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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 (except JN 416 and JN 417). 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, JN 383, JN 384, and JN 385) 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 only 3 hours in internship and/or practicum courses.

4. Credit will be given for JN 380 Independent Study, JN 381 Practicum, or journalism internships (JN 382, JN 383, JN 284, JN 385) 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 being completed, the student may register for no more than 6 additional semester hours.

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

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: MC 101, MC 102, and EN 101 or EN 103.

Fundamentals of newsgathering and newswriting. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism courses except JN 416 and JN 417.

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

Prerequisite: 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 436 and JN 437. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

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

Prerequisite: JN 311.

News gathering and news writing in the civic and political environments of local and state government. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 316 Feature Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 311.

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

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

Prerequisite: JN 312.

Survey and practical course considering news, editorial, and business problems of rural, suburban, and ethnic newspapers. Students produce Alabama Journalist, a laboratory newspaper. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

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

Prerequisite: JN 312.

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 Web Journalism. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 312.

Reporting, writing, editing news and information for the World Wide Web.

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

Prerequisite: JN 261 or permission of instructor/department.

Students are taught a variety of compositional and thematic approaches to news photography, with emphasis on feature photos, picture stories, and photo essays. Students are given greater exposure to digital photojournalism an its use on the Internet.

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

Prerequisites: JN 311 and contract.

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 311, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and contract.

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 and/or practicum courses.

JN 382 Internship. Three hours.

Prerequisites: JN 311, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and contract.

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

JN 411 Depth Reporting. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 313 or JN 316.

Intensive practice in advanced techniques, with the goal of publishing students' work. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 412 Opinion Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 313 or JN 316.

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 Media Management. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, or permission.

Study of the operation of the media as forces in society and as institutions for both profit and social change.

JN 415 Advanced Magazine Writing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 313 or JN 316.

Writing and editing of magazine articles for publication in the laboratory magazine Alabama West. Includes study of technical, industrial, employee, and general-circulation magazines.

JN 420 Advanced Editing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 312.

Advanced problems and techniques of editing. Budget management, design, technology, and production decisions for publications. Production of Alabama Journalist, a laboratory publication, may be part of the course.

JN 426 Magazine Editing and Design. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 312.

Application of graphic design techniques to magazines. Theory and practice of creating and executing layouts.

JN 436 Teaching of Journalism. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours in the College of Communication and Information Sciences or in the College of Education or permission.

Curriculum development, bibliography, and relation of academic instruction to student publications.

JN 437 School Publications. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours in the College of Communication and Information Sciences or in the College of Education or permission.

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

JN 461 Advanced Photojournalism. Three hours.

Prerequisite: JN 261.

This course teaches students how to think and see journalistically. Students learn how to create still images for newspapers, magazines, and the Web in the digital age, with an emphasis on technique, composition, and lighting. Students must participate in a photojournalism practicum during the semester.

JN 499 Journalism Issues and Practices. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: JN 411, JN 412, or JN 415.

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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