Spring 2014 Journalism Course Descriptions

JOU 270-A: Introduction to Journalism                                         Professor Justin Catanoso

MW 12:30-1:45 (17678)

Introduction to Journalism is your gateway course to a minor in journalism. This course is a full immersion into new ways to think about gathering information and communicating it -- fairly and accurately -- in a variety of forms and formats. Throughout the semester, we will discuss, evaluate and practice the craft of journalism through clear and concise writing.  You will write news, features and opinion. You will write stories of varying length. You will post to a blog. You will tweet news. You will practice multi-media reporting using audio, video and/or digital photography. You will be creative, but work only from verified facts and information. Ultimately, you will learn communication skills that will impress potential employers, whether you plan to work as a journalist (writer or editor), a PR professional, an attorney, a business person or in any field where writing cleanly and communicating clearly are vital. There will be more than a dozen graded assignments, many of them on deadline.

JOU 270-B.  Introduction to Journalism                                         Professor Anna Rubino

TR 5:00-6:15 (18748)

Introduction to Journalism is your gateway course to a minor in journalism. This course is a full immersion into new ways to think about gathering information and communicating it -- fairly and accurately -- in a variety of forms and formats. Throughout the semester, we will discuss, evaluate and practice the craft of journalism through clear and concise writing.  You will write news, features and opinion. You will write stories of varying length. You will post to a blog. You will tweet news. You will practice multi-media reporting using audio, video and/or digital photography. You will be creative, but work only from verified facts and information. Ultimately, you will learn communication skills that will impress potential employers, whether you plan to work as a journalist (writer or editor), a PR professional, an attorney, a business person or in any field where writing cleanly and communicating clearly are vital. There will be more than a dozen graded assignments, many of them on deadline.

JOU 272. Editing                                                                 Professor Justin Catanoso

T 3:30-6:00 (10751)

This class looks both broadly and deeply at the practice and principles of editing news and features, primarily for newspapers -- in print and online. Editing skills practiced and emphasized will include: grammar, AP Style, form and flow, story structure and thoroughness, use of quotations and verifying information, balance and fairness. Regular discussions will center on news judgment, coaching and managing reporters/writers, responding to readers, ethics and legal issues. Students will edit stories for homework and also in class on deadline. A critical expectation: students will read at least one national newspaper daily -- in print as often as possible -- so that they become well-versed in the news and issues of the day. Class time will be regularly devoted to discussing current events and the news decisions that arise from top stories. The skills acquired in this class will apply to many disciplines, not just journalism, that require information gathering, skeptical thinking, verifying facts and writing clear and concise prose. Students who do well in this class will be positioned to seek entry-level jobs in newspapers, online media, magazines, publishing, corporate communications, marketing and PR. Students interested in law school have frequently found this class helpful.

Texts:

Editing Today and Editing Today Workbook (Iowa State Press)

AP Stylebook

Materials from the instructor

JOU 283/ESE 203.  Writing for a Social Purpose                                 Professor Mary Niepold

TR 11:00-12:15 (12950)

Journalism 283/ESE 203 is a course that provides advanced application of writing skills as actual solutions for a local non-profit organization. Both Journalism and Entrepreneur students will learn specific skills that can be applied to future efforts either in the media or in a business setting, particularly those environments that thrive on problem solving and creative thinking, new ways of creating value and are aligned with community or non-profit initiatives. Another course goal: Advancing social entrepreneurship initiatives.  The course is designed to match your skill to the client’s need and provide real-time writing exposure, as well as finished products for your portfolios.

JOU 284/ENG 392. Magazine Writing                                         Professor Mary Niepold

TR 9:30-10:45 (10807)

An advanced feature writing course designed to evaluate, discuss and practice the skills needed to produce magazine stories for publication. Students are encouraged to write creatively and often, specifically for print media. The focus is on clear writing with substance, personality and a point of view.  Magazine pieces are crafted for specific readerships.

JOU 285:  Niche Feature Writing                                                 Professor Mary Niepold

TR 2:00-3:15 (19633)

Analyzing and practicing the craft of specialized feature writing for print and online.  Areas of focus: arts (theatre, film, and music), travel, food, fashion, people, lifestyle, and technology.  Analysis of effective feature articles in magazines and websites.  Emphasis is on fundamental storytelling and digital skills for print and in social media.  

JOU 286/COM 117.  Writing for Public Relations and Advertising         Professor Mike Horn

W 6:00-9:00 p.m. (10749)

Writing for advertising and public relations provides hands on experience in writing a variety of communication materials including media releases, print/broadcast advertising and interactive applications. The class covers the purpose, style and structure of writing for all forms of media. Students also will participate as part of a team in producing a final campaign project incorporating all materials covered in class. The final project is presented to a group of industry professionals for evaluation. Students demonstrating a serious interest in pursuing careers in advertising and/or public relations will find this class most beneficial. POI only: Contact Prof. Horn at mikeh@VelaAgency.com.

JOU 287-A: Interactive Digital Media                 Professors Mike Horn & Beth Hunt

M 6:30-9:00 p.m. (20220)

 

The evolution of digital technology has brought about profound changes in how information is written, packaged and distributed for consumption by the general public or for specific audience groups. This class will explore how these changes are impacting the disciplines of journalism and public relations.

JOU 287-B: Interactive Digital Media                 Professor Chris Zaluski

W 5:00-7:30 p.m. (20219)

Interactive Digital Media explores multimedia storytelling in its various forms.  By examining professional trends as well as working with media and web production, this course gives students a hands-on approach to converged journalism. 3 credits toward the JOU minor.