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1002. The Press in America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing JOUR 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. CA 1.

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2000W. Newswriting I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Cannot be taken for credit after passing JOUR 2001, 3005, 3030, 3040, 3045 or 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2001W. Newswriting II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Cannot be taken after passing JOUR 3000,3012, 3013, 3033, 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2003. Literary Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 1002 or 2000 (may be taken concurrently with JOUR 2000).

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2010. Journalism in the Movies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Viewing and analysis of motion pictures featuring journalistic themes; journalistic history, ethics, legal issues, contrasting forms of media, and other issues. CA 1.

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2111. Journalism Portfolio I: Multimedia Skills

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W. Open to Journalism majors, others with permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3000W. Public Affairs Reporting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3002. Journalism Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 1002. Not open for credit for students who have passed JOUR 4091.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3005. Online Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3012W. Feature Writing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3013W. Magazine Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3019. Daily Campus Critique

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: May be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3020. Journalism Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3030. Copy Editing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3031. Design for Digital Journalists

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3030.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3033. Opinion Writing

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing for the editorial and op-ed pages.

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3040. Audio and Video Reporting and Writing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of newswriting techniques to the broadcast and other media.

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3041. Reporting and Editing TV News

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3040.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3045. Specialized Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000.

Grading Basis: Graded

An 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.

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3045W. Specialized Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An 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. SM-10/8/07

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3046. Environmental Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W or consent of the instructor. Open to Juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3050. Professional Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3065. Visual Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000W; open to juniors or higher. Not open to students who have passed JOUR 4065.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3087. Honors Thesis Preparation Seminar

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000, JOUR 2001 and at least three other journalism credits at the 2000-level or above.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

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.

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3093. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with permission of Department Head. Consent of Department Head required before the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3095. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content may be repeated for credit.

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3097. Honors Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000 and 2001; six additional 2000 level or above credits of JOUR.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

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.

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3098. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3111. Journalism Portfolio II: Content Development

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2111

Grading Basis: Graded

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 portfolio provided on a department-maintained site.

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4016. Publication Practice

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students and faculty work together to research, write, edit and produce a publication. May be repeated for credit.

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4035. Investigative Reporting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2001.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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4065. Advanced Visual Journalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3065 Open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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4091. Supervised Field Internship

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 2000, 2001 and 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4099. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Open to qualified students who present suitable projects for independent work in journalism. May be repeated for credit.

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4111. Journalism Portfolio III: Professional Presentation

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: JOUR 3111

Grading Basis: Graded

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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