This course offers students a solid understanding of social media, its roots, and how to effectively utilize this culture from personal and corporate perspectives.
A course to acquaint the student with the characteristics of journalism as practiced in small towns and cities and study the relationship of the news media to the other institutions of the town or city.
A study of ethical theory and basic principles needed in solving ethical challenges facing media professionals.
Mass Communication Seminar
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Studies of the relationship of mass communication to social, political, technical, and economic issues. Course content will vary.
Note: May be repeated for credit as JOUR 5053 when course content changes.
Computer Mediated Communication
A study of communication processes in the Digital Age. Discussions and content will include contemporary emerging communication technologies and exploration into the impact those technologies have and will likely have on an individual and diverse social communities.
History of American Journalism
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A survey of the history of American journalism and mass media and their relationships to technical, economic, political, and other aspects of American society.
Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of JOUR 4113 or equivalent.
Laws of Communication
This course will familiarize the student with legal knowledge necessary for a communication specialist or working journalist. The course will attempt to identify case and statute law. It will also include in-depth research in particular legal matters.
Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of JOUR 4123, or equivalent.
Prerequisite: JOUR (ART) 1163 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to advanced photographic techniques including digital photography. Various historic and current theories of visual communication provide a substantive base for the application of techniques.
Communication Research Methods
Introduction to the methodologies of behavioral science applied to communication research including design measurement, data collection, and analysis. Explores the use of surveys, content analysis, focus groups, and experiments in studies of communication processes and effects. Students will complete a research project.
Journalism Writing Seminar
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of news writing and fact-gathering for the mass media in a concentrated format. Emphasis will be on newspaper writing style, but the fundamentals will apply to broadcasting, news media, public relations, advertising, and other fields.
Visual Storytelling covers the fundamentals of enhanced story development using mobile media platforms for journalistic publication.
Video Production for New Media
Prerequisites: JOUR 6013.
This course focuses on the art and science of documentary film making, specifically geared toward publication to new media audiences.
Media and Society
Incorporates mass communication theory as well as the global nature of media operations while focusing on the relationship between mass media and society. Students will examine contemporary issues that confront media professionals together with the social responsibilities and ethical questions that attend such issues. The political, social, and governmental influences on media policies and practices will also be emphasized in addition to the effects of media on society and culture.
Advanced Photography and Video. Focuses on designing communication messages on the computer that combine several media and are interactive. Using the same software tools that are used in the multi-media industry, students learn to conceptualize, design, prepare, and program works for publication on CD-ROM and/or the WEB. Projects incorporate photographs, music, sound, video, and extensive user interactivity. Work in the course attempts to parallel product development in the real world multi-media industry.
Survey of 20th Century Photography
An investigation of the development of photography as a fine art or commercial art form or as a medium for social documentary. Fine art photography is emphasized with the work of significant advertising, commercial, and documentary photographers also included.
Journalistic Writing for Multi-Media
Introduction to writing for multi-media. Course explores the advantages, audiences, and various technologies before studying the formats and language appropriate for each medium. Students develop their writing skills through analysis and practice.
Survey of Photojournalism
An investigation of the development of photography as a journalistic medium and as a medium for social documentary. The work and working methods of major photojournalists from about the time of the American Civil War to the present will be examined along with the impact of photojournalism on modern society.
JOUR 6331, 6332, 6333
Students will create a portfolio of acquired work as well as develop a journalistic story told through multiple media platforms. The portfolio must meet industry standards and demonstrate a mastery of technical skill based in theoretical conventions of new media.
JOUR 6891, 6892, 6893, 6894
Open to graduate students who wish to pursue individual study or investigation of some facet of knowledge which complements the purpose of the University's graduate program. Students will be required to plan their studies and prepare formal written reports of their findings.
Note: The selected topic may not constitute any duplication of study leading to the accomplishment of a thesis.
Project or Thesis Research Continuation
This course allows students additional time to research and compose their capstone project/portfolio.
Projects should be original work that is a manifestation of the student's multi-media expertise and reflect both a mastery of content with respect to a given topic as well as the technological skill to present the same in a multi-media format. All completed projects must include a written review of the literature and other materials relevant to the project. It is anticipated the review will be substantive and comprehensive, and clearly indicate how the project builds on intellectual and journalistic traditions.
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