Journalism & Creative Media Courses

JCM
100
SB
Hours
3
Introduction to Story

Introduction to story introduces students to narrative structure across a variety of media including film, television, news, documentary, and emerging media.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
JCM
102
Hours
3
The Fundamentals of Media Technology

An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the storytelling technologies that they may be required to utilize while pursuing a degree in Journalism & Creative Media.

JCM
103
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, word choice, conciseness and accuracy. This online course is required for news media, creative media and advertising/public relations majors.

JCM
112
FA, HU
Hours
3
Motion Picture History and Criticism

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

Fine Arts, Humanities
JCM
145
Hours
3
Media Production for Non-Majors

This introduction class is a basic overview of video production specifically designed for non-creative media majors. It is a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s): No Creative Media Majors can take this class.
JCM
146
Hours
3
Introduction to Sports Communication

This course serves as a foundation to the study and analysis of sports media and provides an overview of professional pathways.

JCM
180
Hours
3
Journalistic Principles and Practices

This introductory survey course gives students a first look at the history and professional practices of journalism and electronic news by examining both legacy and contemporary media.

JCM
200
HU
Hours
3
Foundations for Journalism and Social Media

JCM 200 is a survey of how the practices of journalism and news work in the context of a humanities course. Students should be able to deconstruct various stories in the news media to understand how economic, social, and ethical principles affect news reporting. In addition, the class covers the ethical and legal principles that guide journalists and the historical context in which the journalism evolved as a key player in democratic societies.

Humanities
JCM
201
Hours
3
Introduction to Media Production

This course introduces students to the theories, concepts and techniques of professional video production and post-production, as well as the fundamentals, history and evolution of the visual language of the moving image. Topics include camera operation and technique, lighting design, sound recording, video editing, story development, and the ethical principles behind producing digital media. In this hands-on course, students will produce short video projects that emphasize visual storytelling, technical proficiency and creative authorship, while learning to critique their own and their peers work with a critical eye.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100; JCM 102
JCM
202
C
Hours
3
Introduction to Post Production

This course introduces students to the theories and techniques of digital video and computer based post-production. Students will learn the ins and outs of the Adobe Premiere editing system, focusing on media management, efficient editing practices, sound and image manipulation, codec preferences and conversion, and exporting/uploading files to the web. This will primarily be a technical class, focusing on proficiency with the Adobe Premiere application, however the course also covers fundamental editing theory, the evolution of the medium and its impact on the editing craft, and key editing terminology and techniques. Projects will include both scripted and non-fiction material. Required reading will be accompanied by required viewing, in addition to practical editing assignments. Course instruction will only consider the Mac OS platform, however, the Adobe Premiere application is very similar for Windows PC’s. This course assumes a basic working knowledge of the Mac OS, including how digital files are transferred and the basic language associated with using the Mac interface. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): CS 102 or UA Computer Placement Test Score >=380
Computer Science
JCM
212
Hours
3
Film and Media Theory

Film and Media Theory introduces JCM students to a variety of critical cultural humanistic methods and approaches to evaluating film, television, and emerging media.

Prerequisite(s): JCM major
JCM
215
Hours
3
Commercial Media Writing

Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in writing and presenting commercial copy and professional reports as required by the media profession.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
JCM
241
Hours
3
Documentary Storytelling

This course will help students reach a better understanding of the documentary by exploring its contemporary development, its many genres, and the journalistic and ethical questions that arise in documentary production. By studying this complex and often controversial form, students will become more knowledgeable as media consumers, and more thoughtful as producers of multimedia material.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100 or (JCM 112 or JCM 212)
JCM
261
Hours
3
Visual Journalism

Visual Journalism is a 3-credit-hour beginning course that will help students of all abilities learn about visual tools used in the gathering and distribution of news. This course will challenge students, intellectually and technically, regardless of the prior experience and skills each brings to class. No prior knowledge of visual reporting is required.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 180
JCM
265
Hours
3
Introduction to Sound

This course focuses on voice, music, and sound effects, and the impact they have on the visual image. It addresses the principles of recording sound and explains sound characteristics, basic acoustics, ergonomics, and proper audio recording techniques for field and studio recording, as well as time code and mixing.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 102
JCM
303
W
Hours
3
News Writing and Reporting

This course introduces the skills required for basic news writing and reporting. The contents of this course are designed to help you learn how news stories are constructed and how the news industry operates. Writing proficiency within the discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101;(JCM 103 or APR 231)
Writing
JCM
310
W
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): JCM 100
Writing
JCM
311
Hours
3
Critical Study of Television

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

Prerequisite(s): JCM 112 or 212
JCM
312
Hours
3
International Cinema

Critical study of motion pictures produced throughout the world. Film screenings are a necessary part of this course.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 112 or JCM 212
JCM
315
W
Hours
3
Advanced News Writing and Reporting

Advanced practice of newsgathering and newswriting for specialized topic areas ranging from government, education to more soft news and human interest stories. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 303
Writing
JCM
320
Hours
3
News Design and Visualization

Visual journalism is the use of visual elements, rather than simple type, to present information and ideas. This course allows students to study and practice various forms of visual journalism including newspaper and magazine design, information graphics and photo editing. This course requires students to master the industry standard software used to create these products — Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom and HTML — while thinking creatively and critically.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 261; JCM 303, with a minimum grade of C-
JCM
323
W
Hours
3
News Editing and Multimedia Production

This course covers the preparation of copy for publication across media platforms, with an emphasis on careful writing, accuracy and presentation. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W- designated course. In this class, you will study and learn the art of connecting language with shared meaning in a news context. By the end of the course, you should have the skills necessary to land entry-level professional editing jobs and you should have gained a conceptual foundation that will serve you well in higher editing positions.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 261; JCM 303
Writing
JCM
324
Hours
3
Audience Analysis

This course will familiarize students with the ways in which industry research professionals think about their work and about the opportunities and challenges they face as they assess audiences in our highly competitive, rapidly evolving, and increasingly complicated media environment.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
JCM
325
Hours
3
Sports Writing and Reporting

In this course students will learn how to cover live sporting events, including writing game stories, covering press conferences and writing feature profiles. The course will operate much the same as a real-world newsroom. You will receive hands-on experience in news gathering, interviewing and writing for print and online media. You also will learn to brainstorm and pitch story ideas, which is an invaluable skill in today’s media environment. The course is driven by deadlines. It requires self-discipline, creativity and attention to detail.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 303 with minimum grade of C-
JCM
326
Hours
3
Television and Radio Performance

A practical approach to techniques necessary for effective presentation on radio, television, and the internet; emphasizes copy interpretation, interview skills, and studio and field performance for microphone and camera.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
JCM
331
Hours
3
Introduction to Electronic 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.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: JCM 303
JCM
333
Hours
3
Working for Television News

The purpose of this class is to build electronic news skills. Students will build on skills such as writing for broadcast, shooting video, editing video and audio, on-air delivery, enterprising story ideas, finding different angles on stories, and how to evaluate the finished product. This course concentrates on broadcast news, emphasizing on-camera work and the various responsibilities involved in studio and remote production.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 303
JCM
340
Hours
3
Digital News

This class will give students the skills they need to adjust to a variety of modern and emerging media. Students will produce media projects that build on the skills they already possess from previous classes. Students will prepare and present news and sports for various media outlets, including online and web formats.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 303 with minimum grade of C-
JCM
341
Hours
3
Intermediate Visual Journalism

Intermediate Visual journalism will help students expand their photography skills and use them in the gathering and distribution of news. This course will challenge students who already have a basic working knowledge of the camera, intellectually and technically.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 261; JCM 303
JCM
346
Hours
3
Scriptwriting

This course is designed to learn the elements of screenplay: structure, plot, character arc, subplot, inciting incident, climax, resolution, visual storytelling, dialogue, subtext, secondary characters. Writing will be critiqued and work-shopped by peers.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201
JCM
350
Hours
3
Advanced Videography

This course equally emphasizes modes of visual storytelling and technical practices using digital video cameras and lighting techniques. This course will help students develop creative vision, sharpen aesthetic understand, and advance technical skills. The goal is to take an idea and learn how to bring them to the screen. This hands-on workshop will group students in production teams for working in in-class exercises and for filming outside of class meeting hours. It is a production & time intensive course.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100; JCM 202
JCM
354
Hours
3
Introduction to Production Management

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

Prerequisite(s): MC 101; JCM 100
JCM
356
Hours
3
Movie Marketing

This class will present the various strategies and tactics used in marketing movies to consumers.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100 AND (JCM 112 or JCM 212)
JCM
372
Hours
3
Media Effects

Study of individual and society effects of media, including the impact and influence on attitudes and culture beliefs.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100 or MC 101
JCM
380
Hours
1-3
Independent Study

Analysis of current issues and practices in news media and/or creative media under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit provided the topics are different.

JCM
381
Hours
1-3
Digital Media Practicum

JCM 381 offers students the opportunity to experience the professional work environment where skills and principles they have learned in the classroom setting are applied. The practicum for qualified undergraduates is conducted under the joint supervision of the Journalism and Creative Media Department and an appropriate organization. Many practicum-level experiences are available through organizations located on campus in the Digital Media Center.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 103 with a minimum grade of C-. Departmental consent.
JCM
382
Hours
1-6
News Media Internship

JCM 382 offers students the opportunity to apply in a professional work environment the skills and principles they have learned in the classroom setting. The internship is a part-time or full-time job experience for qualified undergraduates conducted under the joint supervision of the Journalism and Creative Media Department and a profession media organization.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 303 with a minimum grade of C-
JCM
383
Hours
1-3
Creative Media Internship

JCM 383 offers students the opportunity to apply in a professional work environment the skills and principles they have learned in the creative media classroom setting. The internship is a part-time or full-time job experience for qualified undergraduates conducted under the joint supervision of the Journalism and Creative Media Department and a profession media organization.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201
JCM
387
Hours
3
Production Crew

This course is open to all JCM Creative Media majors who want to work collaboratively on intensive creative productions including short films, documentary projects, podcasts, audio stories and web-based projects. Student will develop hands-on production skills working in collaboration with directors who are making work through advanced production courses. Students will work in crew positions such as producers, production managers, casting directors, cinematographers, camera operators, gaffers, grips, production designers, art directors, assistant editors, editors and other key creative positions that will work in collaboration with the directors and faculty advisors for each project.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201
JCM
390
Hours
3
Media Sales in the Digital Age

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): JCM 100; MC 101
JCM
411
W
Hours
3
Depth Reporting and 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.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 315 or JCM 325
Writing
JCM
412
W
Hours
3
Seminar 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): JCM 112 or 212
Writing
JCM
414
Hours
3
Film Festivals and Independent Cinema

Course examines film festivals as historical, cultural, and economic spaces. In seminars, students explore topics of art house/experimental/avant garde cinema and documentary.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 112 or JCM 212
JCM
425
Hours
3
Advanced Sports News Coverage

The purpose of this class is to build on the sports skills that you should already possess. We will build on skills such as writing, shooting video, on-air delivery, enterprising story ideas, finding different angles on stories, and how to evaluate your work and your colleagues’ work. Topics will include on-camera work and the various responsibilities involved in sports production. This course will also include discussion of current issues in broadcast sports, ethics, and professional career possibilities.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 325
JCM
426
Hours
3
Advanced Design and Visualization

This course focuses on editing, production and visual storytelling for print and digital media, including magazines and periodicals as an editorial standard. This class combines lectures, student presentations, in-class assignments/discussion and project work.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 320 and JCM 323
JCM
428
W
Hours
3
Editorial Analysis and Opinion

Study of the role of American news media in influencing public opinion through editorial/opinion writing and news analysis. Practice in persuasive writing and using evidence and research to craft an effective argument.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 315 or JCM 325
Writing
JCM
429
Hours
3
Food Writing and 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): JCM 315 or JCM 325
JCM
431
Hours
3
Multicamera Production

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. Students will learn the language, protocol, and aesthetics used to produce industry standard multicamera programs. This is a course that allows students to experience all aspects of multicamera video production with an emphasis on directing, technical directing and camera operation.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201
JCM
432
Hours
3
Advanced Production

This course introduces students to the Avid Media Composer editing platform. Students will learn the functionality of the software, as well as discuss the proper way to approach getting material in and out of the system. Students will elevate their editing abilities with emphasis on advanced editing techniques, understanding performance, pacing and visual story structure, integration of motion graphics and music, advanced project organization, and prepping a project for professional sound and picture finishing.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201
JCM
433
Hours
3
Advanced Post Production

This is an advanced production course focusing on documentary-based television and film production. The students will serve as a production team responsible for the conceiving, shooting, editing and delivering of broadcast-ready, documentary content for television or film outlets.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 432
JCM
436
Hours
3
Teaching Multimedia News

This intensive service learning course is designed to give students an overview of news and the process of producing school publications. Using a workshop-oriented format, the course places emphasis on service learning, or “learning by doing” with hands-on projects that acquaint students with the software applications used to generate news products. Students will also spend time in classrooms learning about school publications.

Prerequisite(s): special approval required.
JCM
437
Hours
3
Screen Directing

Advanced instruction in directing for television and firm 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): JCM 201 and (JCM 350 or JCM 431)
JCM
438
Hours
3
Producing Creative Media

This course is an advanced producing class. Students will be expected to produce two short media projects and submit at least one to a festival. Students will also be expected to present on one aspect of producing using a multi-media format. Final presentations will consist of student portfolios.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201; JCM 354
JCM
441
Hours
3
Advanced Documentary Production

Advanced Documentary Production is an advanced level production class in which students create serious original video projects. 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): (JCM 350 or JCM 431); JCM 241
JCM
442
W
Hours
3
Specialized Magazine Writing

This course is designed to help students understand writing and editing of long-form articles for publication in print and online depth magazines. Students will 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): JCM 315 or JCM 325
Writing
JCM
444
Hours
3
Advanced Sports Writing & Reporting

This course covers advanced techniques in reporting and writing for sports media. Students analyze published work, begin their own sports blog and write several articles, including two in-depth pieces. Several of the nation’s most prominent sportswriters will join us either in person or via Skype to offer insight into what it takes to flourish in an increasingly competitive media landscape.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 315 or JCM 325
JCM
448
Hours
3
News Analysis

This course is designed to help you understand the issues pertinent to news, from its production, function, effects to external influences on news. We will look at what constitute news; who are the professionals producing news; who are the people consuming news; what factors affect production and consumption. We will also examine how news serves its audience and society and how news affects the social, economic and political processes. Finally we will examine how news can be manipulated and how news bias affects media credibility.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
JCM
450
Hours
3
Advanced Video Projects

This course is designed as an upper level, advanced production course. Its emphasis is placed on utilizing and elevating previously learned technical skills, while students explore their cinematic voices though a conceptual and aesthetically focused narrative project. The course encourages creative risk taking within the pragmatic workflow of producing a short film.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 431 or JCM 432
JCM
451
Hours
3
Media Management

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.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100
JCM
452
Hours
3
C&IS in LA Part I

In this course students will learn about film, television, new media and industry through internships and required class activities in Los Angeles. We will network with professionals, attend industry events, film festivals, screenings and master classes, tour graduate film programs, visit working Hollywood studios, and network with many UA alumni. This course aims to help students gain insight in and preparation for careers in creative media industries.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100 or Permission of Department
JCM
453
Hours
3
C&IS in LA Part II

This course extends the learning goals of JCM 452: JCM IN LOS ANGELES INDUSTRY TOUR, where students continue to intern at a Los Angeles-based film, television or media company, and attend career enriching course activities including studio tours, networking events, and meetings with industry professionals.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 452
JCM
454
Hours
3
Advanced Production 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): JCM 354
JCM
462
Hours
3
Motion Graphics

This course introduces students to software in motion graphics creation platforms. Students will develop their creative abilities with emphasis on element creation, green screen technology, practical vs. digital effects, further developing an understanding of codecs, prepping a project for professional sound and picture finishing, and executing the final phases of post-production including output.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100; JCM 201
JCM
471
Hours
3
Senior Production Project I

Students must be JCM media production major (application track) with a project idea that is ready to pitch for pre-production. Students must be in senior standing.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201; departmental permission
JCM
472
Hours
3
Senior Production Projects II

Students produce and edit short senior projects developed in JCM 471. Students will develop their skills directing the camera, working with talent, working with the crew, staying on schedule and budget and see their projects through the post-production and distribution phase. By the end of the term students will have a fine cut and a press kit for their project.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 471; department permission
JCM
473
Hours
3
Documenting Justice Part 1

An interdisciplinary course focusing on documentary filmmaking. The aim of the class is to teach students how to 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 in documentary theory and history and the ethics of cinematic nonfiction.

JCM
474
Hours
3
Documenting Justice 2

Documenting Justice is a specialized interdisciplinary course in documentary filmmaking. Harnessing a wide variety of perspectives drawn from disciplines across the humanities, the aim of the class is to teach students how to 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 in documentary theory and history and the ethics of cinematic nonfiction, culminating in the creation (in pairs) of an original film.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100; permit approval
JCM
475
Hours
3
Anatomy of a Crime 1

A specialized interdisciplinary service-learning course in narrative nonfiction. Focusing on a single story of injustice, the class collaborates to use film, audio and other media to create a rich, web-based narrative in its broader social and historical context.

JCM
476
Hours
3
Anatomy of a Crime 2

An interdisciplinary course focusing on documentary filmmaking. The aim of the class is to teach students how to 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 in documentary theory and history and the ethics of cinematic nonfiction.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 475 or TCF 446
JCM
477
Hours
3
Production House I

This course will support the production of video projects working with clients. Aimed at teaching student producers who have primarily produced content independently or as part of class projects, this course will show creative producers how to work “for hire” on projects with campus partners and community organizations who will serve as “clients.” The course will engage students in commercial production where they must develop ideas and produce video projects for a client, develop ideas, pitch to clients, filming in studios and on location, and learn how to work through feedback notes from clients. The aim of this course is to help student understand how to develop projects working with campus partners, community organizations and act as producers, directors and crew to create work “for hire.”.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 201; departmental approval.
JCM
478
Hours
3
Production House II

The aim of this course is to advance understanding and technical skills in the scope of production for hire. Students work in production crews to develop projects for clients.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 477; Departmental permission.
JCM
480
Hours
3
International Media Production

In this course students will learn the business practices as well as the editorial leadership roles associated with producing a magazine. The course will culminate by printing a student-produced magazine in which every student has played a role in the writing, reporting, and photographing of people and cultures in different countries.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 325 OR JCM 320 OR JCM 341 OR JCM 323 OR JCM 333
JCM
490
Hours
3
Electronic News Producing

This class provides a real world experience of how to produce news, weather, and sports content for a television station, network, or cable outlet. By producing daily newscasts, students gain extensive experience in writing for broadcast and producing content for various story forms. The emphasis is on the organization and analysis of newsworthy content as well as understanding how to work as a news team to put together a professional on-air product.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 333
JCM
491
Hours
1-3
Special Topics in Journalism and Creative Media

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

Prerequisite(s): JCM 100 or departmental approval.
JCM
492
Hours
3
Capstone Professional Development for Media Production Majors

This course supports the professional development of JCM media production (application track) majors interested on careers in film, television or broader media industry careers. This course helps to prepare graduates to enter the competitive and challenging landscape of the industry. The course engages students in industry research, career mapping, building resumes, drafting cover letters and exploring formats for portfolios. Students study industry hierarchy and structure, research companies, industry terminology, and learn how to plan successful paths from graduation to a career in the entertainment industry.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 438 or JCM 441
JCM
493
Hours
3
Ethics and Diversity in Media

Examination of current issues and ethical practices in the field of journalism. Students complete a major research project on issues and ethics. This includes discussion of current events, of course, but through the prism of a systematic study of applied ethics. This class focuses on the “why” of journalism and creative media.

JCM
494
Hours
3
Global Media Systems

The way media are produced and consumed by audiences is influenced by the different cultures, politics and economics of particular countries, by global economic systems, by political and economic relationships across countries, by growing “cosmopolitan” sameness, and by changing technologies. Students will explore these global trends, and how media systems work in particular countries and in particular industries. Comparisons of media across different cultural and political-economic contexts, media production techniques, and various norms and values of professional media workers will be discussed along with theories that explain why we such variety exists.

Prerequisite(s): MC 101; JCM 100;
JCM
496
Hours
3
Issues and Ethics in Sports Journalism

The purpose of this class is to examine the social, political, economic and historical significance of the intersection of sports, media and culture, with an emphasis on ethical decision-making.

Prerequisite(s): JCM 315 or JCM 325
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MC 401
JCM
499
Hours
3
JCM Capstone

Practical application of Journalism and Creative Media competencies, with an emphasis on preparing a career portfolio. JCM 499 is the most advanced course in the university’s news media or creative media sequence. It is rotating topics course with several sections that allow students to focus on their individual area of interest in the JCM curriculum (e.g., production, multimedia, or management). The rotating topics will include skills, such as news production, and concepts, such as critical studies in media. This course will enhance these skills and concepts, and introduce new ones.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental Approval.

Mass Communications Courses

MC
101
SB
Hours
3
Intro To Mass Communic

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences
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
W
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
Writing
MC
413
W
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
Writing
MC
421
W
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
Writing
MC
425
W
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
Writing
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