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 use 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

JCM
500
Hours
1
Orientation to Graduate Studies

This course introduces students to graduate study and sets the stage for the remainder of their coursework. Students learn about research in journalism and mass communication, and they become familiar with the department faculty’s interests and expertise. The course is also be a place to share questions and concerns about the program.

JCM
501
Hours
3
Media Production Tools

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

JCM
502
Hours
3
Producing Community Journalism

This course focuses on gathering, writing, editing, and presenting of news and information across media platforms.

JCM
511
Hours
3
Depth Reporting

This course entails reporting and writing in-depth news and feature stories for publication in print and online. Students learn advanced techniques in information gathering and non-fiction writing. Deadline reporting and writing skills are addressed, as well.

JCM
512
Hours
3
Seminar in American Cinema

The analysis of American cinema--focusing on three critical methods: genre study, authorship (the auteur theory), and the star system.

JCM
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.

Prerequisite(s): None -- graduate student standing.
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: None
JCM
520
Hours
3
Media Effects

Theoretical study of individual and societal effects of media, including the impact and influence on attitudes and cultural beliefs.

JCM
528
Hours
3
Editorial Analysis and Opinion

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

JCM
533
Hours
3
Journalism and Emergent Media

This course examines how emerging media have and are evolving the relationship between journalism/mass media and society. From primarily a social scientific perspective, this course addresses key theories and issues relevant to journalism’s ongoing shift to the digital world.

JCM
536
Hours
3
Teaching of Journalism

This service learning course provides an overview of journalism and the process of producing school publications. The course focuses on hands-on journalism projects that acquaint students with the software applications used to generate news products. Students also spend time in classrooms learning about school publications.

JCM
542
Hours
3
Advanced Magazine Writing

This course focuses on 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.

JCM
545
Hours
3
Feature Writing in the Digital Age

Advanced techniques in writing and editing feature articles for publication across media outlets. Students will learn nonfiction writing techniques and apply them to a variety of feature article forms, with an emphasis on storytelling for digital audiences. Students will study top-notch published work to observe these techniques in action, and then sharpen their own skills through several short and lengthier, in-depth feature articles.

JCM
548
Hours
3
News Analysis

Historical and critical study of electronic-media news in the United States.

JCM
552
Hours
3
Journalism Theory and Research

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

JCM
553
Hours
3
Making Media Innovation

Covers the methods by which journalists and marketing professionals monitor the interests and activities of readers, viewers, and users of content.

JCM
555
Hours
3
Entrepreneurial Journalism

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

JCM
561
Hours
1-3
JCM Special Topics

Course content varies to explore current topics relevant to journalism and creative media. Repeatable for up to 6 credits if the topics are different.

JCM
562
Hours
3
Contemporary Issues in Journalism

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.

JCM
563
Hours
3
History of Journalism

This course focuses on the study of the origin and development of journalism, its major practices (e.g., news reporting), important ideas (e.g., objectivity), and the individuals who made notable contributions to the field. The history and philosophy of freedom of the press and the First Amendment receives particular attention.

JCM
571
Hours
1
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.

JCM
572
Hours
3
Seminar in Professional Journalism

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

JCM
573
Hours
3
Documenting Justice I

Documenting Justice I is an interdisciplinary course in documentary filmmaking. Harnessing a variety of perspectives drawn from disciplines across the humanities, students use film to document and analyze the many dimensions of culture and social experience at issue when focusing on a story of justice or injustice in Alabama. The course involves study of documentary history and theory as well as the ethics of cinematic non-fiction.

JCM
574
Hours
3
Documenting Justice II

Documenting Justice II is an interdisciplinary course in documentary filmmaking. Harnessing a variety of perspectives drawn from disciplines across the humanities, students use film to document and analyze the many dimensions of culture and social experience at issue when focusing on a story of justice or injustice in Alabama. The course involves study of documentary history and theory as well as the ethics of cinematic non-fiction.

JCM
575
Hours
3
Anatomy of a Trial I

Anatomy of a Trial is an interdisciplinary service-learning course in narrative nonfiction, focusing on audio storytelling. Students learn to develop their own personal voice and style while also learning practical skills about the emerging podcast landscape. Students are introduced to professional audio techniques, including recording, editing and sound design. The course involves study of radio journalism history and theory as well as the ethics of narrative nonfiction.

JCM
576
Hours
3
Anatomy of a Trial II

This is an interdisciplinary service-learning course in narrative nonfiction, focusing on audio storytelling. Students learn to develop their own personal voice and style while also learning practical skills about the emerging podcast landscape. Students are introduced to professional audio techniques, including recording, editing and sound design. The course involves study of radio journalism history and theory as well as the ethics of narrative nonfiction.

JCM
590
Hours
1-3
Directed Research in JCM

Independent study as arranged.

JCM
597
Hours
1-3
Master’s Project

Students produce a professional-level project or complete comprehensive exams.

JCM
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

Students develop and complete independent research project under faculty supervision.