Journalism Courses

JN
101
Hours
2
Journalistic Principles and Practices

The role of journalism in a democratic society, emphasizing history, law and ethics. Students are introduced to career options and opportunities for journalism majors and minors. Students start a professional blog, which will be used as their work portfolio as they progress in the department. Required of all majors and minors in the department. This course is open only to JN majors and minors.

JN
150
Hours
1
Mechanics of Media Writing

The logic of sentence and paragraph structure in the context of media writing, with an emphasis on grammar, punctuation and word choice. This online course is required for journalism, advertising and public relations majors and minors.

JN
200
Hours
3
Foundations of Journalism and Social Media

Introduction to the traditional and emerging concepts and practices of journalism, including writing and design, uses of social media, news, values, history, law and ethics. Not required of JN majors and minors but can be an elective. This is a Core Humanities designated course.

JN
261
Hours
3
Visual Journalism

This course introduces students to visual concepts used in journalism. Emphasis on using digital still photography and digital videos to communicate information to audiences across media platforms.

Prerequisite(s): JN 101 or JN 200 or APR 221 or APR 231; and JN 150 and MC 101
JN
311
Hours
3
News Writing and Reporting

Fundamentals of newsgathering and newswriting for news and public relations. This course is a prerequisite for all succeeding journalism and PR courses. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101 and JN 150 and one of the following: (JN 101 or JN 200 or APR 231)
JN
312
Hours
3
Editing and Digital Production

Preparing news content for publication across media platforms, with an emphasis on clarity, meaning and accuracy in writing and presentation. The course's labs are held within a working professional newsroom. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W designed course.

Prerequisite(s): JN 261 and JN 311
JN
315
Hours
3
Advanced News Writing & Reporting

Advanced practice of newsgathering and newswriting for specialized topic areas, ranging from hard news stories on topics such as government, education, and the environment to soft news, human interest, and feature stories. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): JN 311
JN
318
Hours
3
Sports Writing & Reporting

Newsgathering and newswriting for sports journalism. Students cover a beat and write both hard news stories (game stories, breaking news) and soft news (human interest and features) about their areas.

Prerequisite(s): JN 311
JN
320
Hours
3
Intermediate Journalism Design

Survey and application of techniques and practices in presenting information visually, including infographics, photojournalism, and design and layout of publications and websites.

Prerequisite(s): JN 261 and JN 311
JN
325
Hours
3
Reporting Writing Across Media

Emphasizes process of conceptualizing and executing news and feature content in text, audio and video for multiple media platforms, including print, online, broadcast, mobile and social media.

Prerequisite(s): JN 261 and JN 311
JN
361
Hours
3
Intermediate Photojournalism

Further instruction in the tools, concepts and practice of using digital still photography and video to communicate information to audiences. Emphasis on storytelling, technical proficiency and specialized techniques.

Prerequisite(s): JN 261 and JN 311
JN
380
Hours
1-3
Independent Study

Analysis of current issues and practices in journalism under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit provided the topics are different.

Prerequisite(s): JN 311
JN
382
Hours
1-6
Internship

Variable credit (1 to 6 hours). Students may take up to 6 hours of internship credit toward their degree. For each credit, students work at least 60 hours under the supervision of a media professional. Students complete a journal and portfolio for evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): JN 311 and 45 completed hours
JN
411
Hours
3
Depth Reporting & Writing

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 elements. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 or JN 318
JN
412
Hours
3
Opinion Writing

The art and practice of writing editorials, reviews, columns and other persuasive forms for print and online. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 or JN 318
JN
415
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. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 or JN 318
JN
417
Hours
3
Digital Community Journalism

Students produce original articles, photography and multimedia stories for Dateline Alabama, a student-led news site, and other digital outlets. Students hone professional skills and complete a digital portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): JN 312 or JN 315 or JN 318
JN
418
Hours
3
Advanced Sports Writing & Reporting

Advanced techniques in reporting and writing for sports media. Students analyze published work and compose stories for digital and print sport media outlets.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 or JN 318
JN
419
Hours
3
Food Writing & Reporting

Conceptualizing, pitching, reporting and writing food journalism. Students read and analyze examples of food news and feature articles. Students produce food-related content for digital and print publications.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 and JN 318
JN
426
Hours
3
Advanced Journalism Design

Application of graphic design techniques to both print and digital publications. Theory and practice of creating and executing layouts and design.

Prerequisite(s): JN 312 and JN 320
JN
430
Hours
3
Digital Media Workshop

Explores and applies media convergence principles and techniques in producing online content. Course emphasizes writing, editing, shooting photos and video and designing for the web and other digital delivery forms. Students produce special digital projects on themed topics.

Prerequisite(s): JN 315 or JN 318 or JN 320 or JN 325 or JN 361
JN
436
Hours
3
Teaching Of Journalism

Introduction to the techniques and practices of teaching scholastic journalism and management of school print, online and broadcast media. Designed for students who wish to teach and advise K-12 newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, web sites or radio and television programs.

JN
461
Hours
3
Advanced Photojournalism

This capstone photo class is for students interested in a career in photojournalism. Advanced techniques, deadline pressure and problem solving are addressed, with emphasis on producing a professional portfolio of digital still photography and video.

Prerequisite(s): JN 361
JN
491
Hours
3
Special Topics in Journalism

Course content varies to explore current topics in journalism. Repeatable for up to 6 credits if the topics are different.

Prerequisite(s): JN 261 and JN 311
JN
492
Hours
3
International Media Production

Capstone course in print and online magazine reporting, writing, photographing and designing in an international setting. Students take on leadership roles associated with producing a magazine and its accompanying website. Departmental approval required.

Prerequisite(s): JN 312 and one of the following: JN 315 or JN 318 or JN 320 or JN 361
JN
496
Hours
3
Issues, Practices and Ethics in Sports Journalism

This course examines current issues and ethical practices in the field of sports journalism. We'll analyze current events through the prism of applied ethics. Prominent sportswriters discuss ethical dilemmas they have faced with students.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; JN 315; Pre or Co-Requisite MC 401
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MC 401
JN
499
Hours
3
Journ Issues and Ethics

Examination of current issues and ethical practices in the field of journalism. Students complete a major research project on issues and ethics.

Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MC 401

Telecommunication and Film Courses

TCF
100
Hours
3
Intro To Telecommunication

Explores film, television, news, and new media with a focus on story, and examines how each of these mediums function at both the level of individual and the level of global society.

TCF
101
Hours
3
Fundamentals in Media Technology

This introductory course is a required basic overview of video production specifically designed for students in media production and electronic news or sports. This course emphasizes modes of video storytelling through technical skill development of cameras and sound recording equipment. TCF 101 is a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and assignments. Successful completion of this course requires a written and hands-on technical proficiency examination with a C- or better. Students may only take this course twice.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
112
Hours
3
Motion Pict Hy Criticism

Development of the cinema, with emphasis on relation of technical advances to film content and style.

TCF
145
Hours
3
Media Production

Through lectures and hands-on projects, students will learn the equipment and techniques used in media production and editing. Open to non-majors, TCF Management majors, and TCF Critical Studies majors. NOT open to TCF Media Production or TCF Documentary majors.

TCF
201
Hours
3
Intro to Video Production

Introduces students to theories and techniques of video production and post-production. Topics include script formatting, camera technique, lighting, sound, and editing. In this hands-on course, students will produce short video projects that emphasize technical proficiency and visual storytelling.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112
TCF
215
Hours
3
Writing Presentn Telecom

Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in writing and presenting scripts, copy, and professional reports as required by telecommunication media.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
241
Hours
3
The Documentary Form

The documentary as an informative and persuasive means of communication. Analysis and discussion of selected documentaries.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
286
Hours
3
Intro to Reporting

Students will learn the terminology of the electronic reporting industry and will begin writing for broadcast. This course also covers basic equipment used in the newsroom and in the field, and serves as the foundation class for the TCF Reporting sequence.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 (all TCF prerequisites require C- or better)
TCF
287
Hours
1
Symposium

Visiting professionals series on various topics.

TCF
288
Hours
1
News Shadowing Intern

Provides students with an opportunity to follow media professionals on the job and discover career requirements before beginning the news sequence.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 C- or better
TCF
301
Hours
3
Intro to Audio Production

This course examines sound recording and audio post-production. Students will learn the basics of microphone properties, microphone placement, recording techniques, editing, and sound design.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 OR TCF 112 and TCF 201
TCF
305
Hours
3
Telecom Audience Analys

Study of methods used in gathering information about telecommunication audiences. Analysis, interpretation, and application of information to decision making in electronic media.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
310
Hours
3
Telecommunication Programming

Program planning, development, and strategies for radio and television stations, networks, cable systems, and syndication. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
311
Hours
3
Critical Stdy Television

Critical analysis of television programs and commercials. Examples are presented for study and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
312
Hours
3
Advanced Videography

In this hands-on intensive production workshop, students will develop their creative vision, aesthetic eye, and technical skill to help materialize their ideas on screen. Topics include digital video cameras, framing, composition, camera movement, and lighting techniques.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201
TCF
315
Hours
3
Scriptwriting

Introduction to writing scripts for television and film. Emphasis includes both the creative and technical aspects.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or 112 and TCF 201
TCF
321
Hours
3
Announc Perform For Rtv

Practical approach to techniques and practices necessary for effective appearances on electronic media. Emphasizes copy interpretation, interview skills, and studio performance for microphone and camera.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
322
Hours
3
Multicamera Productions

This course will introduce students to the (preproduction, production, and postproduction) theories and techniques of multicamera productions. There will be a major emphasis on hands-on instruction in this class throughout the entire semester. In addition, this class will emphasize live directing theory and execution, and multicamera studio/field techniques.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112, and TCF 201 or TCF 286.
TCF
331
Hours
3
Intro to Reporting

Introduction to the preparation and presentation of news, sports, and entertainment for the electronic media.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
332
Hours
3
Intermediate Electronic Reporting

Elements of news reporting for the electronic media, with focus on radio writing, reporting, and performance. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 288 and TCF 331
TCF
333
Hours
3
Advanced Electronic Reporting

Advanced examination, preparation, and presentation of news for the electronic media. Activities include writing, electronic news gathering, reporting, and anchoring.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 and TCF 332
TCF
334
Hours
3
Electronic News Capstone/Portfolio

Practical application of electronic news reporting and anchoring with an emphasis on preparing a career portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 and TCF 332 and TCF 333
TCF
335
Hours
3
New Media

Preparation and presentation of news and sports for new media outlets, including internet formats.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 and TCF 286 and TCF 332 or TCF 321 and TCF 288 and TCF 334
TCF
336
Hours
3
Ethics in Electronic News

Survey of ethical concerns in electronic media with an emphasis on news. Students will learn terms related to ethical issues, evaluate the impact of terms and words on cultural groups, develop their own ethical "base," and consider how they might act ethically within the constraints of their professional work.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 C- or better
TCF
340
Hours
3
International Cinema

Study of motion pictures produced throughout the world. Subjects may change each time course is offered. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 112
TCF
351
Hours
3
Commercial Production

This course offers students the opportunity to combine their knowledge and skills in creating and producing broadcast commercials. Students will be involved in all stages of the process from research and development of scripts to production and postproduction of finished commercials and final presentation of the finished product.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201
TCF
357
Hours
3
Production Management

Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in organizing location shoots for television, film, documentaries, and commercials.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112
TCF
361
Hours
3
Intro to Post Production

In this project-driven course, students will learn and practice non-linear video editing principles and techniques, media management, sound design, and digital theory.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112
TCF
367
Hours
3
Advanced Prod. Management

Advanced study and practice in the skills needed for successful production management, including professional software. Emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving and team building.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 and TCF 357
TCF
380
Hours
1-3
Independent Study

Investigative studies in telecommunication and film. May be repeated.

TCF
381
Hours
1-3
Tcf Practicum

No description available.

TCF
387
Hours
1-3
Tcf Internship

Supervised field experience in approved operations in the telecommunication and film industries. No more than 3 hours credit for TCF 387 may be applied toward a degree.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112
TCF
389
Hours
3
Telecom Applied Topics

This is a special topics class which has different topics for each class.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
390
Hours
3
Electronic Media Sales

Understanding prospective clients' businesses; knowledge and application of audience research; application of the marketing model; understanding of effective media mix and advertiser buying influences; assessment of competitive advantages; and written presentations.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
398
Hours
1-3
Production Crew

No description available.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201
TCF
411
Hours
3
Seminar in Critical Studies

Advanced study of selected topics in television or film criticism.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 100 OR MATH 110 OR MATH 112 OR MATH 113 OR MATH 115 OR MATH 121 OR MATH 125 OR UA Math Placement Test Score of 190 OR ACT Math Subscore of 28 OR SAT Math Subscore of 690
TCF
412
Hours
3
Screen Directing

Advanced instruction in directing for television and film with an emphasis on directing actors, blocking for the camera, and narrative production techniques. Course includes the production of short fiction projects on digital video.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 or TCF 112 and TCF 201 and TCF 361 and TCF 312
TCF
420
Hours
3
Telecommuncatn Effects

Study of individual and social effects of electronic mass media, with emphasis on research results.

TCF
425
Hours
3
TCF in LA Part 1: Industry Tour & Seminar

Focused on professional development of aspiring filmmakers, particularly those wishing to build a career in a creative media industry in a large city. Students learn about film, television and media industries and network with TCF alums who now work in Los Angeles. Students must sign up for both TCF 425 and TCF 426. Offered Summer only.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100; Enrollment by application only. Permission of Instructor required.
TCF
426
Hours
3
TCF in LA Part 2: The Industry Experience

Students learn about film, television and media industries as the second part of their LA experience. Students must sign up for both TCF 425 and TCF 426 in the same summer. Offered Summer only.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100; Enrollment by application only. Permission of instructor is required.
TCF
433
Hours
3
Broadcast News Analysis

Historical and critical study of electronic-media news in the United States. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

TCF
434
Hours
3
Documenting Justice I

Interdisciplinary course in ethnographic filmmaking, focusing particularly on analyzing the many dimensions of culture and social experience. Students produce a short documentary film on a story of justice or injustice in Alabama. A two semester course.

TCF
435
Hours
3
Documenting Justice II

Interdisciplinary course in ethnographic filmmaking focusing particularly on analyzing the many dimensions of culture and social experience. Students produce a short documentary film on a story of justice or injustice in Alabama. Second semester of course.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 434
TCF
436
Hours
3
International Electronic Media

Surveys of international electronic media systems. The course will look at variables that shape the systems including government structure, laws, geography, history, economic support, technology, and audience needs and demands.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100
TCF
437
Hours
3
Specializations in Production Management

Examines the special requirements needed for production managers in areas outside of the standard television or film production. Topics include animation, gaming and documentaries.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 367
TCF
438
Hours
3
Producing

Examines the economic structures and business practices used by the entertainment industry. This includes development contract law, financing, distribution, pitching and negotiating with Guilds & Unions.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 437
TCF
440
Hours
3
Sem In American Cinema

Study of selected topics in United States film. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 112 or permission of instructor.
TCF
441
Hours
3
Documentary Production

This course guides students through the design, pre-production planning, production, postproduction and subsequent evaluation of individual and group documentary project(s). Instruction topics include contemporary visual storytelling, cinematic philosophies, ethical issues, research, funding, and distribution.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201 and TCF 361 or TCF 351 or TCF 312 or TCF 301;
TCF
442
Hours
3
Advanced Video Projects

The application of advanced production skills, including directing, videography, editing, and production management, in the production of a polished, short-subject film on digital video. Students work in groups over the course of the semester, shepherding film project from preproduction to exhibition.

TCF
444
Hours
3
Sem Telecomm/Film Topics

Analysis of contemporary issues in the broadcasting, cable, and/or motion picture industries, including social aspects. Topics vary with instructor. May be repeated 3 times (9 hours credit) with different topics.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 100 C- or better
TCF
445
Hours
3
Telecommuncatn Media Mgt

Study of broadcast station and network organization, cable systems, decision-making processes, and research techniques.

TCF
446
Hours
3
Anatomy of a Crime

Anatomy of a Trial is a year-long specialized interdisciplinary service-learning course in narrative nonfiction. Focusing on a single story of an injustice in the state of Alabama, the class collaborates to use film, audio and other mediums to create a media-rich web-based narrative telling our chosen story in its broader social and historical context.

TCF
448
Hours
3
Telecommun Policy & Law

Organizational structures and processes that formulate and apply laws and regulations shaping broadcast, cable, satellite, and new electronic media operations. Analysis of national policies and standards and their relationship to regional and international controls and practices.

TCF
451
Hours
3
Advanced Television Production

Students will receive instruction and practical experience in the development of programming for television, including research, planning and budgeting for series productions. Students will produce small and large group projects for broadcast and follow the projects from concept through the completion.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201 and TCF 361 or TCF 351 or TCF 312 or TCF 301;
TCF
461
Hours
3
Advanced Post Production

Further instruction in nonlinear editing with emphasis on special effects, motion graphics, and advanced editing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): TCF 201 and TCF 361 or TCF 351 or TCF 312 or TCF 301;
TCF
490
Hours
3
Capstone Prod. Projects I

Students will begin development on a production project from first draft to a shooting ready production binder.

Mass Communications Courses

MC
101
Hours
3
Intro To Mass Communic

Introduction to the fields of communication, including theory, law and regulation, history, social implications, and mass media operations.

MC
103
Hours
3
Fundamentl Informatn Literacy

Information literacy is crucial to being successful in the Information Age. Individuals need to be able to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and efficiently. Information ethical issues are also important.

MC
401
Hours
3
Mass Comm Law & Regultn

Study of laws and regulations affecting the mass media and the fields of mass communication. May be taken for graduate credit.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
407
Hours
3
Mass Communic Research

Overview and application of the methods used in quantitative and qualitative mass communication research.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
409
Hours
3
History Mass Communctn

Study of the historical development of mass communication. May be taken for graduate credit. Writing proficiency in this discipline is required for passing this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
413
Hours
3
Mass Communication, Service & Diversity

In this service-learning designated class, students study and analyze mass communication issues of diversity as they relate to groups in society. Students work with area partners on projects related to reaching diverse, mass audiences. Writing proficiency in this discipline is required for passing this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
421
Hours
3
Political Communication

The purpose of this course is to explore the general character and dimensions of the cross-disciplinary field of political communication. The principal aim is to familiarize each participant with the literature and propositions surrounding key approaches, methods, and substantive areas of inquiry in political communications. Writing proficiency in this discipline is a requirement for passing this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
425
Hours
3
Media Management

The structure and function of media organizations. The decision-making processes inherent in running complex media businesses. Effective leadership styles. Traditional marketing perspectives applied to media. Laws and regulations that affect media management. Writing proficiency in this discipline is required and must be demonstrated in order to pass this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101
MC
426
Hours
3
Race, Gender and Media

This discussion-oriented class examines the mass media through the lenses of race, ethnicity and gender. The course helps future media practitioners be aware of their roles in creating content that reflects increasingly multicultural audiences. Using current, contemporary and classic media texts, students critically analyze media messages and understand the importance of a diverse workforce.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101 and 61 hours
MC
495
Hours
3
Special Topics

Special topics in mass communication theory and research. May be taken for graduate credit.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101