Department of Journalism & Creative Media

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media (JCM) was formed in the fall of 2016 after a merger of the Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunication & Film. Home to award-winning faculty who bring significant professional media experience and advanced academic training, the department empowers students to be analytical storytellers who utilize a diverse array of media to reach various audiences.

The united department emphasizes a combination of advanced writing, technological and production skills in an academic framework to ensure graduates are media professionals who understand the social and critical underpinnings of their work, along with developing the technical and managerial skills to adapt to the professional landscape. JCM graduates work in all forms of media, including film production, broadcast news, news design, documentary filmmaking and video editing.

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Programs

Faculty

Professors
  • Armstrong, Cory (Chair)
  • Billings, Andrew C.
  • Bissell, Kimberly
  • Bunker, Matthew
  • Bragg, Rick
  • Butler, Jeremy G.
  • Evans, William
  • Lowrey, Wilson
  • Zhou, Shuhua
Associate Professors
  • Cantrell, Glenda
  • Daniels, George
  • Raimist, Rachel
  • Roberts, Christopher
  • Warner, Kristen J.
Assistant Professors
  • Bragg, Diane
  • Clark, Chandra
  • Hoewe, Jennifer
  • Panek, Elliot
  • Parrott, Scott
  • Sherrick, Brett
Temporary Graduate Faculty
  • Anderson, Lars
  • Brantley, Chip
  • Champion, Maya
  • Grace, Andrew

Courses

JN
500
Hours
1
Orientation Grad Studies

Taken the first semester. Introduces students to the program and program requirements and provides a forum for presentation and discussion of faculty and student research.

JN
501
Hours
3
Producing Community Journalism

Focus is on gathering, writing, editing, and presenting of news and information across media platforms.

JN
502
Hours
2,3
Media Production Tools

Instruction in and critical analyis of communication technologies used in the production of community journalism.

Prerequisite(s): None, but must have graduate student standing.
JN
511
Hours
3
Depth Reporting

Reporting and writing longer news and feature stories for publication in print and online. Students learn advanced techniques in information gathering, story organization, non-fiction writing and multimedia multi-media elements.

JN
512
Hours
3
Opinion Writing

The art and practice of writing editorials, columns and other persuasive forms for print and online.

JN
515
Hours
3
Advanced Magazine Writing

Writing and editing of long-form articles for publication in print and online depth magazines. Students learn advanced narrative non-fiction writing techniques and how to gather information for longer feature stories.

JN
517
Hours
3
Advanced Sports Writing & Reporting

Advanced techniques in reporting and writing for sports media, as well as ethical and societal implications of sports journalism.

JN
536
Hours
3
Teaching Of Journalism

Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and management of school print, online and broadcast media. In this service-learning course, students work in area schools with teachers advising K-12 newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, web sites, social media and broadcast programs.

JN
552
Hours
3
Journalism Theory & Research

Exploration of theory and an overview research approaches as they relate to the study of news media and their role in communities.

JN
553
Hours
3
Assessing Community Journ

Applied strategic methods for assessing effects of journalism and journalism innovations in a community context.

JN
554
Hours
3
Entrepreneurial Journalism

Practices, ethics and theory of entrepreneurship in the journalism field.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites, but graduate student standing required.
JN
561
Hours
3
Special Topics in Journalism

Studies in specialized topics ranging from the theoretical to the practical. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

JN
562
Hours
3
Contemp Issues Journlsm

Examines current issues facing the news media, ranging from professional problems to the human, social, and other consequences of news, news practices, and news technology.

JN
563
Hours
3
History Of Journalism

Study of the history of the principles and practices of American journalism, with particular attention to the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

JN
571
Hours
1
The Practice of Community Journalism

An immersion in a community and in the news organization that covers it, and an introduction to the daily practice of professional journalism at the community level.

JN
572
Hours
3
Sem Professional Journlm

Studies in selected aspects of the practice of journalism. May be repeated.

JN
590
Hours
1-3
Spec Probs In Communic

Independent study as arranged.

JN
591
Hours
3
Spec Probs In Communic

Independent study as arranged.

JN
597
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Project

Students must complete three hours total in the Plan II option.

JN
598
Hours
3-12
Directed Research

Permission of graduate coordinator. Student works under the supervision of a faculty member and pursues research and writing of a specilaized nature.

JN
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

Students must complete six hours total in the Plan I option.