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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examination of current issues and ethical practices in the field of journalism. Students complete a major research project on issues and ethics.
Telecommunication and Film Courses
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.
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.
Development of the cinema, with emphasis on relation of technical advances to film content and style.
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.
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.
Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in writing and presenting scripts, copy, and professional reports as required by telecommunication media.
The documentary as an informative and persuasive means of communication. Analysis and discussion of selected documentaries.
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.
Visiting professionals series on various topics.
Provides students with an opportunity to follow media professionals on the job and discover career requirements before beginning the news sequence.
Study of methods used in gathering information about telecommunication audiences. Analysis, interpretation, and application of information to decision making in electronic media.
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.
Critical analysis of television programs and commercials. Examples are presented for study and evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to the preparation and presentation of news, sports, and entertainment for the electronic media.
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.
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.
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.
Investigative studies in telecommunication and film. May be repeated.
No description available.
This is a special topics class which has different topics for each class.
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.
No description available.
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.
Study of individual and social effects of electronic mass media, with emphasis on research results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examines the special requirements needed for production managers in areas outside of the standard television or film production. Topics include animation, gaming and documentaries.
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.
Study of selected topics in United States film. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.
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.
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.
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.
Study of broadcast station and network organization, cable systems, decision-making processes, and research techniques.
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.
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.
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.
Students will begin development on a production project from first draft to a shooting ready production binder.
Mass Communications Courses
Introduction to the fields of communication, including theory, law and regulation, history, social implications, and mass media operations.
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.
Study of laws and regulations affecting the mass media and the fields of mass communication. May be taken for graduate credit.
Overview and application of the methods used in quantitative and qualitative mass communication research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special topics in mass communication theory and research. May be taken for graduate credit.