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Journalism (JOU)

JOU-115  Introduction to Journalism, 3 cr.
Students receive an overview of the journalism profession. Emphasis focuses on the fundamental principles of news gathering and writing, copy reading, proofreading, editing, and newspaper makeup. Substantive areas include the history and contemporary state of journalism.
JOU-121  Newswriting and Reporting, 3 cr.
The process of understanding what is news, methods of gathering information for news stories and writing news stories; editing principles, writing headlines and photo captions, editorials and feature stories.
JOU-140  Newspaper Lab I, 2 cr.
Provides the student with the skills and knowledge of newspaper operations, including deadline pressures, story writing, photography, editing, layout and beats.
JOU-141  Newspaper Lab II, 2 cr.
Continuation of JOU-140.
JOU-171  Introduction to Photography, 3 cr.
Introduction to the 35mm camera: selection and handling; theory of light; lenses and focusing; depth of field and film types; composition; film processing and basic darkroom techniques.
JOU-173  Digital Photography, 3 cr.
Basic digital theory, how the digital camera works. Includes digital capture; input into the computer; digital manipulation; basic PhotoShop and photography; saving digital images for future use and long term archiving on zip disks, CD’s and hard drives; how to print digital images; and how to send digital images after formatting for sending.
JOU-174 Advanced Black and White Photography, 3 cr.
Advanced black and white techniques with darkroom experimentation in lighting, design, and creativity using a 35mm camera and several speeds of black and white film. Lectures and classroom critiques will also be utilized.  Pre-req: JOU-171
JOU-177  News, Forensics & Advertising Photography, 3cr.
This course will teach the basic photographic skills needed to create publishable news photographs using 35 mm film and digital cameras as well as basic photographic skills needed to create photographs for advertising use and basic crime scene photography. Prerequisite: JOU-171 and JOU-173
JOU-180  Digital Imaging for Professionals, 3 cr.
This course will develop skills needed for adjusting and enhancing photographic images after image capture and before going to a final output. The emphasis will be on images used in the photography professions of Portrait, Photojournalism Commercial, and Forensic. All image manipulations and adjustments will be done with computer imaging software, such as Photoshop.
JOU-200  AP Style Editing, 3cr.
This course will train you in editing copy in Associated Press style.  You will review punctuation, spelling of problem words, and many other editing difficulties.  You will practice the art of critical thinking when reading newspapers. If you are a good copy editor, you will be a good writer.  This course will prepare you to be a good journalistic writer through the editing process. As a professional writer, your work must be completed with attention to every detail and this course will help to hone these necessary skills. In the professional world, errors can end careers.
JOU-210  Media Law and Ethics, 3 cr.
Legal, ethical and business concerns surrounding the mass media, as contemporary issues and from historical perspectives.
JOU-240  Newspaper Lab III, 2 cr.
Prerequisite: JOU-141.
JOU-241  Newspaper Lab IV, 2 cr.
Prerequisite: JOU-240.
JOU-941  Practicum, 2 cr., 5 cr.

Practical work experience related to journalism. 

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