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Journalism and Mass Communication

Courses - JOUR Lower Division

101. English for Media Writers (1)

Intensive review of grammar, word usage, spelling, and the principles of clear and concise writing for student writers who seek careers in the mass media.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour skills.)

110. Introduction to Mass Communications (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation.
Origins, development and contemporary role of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, books, new media and films, and such related fields as advertising and public relations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/Discussion 3 hours)

120. Writing Across the Media (3)

Course povides introductory overview on writing techniques used in the print media, in broadcast media, in online media and in preparation of materials for media professionals by public relations practitioners. Focus is on writing news stories and meeting deadlines.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours)

220. Understanding News Media (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Examination of news media in the U.S. including print, broadcast and online news media sources; news narratives, methodologies, ownership patterns, value systems, thought processes, effects and trends.