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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.)

104. Social Media Communication (3)

Students examine how social media (Facebook, Twitter and others) influence interpersonal and professional communications. The course is grounded in the history, development and theories of social media, while providing students opportunities to analyze personal use of social media.

110. Mass Media and Society (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. News Writing and Ethics (3)

This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of news writing. Students develop news judgment, and they practice writing different types of news stories, adhering to AP style and meeting deadlines. Legal and ethical issues in journalism are also addressed.
Letter grade only (A-F).

160. Understanding News Media (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Develop critical thinking through the examination of news media in the United States including print, television and online news sources, news narratives, journalistic methodologies, ownership patterns, value systems, thought processes, effects and trends.
Not open for credit to students with credit in JOUR 220.

240. Multimedia Storytelling (3)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: JOUR 120
This course is designed to develop basic skills in multimedia storytelling. Techniques and tools used in creating blogs, photo slideshows and podcasts as well as shooting and editing video will be covered. Legal and ethical considerations will also be examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

270. Principles of Public Relations (3)

Students learn the theories, concepts, history and terminology of public relations. The stages of the public relations practice – research, planning, communication and evaluation – are studied. Diversity, ethics, social responsibility and global perspectives in public relations are also examined.
Not open for credit to students with credit in JOUR 370.

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