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Journalism Courses

JRNL 177/178/179 - Special Topics (1/2/3 hrs)
An exploration and study of topics not covered in other departmental offerings. Students may elect more than once, provided different topics are studied.

  • Prerequisite: Department permission

JRNL 201 - Public Relations and Public Responsibility (3 hrs)
An examination of professional responsibility in the context of public relations and business theory and practices. Throughout this course, students will examine various ethical questions and issues as they draw on a wide variety of sources including social science and management theories and models.

JRNL 213 - Introduction to Journalism (3 hrs)
Through study of communication theory and its relationship to media and the practice and profession of journalism, students will grow as critical consumers of news. Rhetorical theory, communication models, media logics, and the role of technology will provide the foundation to understand how media work, on whom and why, and the role of journalists in constructing media messages.

JRNL 215 - News Writing and Reporting (3 hrs)
An introduction to newspaper reporting. Learning to gather information and to write in an approved journalistic style. Courses offer practical instruction and working exercises in interviewing, news story development, lead writing and editing skills. Substantial use of computer lab.

JRNL 277/278/279 - Special Topics (1/2/3 hrs)
An examination of topics in journalism not covered in other departmental offerings. Students may elect this course more than once, provided different topics are studied.

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

JRNL 305 - Editorial, Column, and Review Writing (3 hrs)
Writing of interpretive articles, editorials, reviews and columns. Aimed at developing the student's critical faculties, it includes the study of public opinion and the efforts to change it, the rhetorical principles of argumentation and persuasion, and the aesthetic principles guiding criticism in the arts.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 215

JRNL 306 - Feature Writing (3 hrs)
Writing of feature and interpretive articles for newspapers and magazines. Emphasis is on idea generation, research, interviewing, narrative technique and organization of longer articles.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 215

JRNL 306W - Feature Writing (3 hrs)
This course is offered as a part of the General Education Program and satisfies the Writing Intensive requirement.

JRNL 307 - Copy Editing (3 hrs)
Editing news articles for publication. Students learn style (Associated Press) and grammar in detail. Also study techniques for improving stories by tightening, checking accuracy and protecting against legal and ethical problems. Includes headline writing.

  • Prerequisites: JRNL 215 and JRNL 306

JRNL 309 - Sports Writing (3 hrs)
A sports writing and reporting course that introduces students to the theory and practice of covering athletic events and sports controversies, interviewing players and coaches and writing under deadline pressure.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 215

JRNL 310 - Digital Journalism (3 hrs)
This course focuses on the recent history and current theories relevant to the digital news environment and the development of effective writing and reporting practices. Students also learn to use and enjoy technical tools and develop a dynamic understanding of the rhetorical, technical and aesthetic conventions of digital media.

  • Prerequisites: JRNL 213 and JRNL 215

JRNL 311 - Newspaper Layout and Design (3 hrs)
Hands-on study of newspaper layout, design, pagination, and production. Emphasis is on presentation of the written word, photographs and graphics, using current newsroom publishing standards and software.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 215

JRNL 312 - Introduction to Public Relations (3 hrs)
Definition, historic aspects, evolution and ethics of public relations; the practical use of public relations by corporations, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, institutions and government; correlation of written, oral and visual skills.

  • Prerequisites: JRNL 215 and CTAS 124

JRNL 313 - History of American Journalism (3 hrs)
A survey of the evolution of journalism in the United States and how journalism both has influenced and been influenced by the larger history of America. Emphasis is placed on the history of newspaper and magazine journalism and on key journalists of enduring importance.

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

JRNL 314 - Writing for Public Relations (3 hrs)
Practical experience in writing press releases, broadcast announcements, speeches and scripts to present a project or product; preparing brochures, newsletters, annual reports, memos and proposals; implementing public relations campaigns.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 312

JRNL 377/378/379 - Special Topics (1/2/3 hrs)
An exploration and study of topics not covered in other departmental offerings. Students may elect more than once, provided different topics are studied.

  • Prerequisite: Department permission

JRNL 387 - Cooperative Education in Journalism/Public Relations (3 hrs)
Employment for pay in the print media, public relations or publishing fields to provide practical experience for skills learned in the classroom. Work experiences generally are alternated with full-time attendance at the University.

  • Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; admittance by application to the Cooperative Education Office and recommendation approved by a journalism professor

JRNL 408 - Case Studies in Public Relations (3 hrs)
Solving problems and managing controversy in the day-to-day pursuit of public relations; legal considerations; crisis communication; professionalism and public responsibility in public relations.

  • Prerequisites: JRNL 312 and JRNL 314

JRNL 408W - Case Studies in Public Relations (3 hrs)

This course is offered as a part of the General Education Program and satisfies the Writing Intensive requirement.

JRNL 423 - Magazine Article Writing (3 hrs)
A writing course to develop skills in investigating and writing nonfiction articles longer and more complex than feature or background articles in daily newspapers. Emphasis on individual completion of articles of professional quality.

  • Prerequisite: ENGL 328 or JRNL 306

JRNL 453 - Advanced Reporting (3 hrs)
Researching and writing news stories dealing with complex topics including courts, politics, government, finance, labor and education. Emphasis is on journalistic initiative and investigative reporting.

  • Prerequisite: JRNL 215

JRNL 454 - Contemporary Problems in Journalism (3 hrs)
Emphasis on student investigation, reporting and writing on selected ethical problems in the media industry, such as conflicts between advertising and editorial content and actual or perceived conflicts of interest between journalists and people they cover. Emphasis on conducting in-depth studies of major social issues and quality of media coverage.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing

JRNL 455 - Journalism and the Law (3 hrs)
An advanced professional course exploring legal and ethical issues surrounding journalism. Topics will include defamation of character, invasion of privacy, copyright, conflicts between the press and the courts, hate speech, obscenity, access to government records, broadcast regulations and various forms of censorship, as well as conflicts of interest, fairness and professional conduct.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing

JRNL 477/478/479 - Special Topics (1/2/3 hrs)
An examination of topics in journalism not covered in other departmental offerings. Students may elect this course more than once, provided different topics are studied.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing and department permission

JRNL 487 - Cooperative Education in Journalism/Public Relations (3 hrs)
Employment for pay in the print media, public relations or publishing fields to provide practical experience for skills learned in the classroom. Work experiences generally are alternated with full-time attendance in the classroom.

  • Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; admittance by application to the Cooperative Education Office and recommendation approved by a journalism professor

JRNL 488/489/490 - Internship in Journalism/Public Relations (1/2/3 hrs)
Optional, practical on-the-job work experience for recommended students electing an opportunity provided by the department or finding an appropriate outside opportunity subsequently approved by the intern supervisor; paid or nonpaid. One hour credit for 10 hours work per week; two hours for 11-17 hours; three hours for 18 and above.

  • Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and recommendation of journalism professor

JRNL 497/498/499 - Independent Study (1/2/3 hrs)
Study of topics not offered in the regular curriculum, the particular topic to be defined (and credit hours set) by the instructor and student, subject to approval by the curriculum committee. Restricted to students taking majors or minors in the English Language and Literature Department.

  • Prerequisite: Nine hours in the appropriate major or minor