Courses

Below is a list of our offered courses for Spring 2021.

JOUR-100    Introduction to Journalism (W or R 9:30a.m.-12p.m.)

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

JOUR 350 – The Media Industry (T 6:30-9:00 p.m.)

  • Required for the minor: This course is for students who are participating in an internship at a media outlet (print, broadcast or online). An alternative to the traditional one-on-one tutorial, this workshop-style course will give students an opportunity to share their experiences with other students engaged in similar journalistic pursuits.

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

  • In this course, you will learn the technical and journalistic fundamentals of broadcast news production from behind and in front of the camera. While the focus will be on television news, much of what you learn will be applicable to the many digital platforms. 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.

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

  • This seminar will examine the dialogue taking place within the United States and around the world on issues of free speech. We will discuss international and domestic protests over politically sensitive cartoons, controversies over Holocaust denial, whether hate speech should be banned, whether anti-gay religious activists have a right to disrupt military funerals, whether pornography and violent lyrics deserve protection, and whether campus speech codes have a positive or negative effect.

JOUR-403   Reporting Foreign Affairs (W 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m.)

  • Throughout history, the role of the foreign correspondent has been crucial to disseminating information and raising awareness of global policies as they played out on the ground. But as news organizations have cut back on reporting from other countries, government officials and the president continue to make historic decisions regarding international affairs. This course will explore the causes and consequences of these developments, in recent past and now. Students will evaluate and assess how the media operates, both as watchdog and pawn of government sources and institutions.

JOUR-405   Science and Environmental Journalism (M 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m.)

  • This course will cover the basics of reporting and writing about science and the environment. Guest journalists will share how they craft accurate and engaging science journalism for websites, newspapers, television and radio. Visiting scientists will give the students a chance to conduct an interview and try translating the scientists’ research into lively copy. Students also will visit a longterm climate change research site and attend hearings on Capitol Hill or at federal agencies so they can witness the current political struggle over science and the environment.

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

  • Required for the minor: The capstone is the final course in the journalism minor curriculum. Minor candidates meet weekly in a seminar setting to brainstorm, pitch, outline, edit and critique final journalistic works.