Communication Arts

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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Media

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media

Studying journalism at California Baptist University provides students with practical experience in this constantly changing field. Students can choose to concentrate their studies in photo communications, public relations, global journalism or print and convergent journalism. The field of journalism is changing but the research, interviewing and writing skills, along with design and public relation skills, that students master through this program prepare them to work in journalism, public relations and related fields.

Journalism Minor

CBU students can also choose to make journalism their minor, developing their skills in design, writing, photography and copyediting. This minor is an asset to many majors as the ability to write, edit and graphically package content is a highly marketable skill.

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Public Relations Minor

CBU students can choose to minor in Public Relations, developing their oral and written communication skills as they learn to work on campaigns, branding and internal and external communications. This course provides marketable skills as students learn to create public relations materials including a press kit with brochures, flyers and web communications including including social media.

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Internship Opportunities

CBU journalism students also have the opportunity to apply to Washington Journalism Center, Associated Press, local newspapers, magazines and public relations firms. The WJC Internship provides an advanced, experimental semester on Capitol Hill that cultivates professional news skills and encourages students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media. The center introduces students to internship opportunities at major newspapers, news service providers, associations and other entities that give them "real world" working experience and more powerful resume.

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Student Learning Outcomes

1. Publish articles or photos in university publications or professional publications in an ethical manner.
2. Portfolio of articles
3. Attend conferences and synthesize material provided.
4. Student editors will copy-edit and use graphic design computer software
5. Complete Yearbook design/Newspaper Design
6. Communicate and write professionally

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Program Requirements - Journalism (39 units)

This major seeks to develop students' skills in professional-level journalistic writing, including investigation, interviewing and reporting, explanatory and analytical writing, editing, layout and design, and media law and ethics, in accordance with nationally accepted journalism standards. Journalism majors can choose a focus area to study including print and convergent media, photo communications, global journalism and public relations. Social media and the world of freelance journalism are discussed in various courses including Applied Journalism which is a course that introduces students to new freelance opportunities that they can pursue while they study journalism. 

Complete courses from the following:

Lower Division Requirements

COM113 Oral Communications

COM113 Oral Communications

This course is designed to introduce the process of public communication and to help develop and refine the skills of oral communication. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM113-C C Rowland, William F 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-L L Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-D D Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM James Complex
356
Spring 2014 COM113-G G Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-J J Rowland, William F 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-K K Vennemann, Darlene Sue 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-A A Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
189
Spring 2014 COM113-B B Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-E E Vennemann, Darlene Sue 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-F F Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Yeager Center
B221
Spring 2014 COM113-H H Marse, Michael 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-I I Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-M M Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 COM113-M M STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-N N STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-F F STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-I I STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-L L STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-B B STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-P P Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-O O STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-C C Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-E E STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-J J STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-D D Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-A A Pate, John R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-G G Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-H H Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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GDM120 Fundamental Typography

GDM120 Fundamental Typography

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe InDesign through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of InDesign for the student and for the student to be able to identify key typography concepts. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 GDM120-A A Berger, Michael 01/08/2014 Friday 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
332
Fall 2014 GDM120-A A Berger, Michael 09/02/2014 Friday 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
332
Fall 2014 GDM120-B B Berger, Michael 09/02/2014 Friday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
332
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JRN170 Writing for Mass Media

JRN170 Writing for Mass Media

An introduction to mass media writing. Students will utilize journalistic reporting, editing and writing for mass audiences intended for distribution across electronic and print media outlets. (3.0 units; Fall, Spring; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN170-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
375
Fall 2014 JRN170-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
367
Fall 2014 JRN170-B B STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
367
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JRN253 News Editing and Design

JRN253 News Editing and Design

Principles and practice of newspaper editing, copy improvement, headline writing, news photos and cutlines, wire services, typography, copy schedules and control, page design and layout. Prerequisite: ENG 113. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

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Lower Division Publication Requirements

JRN212 Yearbook Production

JRN212 Yearbook Production

A course designed to give the student basic skills and practical experience in the processes which lead to the production and distribution of a publication. Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the University yearbook. Meets three hours per week for critiques in writing, editing and design, followed by production. May be repeated for credit. A total of 12 units from publication courses JRN 212, 215, 412 and 415 may be applied to the major/minor, of which 6 may be upper division. Prerequisite: ENG 113. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN212-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM James Complex
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JRN215 Newspaper Production

JRN215 Newspaper Production

Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the University newspaper. Meets weekly for discussion, instruction and critique of assignments as they pertain to news reporting, writing and editing, followed by production. May be repeated for credit. A total of 12 units from publication courses JRN 212, 215, 412 and 415 may be applied to the major/minor, of which 6 may be upper division. Prerequisite: ENG 113. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN215-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM James Complex
367
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Upper Division Requirements

COM403 Communication Theory

COM403 Communication Theory

This course is designed to introduce theories in the academic field of communication studies. The focus of the course will be on recognizing human communication theories in everyday life, and being able to critically examine situations in multiple cultural contexts based on those theories. Connections will be made between these theories and the prominent theories of related fields. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 COM403-A A Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN450-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Upper Division Publication Requirements

JRN412 Advanced Yearbook Production

JRN412 Advanced Yearbook Production

A course designed to give the student advanced skills and practical experience in the processes which lead to the production and distribution of a publication. Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the University yearbook. Meets three hours per week for critiques in writing, editing and design, followed by production. May be repeated for credit. A total of 12 units from publication courses JRN 212, 215, 412 and 415 may be applied to the major/minor, of which 6 may be upper division. Prerequisite: JRN 212. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN412-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM James Complex
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JRN415 Advanced Newspaper Production

JRN415 Advanced Newspaper Production

Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the University newspaper. Meets weekly for discussion, instruction and critique of assignments as they pertain to news reporting, writing and editing, followed by production. May be repeated for credit. A total of 12 units from publication courses JRN 212, 215, 412 and 415 may be applied to the major/minor, of which 6 may be upper division. Prerequisite: JRN 215. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN415-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
367
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Concentrations (12 units)

Global Journalism

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies

This course contrasts basic western egocentric Christianity with the God-centered global perspective of biblical Christianity. The course addresses the basic elements of the Christian faith in the context of God's global agenda. Topics include worldview, God's global purpose, the Kingdom of God, prayer, the Holy Spirit, the mission of the Church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 ICS105-A A Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Mission Hall
127
Spring 2014 ICS105-C C Dobbins, Jared 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2014 ICS105-D D Lewis, Jeff C. 01/08/2014 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Mission Hall
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Spring 2014 ICS105-B B Lewis, Jeff C. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Mission Hall
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Fall 2014 ICS105-D D Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 ICS105-C C Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 ICS105-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 ICS105-B B Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A112
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ICS130 Intercultural Communications for

ICS130 Intercultural Communications for

This course is designed to assist international students in understanding nd implementing successful intercultural communications theory, integrating successfully into American academic culture, and developing necessary communication skills in order to relate cross-culturally in their academic, professional, and personal lives. The course will also aid the student in interacting with Christian faith. Prerequisite: International Student or Dean Approval. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; As offered)

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JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be skilled journalist. The type of journalism covered will be: newspaper and magazine writing, business writing, website style writing and freelance writing. Students will learn to analyze published material. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

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PHI353 Comparative Religions

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI353-C C Mosteller, Timothy 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Yeager Center
B220
Spring 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Yeager Center
A110
Summer 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 05/05/2014 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sch Business Building
103
Fall 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
204
Fall 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
204
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Photo Journalism

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

Journalistic examination of elements of excellent photographic principles. Attention will be given to the development of artistic and technical skills such as composition, focus, lighting techniques, and photo editing, as well as personal skills, such as relating to subjects, reporters, and editors. An excellent photograph provides insight into written stories, and many times the stories are told more effectively with pictures. This course will teach the art of telling a story with pictures. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN310-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
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JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

An introduction to the ethical and legal aspects of public relations and journalism, including print, online and broadcasting. Students will gain practical insight into the field through review of real-world case studies and materials on ethics, policies and law. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN320-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
356
Fall 2014 JRN320-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
356
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JRN410 Photo Editing

JRN410 Photo Editing

Advanced journalistic still and video photography emphasizing photo editing, including specialized techniques in lighting, flash and related skills to teach students how to capture a journalistic story in digital formats. Prerequisite: JRN 310. (3 units; Spring)

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ART210 Beginning Photography

ART210 Beginning Photography

The course offers instruction in basic photography skills and provides an introduction to photography. Attention will be given to the development of rudimentary skills including composition, focus, lighting techniques; as well as personal skills: relating to subjects. An excellent photograph captures for eternity a moment in time. This course will teach the art of using a camera to capture those moments. (3 units; Interdisciplinary)

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Public Relations

Public Relations major gains an understanding of the contribution and responsibility of public relations/communication departments in organizations in both the private and public sectors. The importance of ethics, branding and social media are also stressed. An outstanding feature of this program is the opportunity for students to gain practical experience and networking connections through internships. Students can take several different internships at advertising and public relations firms as well as at the profit and nonprofit organizations. Public Relations major is encouraged to join the CBU chapter of the PRSSA club which also provides networking opportunities.

COM300 Public Relations

COM300 Public Relations

Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM300-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Yeager Center
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Fall 2014 COM300-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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Fall 2014 COM300-B B Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
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JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

An introduction to the ethical and legal aspects of public relations and journalism, including print, online and broadcasting. Students will gain practical insight into the field through review of real-world case studies and materials on ethics, policies and law. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN320-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
356
Fall 2014 JRN320-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
356
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JRN349 Editing for Print & Online Media

JRN349 Editing for Print & Online Media

A course involving students in an in-depth study of procedures of copy editing for newspapers, magazines and online media. Through assignments and exercises, students will develop superior skills in grammar and word usage, punctuation, spelling, style, fact-checking, use of reference books, and writing headlines and captions. Students will practice substantive editing, and proofreading for print and online media. The special conditions of the increasingly important Internet to copy editors will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: ENG 113 or JRN 170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN349-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM James Complex
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Fall 2014 JRN349-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be skilled journalist. The type of journalism covered will be: newspaper and magazine writing, business writing, website style writing and freelance writing. Students will learn to analyze published material. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Print and Convergent Journalism

JRN220 Podcast & Broadcast Principles

JRN220 Podcast & Broadcast Principles

This course is a study on the field of broadcasting within the form of a pod cast. The evolution of this new form of media and the impact it has had in the field of journalism will be explored. Instructional goals are to enhance awareness of new broadcast journalism-pod cast; to increase the ability to identify effective pod cast episodes and demonstrate an understanding of the ethics, standards and legalities of producing and publishing pod cast episodes; to enhance the ability to employ reason and logic as tools for discerning the evolution of the field of broadcast journalism; and to provide knowledge and skills necessary to work on a pod cast team. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN220-B B Silk, Andrew T. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Building 36
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Fall 2014 JRN220-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

Journalistic examination of elements of excellent photographic principles. Attention will be given to the development of artistic and technical skills such as composition, focus, lighting techniques, and photo editing, as well as personal skills, such as relating to subjects, reporters, and editors. An excellent photograph provides insight into written stories, and many times the stories are told more effectively with pictures. This course will teach the art of telling a story with pictures. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN310-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
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JRN350 Magazine Writing

JRN350 Magazine Writing

Development of versatile writing and research skills for selected print media, with emphasis on magazine article and newspaper feature, includes overview of magazine market. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 JRN350-A A Chute, Katherine B. 01/08/2014 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:50 PM James Complex
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Fall 2014 JRN350-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/02/2014 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

JRN371 Applied Journalism Production

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be skilled journalist. The type of journalism covered will be: newspaper and magazine writing, business writing, website style writing and freelance writing. Students will learn to analyze published material. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

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