Fall 2024 Course Listings

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Journalism Program Courses

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JOU 270 A
Introduction to Journalism (3 credit hours)
Prof. Justin Catanoso
MW 2-3:15pm
The gateway to a minor in journalism, this rigorous, skills-based course emphasizes how to independently find stories, select sources, verify information, conduct interviews, strengthen observation skills and write compellingly in journalistic styles. We will learn and apply Associated Press Style. And along the way, we consider vital questions about objectivity, the media landscape, equity, bias, facts and Truth. We develop our cultural competency – how to relate to and understand people different from ourselves so that we can convey their stories truthfully. This course is foundational to all other courses in the journalism minor.
Class size: 16

 

JOU 270 B
Introduction to Journalism (3 credit hours)
Prof. Ivan Weiss
TR 11-12:15pm
IThe gateway to a minor in journalism, this rigorous, skills-based course emphasizes how to independently find stories, select sources, verify information, conduct interviews, strengthen observation skills and write compellingly in journalistic styles. We will learn and apply Associated Press Style. And along the way, we consider vital questions about objectivity, the media landscape, equity, bias, facts and Truth. We develop our cultural competency – how to relate to and understand people different from ourselves so that we can convey their stories truthfully. This course is foundational to all other courses in the journalism minor.
Class size: 16

 

JOU 270 C
Introduction to Journalism (3 credit hours)
Prof. Michael Venutolo-Mantovani
T 9:30-11:50am
The gateway to a minor in journalism, this rigorous, skills-based course emphasizes how to independently find stories, select sources, verify information, conduct interviews, strengthen observation skills and write compellingly in journalistic styles. We will learn and apply Associated Press Style. And along the way, we consider vital questions about objectivity, the media landscape, equity, bias, facts and Truth. We develop our cultural competency – how to relate to and understand people different from ourselves so that we can convey their stories truthfully. This course is foundational to all other courses in the journalism minor.
Class size: 16

 

JOU 278 A
News Literacy (3 credit hours)
Prof. Justin Catanoso
MW 5-6:15pm
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.
Class size: 18

 

JOU 330
Prof. Ivan Weiss
Podcasting (3 Credit Hours)
TR 12:30-1:45
As the world of nonfiction audio grows rapidly, students will learn the building blocks and best practices of audio journalism, including sound editing, interviewing, and narrative. Students will immerse themselves in a variety of podcasts and radio pieces, and will complete a series of creative exercises and projects, laying the groundwork for them to grow as audio producers.
Class Size: 12

 

JOU 340 A/WRI 344 A
Magazine Writing (3 Credit Hours)
Prof. Barry Yeoman
M 1:00-3:30 
Students in this class will learn and practice the skills needed to produce magazine stories for publication. Focusing on a single topic of their own choosing all semester, they will be encouraged to write creatively and often. They will learn advanced principles of interviewing, document research, story structure, character development, and explanatory journalism. They will also read and analyze some of the best magazine stories written over the past thirty years. 
Class size: 12

 

JOU 345 A
Prof. Justin Catanoso
Sports Journalism (3 Credit Hours)
MW 12:30-1:45
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.
Class size: 12

 

JOU 375A
Special Topics: Environmental Journalism (3 credit hours)
Prof. Lisa Sorg
TR 3:30-4:45pm
Learn to report on science, law, policy, nature and people to write compelling narratives in environmental journalism. Dig into environmental data and public records to uncover hidden stories. Interview community members disproportionately harmed by pollution. Explore issues of air, water, waste, and climate change to help readers make sense of what’s at stake: locally, regionally and worldwide. This class will require several out-of-class writing assignments. P — JOU 270 or POI
Class Size: 12

 

Elective Courses with Reserved Seats for Journalism Minors

COM 215-A
Prof. Melissa Painter-Greene
Broadcast Journalism (3 credit hours)
M 5:00-7:30pm
Introduces students to best practices in broadcast storytelling, including scripting, producing, filming, editing and anchoring a news broadcast.

 

COM 316-A
Prof. Thomas Southerland
Screenwriting (3 credit hours)
R 11:00-1:30pm
Introduction to the art and practice of writing for the screen. Through numerous exercises, students learn to use experiences, observations, and imagination to create compelling characters and stories for a variety of mediums and complete an original, short screenplay.

 

ART 286-A
Prof. Endia Beal
Beyond the Lens: The Evolution of Black Artists in Photography
WF 12:30-1:45pm
This course will examine the societal importance, political impact, and perspectives of Black artists using the photographic medium. Through group discussions, guest speakers, and critiques, students will expand their visual literacy, learning to discern elements within a photo without primarily relying on emotional reactions. This process enhances our understanding of the artists’ intentions and underscores the importance of their images in the history of photography.