Journalism Courses (JRN)

Note: Reasonable proficiency in keyboarding (25 wpm) is a prerequisite for all journalism courses except COM 1101 and JRN 1103.

JRN 1100
Technologies in Journalism (3)
  An introduction to the technological advances in journalism and the promotion of an understanding of the impact of these advancements. Must make a C or better to take JRN 2201.
   
JRN 1102
Mass Media Writing Style (3)
  A basic course in preparing written materials for the mass media and for online communications, with emphasis on using Associate press style and writing leads. Prerequisites: ENG 1101, 1102, JRN 1100, with grade of C or better in each course. May be taken concurrently with JRN 1100. Must make at least C or better in JRN 1102 before taking JRN 2201.
   
JRN 1103
Introduction to Radio and Television (3)
  An introduction to the electronic forms of mass communication with discussions on the theoretical and business aspects of radio and television, cable and corporate video communications, and an introduction to programming and regulations.
   
JRN 2201
Reporting (3)
  Gathering, evaluating and reporting the news for traditional and online media. Prerequisite: Completion of JRN 1102 with grade of C or better. Must make at least C or better in JRN 2201 before taking 3000 level or higher Journalism courses.
   
JRN 2211
Editing and Design (3)
  Editing copy and video, headline writing, layout and design for print, video and electronic publications plus online communications. Prerequisites: JRN 1100 and 1102. Must make a C or better in JRN 2211 to receive credit toward degree.
   
JRN 3300
Digital News Photography (3)
  Discussion of and practical experience in digital and video photography for print, broadcast, electronic and online media.
   
JRN 3302
Feature and Magazine Article Writing (3)
  Researching and writing feature stories with emphasis on covering issues and trends in magazines, electronic and online publications, pitching ideas to editors and marketing articles as a freelancer. Prerequisite: JRN 2201.
   
JRN 3312
Advanced Editing (3)
  Advanced study and practice in layout and design of newspapers, electronic publications and online media, including special pages and editions; typography and graphics; copy editing and video Prerequisite: JRN 2211.
   
JRN 3315
Advanced Reporting (3)
  News reporting and writing on sports, business, consumer affairs, the environment, and public affairs, particularly local and state government, the courts and education, in a multimedia environment including print, video and online communications. Emphasis is placed on use of background research and multiple sources and writing on deadline. Prerequisite: JRN 2201. Must make a C or better in JRN 3315 to receive credit toward degree.
   
JRN 3326
Advising Student Publications (3)
  Students successfully completing this class will have the ability to teach journalism, including how to produce magazine and newspaper layout; develop copy and/or storyboard for radio and television production; apply techniques of advertising, reporting and editing; and use current and emerging technology in the production of print and non-print journalism.
   
JRN 3327
Sports Broadcasting (3)
  Advanced methods, techniques and performance styles for broadcast sports news and information. Prerequisite: JRN 2201.
   
JRN 3330
Journalism Practicum (1 to 3 credit hours)
  Supervised journalism-related experiences focusing on gathering information, writing, editing, photography, design, online journalism, electronic journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising and/or public relations.
   
JRN 3340
Introduction to Mobile Journalism (3)
  The concepts and technologies for this course include newsgathering through multiple digital methods and storytelling across multiple platforms from the field. Smartphones or computer tablets are required. Prerequisite: JRN 2201
   
JRN 3360
Broadcast News Writing (3)
  Gathering, evaluating, writing and performing broadcast copy. Applies news gathering techniques to the broadcast writing style, on-the-scene coverage, interviewing and announcing. Must make a C or better. Prerequisite: JRN 2201.
   
JRN 3365
TV Studio Techniques and Producing (3)
  An introduction to the production elements, theories and procedures of producing news broadcasts for television. Lighting, set design, preparation, operation of equipment, graphics, editing, responsibilities of those members involved in the production, electronic news gathering (ENG), operation of remote equipment and interviewing are topics discussed in this class.
   
JRN 3380
Global Journalism and International Media Systems (3)
  An examination of international and domestic mass media systems, the flow of information and technology, and issues of media ownership, access, regulations, programming and cultural differences in international communications.
   
JRN 4400
Special Topics in Journalism (1 to 3 credit hours)
  Lecture, discussion, and research course designed to acquaint students with special topics in the fields of broadcast and print journalism. May be taken for a maximum of six hours.
   
JRN 4401
Communication Media Management (3)
  Discussion of special problems and management techniques of print, broadcast, cable, online media, public relations and communication organizations.
   
JRN 4403
Radio News Practicum (3-6)
  Supervised experience in gathering, writing and performing radio news broadcasts. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: JRN 3360
   
JRN 4405
Radio Production Practicum (3-6)
  Supervised experience in radio studio work. Includes audio techniques for both public affairs and musical productions, tape editing, and use of automated programming. Prerequisite: JRN 3360
   
JRN 4410
Advanced Radio Practicum (3-6)
  Emphasis on individualized work in radio news or production. Prerequisite: JRN 4403 or 4405
   
JRN 4413
Television News Practicum (3-6)
  Supervised experience in gathering, writing and performing for a daily news broadcast. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: JRN 3360
   
JRN 4415
Television Production Practicum (3-6)
  Supervised experience in technical television work. Includes in-studio and remote camera operation, lighting, video tape editing and directing. Two hours per day plus a weekly one-hour discussion and evaluation Prerequisite: junior standing or above
   
JRN 4420
Advanced Television Practicum (3-6)
  Emphasis on individualized work in television news or production. Prerequisite: JRN 4413
   
JRN 4421
Opinion Writing (3)
  Writing and editing of opinion for print, broadcast, electronic and online communication systems, with extensive practice in writing editorials and opinion columns. Prerequisite: JRN 2201.
   
JRN 4425
Multimedia Law (3)
  The rights and restrictions of the press: the First Amendment, privilege, libel, slander, contempt, right of privacy, etc.
Prerequisite: junior standing or above
   
JRN 4427
Sports Reporting (3)
  Advanced methods, techniques, and writing styles for reporting sports news and information. Prerequisite: JRN 2201
   
JRN 4430
Processes and Effects of Mass Communication (3)
  This course provides students with an understanding of the development of the most notable, historical, social scientific and empirically grounded theoretical perspectives with regard to mass communication. In addition, analysis and interpretation of these theories will be addressed.
   
JRN 4440
Advanced Technologies in Journalism (3)
  An introduction to using advanced technologies and on-line reporting techniques in journalism and public relations.
   
JRN 4445
Mobile Journalism Practicum (3)
  Supervised experience in mobile journalism reporting, including in-depth fieldwork and producing original content to build student portfolios. Smartphones or computer tablets are required. Prerequisite: JRN 3340
   
JRN 4450
Electronic Publishing (3)
  This is a hands-on mastery course in using words, images, video, sound and social media to communicate in an interactive and online environment.
   
JRN 4460
Network Sports Production (3)
  Supervised experience in television sports production, including in-depth fieldwork with the Troy University Athletics Department and the sports network, ESPN3. Students will shoot and edit sporting events for use on ESPN3. Weekend work is required.
Prerequisites: JRN 3327 or JRN 4413 or permission of the Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication.
   
JRN 4489
Internship (5)
  Supervised work that can provide practical experience in the field of study. Prerequisites: At least junior standing and approval of the academic adviser and department chair.
   
JRN 4490
Field Experience (1-7)
  Supervised study in the practical application of issues related to journalism and communication. Prerequisites: Approval of the director of the School of Journalism and Communication.
   
JRN 4491-4492
Guided Independent Research (1 to 3 credit hours per course per semester)
  Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
   
JRN 4493-4494
Guided Independent Study (1 to 3 credit hours per course per semester)
  Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
   
JRN 4495
Communication Seminar (1)
  Study of issues related to communication theory, the history and future of communication industries, the impact of online communication and ethics. Additionally, students will create a professional portfolio.
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