Journalism - JRN

JRN F101 Media and Culture (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall and Spring

History and principles of mass communications and the role of information media in American society. Introduction to professional aspects of mass communications, including print and broadcast. Also available via eLearning and Distance Education. (3+0)

JRN F102 Introduction to Broadcasting (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Principles of broadcasting as they relate to the people of the United States, including history, government involvement and social effects. Available via eLearning and Distance Education only. (3+0)

JRN F105 History of the Cinema (h)

3 Credits


History and development of the medium of film in the United States and abroad during the last 100 years. Content will vary each semester. Notes: Available via eLearning and Distance Education only. Cross-listed with FLM F105. (3+0)

JRN F202 News Writing for the Media (h)

3 Credits


Identifying and focusing news stories, writing the lead, developing story structure, writing on deadline, editing copy, writing headlines and captions, writing styles for print, broadcast and online news presentations. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F203 Basic Darkroom Photography (h)

3 Credits


Photography fundamentals, including use of an adjustable camera, film and exposure techniques, filters and flash techniques, and an introduction to color. Darkroom procedures including black and white film processing and printing, photograph design and composition. Students must have use of an adjustable camera. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with ART F283. (2+3)

JRN F204 Basic Digital Photography (h)

3 Credits


Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of basic digital photography via digital SLR cameras and editing through digital photo suites such as Adobe Photoshop. Students are expected to have intermediate computer knowledge. Topics include controlling digital SLRs on manual settings, photographing creatively, basic and advanced editing techniques, negative scanning and digital printing. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with ART F284. (3+0)

JRN F215 Radio Production

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Sound production techniques for radio and television. Emphasis on writing, recording, control room techniques and editing. Special fees apply. (2+3)

JRN F217 Introduction to the Study of Film (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

An appreciation course designed to introduce the student to the various forms of cinematic art with special emphasis on humanistic and artistic aspects. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X. Cross-listed with ENGL F217; FLM F217. (2+2)

JRN F220 Adobe Photoshop

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Create images that go beyond traditional photo editing and into the realm of painting with depth color manipulation. Includes use of a computer, scanner, analog images and digital camera. Includes ethical and copyright issues of photography manipulation. Prerequisites: JRN F250. Recommended: Advanced knowledge of Macintosh operating system. (3+0)

JRN F240 Foreign Corresponding (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

The U.S. tradition of "objective" journalism holds sway in very few countries. How did these varying approaches develop, and what do they mean for how Americans report overseas and how foreign journalists report about us? (3+0)

JRN F250 Web Site Design

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Create web-site projects. Includes the Internet, design, multimedia and the incorporation of text, sound, images, animation and video. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the World Wide Web, Internet browsers, the Macintosh operating systems, and image editing software; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F251 Introduction to Video Production

4 Credits
Offered Fall

An introduction to video production with an emphasis on television studio production. Special fees apply. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with FLM F251. (2+5)

JRN F280 Video Storytelling (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Basics of digital video production technology, composition, audio, lighting and editing as it relates to primarily nonfiction filmmaking. Students will conclude the course by producing their own short videos. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with FLM F280. (3+0)

JRN F290 Digital Video Editing

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of non-linear digital video editing. Students will go from little or no experience in non-linear editing to being comfortable with some of the advanced editing techniques. Address motion picture editing theories that are not bound to time or specific editing technology. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with FLM F290. (3+0)

JRN F300 Internship

1-3 Credits


Practical experience working with campus media, individual media-related projects for business or media, or in a professional media environment. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or permission of instructor. (1+6)

JRN F302 W Reporting

3 Credits
Offered Spring.

News reporting basics: covering beats, including police, sports, local government, science and the military. Cultivating sources, interviewing and reporting through public records. Working with numbers, segments on print, video and online reporting methods and style conventions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F101; JRN F202; JRN F251; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F305 Snedden Chair Lectures

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Rotating series of lectures and seminars with America's leading journalists on topics ranging from war reporting to covering sports. Please contact Department of Journalism for current topic and instructor. Course may be repeated for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F308 Film Criticism (h)

3 Credits


Theoretical approaches to viewing, analyzing and evaluating film and television program content. Note: Available via eLearning and Distance Education only. Cross-listed with FLM F308. (3+0)

JRN F311 W Magazine Article Writing (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Learn to identify great article ideas, turn them into finished products and pitch them to magazine editors. Workshops and extensive instructor feedback. Students repeating the course limited to six credits. Also available via eLearning and Distance Education. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F323 Editing for Journalists

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Tricks of the trade, including copyediting; writing headlines and captions; basic page design using computers; and thinking like the editor-in-chief. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or permission of instructor; junior standing. (3+0)

JRN F324 Typography and Publication Design

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Typography, layout and design, coupled with a study of the methods of printing production. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (2+2)

JRN F368 Topics in American Film History (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

American film and how it shapes and warps popular perceptions of America's past. A historical contrast according to Hollywood with the views and interpretations of historians. Content will vary depending on the specific genre or period of focus, such as World War II, the Vietnam War, the Great Depression, the Cold War and development of the west, etc. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies. Available via eLearning and Distance Education only. Prerequisites: HIST F131 or HIST F132; JRN F217 or JRN F308; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with HIST F368 and FLM F368. (3+0)

JRN F371 O Digital Photography and Pixel Painting

3 Credits


An introduction to the world of digital imaging with applications in fine and commercial art. It is expected that students will become competent in creating convincing images of impossible subjects as well as detecting their creation by others. The varied ethical issues engendered by this expertise will be addressed in depth. Students will be required to gain proficiency in visual design for electronic and print publication. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; Macintosh OS or Windows OS experience with graphic applications; one college level studio art course. Cross-listed with ART F371; FLM F371. (1+4)

JRN F380 O Women, Minorities and the Media (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Examination of how women and minorities are portrayed in the mass media, the employment of women and minorities in the media, as well as how accurately the media reflects our society demographically. Presented from a feminist, multi-culturalist perspective using a broad feminist analysis encompassing issues of gender as well as class, race, age and sexual orientation. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; junior standing. Cross-listed with WGS F380. (3+0)

JRN F390 New Media Toolkit (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Focus on the content and technology needed in today's newsrooms. Students will explore blogging and its place in journalism, basic audio production, digital photography, multimedia package production, and the latest Web 2.0 technologies. History of "new media" and its place in the changing journalism landscape will also be discussed. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. (2.5+0.5)

JRN F400 Professional Media Internship

1-3 Credits


Practical training in a supervised, professional media environment. Participation at an approved publication, TV or radio station, or other media-related business or non-profit organization is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor. (1+6)

JRN F401 Beat Reporting

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Intensive training in developing and covering a news beat (chosen by the student) and the basics of common news beats: police, courts and government. Includes cultivating sources, explaining complicated stories, reporting trends, improving interviewing techniques, and employing advanced writing skills. Writing for publication encouraged. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F202. (2+2)

JRN F402 Advanced Photography (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Continuation of JRN F203/ART F283. Emphasis on continuing development of photographic skills by application of basic technical skills to a variety of areas of photography. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F203 or ART F283 or instructor permission. Cross-listed with ART F483. (2+3)

JRN F404 Photojournalism I (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Fundamentals of visual communication through photography; issues and techniques of modern photojournalism; news, features, sports, and photo essay assignments as encountered at a daily newspaper; preparation of photographs for publication. Students must have basic 35mm camera equipment. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F203 or ART F283 or permission of instructor. (2+3)

JRN F405 Advanced Photography Seminar

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Advanced discussion of photojournalism and photographic topics. Topics range from the photographic essay to the history of photography and working in series. Weekly classroom meetings supplemented by field, studio and darkroom sessions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F402; JRN F404; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F465 and ART F665. (2+3)

JRN F406 Photojournalism II

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Continuation of Photojournalism I. Emphasis on developing skills in photo essay and documentary photography, and working as a freelance photojournalist. Seminar-style class includes work with film and digital equipment. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F404 or ART F465. (2+2)

JRN F407 Digital Darkroom

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Learn to make ink jet prints from various photographic sources, including digital capture and scanned film. Emphasis on applying Photoshop methods for making fine prints in black and white and color. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: JRN F203 or ART F283 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F487. (2.5+2)

JRN F408 Media Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Overview of media management, including management theories, media competition, media research, regulatory issues of concern to managers, organizational planning and future trends in media. Case studies in practical problem-solving techniques. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F411 W Writing for a Living

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Writing advanced prose for publication in books or magazines. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F311; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F412 Portrait Photography

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course will teach the student who has basic or advanced exposure and printing skills to further their understanding of the principles and techniques of portrait photography. Students will work with SLR or DSLR cameras and editing through a digital photo suite such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn to perfect their exposures and portrait skills, work with models, and handle studio strobes and equipment using traditional and digital media. Assignments will focus on both technical and aesthetic concerns. In-class critiques will provide feedback on students' work and weekly slide shows will provide insight on historical and contemporary portrait photographers. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ART F483 or JRN F402; ART F487 or JRN F407 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F412. (3+0)

JRN F413 Mass Media Law and Regulation (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Common law, statutory law and administrative law that affects the mass media, including libel, copyright, access to the media, constitutional problems, privacy, shield laws and broadcast regulations. Also available via eLearning and Distance Education. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F421 Journalism in Perspective (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Seminar-style exploration of the ethical, financial, corporate and international trends tugging at American journalism. Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3+0)

JRN F432 W Public Relations Techniques

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years.

This course examines the role of public relations in publicity, media relations, market research, crisis management, ethics, communication theories and related topics. Central to the class is the learning of persuasive writing techniques and the writing and rewriting of public relations documents including press releases, public service announcements, media alerts, features, newsletters and backgrounders. Class includes examination of case studies and preparation of a comprehensive final paper/project: a public communicaitons "message plan" plan for a business, organization or institution. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JRN F440 Ethics and Reporting in the Far North

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Historical overview of media coverage of the northern frontier with focus on journalistic ethics. Comparison made to media climate in third world countries. Special fees apply. Stacked with JRN F640; NORS F640. (3+0)

JRN F444 W Investigative Reporting (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Advanced reporting of news with emphasis on public affairs. Develops sophisticated news judgment, writing and investigative reporting skills for print and electronic media. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; JRN F401; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (2+2)

JRN F452 W Radio and Television News Writing

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Overview of radio and television news writing. Emphasis on intensive news writing practice, including interviewing techniques, ethical issues and current controversies, and structure of television and radio news operations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; JRN F202. (3+0)

JRN F453 O Television News Reporting

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Electronic news gathering using videotape equipment, scriptwriting, location sound recording, interview techniques, editing, videography and other aspects of field news reporting. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JRN F451; JRN F452. JRN F452 may be taken concurrently with JRN F453. (2+2)

JRN F454 O Newscast

3 Credits
Offered Fall

In-depth experience with television news production including electronic newsgathering. Emphasis on producing a broadcast-quality weekly newscast and packages for distributioin in various media. Special fees apply. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F101; JRN F202; JRN F251; JRN F302; COMM F131X or F141X. (1+0+6)

JRN F456 W Science Writing for Magazines and Newspapers (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Students write and analyze science articles aimed at the general public. Course work includes writing and reading assignments, class workshops and conferences with the instructor. Emphasis on recognizing, finding and developing science stories; structuring articles; capturing reader interest; maintaining accuracy; and getting published. Scientists are welcome, but science background is not necessary. Repeatable once for additional credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Stacked with JRN F656. (3+0)

JRN F458 SFX Up Your Video (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years.

An exploration into adding special effects to your video projects. Will include "green screen," titles, animation, color grading, DVD menu design and more. Prerequisites: FLM/JRN F290; FLM/THR F271 or FLM/JRN F280; video editing experience or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FLM F458. (3+0)

JRN F460 History of German Film (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth study of a representative selection of films from the 1920s to the present, taught in English and German (films will be in German with English subtitles). Students of German will have a special discussion session in German and will do reading and writing in German. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GER F460. (3+0)

JRN F471 O Advanced Digital Design (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Project-oriented class in graphic design with applications from journalism to fine and commercial art. Students will be expected to have a background in programs likely to include web design, digital photography and graphic design. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JRN F250; JRN F350; ART/JRN F371; one college level studio art course. Cross-listed with ART F471. (1+4)

JRN F472 O Visualization and Animation (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

An introduction to visualization and animation with applications in fine and commercial art and science. Students will produce a series of three dimensional animation projects which will introduce them to the tools and concepts used by animation and visualization professionals. Special fees apply. Note: May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ART F471 or equivalent; COMM F131X or COMM F141X; plus UNIX experience. Cross-listed with ART F472; FLM F472. (1+4)

JRN F480 Documentary Filmmaking (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Basics of hands-on documentary filmmaking techniques, including preproduction, production and postproduction. Different documentary filmmaking directing styles and the process of distributing a documentary. Each student will produce a short documentary as the capstone of the course. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Basic experience in shooting and editing video or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FLM F480. (3+0)

JRN F484 Multimedia Theory and Practice (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Study of techniques needed to produce multimedia with a special project for a university or community agency as the required final. For the purpose of this course, multimedia is defined as computer-based, user-driven products with audio, visual and text components and also video or film where appropriate. Primary program is Flash. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Understanding of computer graphics programs like Illustrator, Freehand, etc. plus some mastery of a specialty in writing, art or television production. Cross-listed with ART F484. (2+3)

JRN F490 Online Publication: "Extreme Alaska"

3 Credits


Using the department's multimedia newsroom facilities, senior-level students work on a team, under the guidance of an instructor, to publish an online publication. Students are expected to show substantial initiative and creativity as they make use of the skills they have acquired in other journalism courses. Course may be repeated once for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F202; senior standing; or permission of instructor. (2+2)

JRN F601 Communication Research Methodologies: Social Science

3 Credits


Introduction to the range of methodologies used to produce both practical and theoretic knowledge in the discipline. Presents the relationships between scientific questions, appropriate selection of methodology and types of knowledge products. Note: COMM/JRN F601 is a required core course for the MA in Professional Communication. Cross-listed with COMM F601. (3+0)

JRN F605 Advanced Photography Seminar

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Advanced discussion of photojournalism and photographic topics with field, studio, and darkroom sessions. Topics will range from the photographic essay to the history of photography and working in series. Weekly classroom meeting will be supplemented by field, studio, and darkroom sessions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F402; JRN F404; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F465 and ART F665. (2+3)

JRN F611 Advanced Writing for Publication

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

An intensive writing course focused on producing books and in-depth magazine features. Emphasis will be on writing, editing and research. The business and legal aspects of becoming an author will also be covered. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or comparable upper-division ENGL courses; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3+3)

JRN F613 Advanced Mass Media Law and Regulation

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Seminar on current issues, legal opinions and legislative actions which directly affect the mass media. Special emphasis on technological evolution, corporate growth and deregulation of administrative media law. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3+0)

JRN F625 Communication Theory

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Required course for the M.A. in Professional Communication. The course is designed to acquaint students with both the historical evolution of the discipline against the backdrop of the evolution of the social sciences and with the theoretical perspectives of knowledge-building that have marked that disciplinary evolution. Students will learn the contextual interconnectedness of philosophy and theory. Finally, Communication Theory will also make the essential connections between theoretical perspectives and their professional uses. Cross-listed with COMM F625. (3+0)

JRN F633 Public Relations Theory and Practice

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Theory, practice and research in public relations. Emphasis on public relations in business, industry, government institutions and nonprofit organizations, as well as the role of public relations in American mass media. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3+0)

JRN F640 Ethics and Reporting in the Far North

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Historical overview of media coverage of the northern frontier with focus on journalistic ethics. Comparison made to media climate in third world countries. Cross-listed with NORS F640. (3+0)

JRN F656 Science Writing for Magazines and Newspapers

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Students write and analyze science articles aimed at the general public. Course work includes writing and reading assignments, class workshops and conferences with the instructor. Emphasis on recognizing, finding and developing science stories; structuring articles; capturing reader interest; maintaining accuracy; and getting published. Scientists are welcome, but science background is not necessary. Repeatable once for additional credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with JRN F456. (3+0)

JRN F684 Multimedia Theory and Practice

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Study of techniques needed to produce multimedia with a special project for some university or community agency as the required final. For the purpose of this course multimedia is defined as computer-based, user-driven products with audio, visual and text components and also video or film where appropriate. Primary program is Flash. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Understanding of computer graphics programs like llustrator, Freehand, etc. plus some mastery of a specialty in writing, art, or television production. Cross-listed with ART F684. (3+3)