Courses

Below is a list of our offered courses for Spring 2020.

JOUR-100    Introduction to Journalism (T/R 9:30a.m.-10:45a.m. or 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m.)

JOUR-200    Digital News (T/R 2:00p.m.-3:15p.m.)

JOUR-350    Media Techniques (T 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m.)

JOUR-374    Video News Production (M/W 8:00p.m.-9:15p.m.)

  • While the focus will be on television news, much of what you learn will be applicable to the many digital platforms. You will learn to be a producer coming up with your own story ideas and how to combine them with the creative techniques necessary for broadcast news production. You will critique current news stories, learn how to make your own successful story pitch, fundamentals of how to use a video camera, interviewing and on- camera skills, and how to edit your own stories using a top non-linear editing system. You will learn firsthand how much work goes into each story and the challenges you face creating a compelling product for air under deadline. You will experience the thrill of creating your own television news stories!

JOUR 375 – Free Speech (W 2:00p.m.-4:30p.m.)

JOUR 381 – Investigative Journalism (M 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m.)

  • This class will provide students an opportunity to do real-world investigative reporting by diving into gathering documents, learning data analysis and interviewing in the field. Through lectures and guest lecturers, students will learn how to search for the characters and scenes, score accountability interviews and focus on key findings. Students will spend the last few weeks of the course vetting, editing and polishing stories. The goal will be to produce stories that are solid and important enough to publish. Taught by Elizabeth Shogren, science reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Shogren has written the Los Angeles Times, NPR and High Country News; she earned an M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University.

JOUR 402 – Reporting War (W 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m.)

  • Reporting in conflict zones is a balancing act between information and narrative. While reporting facts journalists are at the core storytellers, and often find themselves explaining loss, destruction and death. This class examines the process of unraveling, explaining and analyzing the many facets of danger, disease, death and hatred but also reporting on the resilience of humanity. The class will focus on three extensive and complex conflicts: war in Afghanistan, the Rwandan Genocide and the conflict in Somalia as well as on connected humanitarian disasters.

JOUR-490    Journalism Capstone (R 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.)