Journalism, B.S.C.

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Tell a Story. Change the World.

The program in Journalism includes coursework that prepares a student to be a writer and/or designer for print media and the internet.

The program enables students to gather information, learn how to assimilate that information and then communicate that information to the interested parties.

Both a major and a minor are offered in Journalism.

Journalism majors are taught through hands-on practice to gather information, verify facts, exercise news judgment, write against deadlines, edit, practice ethical decision-making, and adhere to press laws and regulations.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods used to collect and ana lyze data on broadcast, cable and online audiences. Course also covers theories to explain how electronic media influence individuals and society. Practice in conducting small-scale audience measurement is included.

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

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

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.

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.