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JOURNALISM (JN)

Dr. Ed Mullins, Chairperson
Office: 490 Reese Phifer Hall

  1. Typing ability is a prerequisite for all journalism courses.

  2. The journalism student is required to complete JN 311 and to maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to enroll in journalism courses at the 300 and 400 levels. Journalism students must make a "C-" or higher for all courses taken in the major and for all courses specified by course number in these requirements.

  3. Departmental policy on internships (JN 382) is to award 3 semester hours of credit for full-time work (40 hours per week) performed for a minimum of eight weeks, or for an equal number of work hours performed during a semester. Students may take a total of 3 hours in internship and/or practicum courses.

  4. Credit will be given for JN 380 Independent Study, JN 381 Practicum, or JN 382 Internship only when a contract has been written and signed by the student, the supervising professor, and the department chairperson prior to the semester in which credit is to be earned. During the semester an internship is completed, the student may register for no more than 6 additional hours.

JN 100 Introduction to Journalism. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Introduction to the concepts, processes, and practices of journalism. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism courses for journalism majors.

JN 261 Basic Photojournalism. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisite: JN 100 or MC 101.

This course introduces students to the technical and journalistic components of picture taking. The goal of this course is to teach students how to communicate through photographs, and students are taught the basics of still photography using film and digital cameras.

JN 311 Reporting. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100 and MC 101.

Fundamentals of newsgathering and newswriting. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism courses. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 312 Editing. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Preparing copy for publication, with an emphasis on careful writing, accuracy, and presentation. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism courses except JN 425 and JN 430. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 313 Public Affairs Reporting. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Newsgathering and newswriting on a variety of areas of public interest— including, but not limited to, the environment, education, politics, science, and state and local government. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 316 Feature Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Techniques and practice of writing newspaper and magazine feature articles. Writing proficiency is required in this W-designated course.

JN 317 Community Journalism. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Theory and practice in leadership, management, editorial, production, advertising, and marketing operations of media in the context of specific communities. Emphasis is on discrete communities and the interdependence of media, citizens, culture and institutions. Students conduct field work as temporary staff members and/or resource persons for assigned media. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 320 Visual Journalism. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Survey and application of techniques and practices in presenting information visually, including infographics, photojournalism, and design and layout of publications and websites.

JN 325 Reporting and Writing Across Media. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 100 or MC 101.

Emphasizes process of conceptualizing and executing news content for multiple media platforms including not only the print media, but also the World Wide Web, television, and radio.

JN 361 Intermediate Photojournalism. Three hours (lecture and laboratory).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, and JN 261.

Journalistic still photography is emphasized in intermediate photojournalism, emphasizing technical proficiency and storytelling. Specialized techniques and equipment—flashes and lenses—are emphasized. Weekly assignments are required in addition to three picture story assignments. Photographic storytelling is emphasized via lecture, via classroom examples and via practical assignments.

JN 380 Independent Study. Variable credit (one to three hours).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, 60 hours, and departmental approval.

Analysis of current issues and practices in journalism under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit provided the topics are different.

JN 381 Practicum. Variable credit (one to three hours).

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, 60 hours, and departmental approval.

Supervised practical experience coupled with investigative studies of communication problems. May be repeated for credit up to 3 hours. Students may take a maximum of 3 hours in internship or practicum courses.

JN 382 Internship. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, 60 hours, and departmental approval.

Offered during summer session. Students may take a maximum of 3 hours in internship and/or practicum courses.

JN 411 Depth Reporting. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, and JN 312.

Intensive practice in advanced techniques, with the goal of publishing students' work.

JN 412 Opinion Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, and JN 312.

The art and practice of writing editorials, columns, and other persuasive forms. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 414 New Media Management and Operations. Three hours

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, and JN 311.

Study of management and operation of news media organizations. Emphasis on decision-making as well as personnel recruitment and retention. Course serves as a laboratory for current and future leaders of Dateline Alabama news website.

JN 415 Advanced Magazine Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, and JN 312.

Writing and editing of magazine articles for publication. Includes study of technical, industrial, employee, and general-circulation magazines.

JN 426 Advanced Editing and Design. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 311, and JN 312.

Application of graphic design techniques to both print and Web-based publications. Theory and practice of creating and executing layouts and design.

JN 436 Teaching of Journalism. Three hours.

Prerequisites: 60 hours and permission of the instructor.

Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and advising middle and high school media. Emphasis on resource and lesson plan development.

JN 437 School Publications. Three hours.

Prerequisites: 60 hours and permission of the instructor.

For those who may be advisors for student newspapers and yearbooks. Role of publications as they relate to faculty, students and community, and methods and procedures for producing student publications.

JN 461 Advanced Photojournalism. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 100, MC 101, JN 261, JN 311, and JN 312.

Advanced photojournalism is a rigorous course for students interested in a career in photojournalism. Advanced techniques and problem solving are addressed, with emphasis on lighting techniques. The primary concern of this course will be portfolio-quality single story-telling pictures and an individual documentary project. Deadline pressure is emphasized, and students will begin portfolio preparation. Students are required to provide most 35mm camera equipment and a flash.

JN 490 Digital Photojournalism. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 100, MC 101, JN 261, JN 311, JN 312, and JN 361.

Digital photojournalism is a continuation of JN 461 with emphasis on the picture story, layouts, and the study of historical figures in photojournalism. Particular attention will be paid to magazines, color and new developments in the profession. Students will be required to get their work published several times a week in local news outlets. Prior knowledge of computer scanning and layout programs expected. Portfolio preparation concluded. Students furnish supplies and most equipment.

JN 499 Journalism Issues, Practices, and Ethics. Three hours.

Prerequisites or corequisites: JN 100, JN 311, JN 312, MC 101, MC 401, and 90 hours.

Examination of current issues and practices in the field of journalism. Students are required to complete major research/writing or presentation projects.

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