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JOURNALISM (JN)

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  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 .
  3. Departmental policy on internships (JN 382) is to award 3 semester hours of credit for 270 hours of work at a professional journalism organization. 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 150 Mechanics of Writing, 1 hour.

The logic of sentence and paragraph structure in the context of media

writing and accuracy with emphasis on grammar, punctuation and word

choice. This online course is required for journalism, advertising and

public relations majors.

JN 200 Introduction to Journalism. 3 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. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisite: JN 200 or MC 101 and APR 260.

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 News Writing and Reporting. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: JN 150, JN 200 or APR 231 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. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: 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 315 Beat Reporting. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: JN 311.

Advanced practice of newsgathering and newswriting for specialized topic areas, ranging from “hard news” stories on topics such as government, education, and the environment to “soft news,” human interest, and feature stories. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 320 Visual Journalism. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: JN 311.

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

JN 325 Reporting and Writing Across Media. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: JN 311.

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. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: 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 (1 to 3 hours) (6 hours per week per credit hour).
Prerequisites: JN 311, 60 hours of completed college credits, 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 382 Internship. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 311, 60 hours of completed college credits, and departmental approval.

Offered during summer session. Students may take a maximum of 3 hours in internship and/or practicum courses. (Three hours’ credit equals a minimum of 10, 40-hour work weeks.)

JN 411 Depth Reporting. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 315.

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

JN 412 Opinion Writing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 315.

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 415 Advanced Magazine Writing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 315.

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

JN 417 Community Journalism. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: JN 315, pre or co-requisite JN 411, JN 412 or JN 415.

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 426 Advanced Editing and Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: 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 430 New Media. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 315 and prerequisite or corequisite JN 411, JN 412 or JN 415.

Explores and applies media convergence principles and techniques in producing Dateline Alabama, the online news magazine of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Writing, editing, and designing for the Web and other digital media.

JN 436 Teaching of Journalism. 3 hours.

Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and management of school newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines.

JN 461 Advanced Photojournalism. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: JN 261, pre or corequisite 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. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 361; pre or corequisite JN 312.

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 491 Special Topics in Journalism

Course content varies to explore current topics in journalism. Repeatable for up to 6 credits. Prerequisites: JN 311 and APR 260.

JN 492 International Journalism

Capstone course in magazine production. Students will learn business practices and leadership roles associated with producing a magazine. Each student will have a role in writing, reporting, and photographing people and cultures in different countries. Prerequisites: JN 312, JN 315 and departmental approval.

JN 499 Journalism Issues, Practices, and Ethics. 3 hours.

Pre or corequisites: MC 401 and one of the following; JN 382, JN 417, JN 430 or JN 492 and senior standing.

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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