Course Listings

Course Listings


Upon completion of each course, you should be able to fulfill each of the expected outcomes.

Reporting & Editing “Skills” Courses

JOR 220 – Media Writing (3 Credits)

  • Recognize the characteristics of news and what gives something news value
  • Be capable of basic information-gathering techniques, including interviewing
  • Be able to write basic news stories
  • Be able to use a stylebook and apply basic newspaper style rules
  • Be familiar with basic journalism terminology
  • Be able to articulate the similarities and differences between writing news for print,  broadcast or online, and writing for public relations
  • Be able to write at a terminal and write under deadline
  • Have been introduced to libel and basic ethical issues faced by reporters

JOR 221 – Multi-media Reporting (3 Credits)

  • Be able to report professionally acceptable basic news stories
  • Be able to gather appropriate sound and pictures for basic news stories
  • Be able to write professionally acceptable basic news stories “for the ear”
  • Be able to understand the needs of multi-media journalism

JOR 320 – Public Affairs Reporting (3 Credits)

  • Be prepared to report on local government
  • Understand the democratic process at the local level and the media’s role in that process
  • Be able to conduct a professional interview
  • Be able to use basic public records (municipal, police, court)
  • Be familiar with news story forms beyond the inverted pyramid
  • Be developing your own philosophical and ethical standards of performance

JOR 321 – Magazine Article and Feature Writing (3 Credits)

  • Be able to articulate what a feature story is and how it differs from a news story
  • Be able to generate ideas for feature stories
  • Be able to plan, research and write feature stories that could be published in a newspaper or magazine
  • Be able to identify suitable markets for your feature stories
  • Be able to write a professional-quality query letter
  • Be able to conduct in-depth interviews
  • Be able to describe the roles of feature and magazine writers in the mass media

JOR 330 – Television News (3 Credits)

  • Be able to demonstrate basic television newswriting formats
  • Be able to use the basic terminology associated with television news
  • Be able to write the major kinds of stories used in television news
  • Be able to mechanically and aesthetically edit video news stories
  • Be able to demonstrate news judgment by organizing news stories into a half-hour television studio newscast
  • Be able to report or anchor a short news segment on camera in the studio
  • Be developing your own philosophical and ethical standards of performance

JOR 331 – Electronic News Gathering (3 Credits)

  • Be able to use a video camera for reporting in the field
  • Be able to integrate video shot in the field into a completed story
  • Be able to apply field-reporting skills, techniques and technology to longer-format feature-oriented stories
  • Be able to discuss how emerging technologies are affecting electronic news gathering
  • Be developing your own philosophical and ethical standards of performance
  • Be able to participate — as reporter, anchor, producer or videographer — in the production of a half-hour news and information magazine program using multiple segments to explore a single topic

JOR 341 – Editing for Publication I (3 Credits)

  • Be able to articulate the role of editing and editors in the process of preparing written information for publication
  • Understand the decision-making processes that determine what is published
  • Be able to use copy editing terminology
  • Be able to edit copy to specifications, on a computer terminal and under deadline
  • Be able to write headlines to specifications, on a computer terminal and under deadline
  • Understand libel from the perspective of an editor
  • Understand the ethical dilemmas faced by copy editors

JOR 420 – Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)

  • Understand the democratic processes at the state and federal levels and the media’s role in those processes
  • Be able to generate complex story ideas and write complex (multiple-source) stories on state government
  • Be familiar with sophisticated interviewing techniques
  • Be able to gather information from a variety of state and federal documents on paper and in data bases
  • Be refining your philosophical and ethical standards of performance
  • Be prepared for an entry level position as a reporter on a weekly or small daily newspaper

JOR 430 – Advanced Television News (3 Credits)

  • Be able to research, write, tape and electronically edit complex and specialized television news stones
  • Be able to produce a television news liveshot
  • Be able to report and produce a multi-part television news series on a single topic
  • Be refining your philosophical and ethical standards of performance
  • Have assembled a video resume with three to four pieces of your work

JOR 442 – Editing for Publication II (3 Credits)

  • Be able to articulate the role of editing and editors in the process of packaging written and visual information for publication
  • Be familiar with basic typography, design and publishing concepts as they relate to newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters and public relations documents
  • Be able to design and produce basic newspaper pages, newsletter layouts and related documents
  • Be able to execute basic projects using desk-top publishing techniques
  • Be conversant about the role of past, current and emerging technologies in the publication of news and public relations

Conceptual Courses

JOR 110 – Introduction to Mass Media (3 Credits)

  • Have an overview of American mass media, including newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, films, recordings and new technologies
  • Be able to explain the functions of each medium (who does what and why)
  • Be able to discuss the development, significant names and dates of each medium, and use its basic terminology
  • Be able to discuss the basic theories and principles of each medium, how it influences individuals and society, and its effects on individuals and society
  • Be familiar with the First Amendment, along with legal and ethical issues, rights and responsibilities of American mass media

JOR 115 – Foundations of American Journalism (3 Credits)

  • Be familiar with what journalists do — and why — and be able to discuss the role of journalism and journalists in American society
  • Recognize the similarities and differences between the practice of journalism in America and press systems in other countries
  • Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the First Amendment, journalism history, law, criticism and ethics
  • Be familiar with the resources available to journalism scholars, including books, journals and trade publications
  • Be able to discuss and write about issues facing journalists in a critical manner

JOR 210 – Journalism History (3 Credits)

  • Be able to explain the development of American journalism
  • Be able to explain the role of journalism in the social and economic development of the United States
  • Be able to articulate the links between journalism history and contemporary trends and problems in Journalism

JOR 211 – History of Broadcasting (3 Credits)

  • Be able to explain the significant events and people shaping the development of radio and television in America
  • Be able to explain the social, cultural and historical contexts in which radio and television operate in American society
  • Be able to discuss the landmark radio and television programs of the last 50 years
  • Be able to explain how contemporary news broadcasting developed and how radio’s and television’s futures may develop

JOR 310 – Mass Media Law (3 Credits)

  • Be able to explain the role of federal and state governments in the communication of news
  • Be able to explain the historical and legal ramifications of the First Amendment
  • Be able to explain the major decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that have had an impact on mass media
  • Be able to relate those major decisions to the day-to-day work of a responsible journalist

JOR 311 – Media Criticism (3 Credits)

  • Be able to discuss the works of historical and contemporary media critics
  • Be able to explain the role of the news media in a democratic society
  • Be capable of critiquing media performance based on standards you articulate

JOR 313 – Alternative Media (3 Credits)

  • Be able to define alternative media
  • Be able to explain the roles alternative media have played in shaping American society
  • Be able to explain the impact of alternative media on contemporary society
  • Be better prepared for a diverse and multi-cultural world and workplace

JOR 410 – Journalism Ethics (3 Credits)

  • Be able to articulate the basis for making ethical decisions regarding the news media
  • Be able to discuss controversial issues related to the practice of reporting/editing
  • Be able to make editorial decisions regarding full disclosure of information and sources
  • Be conversant about contemporary and traditional problems facing journalists
  • Be able to describe the professional codes of ethics used by journalists
  • Be able to defend your positions on the First Amendment and the public’s right to know

JOR 415 – Perspectives on Reporting (3 Credits)

  • Be able to provide a cultural and societal context for the practice of reporting in America
  • Be able to articulate how the roles of reporters have evolved
  • Be able to discuss the differences between the myths and realities associated with the practice of reporting in American society
  • Be able to articulate alternative perspectives on the reporting process

Internships & Independent Study

JOR 345 Journalism Internship

  • Be able to write a cogent and coherent resume and cover letter to use for potential jobs in your field
  • Be able to show written or video content produced as part of your internship
  • Be aware of job seeking skills, including published and unpublished sources for jobs
  • Be aware of how to proceed in a job interview
  • Be able to discuss workplace issues, problems and solutions, including sexual harassment, professional misconduct, employee rights, obligations and benefits
  • Be able to communicate effectively with professionals in the workplace
  • Be prepared to enter the workplace after graduation

JOR 440 Independent Study

  • Goals will vary depending on subject of course.