Major Requirements

  

Lower Division Requirements

Functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass media and emerging forms of niche media in society. Students review the theories, structures, functions, practices, economics, critical analyses, and historical aspects of mass media and its social responsibility in society. (3 units; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN150-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/08/2024 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex ONLN
JRN150-B
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 036
JRN150-C
Pearson, MaryAnn
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
JRN150-A
Romo, Sandra Jean
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
JRN150-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
JRN150-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/13/2025 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA ONLN
JRN150-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA

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, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048

The desire to understand the world through images and text has never been in higher demand, thus the need for photojournalists with a commitment to truth is just as high. The emphasis is on how to use the camera to communicate a message of awareness and lasting impact. Weekly exercises, both written and photographic, will be the foundation of this experience. Recent trends in the industry, as well as philosophical and historical roots of the profession, will be examined. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN210-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 192
JRN210-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 048

The purpose of this production course is to prepare students to be future journalists by creating a high-quality publication, The Banner. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the newspaper. Students will learn to perform all tasks involved with the production of a bi-weekly publication, which includes meeting deadlines and completing assigned tasks. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units with change in topic. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

Principles and practical experiences in layout and design, including copy, typography, photos and cutlines, and developing pre-press documents to provide practical knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN254-A
Rhodes, Daniel L.
01/08/2024 Th 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 048
JRN254-A
Rhodes, Daniel L.
09/03/2024 Th 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 048
JRN254-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 Th 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 048

 

Upper Division Requirements

Planning, gathering material, writing and preparation of articles for specialized and general media publications, with emphasis on the magazine article and newspaper feature; includes overview of the magazine market. Laboratory and field work. Students may only earn credit for either JRN 312 or JRN 350. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN312-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM The Village at CBU 300
JRN312-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

Practice in gathering information, conducting interviews and using online databases in writing and reporting news stories. Emphasis on style, clarity, accuracy, responsibility in handling the reporting of news. Laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN315-A
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 189

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; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN320-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/08/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 036
JRN320-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
JRN320-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

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. Prerequisite: ENG 113, 113E, or JRN 170. (3 units; Spring & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN349-A
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 036
JRN349-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be future journalists by creating a high quality publication, The Banner. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the newspaper. Students will learn to perform all tasks involved with the production of a bi-weekly publication, which includes meeting deadlines and completing assigned tasks. Students will maintain a positive and cooperative attitude toward student editors, advisor, and California Baptist University administration. A Christian team spirit and goal of excellence will be emulated and protected by all students in the class. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN415-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

This course prepares the student to work as a journalist in today’s newsrooms, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms. The emphasis is on gathering assets in the field (text, photographs, video, audio) and then using those assets to tell a comprehensive story. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN430-B
Kruppa, James K.
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

 

Concentration Courses (12 units)

 

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations:

    • Broadcast Journalism
    • Photojournalism
    • Writing and Publishing

 

Broadcast Journalism Concentration 

This course will provide students with an introduction to electronic and traditional broadcasting principles. Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate online and traditional broadcasting principles in the form of podcasts. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN325-A
Kaplan, David J.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 375

This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of audio and video news stories and newscasts, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio and video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. (3 units; Spring, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN360-A
Kruppa, James K.
01/08/2024 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 191

This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of broadcast news writing, new judgment and construction of broadcast news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for broadcast journalists. (3 units; Spring, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN470-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

Choose one of the following courses:

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

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)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
01/08/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
05/06/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IA
Brodie, Victoria K
07/01/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
01/13/2025 - Instructor OFFC

  


 

Photojournalism Concentration

Principle concerns will be advanced problem solving and messaging for photography as a key element in journalism, as well as exploring the photojournalist's role in the news and editorial process. Visual perception, the role of words, picture eding, taste and judgement will also play a part in class discussion and presentations. Each week, both visual and written assignments will move the class to a better understanding of the potential and power of a journalistic package. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN310-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

A deeper understanding of the relationship of words and images will be explored, as well as ethical persuasion and strategic communication within the context of today's media landscape. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges involved in assembling optimum media strategies, and the selection of appropriate media. Serving the public through engaging, carefully selected visual strategies will be studied. Weekly visual, as well as written assignments will strengthen the classroom experience. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

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A single, primary, in-depth project, involving a social issue with the intent to educate, inform, and implement change, will be at the heart of the class. Weekly visual and written goals will provide consistent retooling along the way. The collection of images and other related content in the field, as well as research, message construction, writing and editing, will play vital roles. Real world investigation will be vital in thi advanced journalistic endeavor. Students will show and discuss their work weekly, hare progress and respond to questions and fine tune the direction of their projects together. The style, length, direction, point of view, and primary message will grow out of decisions made in these small groups. Depending on the decisions of the small groups, the project may become a collaborative effort. The final project will be both visual and written. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

Choose one of the following courses:

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

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)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
01/08/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
05/06/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IA
Brodie, Victoria K
07/01/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
JRN450-IN
Brodie, Victoria K
01/13/2025 - Instructor OFFC

  


 

Writing and Publishing Concentration 

This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN370-A
Hernandez, Valerie
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 375
JRN370-A
Hernandez, Valerie
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 375

Principles and practices of writing in the shorter forms of journalism, including editorials and opinion essays for print, electronic and online media outlets. Includes writing columns, blogs, opinion-page articles, and reviews of theater, music, books, and film. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

The tradition of investigative reporters, who uncover facts and write articles that expose waste, wrongdoing, mismanagement, fraud, conflict of interest and abuse of authority, and promote change and reform, has a long and proud history that stands alongside more conventional journalistic practices. Students are provided with reportorial skills and techniques required by journalists who develop articles of substance and depth in specialized areas, with emphasis given to research, analysis, and interpretation of complex issues in writing for publication. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN460-A
Kaplan, David J.
09/03/2024 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

This course will provide students with practical application of public relations writing process for various media with focus on targeting public using research, audience analysis, and message design. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PRL302-A
Rhodes, Daniel L.
09/03/2024 Th 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM James Complex 048

   

 

*Curriculum subject to change. Please see the current catalog for more information.