Journalism (JOU)

JOU 104  Introduction to Digital Photography     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course introduces the student to composing, shooting and editing photographs. Students will learn basic manipulation of images using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, including preparation of images for both print and online uses. Students should have a digital camera with the ability to control the exposure, shutter speed and ISO.

JOU 202  Reporting for the Media     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to writing for print, broadcast and web media. Students will gain hands-on training in writing leads and short-and medium-length articles and learn how these articles are packaged with other media elements in newspapers and convergent media websites. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 and ENG 108.

JOU 204  Introduction to Video Journalism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to the principles of creating video journalism packages for the web and broadcast. Students learn the basics of interviewing and shooting and editing video.

JOU 210  Journalism Lab: Newspaper Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in reporting news, features, commentary, and sports; selling and designing advertising; and shooting, processing, and printing photographs. Students work on the campus newspaper, The Griffon News. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 212  Journalism Lab: Yearbook / Magazine Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in field reporting and techniques used in producing the campus yearbook. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 214  Journalism Lab: Broadcast Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Students will use a team-based, hands-on approach to produce broadcast and multimedia productions. These will include a combination of video, audio, text, graphics and photographs covering the people, events, and activities of the campus and community. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 224  Web Content and Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will learn the elements of effective writing for screen-based textual content in internet and intranet environments, using HTML and appropriate software to create both personal and professional Web sites to gain valuable hands-on experience. Introduces overview of content provider issues, including usability, intellectual property, security, access, database content language, writing and design. Same as ETC 224. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104.

JOU 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Journalism     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research in journalism. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving journalism-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

JOU 302  Advanced Media Reporting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Advanced instruction and applied experience in reporting and writing news stories, editorials and features for converged media. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202.

JOU 303  Media Law and Ethics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Defines the legal boundaries within which professional communicators must operate and raises important ethical issues that relate to media careers. LAS Ethics, LAS International/Intercultural.

JOU 304  Advanced Audio and Video Journalism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Students produce a wide range of video packages throughout the semester, covering several genres. Building on the skills gained in the introductory course, students will learn advanced editing and story-telling techniques to produce top-notch, published packages. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202 and JOU 204.

JOU 308  Copy Editing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Instruction and experience in editing and rewriting copy and headline writing in accordance with accepted journalistic practice. Included will be instruction in grammar and usage. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202, and ENG 108 or ENG 112.

JOU 310  Journalism Lab: Newspaper Management     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in managerial positions on the campus newspaper; application of the principles of professional journalism. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 312  Journalism Lab: Yearbook Management     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in managerial positions on the campus yearbook; applications of principles of professional journalism. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 314  Selected Topics in Journalism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Advanced course in journalism; topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

JOU 316  Internship in Journalism     Credits: 2-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application of journalism skills in a professional setting; correlates academic preparation with supervision in a work experience (thirty clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

JOU 327  Publication Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A computer workshop course involving graphic design and production of effective and attractive newspaper and magazine layouts and advertisements. The course will provide instruction in design software and computer peripherals such as electronic scanners and digital photography. LAS Computer Literacy.

JOU 328  Multimedia Authoring     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An advanced class which outlines the history, principles and theories of multimedia. This course examines how elements of text, sound, video, animations and graphics work together to produce electronic products for the Web, CD/DVD and other distribution formats. Students learn appropriate multimedia software to create individual or small group multimedia projects. Same as ETC 328.

JOU 401  Senior Portfolio     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Workshop class for graduating seniors which includes resume and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, and writings from majors courses. Required for the BA English/Journalism and Public Relations majors. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.

JOU 402  Senior Project in Convergent Media     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A senior-level workshop course that emphasizes hands-on, real-world experience in producing multimedia projects suitable for convergent media settings. Prerequisite(s): JOU 224, JOU 302, and JOU 327.

JOU 488  International Journalism     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: International study abroad experiences and applications for convergent journalism majors.