Course Listings, Sample Syllabi and Descriptions

Please be aware that sample syllabi not reflect current coursework. For more information classes, please contact the instructors who teach them. For additional information about our BA Degree, please follow this link to see a list of all approved journalism electives and a full, detailed of requirements. Please visit UAF Course Finder for a list of current and following semester course listings.

Jrn 101 - Media and Culture
History of principles of mass communications and the role of information media in American society.  Introduction to professional aspects of mass communications, including print and broadcast.  Offered Fall and Spring.

Jrn 202 - News Writing for the Media
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.

Jrn 203/Art 283 - Basic Darkroom Photography
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. Offered Fall and Spring.

Jrn 204/Art 284 - Basic Digital Photography
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. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer.

Jrn 215 - Radio Production
Sound production techniques for radio and television.  Emphasis on writing, recording, control room techniques and editing.  Special Fees apply.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 217 - Introduction to the Study of Film
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 F11X

Jrn 250 - Web Design
Create website projects.  Includes the Internet, design, multimedia and the incorporation of text, sound, images, animation and video.  Special Fees apply. Prerequisities: Familiarity with the World Wide Web, Internet browsers, the Macintosh operating systems and image editing software; or permission of instructor.

Jrn 251/Flm 251 - Introduction to Video Production
An introduction to video production with an emphasis on television studio production.  Special Fees Apply.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 280/Flm 280 - Video Storytelling
Basics of digital video production technology, composition, audit, lighting and editing as it relates to primarily nonfiction filmmaking.  Students will conclude the course by producting their own short videos.  Special Fees apply.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 290/Flm 290 - Digital Video Editing
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.  Offered As Demand Warrants.

Jrn 302 - Reporting
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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 305 - "The God Beat" - Snedden Chair Lectures
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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 311 - Magazine Article Writing

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.  Special fees apply.  Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 323 - Editing for Journalists
Tricks of the trade, including copyediting; writing headlines and captions; basic page design using computers; and thinking like the editor-in-chief. Prerequisites: JRN 202 or permission of instructor.  Offered Spring.

Jrn 371 - Digital Imaging
This course focuses on creating and manipulating digital images, including digital painting and photography. The varied ethical issues engendered by this expertise will be addressed in depth. Skills and knowledge useful for digital photography, digital video compositing and digital painting will be covered. Prerequisites: ART F161 or ART F271 or ART F284/JRN F204 or FLM/JRN F290; Comm F131X or Comm F141X. Offered Fall and Spring.

Jrn 380/Wgs 380 - Women, Minorities & the Mass Media
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 out scoiety demographically.  Presented from a feminist, multi-culturalist perspective using a broad feminist analysis emcompassing issues of gender as well as class, race, age and sexual orientation.  Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 390 - New Media Toolkit
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 F11X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.

Jrn 402 - Advanced Photography

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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 404 - Photojournalism I
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. Offered Fall.

Jrn 405/605 - Advanced Photo Seminar
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. Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years.

Jrn 406 - Photojournalism II
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. Offered Spring Even-numbered Years.

Jrn 407 - Digital Darkoom
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. Offered Fall

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Jrn 412 - Portrait Photography
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.  Link: What to Bring the First Day

Jrn 413 - Mass Media Law and Regulation
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. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.

Jrn 421 - Journalism in Perspective
Seminar-style exploration of the ethical, financial, corporate and international trends tugging at American journalism. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered Fall.

Jrn 432 - Public Relations Techniques
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 communications "message plan" plan for a business, organization or institution. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Offered Fall Even-numbered Years.

Jrn 440 - Ethics and Reporting in the Far North
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. Offered As Demand Warrants.

Jrn 444 - Investigative Reporting
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.

Jrn 452 - Radio and Television News Writing
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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 453 - Telvision News Reporting
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.   Offered Spring.

Jrn 454 - Newscast
In-depth experience with television news production including electronic newsgathering. Emphasis on producing a broadcast-quality weekly newscast and packages for distribution in various media. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F101; JRN F202; JRN F251; JRN F302; COMM F131X or F141X.  Offered Fall.

Jrn 456/656 - Science Writing for Magazines & Newspapers
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. Offered As Demand Warrants.

Jrn 471 - Advanced Digital Design
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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 480 - Documentary Filmmaking
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.  Offered Spring.

Jrn 484 - Multimedia Theory and Practice
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. Offered Spring.

Jrn 490 - Online Publication: Extreme Alaska
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.  Offered Spring.

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