Journalism (JOUR)

Head of Department: Professor Maureen Croteau

Department Office: Room 468, Oak Hall

Major requirements

1002. The Press in America

Three credits.

The development of American print journalism from 18th century print shops to 21st century corporations; how journalists and their work have evolved and influenced American life.

2000W. Newswriting I

Three credits. One 75-minute lecture and one 2-hour laboratory plus field work. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Defining news; exercising news judgment in a diverse society; employing principles of Associated Press style; writing basic news stories. Laboratory offers intensive newswriting exercises.

2001W. Newswriting II

Three credits. One 75-minute lecture and one 2-hour laboratory plus field work. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Live reporting using the university and the surrounding community as a laboratory. Emphasis on fact gathering, interviewing, diversity of sources, news judgment and deadline writing. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

2003. Literary Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 1002 or JOUR 2000W. May be taken concurrently with JOUR 2000W.

Critical survey embracing the diverse voices of literary journalism from the 17th century through the 21st.

2010. Journalism in the Movies

Three credits.

Viewing and analysis of motion pictures featuring journalistic themes; journalistic history, ethics, legal issues, contrasting forms of media, and other issues.

2111. Journalism Portfolio I: Multimedia Skills

One credit. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W. Open to Journalism majors, others with consent of instructor.

Introduction to online and multimedia skills used by journalists; emphasis on ethical practices. Students provided portfolio space on a department-maintained site.

3000W. Public Affairs Reporting

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2001W; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

In-depth reporting on state and local government- municipal agencies, boards, commissions, courts, public safety, schools. Field trips required.

3002. Journalism Ethics

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 1002.

Discussion of such contemporary problems as privacy, good taste, community standards, effectiveness of the press and responsibility of the press.

3005. Introduction to Online Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W.

Application of newswriting techniques to online journalism including assembling and producing interactive news stories.

3012W. Feature Writing

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2001W; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Emphasis on finding, developing and writing feature stories. Outside stories will be assigned weekly.

3013W. Magazine Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2001W; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Survey of magazine journalism examining different forms of periodicals and their operation, from mission to final product. Students research, report and write for various publications.

3019. Daily Campus Critique

One credit. One class period. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated only once for credit.

A weekly critique of the content of the student daily from news stories, through editorials to advertising copy and printing.

3020. Journalism Law

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Typical subjects: libel, slander, invasion of privacy, obscenity, legal problems of newsgathering, protecting the political process, protecting state secrets, protecting the public welfare.

3030. Copy Editing

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W.

Editing for grammar, style and content, headline writing, introduction to basic news design concepts.

3031. Online and Print News Design

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 3030.

Copy and photo selection, copy fitting, photo editing layout and production for print and online publications.

3033. Opinion Writing

One credit. One 2-hour lab-lecture period. Prerequisite: JOUR 2001W.

Writing for the editorial and op-ed pages.

3040. Newswriting for Radio and Television

Three credits. Two 75-minute lab-lecture sessions plus a field trip. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W.

Application of newswriting techniques to the broadcast media.

3041. Reporting and Editing TV News

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 3040.

This is an advanced broadcast journalism class that teaches students how to gather, edit and deliver accurate, newsworthy information for television newscasts. Students develop the skills needed to report news and organize newscasts through actual experience in and out of class.

3045. Specialized Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W.

Introduction to specialized fields such as business, science, education, arts, sports, and entertainment reporting. Students will examine some of the best work in the fields and will consider ethical issues and other problems.

3045W. Specialized Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3046. Environmental Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W or consent of the instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Explores specialized coverage of environmental issues by journalists, emphasizing news reporting with the opportunity to produce print, visual and multimedia news reports.

3050. Professional Seminar

Three credits. Three hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W, which may be taken concurrently.

Journalists discuss the economic, technological, sociological and ethical issues that challenge their profession.

3065. Visual Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W; open to juniors or higher.

Examines current trends in visual digital journalism; develops skills in photojournalism, multimedia and video storytelling. Instructor approved digital camera required.

3087. Honors Thesis Preparation Seminar

One credit. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W, 2001W and at least three other journalism credits at the 2000-level or above; open only by instructor consent.

Honors students choose topics for their theses or projects, develop research proposals and apply for funding if needed. Students work as a community of scholars to discuss and support each other’s work. Usually taken the semester before JOUR 3097, Honors Thesis.

3093. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit with permission of Department Head. Croteau

3095. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3097. Honors Thesis

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W, 2001W and at least six additional journalism credits at the 2000-level or above; open only with consent of instructor.

Students in the Honors Program undertake in-depth research and writing under the guidance of a faculty member. Majors must consult with the departmental Honors Advisor and develop a research proposal in the semester before taking the course.

3098. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3111. Journalism Portfolio II: Content Development

One credit. Prerequisite: JOUR 2111.

Development of online and multimedia skills used by journalists; emphasis on ethical practices. Students will contribute journalism content completed in other courses and develop new content to build a professional port-folio provided on a department-maintained site.

4016. Publication Practice

One to three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Students and faculty work together to research, write, edit and produce a publication.

4035. Investigative Reporting

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 2001W.

Using the Internet, databases, and other computer resources to research and report on the actions of courts, businesses, public agencies, and governments. Consideration of ethical questions.

4065. Advanced Visual Journalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: JOUR 3065; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with change in topic.

Explores multimedia storytelling through time-based media from a journalistic perspective. Students will develop multimedia narrative skills using photography, videography, and audio to create new media content.

4091. Supervised Field Internship

One to three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: JOUR 2000W, 2001W and 3002; open only with consent of Department Head.

Students research, report and write for newspapers, news departments of radio and television stations, and online publications under supervision of professionals.

4099. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Open to qualified students who present suitable projects for independent work in journalism.

4111. Journalism Portfolio III: Professional Presentation

One credit. Prerequisite: JOUR 3111.

Completion of student journalism portfolios that include examples of journalistic endeavors in print, still and video photography, audio and multimedia packages.

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