Journalism B.S.C. Featured Courses

Advanced Documentary Photography

Advanced Documentary Photography is a class designed to improve the visual storytelling news gathering, and photographic technical skills introduced in the introductory course.

Broadcast Journalism

Preparation of materials for presentation through the broadcast/cable media with emphasis on news writing for oral presentation by studio anchors and field reporters. Course examines issues facing the profession of broadcast journalism, radio, and TV reporting techniques and news program formats.

Business Reporting

A study of the major types and styles of business news and feature stories with emphasis on understanding business culture, values, and terminology.

Communication in Society

Theories of the development, interdependence, and societal influence of mass media. Prerequisite: 12 college credits, passing score on English-language skills test, typing proficiency of 25 w.p.m.

Communication Law and Policy

A study of First Amendment law and theories concerning libel, privacy, copyright, advertising, corporate communications, reporter privilege, free-press/fair trial, pornography, access to government information, broadcasting and new communication technologies. Discussion of international perspectives on media regulation.

Computer Assisted Reporting

Computer Assisted Reporting introduces students to the use of computer tools for newsgathering, including online tools, Internet tools and database tools for reporting. Prerequisite: CNJ 111 and 216.

Data Journalism

This course teaches data analysis and interactive deployment of the World Wide Web and other digital platforms. Students will learn to analyze data for journalistic work and will be expected to create and deploy database-driven applications.

Editorial Interpretation of Contemporary Events

Critical examination of fundamental issues in public life. Preparation of edito rials and interpretive articles for mass media are included.

Feature Writing

Analyzing and writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers.

Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics

An examination of the concept of freedom of expression, its philosophical roots, its application of contemporary issues in communication, and of the basics of moral philosophy (ethics) and moral reasoning.

Fundamentals of Newsgathering

Skill development in gathering facts and other material for, and in preparation of, news stories in a variety of genres across platforms. Focus on gathering information from multiple sources, analyzing and organizing information for dissemination, and presenting the most pertinent facts clearly and cohesively to multiple media outlets.

Graphics for Communication Media

Selection, preparation, and production processes for type, photography, and artwork by electronic and traditional means. Prerequisite: Three credits in Communication.

History of Journalism

The development and impact of American journalism.

In-depth Journalism and Media Convergence

A capstone experience that requires students to use effectively their full range of journalistic knowledge, newsgathering, and writing skills tp prepare n ews and information for different media platforms.

Information Graphics and Visualization

Introduction to informal graphic procedures and practices as they pertain to print and online media. Layout and design typography, mechanical production techniques, and production vocabulary will be an integral part of this course.

Internship in Journalism and Media Management

Prescribed study and supervised work with professionals in Journalism and Media Management.

Introduction to Documentary Photography

Course is designed to develop skills in visual storytelling. Students will learn to produce images and recognize what makes good photographs in terms of content, composition, and technical quality.

Introduction to Electronic Media Production

Introduction to the theory, process, and procedure of electronic media production. Lecture and laboratory are included.

Introduction to News Media Writing

Principles and practices in journalism for the mass communication media.

Journalism Practicum

Prescribed study and supervised work with faculty and staff of the student news paper or related news media. Students receive first-hand knowledge and experien ce in a working news environment.

Media Research and Analysis

Survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods used to collect and analyze data on media audiences. Course also covers metrics used by media industries. Practice in conducting small-scale audience measurement is included.

News Reporting and Writing

Practice in gathering material for and preparation of stories.

Newspaper Editing and Layout

Introduction to electronic editing and development of skills in copy editing, headline writing, picture editing, and newspaper layout.

Online Journalism

A study of the issues, skills and practices related to the online presentation of news and information in a convergent media environment.

Principles of Interactive Design

This is an advanced multimedia design course that focuses on techniques and met hods to create the best user experience in multimedia journalism projects.

Projects and Directed Research

Individual study. No more than three credits may be counted toward a Communication major or minor.

Public Affairs Reporting

Emphasis on reporting, writing and analysis about institutions, issues and acti ons of local government, and their effects on society.

Publication Design Seminar

Publication Design Seminar focuses on learning advanced techniques for design and layout for a variety of printed media. Each student produces a portfolio of design projects. Prerequisite: CNJ 206 or CAP 202.

Publication Planning and Editing

Introduction to editing and design, with emphasis on the development of skills in editing copy and photos, writing headlines, news judgment and designing print publications and websites.

Reporting and the Internet

This course is designed to provide an overview of the uses of online computer s ervices for newsgathering with emphasis on the Internet. Prerequisite: CNJ 111 and 216, or instructor's permission.

Seminar in News Ethics and Problems

Ethical, practical, and professional problems of news communicators in society.

Travel Writing

A study of the major types and styles of travel news and features stories for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and websites.

Visual Design

This course is an introduction to the principles of design, typography, color theory, usability and interactivity as they apply to the layout and design of content for print and digital media.

Web Design

This course covers the basic aspects of interaction design and web development, focusing on production processes. It provides an overview of web design concepts including usability, accessibility, information architecture, basic animation, and graphic design; all discussed in the context of the web environment. This course further offers an introduction to fundamental and emerging web trends.

Writing for the Digital Age

This course provides students with an understanding of writing styles appropriate for communicating in the digital age, with particular emphasis on grammar, spelling, syntax and clarity. It provides a solid foundation for further practice and specialization in various types of multimedia communication.