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The department faculty members find it rewarding to teach students the importance of curiosity, clear writing and editing, solid research and critical thinking as these apply to journalism. They teach students how to discern the significant from the trivial and the relative truth from demonstrable falsehood. Our goal for students when they complete our studies is excellence in reporting, editing, research and visual communication. The department has made a commitment to small class sizes because professors agree that students become better writers when they get close attention from faculty. As a result, all writing classes are limited to 16 students, and seminars are limited to 12. Professors routinely say that the most important lesson they can teach their students is one about personal and public responsibility. Journalists have certain rights and privileges that accompany their profession, but with those privileges comes a responsibility to act ethically and to always report the truth.

Courses
JOUR 200 News Media and Society
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSSA)
Description
History and development of print and electronic media. Conflicts between the free press and other social objectives. External and internal controls affecting news media and flow of information.

JOUR 201 News Writing and Reporting
Units: 1
Description
Intensive training in basic writing and reporting skills, news values, ethical practices, and research. Includes frequent writing assignments.

JOUR 202 Feature and Magazine Article Writing
Units: 1
Description
Research and writing of news-feature and magazine articles.

JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism
Units: 1
Description
Allows students who have mastered the basics of newsgathering to amplify and clarify those stories with images. Production of still photos and short videos suitable for publication.

JOUR 205 Photojournalism
Units: 1
Description
Theory and practice of news and feature photography, properties of light and lenses.
Prerequisites
Journalism 201 and 203 with a grade of C or better, or a demonstrated mastery of photography basics.

JOUR 301 Copy Editing
Units: 1
Description
Improving news writing through practice in copy reading, editing and discussion of news styles, grammar, usage, page design, headline writing, picture selection, news judgment, ethics.
Prerequisites
Journalism 200 and 201 with a grade of C or better.

JOUR 302 Public Affairs Reporting
Units: 1
Description
Writing and reporting on public institutions such as police, courts, and legislative bodies. Interviewing and research using public documents. Frequent off-campus writing assignments.
Prerequisites
Journalism 200 and 201 with a grade of C or better.

JOUR 303 Journalism Law, Ethics
Units: 1
Description
Case studies of ethical conflicts encountered in reporting and editing. State and federal case and statutory law affecting news media, especially libel, privacy, free expression, and "freedom of information."
Prerequisites
Journalism 200 and 201 with a grade of C or better.

JOUR 304 Seminar
Units: 1
Description
Study of specialized field of reporting or writing.

JOUR 307 Documentary Journalism
Units: 1
Description
An introduction to the practice and art of documentary film.
Prerequisites
Journalism 203 or demonstrated skills associated with video production.

JOUR 311 Press and Politics
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of roles and responsibilities of the press in reporting on the U.S. political process.

JOUR 312 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Enables qualified students who have completed basic requirements for major to work independently on special reporting and research projects.
Prerequisites
Permission of department chair and instructor.

JOUR 314 Literary Journalism
Units: 1
Description
The development of non-fiction writing from the early 1900s to the present. Analysis of five or six nonfiction books and more than 30 long-form magazine articles by major nonfiction writers.

JOUR 370 Selected Topics in Journalism
Units: 1
Description
Topics vary. Representative topics include drones in journalism, computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

JOUR 377 Practicum
Units: 1
Description
Supervised work in writing, research, or production for on-campus news media.
Prerequisites
Journalism 200 and 201 with a grade of C or better.

JOUR 388 Internship
Units: .5
Description
Supervised work in writing, research, or production for on- or off-campus news media. May be repeated with the consent of the instructor. Offered for pass/fail grade only. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Journalism 200 and 201 with a grade of C or better.

JOUR 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor