Chairperson: Professor Levin
110 Introduction to the Mass Media (3)
Surveys newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, television, advertising, and emerging technologies. Examines economic and news functions of each. Considers First Amendment, legal and ethical problems, restrictions, and social consequences of media. (Lec. 3) Recommended for nonmajors. Not for major credit in journalism. (L) or (S) [D]
115 Foundations of American Journalism (3)
Introduction to basic theories and principles of American journalism, and some of the major issues journalists confront. Examines news media audiences, effects, freedom, and responsibility. (Lec. 3) For journalism majors only.
210 History of American Journalism (3)
Development of American newspapers, magazines, and broadcast industry with analysis of the ideas that have changed American journalism. Exploration of the journalist’s experience at periods in American history; the effects of economic and social changes on the press. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered fall 2007.
211 History of Broadcasting (3)
Survey of broadcasting. Examines its pioneers and the impact of significant historical events as covered by radio and television. Considers the origins of modern news shows, talk-show formats, magazine broadcasts, and quiz shows. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115. In alternate years. Next offered fall 2008.
215 Free Speech and American Society (3)
Legal and social parameters of freedom of speech in the United States. The legal and social history of freedom of speech will be examined and applied to discussions of recent free-speech controversies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115.
220 Media Writing (3)
An introduction to writing for newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, and public relations. Includes consideration of objectivity, information gathering, language use, clarity and style, legal and ethical concerns. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: WRT course with a grade of B or better.
230 Introduction to Radio and Television News (3)
Beginning course in the principles and techniques of radio and television news gathering and writing. Stress is placed on copy formats, broadcast style, and basic production techniques. Frequent out-of-class and off-campus assignments. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 220 with a grade of C or better.
310 Mass Media Law (3)
Role of government and the law in the communication of news, including basic laws affecting freedom of the press, journalists’ privileges and responsibilities, privacy, broadcasting, and advertising. Case studies. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing and 110 or 115 and one 300-level journalism skills course or permission of instructor.
311 Media Criticism in America (3)
Examines news media performance in the United States by studying the works of media critics, both historical and contemporary. Practice in media monitoring and writing media criticism. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115 or permission of instructor.
313 Other Voices: Alternative Media in the United States (3)
Critical analysis of nontraditional media in the United States, including black, religious, feminist, gay and lesbian press, as well as broadcast stations operated by and for minority groups. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2008.
320 Public Affairs Reporting and Writing (3)
Practice in gathering and writing news of public affairs, including local and state government, courts, law enforcement. Introduces public records, alternatives to straight news story, interviewing techniques, rewriting. Frequent out-of-class and off-campus assignments. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 220 with a grade of C or better.
321 Magazine Article and Feature Writing (3)
Planning, researching, and writing articles and feature stories for magazines and newspapers. Discussion of markets, freelance and job opportunities. Articles written and submitted to publications. (Seminar) Pre: 220 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.
330 Television News (3)
Intermediate course in news gathering and writing for television. Emphasizes reporting, writing, anchoring, and producing. Group work leads to production of a half-hour studio newscast. Frequent out-of-class and off-campus assignments. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 230 with a grade of C or better.
331 Electronic News Gathering (3)
Skill development in the visual technology of television news. Techniques of single-camera field production are stressed. Introduction to fundamentals of videotape editing; practice in ENG photography and editing. Frequent out-of-class and off-campus assignments. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 230 with a grade of C or better.
340 Public Relations
See Public Relations 340.
341 Editing for Publication I (3)
An introduction to editing for the print media, including newspapers, magazines, and public relations. Focuses on taking work written by others and preparing it for publication. Includes consideration of legal and ethical issues. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 220 with a grade of C or better.
345 Journalism Internship (3 or 6)
Supervised experience in (a) reporting and writing; (b) editing; (c) radio news; (d) television news; (e) public relations. Requires a minimum of 120 hours (3 credits) or 240 hours (6 credits). Weekly one-hour class meeting. Maximum of 6 credits allowed toward graduation. (Practicum) Pre: journalism majors and minors and public relations minors only. Prerequisite courses depend on internship. Permission of instructor and application required.
410 Mass Media Issues (3)
Critical analysis of current issues affecting journalists and society in general, based on readings, videotapes, case studies, and discussion. Emphasis on ethics and decision making. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or 115 and senior standing or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.
415 Perspectives on Reporting (3)
Critical assessment of reporting through the reading and analysis of various types of reporting, including literary journalism, muckraking, investigative reporting, and New Journalism. (Seminar) Pre: 110 or 115 and junior standing. Not for graduate credit.
420 Advanced Reporting and Writing (3)
Planning, developing, and writing complex news stories for publication. Emphasizes story-idea generation, information gathering from multiple sources, using public records and documents, and advanced interviewing techniques. Frequent out-of-class and off-campus assignments. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: junior standing and 320 with a grade of C or better. Not for graduate credit.
430 Advanced Television News (3)
Practical experience in longer, more specialized news formats. Students report, write, videotape in-depth television news pieces. (Lec. 3)
440 Independent Study (1-3)
Individual reading programs, research, or project in journalism or mass media. (Independent Study) Pre: junior standing and submission to chairperson of proposal signed by supervising faculty member. Not for graduate credit.
441 Public Relations Practices
See Public Relations 441.
442 Editing for Publication II (3)
An introduction to designing and producing for the print media, including newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Extensive use of computers and desktop-publishing technology. Includes consideration of legal and ethical issues. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 341 with a grade of C or better. Not for graduate credit.
445 Special Topics in Journalism (3)
Subject, course content, and years offered will vary according to expertise and availability of instructors. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Not for graduate credit.
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