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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 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.
Introduction to the concepts, processes, and practices of journalism. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism courses for journalism majors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Survey and application of techniques and practices in presenting information visually, including infographics, photojournalism, and design and layout of publications and websites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ten 40-hour work weeks.)
Intensive practice in advanced techniques, with the goal of publishing students' work.
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.
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.
Writing and editing of magazine articles for publication. Includes study of technical, industrial, employee, and general-circulation magazines.
Application of graphic design techniques to both print and Web-based publications. Theory and practice of creating and executing layouts and design.
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.
Prerequisite or corequisite: CSE 479.
Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and management of school newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines.
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.
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.
Corequisites: MC 401 and 90 hours of completed college credit.
Examination of current issues and practices in the field of journalism. Students are required to complete major research/writing or presentation projects.