JOU 270 A/B
Introduction to Journalism
Prof. Justin Catanoso
Section A: MW 12:30-1:45 (CRN 17678)
Section B: MW 2:00-3:15 (C RN 21167)
Introduction to Journalism is your gateway course to a minor in journalism. This course is a full immersion into new ways to think about gathering information and communicating it — fairly and accurately — in a variety of forms and formats. Throughout the semester, we will discuss, evaluate and practice the craft of journalism through clear and concise writing. You will write news, features and opinion. You will write stories of varying length. You will post to a blog and tweet news. You will practice multimedia reporting using audio, video and/or digital photography. You will be creative, but work only from verified facts and information. Ultimately, you will learn communication skills that will impress potential employers, whether you plan to work as a journalist (writer or editor), a PR professional, an attorney, a business person or in any field where writing cleanly and communicating clearly are vital. There will be more than a dozen graded assignments, many of them on deadline.
Prof. Justin Catanoso
R 2:00-4:30 (CRN 10751)
This class looks both broadly and deeply at the practice and principles of editing news and features, primarily for newspapers—in print and online. Editing skills practiced and emphasized will include: grammar, AP Style, form and flow, story structure and thoroughness, use of quotations and verifying information, balance and fairness. Regular discussions will center on news judgment, coaching and managing reporters/writers, responding to readers, ethics and legal issues. Students will edit stories for homework and also in class on deadline. A critical expectation: students will keep up with national news daily so that they become well-versed in the news and issues of the day. Some class time will be regularly devoted to discussing current events and the news decisions that arise from top stories. The skills acquired in this class will apply to many disciplines, not just journalism, that require information gathering, skeptical thinking, verifying facts and writing clear, concise prose and managing people. Select guest speakers join classes to illustrate the various worlds in which editing is applied, from traditional media to fashion to magazines to public relations. Texts: Editing Today and Editing Today Workbook (Iowa State Press), AP Stylebook , and materials from the instructor.
Art of Sound: Radio, Podcasting & Digital Narrative
T 3:30-6:00 (CRN 23075)
This course is an introduction to audio storytelling. You will learn the building blocks and best practices of audio journalism including Sound, Editing, Interviewing, and, of course, Story. Through readings, listening assignments, and Skype visits, you’ll learn from experts and storytellers from around the state and beyond. We will explore various approaches to audio journalism, from older radio pieces to the diverse range of podcasts being produced today. As the world of podcasting and nonfiction audio grows rapidly, we will discuss what journalism means in these changing times. We will also look at various ways people distribute their work. Assignments will include collaborations between students as well as solo work. Students will learn how to find story ideas and develop them into a sustained pieces. Students will also be asked to analyze various audio stories and reflect on their creative process. The course will culminate in a larger project building on the technical and analytical tools learned earlier in the semester.
M 6:30-9:00 PM (CRN 20493)
The mission of the course is to teach students to become informed and discerning consumers of news in a media landscape that is flooded with both information and misinformation. Students learn how to evaluate news coverage; how to read for bias, fairness, integrity, and accuracy; how to use new media to increase their knowledge of world events; how to research their own facts as a way to check the accuracy of the media outlets they rely upon; what happens when governments and media owners try to control news coverage; and the dangers of both censorship and media outlets run amok.
JOU 284 / WRI 392
Prof. Tommy Tomlinson
W 2:00-4:30 (CRN 10807)
An advanced feature writing course designed to evaluate, discuss and practice the skills needed to produce magazine stories for publication. Students are encouraged to write creatively and often, specifically for print media. The focus is on detailed reporting and clear writing with substance, personality and a point of view. Students will also craft story pitches and study how the magazine business works. The class will read and analyze some of the best magazine stories ever written.
Writing for Public Relations & Advertising
W 5:00-7:30 (CRN 10749)
Writing for advertising and public relations provides hands on experience for students interested in pursuing careers in advertising, PR, content, strategy or brand marketing. You will learn how to write inspiring creative briefs, develop campaign concepts, compelling media releases and pitch letters as well as the many forms of digital content and social media. The class covers the purpose, style, and structure of writing for each of these tools. Students will also participate as part of a team to produce a final integrated communications campaign incorporating all concepts covered in class. The final project is presented to a group of industry professionals for evaluation. Students demonstrating a serious interest in pursuing careers in advertising and/or public relations will find this class most beneficial.
Interactive Digital Media: Multimedia Storytelling
T 6:30-9:00 PM (CRN 20220)
In Multimedia Storytelling, students will develop a broad range of digital skills, including photojournalism, documentary video and audio, website creation and graphic design, and social media. We will study great works of documentary, photo essays, and podcasts. We will build personal websites and learn creative ways to use social media to forge a resonant online presence. The class will present a variety of storytelling techniques, and students will develop a strong sense of the stories they want to tell.
JOU 289 / WRI 340
Investigating Innocence: At the Intersection of Law, Journalism and Narrative
Phoebe Zerwick & Mark Rabil
R 4:00-6:30 (CRN 24118)
This course is a collaboration between the college’s Journalism Program and the Law School’s Innocence and Justice Clinic. Law students and college students will work together to investigate cases of wrongful conviction and write about them for a range of audiences using techniques narrative writers and journalists rely on to tell compelling stories. (Crosslisted: JOU 289, WRI 340, and LAW 500)