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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Courses of Instruction

JOURNALISM (JRN-Arts and Science)

101 Introduction to Journalism (3)

Introduces issues facing news media in a democratic society. These include ethics, law, and press performance in the context of news criticism and journalism history. Students explore several journalistic modes and a variety of careers in journalism. They learn critical news consumption and several basic writing styles.

201 Reporting and News Writing I (3)

Introduces basic news writing, news gathering, and interviewing. Emphasis on providing instruction and experience in writing for print and online forms. Prerequisite for all journalism writing and creative courses.

202 Reporting and News Writing II (3)

Refines media news writing skills acquired in JRN 201, with an emphasis on multiple-field reporting. Students produce cross-media content, working in broadcast and online forms. Prerequisite: JRN 201.

301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)

Focuses on statutory and common law limitations on freedom of the press in America, and the legislative and judicial rationales for them. Considers ethical theories and their application to situations that journalists commonly encounter. Cross-listed with COM 301.

303 Online Journalism (3)

Theory and practice of online journalism. Topics include current forms and social impact of online news, and the creative potential of the Internet as a news medium. Students will also develop online multimedia news projects. Prerequisite: JRN 201. Cross-listed with IMS 303.

312 Public Affairs Reporting (3)

Focuses on reporting news generated in public forums, including city councils, school boards, and courts. Students cover breaking events (meetings, trials, etc.), then go beyond the vote/verdict to develop enterprise stories on underlying civic issues that affect people's lives. Prerequisite: JRN 202.

313 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Audio (3)

Applies audio production theories and techniques to gathering, editing, and presenting long-form and short-form news stories. Prerequisite: COM 211 and JRN 202, major status, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 313.

314 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Video (3)

Emphasizes application of video to all phases of the journalistic process, including news gathering, writing, and presentation. Prerequisite: COM 211 and JRN 202, major status, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 314.

316 Editing and Design (3)

Introduces the roles of news producers and editors as key team members in print, broadcast, and online journalism. Topics to be covered include text editing, news values, and design principles, photo presentation and visual editing, audiences and interactivity. Prerequisites: IMS 101P and JRN 201.

318 Advanced Storytelling in Journalism (3)

The art and craft of telling in-depth stories that inform, engage, compel, and entertain. These techniques involve reporting and writing alike, and they can be put to use in magazines, newspapers, books, websites, documentary film, and multimedia formats. Prerequisite: JRN 201.

340 Journalism Internship (1-16)

See Journalism Program Internship Coordinator for approval.

415 Practicum in Television Journalism (4)

Practicum experience in which students write, report, and produce a regularly scheduled television newscast aired on Oxford's cable television system. Participate in and evaluate all aspects of television news gathering and reporting process. Prerequisite: COM 211, 245, and either 314 or applied journalism experience. Cross-listed with COM 415.

418 Critical Writing in Journalism (3)

Theory and practice in reviewing books, stage productions, motion pictures, and concerts for mass media. Prerequisite: JRN 318.

421 Capstone in Journalism (3)

Integrating theory and practice of journalism; issues of law, ethics, and history as they pertain to journalism. Topics vary each year. Prerequisite: JRN 202 and senior standing.

426 Inside Washington (8)

Intensive study of the contemporary Washington community - government institutions, public officials, journalists, consultants, staff, and interest groups - through reading, lecture, on-site observations, expert presentations, discussion, research, writing, and internships. Program conducted in Washington, DC. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 426 and POL 426.


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