author keep a conversation going when one of the conversationalists
knows his or her words will be committed to print or to tape? Students will
identify which techniques work better than others, and put their findings into
practice. Some interviews and other oral discourse exercises will be conducted
in class, and will be critiqued and graded as forms of oral presentations. This
course satisfies the Oral Discourse general education requirement. Prerequisite(s):
A grade of C or higher in A Jrl 300Z, or permission of instructor. [OD]
364 & 365 Journalism: Special Topics (3)
of various issues in journalism. May be repeated when content differs. A Jrl
364Z and A Jrl 365Z are the writing intensive versions of A Jrl 364
and A Jrl 365. A Jrl 364 and A Jrl 365 do not meet the writing
intensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): intended primarily for juniors and seniors
and with permission of the program director.
Among the topics regularly offered under A Jrl 364 and 365 are the
Documentary Tradition in 20th Century American Prose and Photography'
This lecture course studies the documentary tradition from classic American
works in prose and photography through the latest innovations in using digital
of the American Press, 1833-1914' traces the development of the American
print medium from the advent of the Penny Press through the influence of the
muckrakers. It examines this evolving press in terms of its role in issues of
public policy, gender, race and culture, thus providing an insight into the
roots of contemporary American journalism.
Law and Ethics' examines the current state of media law and ethics, with
some attention also given to the historical roots. Topics include: First Amendment,
conflicts between the values of a free press and a fair trial, libel, invasion
of privacy, protection of confidential sources and information, freedom of information,
copyright, telecommunications, and ethical dilemmas.
Criticism' explores content and context of print journalism. Why do some
stories get printed while others do not? Whose voices are heard and who is silenced?
How do newsroom decision influence the audience? Do editorial and advertising
pages represent the reader differently? Do readers have avenues of recourse?
Should they? Close reading and writing assignments.
American News Media in the Twentieth Century' This lecture course surveys
the historical development of the twentieth century of radio, television, newspapers
and magazines, and digital media; to a lesser extent, it also addresses films,
books publishing, public relations, and advertising.
of Journalism in Literature and Film' explores several depictions of American
journalism and journalists in a variety of genres, including novels, short stories,
nonfiction, and films. Diverse images of journalists are followed from early
colonial America to today.
364Z & 365Z Journalism: Special Topics (3)
be repeated when content differs. A Jrl 364Z and 365Z are the writing intensive
versions of A Jrl 364 and 365. Prerequisite(s): A Jrl 300Z. Intended
primarily for juniors and seniors and with permission of the program director.
Among the topics regularly offered under A Jrl 364Z and 365Z are
Journalism' is a reporting and writing workshop that examinees a wide variety
of issues in media coverage of such subjects as nuclear waste disposal, alternative
fuels research, global warming, saving endangered areas and species, and 'nimby'
(not-in-my-backyard) controversies. Intended for students in Journalism and
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences but open to anyone with an interest in the
'Writing Reviews, Editorials, and Columns' is a writing course in which
students study and write pieces of subjective journalism, such as personal columns,
arts reviews, editorials, and others.
Journalism' introduces students to the concepts of computer-assisted reporting
(CAR), fast becoming as fundamental a reporting tool as the telephone, and teaches
the basic uses of spreadsheets, databases and the Internet for journalism.
for the News Media' demonstrates that editing is less an exercise in grammar
and punctuation and more one in critical thinking. Editing and writing exercises
and class discussion will grapple with what makes something news and what is
the clearest way to express that to the readers.
Journalism'This workshop introduces students to reporting on and writing
about a variety of current issues in science, medicine, technology, and the
'Photojournalism'This workshop, taught in a digital media lab, introduces
students to photojournalism as practiced in newspapers, magazines, and digital
media. Students should be able to demonstrate a basic competency in photography;
those who have not taken previous photography coursework may have to present
a portfolio for evaluation before being admitted.
'Digital Media Workshop'This course focuses on digital journalism, including
such subjects as desktop publishing, writing HTML, and creating and maintaining
Websites. It is intended for anyone who is interested in the process, design,
presentation, and implementation of message-making through text, charts, symbols,
signs, and computer screens/interfaces.
Relations Workshop' This workshop will introduce students to a variety of
functions and writing activities found in modern public relations, such as managing
internal and external communications, identifying appropriate audiences, developing
plans for public relations campaigns, writing press releases and other documents,
handling communications in a crisis situation, and managing media relations.
397 Independent Study of Journalism (1-4)
project in journalistic investigation and writing, or a study of some specific
body of journalism sponsored by a faculty member and approved by the director
of journalism. May repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): intended primarily
for juniors and seniors and with permission of the program director.
400 Internship in Journalism (3-9)
work for one semester on a newspaper, magazine, radio or television station,
or with government, business, or public affairs publication. Students earn credit
by completing an academic component consisting of required group meetings and
conferences with the faculty supervisor, as well as a journal, portfolio and
a final paper. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors
who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Prerequisite(s):
permission of faculty supervisor. S/U graded.