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.
- Armstrong, Cory (Chair)
- Billings, Andrew C.
- Bissell, Kimberly
- Bunker, Matthew
- Bragg, Rick
- Butler, Jeremy G.
- Evans, William
- Lowrey, Wilson
- Britt, Rebecca
- Bruce, Michael
- Cantrell, Glenda
- Daniels, George
- Raimist, Rachel
- Roberts, Christopher
- Warner, Kristen J.
- Bragg, Diane
- Clark, Chandra
- Maddox, Jessica
- Panek, Elliot
- Parrott, Scott
- Vesey, Alyxandra
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
- Arenberg, Thomas
- Anderson, Lars
- Brantley, Chip
- Champion, Maya
- Grace, Andrew
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.
Instruction in and critical analysis of communication technologies used in the production of community journalism.
This course focuses on gathering, writing, editing, and presenting of news and information across media platforms.
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.
The analysis of American cinema--focusing on three critical methods: genre study, authorship (the auteur theory), and the star system.
Advanced techniques in reporting and writing for sports media, as well as ethical and societal implications of sports journalism.
Theoretical study of individual and societal effects of media, including the impact and influence on attitudes and cultural beliefs.
Students apply theoretical perspectives useful in understanding the role of entertainment media in public engagement with science. This course foregrounds the role of storytelling in science and environmental communication in both contemporary and emergent media.
The art and practice of writing editorials, columns and other persuasive forms for print and online.
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.
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.
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.
The course will teach students to tell stories using data and visualization techniques. The course will cover a variety of topics in pursuit of this goal, including data collection, data cleaning and manipulation, basic statistics, and data visualization.
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.
Historical and critical study of electronic-media news in the United States.
Development of leadership skills for managing media organizations in the global environment. Students will analyze media industries and media data, review case studies and try to resolve media challenges. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of a digitized media world.
Exploration of theory and an overview of research approaches as they relate to the study of news media and their role in communities.
Covers the methods by which journalists and marketing professionals monitor the interests and activities of readers, viewers, and users of content.
Practices, ethics and theory of entrepreneurship in the journalism field.
Course content varies to explore current topics relevant to journalism and creative media. Repeatable for up to 6 credits if the topics are different.
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.
This course focuses on the study of the origin and development of journalism and mass media, covering major ideas and milestones and the individuals who have made notable contributions to the field. The history and philosophy of freedom of the press and the First Amendment receives particular attention.
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.
Studies in selected aspects of the practice of journalism. May be repeated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent study as arranged.
Students produce a professional-level project or complete comprehensive exams.
This independent research course partially fulfills required master’s-level research thesis hours toward the master’s degree in Journalism. The course is conducted under the guidance of the thesis advisor. Material covered will be of an advanced nature aimed at providing master's students with an understanding of the latest research and current developments within the field. Discussion and advisor guidance will be directed towards readings of research articles and development of research methodology, with the aim of producing an original research contribution that represents a novel development in the field, or a novel perspective on a pre-existing topic in the field.