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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & New Media

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & New Media

Studying journalism at California Baptist University provides students with practical experience in today’s media where news and information — in the digital age — travels faster and farther than ever before. Journalism in the 21st century is exciting as digital media has opened new opportunities for journalists, allowing them the opportunity to combine the tenets of traditional print journalism with the unique advantages of today’s online communication technology. Students in CBU’s journalism program learn how to enhance their storytelling in multimedia content through writing, photography, videography and audio files, use social media to engage different audiences, and publish stories across a variety of traditional and digital platforms. Journalism majors may choose a concentration in broadcast journalism, global journalism, media photography, public relations, sports journalism, and writing and publishing. They may work on the nationally award-winning campus publications: Angelos yearbook, Banner newspaper, Pursuit magazine and Banner Online.

Journalism & New Media Minor

CBU students can also choose to make journalism their minor, developing their skills in design, writing, photography and copyediting. This minor is an asset to many majors as the ability to write, edit and graphically package content is a highly marketable skill.

Click here to learn more about the Journalism & New Media minor.

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Internship Opportunities

CBU journalism students also have the opportunity to apply to Washington Journalism Center, Associated Press, local newspapers, magazines and public relations firms. The WJC Internship provides an advanced, experimental semester on Capitol Hill that cultivates professional news skills and encourages students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media. The center introduces students to internship opportunities at major newspapers, news service providers, associations and other entities that give them "real world" working experience and more powerful resume.

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Student Learning Outcomes

1. Publish articles or photos in university publications or professional publications in an ethical manner.
2. Portfolio of articles
3. Attend conferences and synthesize material provided.
4. Student editors will copy-edit and use graphic design computer software
5. Complete Yearbook design/Newspaper Design
6. Communicate and write professionally

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Program Requirements - Journalism & New Media (45 units)

The major seeks to develop students' skills in professional-level journalistic writing and multimedia storytelling, including investigation, interviewing and reporting, explanatory and analytical writing, editing, layout and design, and media law and ethics, in accordance with nationally accepted journalism standards. Students learn to research, interview and write, along with multimedia, design and public relation skills, that prepare them to work in journalism, public relations, corporate communications, multimedia and online journalism and related fields.

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Lower Division Requirements (15 units)

JRN150 Media and Society

JRN150 Media and Society

Functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass media and emerging forms of niche media in society. Students review the theories, structures, functions, practices, economics, critical analyses, and historical aspects of mass media and its social responsibility in society. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN150-B B Stilwell, Heather A. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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Fall 2014 JRN150-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
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JRN170 Writing for Mass Media

JRN170 Writing for Mass Media

An introduction to mass media writing. Students will utilize journalistic reporting, editing and writing for mass audiences intended for distribution across electronic and print media outlets. (3.0 units; Fall, Spring; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN170-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
367
Fall 2014 JRN170-B B Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
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JRN210 Digital Photography

JRN210 Digital Photography

This course introduces students to the equipment, techniques, and practicalities of photography. Students learn that photography strikes a balance between craft, form, content/concept, emotion and expression as they become active and critically informed image-makers. Basic aesthetic concerns will be examined, including the exploration of image-making and presentation techniques. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN210-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
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Fall 2014 JRN210-B B Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
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JRN216 Digital Storytelling

JRN216 Digital Storytelling

This course prepares the student to work in the new media marketplace, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms. The emphasis is on gathering assets in the field and then using those assets to tell a multimedia story. Prerequisites: JRN 170 and 210. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN216-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN254 Publication Layout & Design

JRN254 Publication Layout & Design

Principles and practical experiences in layout and design, including copy, typography, photos and cutlines, and developing pre-press documents to provide practical knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. Prerequisites: ENG 113 and JRN 170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN254-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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Upper Division Requirements (18 units)

JRN312 Feature Writing

JRN312 Feature Writing

Planning, gathering material, writing and preparation of feature articles for specialized and general media publications. Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the university yearbook and magazine. Laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisites: ENG 113 and JRN 170. (3 units; Interdiscplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)eùä=-(¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN312-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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JRN315 News Reporting

JRN315 News Reporting

Practice in gathering information, conducting interviews and using online databases in writing and reporting news stories. Emphasis on style, clarity, accuracy, responsibility in handling news, and production. Members of the class constitute the editorial staff of the university newspaper. Laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisites: ENG 113 and JRN 170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN315-A A Stilwell, Heather A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
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JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright

An introduction to the ethical and legal aspects of public relations and journalism, including print, online and broadcasting. Students will gain practical insight into the field through review of real-world case studies and materials on ethics, policies and law. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN320-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN349 Editing for Print & Online Media

JRN349 Editing for Print & Online Media

A course involving students in an in-depth study of procedures of copy editing for newspapers, magazines and online media. Through assignments and exercises, students will develop superior skills in grammar and word usage, punctuation, spelling, style, fact-checking, use of reference books, and writing headlines and captions. Students will practice substantive editing, and proofreading for print and online media. The special conditions of the increasingly important Internet to copy editors will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: ENG 113 or JRN 170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)nits; —=^I¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN349-A A Stilwell, Heather A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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JRN430 Mltmdia Reprtng Edtng & Prdcng

JRN430 Mltmdia Reprtng Edtng & Prdcng

This course prepares the student to work as a journalist in today’s newsrooms, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms. The emphasis is on gathering assets in the field (text, photographs, video, audio) and then using those assets to tell a comprehensive story. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN498 Media Portfolio

JRN498 Media Portfolio

Designed as a senior project-capstone course, this course is designed to complete the preparation of students to be skilled communicators in the mass media marketplace. Different outlets for multimedia communication will be reviewed, such as print and online publications, business and corporate communication, and freelance opportunities. Students will learn to analyze published material and the aspects of a mass communication career. Topics include a portfolio of work, creation of a personal website, exploration of career paths, and resume-building. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (3 units; Spring)

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Concentrations (12 units)

Broadcast Journalism

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

Journalistic examination of elements of excellent photographic principles. Attention will be given to the development of artistic and technical skills such as composition, focus, lighting techniques, and photo editing, as well as personal skills, such as relating to subjects, reporters, and editors. An excellent photograph provides insight into written stories, and many times the stories are told more effectively with pictures. This course will teach the art of telling a story with pictures. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN310-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
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JRN330 Reporting for Broadcast Media

JRN330 Reporting for Broadcast Media

This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of broadcast news writing, news judgment and construction of broadcast news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for broadcast journalists. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring)

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JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of a television and radio newscast and long form edited feature program, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio-video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Global Journalism

ICS305 Global Perspectives

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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ICS430 Intercultural Communications

ICS430 Intercultural Communications

The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS430-A A White, Kristen 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
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PHI353 Comparative Religions

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 05/05/2014 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 PHI353-C C Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mission Hall
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Fall 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Media Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography

Journalistic examination of elements of excellent photographic principles. Attention will be given to the development of artistic and technical skills such as composition, focus, lighting techniques, and photo editing, as well as personal skills, such as relating to subjects, reporters, and editors. An excellent photograph provides insight into written stories, and many times the stories are told more effectively with pictures. This course will teach the art of telling a story with pictures. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN310-A A Silk, Andrew T. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
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JRN410 Photo Editing

JRN410 Photo Editing

Advanced journalistic still and video photography emphasizing photo editing, including specialized techniques in lighting, flash and related skills to teach students how to capture a journalistic story in digital formats. Prerequisite: JRN 310. (3 units; Spring)

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JRN414 Social Documentary

JRN414 Social Documentary

A social documentary is photos and video with a purpose - used to train, teach, motivate, shock, inspire, and raise awareness, consciousness and funds. As the Internet provides more opportunities for the independent journalist and activist groups form global alliances, the social documentary becomes an increasingly powerful tool for social change. Primary concern will be portfolio-quality, single storytelling pictures and multiple picture packages, including picture stories. Deadline pressure is emphasized, as well as trends, social implications, and portfolio preparations. Prerequisite: JRN 310. (3 units; Spring)

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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Public Relations

COM300 Public Relations

COM300 Public Relations

Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 COM300-B B Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
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Fall 2014 COM300-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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JRN350 Magazine Writing

JRN350 Magazine Writing

Development of versatile writing and research skills for selected print media, with emphasis on magazine article and newspaper feature, includes overview of magazine market. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring) ù¨†÷ã=*¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN350-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/02/2014 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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JRN420 Pblc Rltns Wrtng, Camp & Strgies

JRN420 Pblc Rltns Wrtng, Camp & Strgies

This course will prepare students with skills and an understanding of writings, campaigns and research to meet public relations goals for a variety of audiences through various forms of media. (3 units; Spring)

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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Sports Journalism

JRN340 Sports Writing

JRN340 Sports Writing

Students learn how to write a sports story, examining issues from race and gender to hero worship and sportsmanship, as well as trends and philosophies and the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it. Students will gain experience in covering games; writing for major and minor sports; interviewing; finding feature stories; columns; legal aspects of sports reporting; and covering breaking news in sports. Prerequisites: JRN 312 or 315. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of a television and radio newscast and long form edited feature program, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio-video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN370 Social Media Strategies

JRN370 Social Media Strategies

This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall/Spring)¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN370-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Writing & Publishing

JRN350 Magazine Writing

JRN350 Magazine Writing

Development of versatile writing and research skills for selected print media, with emphasis on magazine article and newspaper feature, includes overview of magazine market. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring) ù¨†÷ã=*¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN350-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/02/2014 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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JRN440 Writing Columns and Blogs

JRN440 Writing Columns and Blogs

Principles and practices of writing in the shorter forms of journalism, including editorials and opinion essays for print, electronic and online media outlets. Includes writing columns, blogs, opinion-page articles, and reviews of theater, music, books, and film. Prerequisite: JRN 312. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN440-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex
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JRN460 Investigative Reporting

JRN460 Investigative Reporting

The tradition of investigative reporters, who uncover facts and write articles that expose waste, wrongdoing, mismanagement, fraud, conflict of interest and abuse of authority, and promote change and reform, has a long and proud history that stands alongside more conventional journalistic practices. Students are provided with reportorial skills and techniques required by journalists who develop articles of substance and depth in specialized areas, with emphasis given to research, analysis, and interpretation of complex issues in writing for publication. Prerequisite: JRN 315. (3 units; Spring)

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JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN400-A A Chute, Michael D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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JRN340 Sports Writing

JRN340 Sports Writing

Students learn how to write a sports story, examining issues from race and gender to hero worship and sportsmanship, as well as trends and philosophies and the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it. Students will gain experience in covering games; writing for major and minor sports; interviewing; finding feature stories; columns; legal aspects of sports reporting; and covering breaking news in sports. Prerequisites: JRN 312 or 315. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

JRN360 Audio & Video Newsgathering

This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of a television and radio newscast and long form edited feature program, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio-video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

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JRN370 Social Media Strategies

JRN370 Social Media Strategies

This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall/Spring)¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN370-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
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JRN450 Internship in Journalism

JRN450 Internship in Journalism

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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