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JOURNALISM (JN)

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  1. Typing ability is a prerequisite for all journalism courses.
  2. Journalism students are 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 1 semester hour for each 90 hours of work at a professional journalism organization. Students may take a total of 3 hours in the internship course.
  4. Credit will be given for JN 380 Independent Study or JN 382 Internship only when the proper forms have been signed and submitted by the student, the supervising professor, and the department chairperson prior to the semester in which credit is to be earned.

JN 101 Journalistic Principles. 1 hour.

The role of journalism in a democratic society, emphasizing history, law, and ethics. Students are introduced to career options, opportunities for journalism majors and minors, the journalism curriculum, and student organizations in the Department of Journalism (SPJ, SND, ACES and others). Required for all majors and minors in the department.

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, including news values, writing, design, history, law and ethics.

JN 261 Basic Visual Journalism. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: MC 101 and APR 260.

This course introduces students to visual concepts used in journalism. Emphasis on using photography and Web video to communicate information to audiences across media platforms. Introduction to tools used to capture images and to edit pictures and videos in a journalistic environment.

JN 311 News Writing and Reporting. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: JN 150 and MC 101, and one of the following: APR 231, JN 101 or JN 200.

Fundamentals of newsgathering and newswriting for news organizations and public relations. 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).
Prerequisite: JN 311.

Preparing copy for publication across media platforms, with an emphasis on careful writing, accuracy, and presentation. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 315 Beat Reporting. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisite: 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 Intermediate Visual Journalism. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisites: APR 260 and 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 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.

Further instruction in the tools, concepts, and practice of using photography and Web video to communicate information to audiences. Emphasis on storytelling, technical proficiency, and specialized techniques.

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. Variable credit (1 to 3 hours).
Prerequisite: JN 311, 60 hours of completed college credits, and departmental approval.

Students may take a maximum of 3 hours in internship for credit. For each credit, students must work 90 hours at a professional media organization, under the supervision of a media professional.

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

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

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

Writing and editing of magazine articles for publication.

JN 417 Community Journalism. 3 hours (lecture and laboratory).
Prerequisite: JN 315

Theory and practice in leadership, management, editorial, production, advertising, and marketing operations of media in the context of specific communities. Students conduct field work as temporary staff members for assigned media organizations. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

JN 426 Advanced Editing and Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: JN 312, JN 320

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

JN 430 Digital Media. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: JN 325

Explores and applies media convergence principles and techniques in producing online news magazines. Course emphasizes 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 361

This Capstone photo class is for students interested in a career in photojournalism. Advanced techniques, deadline pressure and problem solving are addressed, with emphasis on producing a professional portfolio of still photography and Web video.

JN 491 Special Topics in Journalism
Prerequisites: JN 315 or JN 312

Course content varies to explore current topics in journalism. Repeatable for up to 6 credits.

JN 492 International Journalism
Prerequisites: JN 312, JN 315 and departmental approval.

Capstone course in magazine reporting, writing, photographing and designing a magazine in an international setting. Students take on leadership roles associated with producing a magazine and its accompanying Web site.

JN 499 Journalism Issues, Practices, and Ethics. 3 hours.
Pre- or corequisites: JN 312, MC 401 and senior standing.

Examination of current issues and ethical practices in the field of journalism. Students complete a major research project on issues and ethics.


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