Fall 2018 Course Listings

In Fall 2018, the Journalism Program will be offering a variety of courses, including three sections of Introduction to Journalism (JOU 270). The courses offered also include News Literacy, Beat Reporting, Community Journalism, Multimedia Storytelling, Sports Journalism, and Writing for Public Relations and Advertising.  


JOU 270 A/B/C
Introduction to Journalism
Prof. Justin Catanoso
Section A: MW 11:00-12:15 (CRN 81867)
Prof. Ivan Weiss
Section B: TR 11:00-12:15 (CRN 81871)
Section D: TR 12:30-1:45 (CRN 96049)

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.

JOU 278
News Literacy
Maria Henson
TR 11:00-12:15 (CRN 81874)

Is it journalism? How do you know? This course aims to help you navigate the news and cherish
the First Amendment. It examines the practice of American journalism, focusing on how
journalism is defined, how the news business functions, its antecedents in history and its role as
a counterweight to power in a democracy. It explores the difference between news and
propaganda; news and opinion; and bias and fairness with a goal of training more
discriminating and thoughtful producers and consumers of news. Requirements: an oral
project, mid-term exam and final paper.

JOU 315
Beat Reporting
Justin Catanoso
T 2:00-4:30 (CRN 96110)

This class is ideal for students interested in learning more about and practicing the twin skills of
reporting and journalistic writing in its varied forms: traditional news and feature stories, blog
and Twitter posts, and short videos. The class meets one night a week where interactive
discussions focus on developing sources, interviewing skills, the new modes of journalistic
communication and how best to write news and feature stories both short and long. Part of
each class is also devoted to progress students make between classes on the real meat of the
course: cultivating sources and developing story ideas. Students select a beat on campus, like
covering student government or study abroad programs. They reach out to sources on that
beat week by week. They come up with story ideas. They write stories designed to fit a range of
assignments. Most stories are offered to the OGB or The Student for publication. Guest
speakers provide real-world insight into professional journalism.

JOU 320
Community Journalism
Prof. Phoebe Zerwick
WF 9:30-10:45 (CRN 96114)

Students in this course produce stories in a range of media for an online publication with a
growing readership, http://cloud.lib.wfu.edu/blog/heardithere/, about the people, places and
trends that create community in downtown Winston-Salem. With the opening of Wake Forest’s
downtown campus and engineering school, understanding the downtown community takes on
new urgency. Students can expect to break news, explore the arts scene, and tell stories about
some of the most interesting people in town. The news report has attracted more than 8,000
views, giving students the chance to produce stories for a public audience.

JOU 335
Multimedia Storytelling
Ivan Weiss
TR 3:30-4:45 (CRN 96113)

This course explores multimedia storytelling in its various forms. By examining professional
trends as well as working with various types of media and web production, this course gives
students a hands-on approach to converged journalism. Throughout the project-based course,
students will learn graphic design techniques on Photoshop, audio/video editing skills on Final
Cut X, and the basics of photography and videography. The end goal of the course is for
students to create an E-Portfolio website that will showcase their journalism and multimedia

JOU 345
Sports Journalism
Prof. Justin Catanoso
MW 2:00-3:15 (CRN 96111)

This course will survey the art and craft of sports writing in all forms, across all mediums.
Students will cover players, teams, issues and the business of sports. The emphasis will be on
storytelling—in short and longer form—that goes beyond play-by-play and the final score of a
contest. Students will write, blog and tweet, often on deadline, as well as produce podcasts and
videos. Students will write breaking news, features and columns. Students will be required to
read daily sports journalism in newspapers, magazines and sports web sites and follow the
work of specific sports journalists. Developing sources, identifying story ideas and covering a
sport through a season will be central to the course. Some class time may meet off campus;
some class time will be shifted so that we can attend a sporting event as a group. Several
professional sports journalists will meet with the class either in person or on Skype.

JOU 350/ COM 117
Writing for Public Relations & Advertising
Prof. Katharine Black
W 12:30-3:00 (CRN 96115)

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.