Courses

 

 Major Requirements

  

Lower Division Requirements

JRN150 Media and Society

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)

JRN150-A
Brodie, Victoria K
08/24/2020 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
JRN150-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/11/2021 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

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)

JRN170-A
STAFF, STAFF
08/24/2020 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 048
JRN170-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048

JRN210 Photojournalism

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; Fall/Spring)

JRN210-A
STAFF, STAFF
08/24/2020 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 048
JRN210-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 048

JRN216 Digital Storytelling

This course prepares the student to work in the new media marketplace where online and digital platforms are as important as traditional print media by incorporating audio and video components to storytelling. Instructional goals are to enhance awareness of mobile journalism elements and skills; to introduce an understanding of ethics, standards and legalities of producing and publishing mobile journalism stories; and to provide knowledge and skills necessary to develop audio and video components of multimedia journalism. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN216-A
Kruppa, James K.
08/24/2020 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 048
JRN216-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 048

JRN254 Publication Layout and Design

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)

JRN254-A
Lopez, Consuelo L.
08/24/2020 TTh 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM James Complex 048
JRN254-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM James Complex 048

 

Upper Division Requirements

JRN312 Magazine and Feature Writing

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; Fall/Spring)

JRN312-A
Swope, Matthew
08/24/2020 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
JRN312-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/11/2021 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex

JRN315 News Reporting

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/Spring)

JRN315-A
STAFF, STAFF
08/24/2020 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
JRN315-A
Quezada, Robert G.
01/11/2021 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

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)

JRN320-A
Quezada, Robert G.
08/24/2020 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
JRN320-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex

JRN349 Editng for Prnt and 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. Prerequisite: ENG 113 or JRN 170. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN349-A
Quezada, Robert G.
08/24/2020 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
JRN349-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

JRN397 Publication Seminar

Prepares students to produce high-quality publications. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the campus publications, to produce the Angelos yearbook, Banner newspaper or Pursuit magazine. Creating and publishing student-run campus publications will provide an opportunity for students to learn production skills, including editing, interviewing, writing, layout and design, photography, audio, videography, and management skills that will be vital tools for careers in media. Laboratory and field work. May be repeated once for credit. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN397-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM James Complex

JRN430 Mltmdia Reprtng Edtng and Prdcng

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. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

JRN430-A
Kruppa, James K.
08/24/2020 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 Concentration 

JRN325 Prncpls of Pdcstng And Brdcstng

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/Spring)

JRN325-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
08/24/2020 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
JRN325-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/11/2021 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA

JRN360 Audio and Video Newsgathering

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. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

JRN470 ReprtngAndProducing Brdcst Media

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. Prerequisite: JRN 360 or 380. (3 units; Spring, odd years)

JRN470-A
Kruppa, James K.
01/11/2021 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 048

 

Choose one of the following courses:

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

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)

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)

  


 

Photojournalism Concentration

JRN310 Advanced Photojournalism

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)

JRN310-A
STAFF, STAFF
08/24/2020 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 048

JRN410 Editing for Photojournalism

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; Spring, odd years)

JRN410-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 048

JRN414 Visual Documentary Reporting

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)

JRN414-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2021 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 048

 

Choose one of the following courses:

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

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)

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)

  


 

Writing and Publishing Concentration 

JRN370 Social Media Strategies

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)

JRN370-A
Brodie, Victoria K
08/24/2020 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048

JRN440 Writing Columns and Blogs

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, odd years)

JRN440-A
Quezada, Robert G.
01/11/2021 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

JRN460 Investigative Reporting

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)

 

Choose one of the following courses:

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

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)

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)

   

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