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Journalism

College of Liberal Arts

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Journalism - JOUR Courses

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)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation Course.
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 hrs.)

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: Completion of the GE Foundation courses
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.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

300. Beginning Photojournalism (3)

Prerequisites: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Techniques of photojournalism for newspapers, magazines, corporate communications, new media and public relations. Course covers types of photos needed for all aspects of editorial photography, including lighting, use of filters, working with subjects and the photo picture page.
Letter grade only (A-F).

305. Media Design (3)

Prerequisites: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Gives students experience in design of printed and online materials. Examines theories, principles and techniques of contemporary media design. Covers historical roots of media design and acquaints students with use of photographs, illustrations, graphs, type and color in visual communication.
Letter grade only (A-F).

310. Writing for the Daily Forty-Niner (3)

Prerequisites: "C" or better in JOUR 120, or consent of instructor.
Students cover a beat and/or write general assignment stories as well as produce online story packages for the Daily Forty-Niner newspaper and website.
Letter grade only (A-F).

311. Reporting and Information Gathering (3)

Prerequisites: JOUR 120 with a grade of "C" or better.
Teaches students to report, gather, process and transform messages. Involves seeking sources in libraries, public records, books, magazines, journals, corporate reports, computer databases and personal interviews.
Letter grade only (A-F).

312I. Global News Media (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses and upper-division standing.
Analysis of world’s news media with an emphasis on structure, ownership, social and political roles and the degree of government pressure and control. Particular attention paid to economic, political and mass media globalization and its effects on developing countries.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required.

315. Journalism as Literature (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Set criteria for defining journalism and literature. Examines great journalistic work of the last 2,000 years, from Plato and Caesar to Addison, Steele and Swift, through Twain, Crane, Mencken and Camus, to White, Updike, Didion and Tom Wolfe.

316. Feature Writing (3)

Prerequisites: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Covers the feature article for newspapers, magazines and online media. Discusses style, organization, human interest, use of quotes, leads and article ideas. Emphasis is on clear readable prose.
Letter grade only (A-F).

320. Reporting Public Affairs (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
News coverage of police, courts and city, county, state and federal government. Study and practice in methods of investigative reporting.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

321. Introduction to Broadcast Writing (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Techniques for information gathering, scripting, selecting video and choosing sound bites for news and feature stories.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture two hours, Laboratory 2 hours.)

331. Publication Editing and Makeup (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Study of methods in newspaper, magazine and online production and practice in preparing copy for publication, including editing, proofreading, headline writing, using photographs and other display materials, handling news service copy and basic page design.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

340. Introduction to Online Journalism (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
An introduction into the Internet and World Wide Web from the perspective of online journalism. Course provides an introduction to the basics of online publishing and writing. Students work with the tools and technologies to create their own websites and write content for the online environment.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

370. Principles of Public Relations (3)

Public relations fundamentals: research, planning, communication and evaluation. Study of targeting special publics, the use of public relations tools, developing public relations programs and the importance of social responsibility.
Letter grade only (A-F).

374. Written Communication for Public Relations (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 370.
Students learn to write a wide variety of internal public relations materials, including backgrounders, position papers, proposals, letters, memos, speeches and crisis communication plans. Students develop a crisis communication plan for a nonprofit organization as a service-learning project.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

380. Advanced Photojournalism (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 300.
Photographic reporting with a camera. In-depth study of photojournalism with emphasis on creation of photo story ideas, photo essays and feature photos; photo editing and layout as applied to newspapers, magazines and online media.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

382. Radio News Production (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 321.
Reporting, writing and editing news and feature stories for radio news program. Special emphasis is on radio production techniques.
Letter-grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

412. Theories of Mass Communication (3)

Contemporary theories of mass communication. An overview of development of communication theory as it relates to mass media. Evaluation of theories of communication process through analysis of original research upon which theories were founded. Source, message and audience effects of communication process.
Letter grade only (A-F).

415. Minorities and the Media (3)

Analysis of the issues pertaining to minorities (ethnic, racial, national origin, gender, sexuality, physical, age and mental ability) and how they intersect with the mass media.
Letter grade only (A-F).

418. Media History (3)

Overview of development of mass media in United States and around the world. Major media figures, trends and industries are examined. Examines how individuals’ interpretations of past historical events affect their sense of the present and what should occur in the future.
Letter grade only (A-F).

420. Investigative Reporting (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Students work in an editor-reporter relationship with instructor in researching and writing in-depth pieces on such complex issues as mass transit, air pollution, city government, poverty, crime, housing and drug abuse. Computer-assisted research and investigative and interviewing techniques stressed.
Letter-grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

422. Senior Media Production (1)

Advanced work on Forty-Niner Publications as editors.
Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units in different semesters with consent of instructor.

424. Computer Assisted Reporting (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with the grade of "C" or better
Advanced techniques of new media research stressed. Development of skills in document retrieval and analysis discussed, with emphasis on publication of in-depth pieces.
Letter grade only (A-F).

430. Law of Mass Communications (3)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.
Principles and case studies of law of the press, radio ,television, advertising, public relations and new media with emphasis on constitutional guarantees, prior restraints, libel, contempt, privacy, taxation, licensing, shield laws, free press vs. fair trial, copyright and other laws affecting the mass media.
Letter grade only (A-F).

431. Mass Media Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status.
Study of ethical codes and value systems used in writing, producing and presenting news in the United States. Philosophical foundations of moral theory and various approaches to ethical decisionmaking for journalists and other media practitioners.
Letter grade only (A-F).

440. Writing for the Web (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better
Understanding online journalism and tools and technologies necessary for online publication. Students develop skills in computer-assisted reporting methods to conduct online journalistic research. Students publish work on class website and other professional venues.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. Course fee may be required.

471. Public Relations Management and Campaigns (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 370.
Students work in agency situation to develop a business proposal for client involving a formal written plan and oral presentation. Students serve as consultants and develop programs for a nonprofit organization as a service-learning project.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

478. Public Relations Case Studies (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 370.
Case studies used to acquaint students with problems encountered when working in profit and nonprofit sectors. Emphasis placed on analytic planning, critical thinking and programmatic skills. Students develop research study examining a public relations issue in-depth.
Letter grade only (A-F).

480. Advanced Media Graphics and Photo Editing (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 305.
Principles of graphics and picture selection for newspaper, magazine and online media. Emphasis on preparing material -- written and visual -- for use as single picture or layout presentation.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

482. Television News Production (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 321.
Scripting, voicing, shooting and editing news and feature stories for cablecast student program. Special emphasis on videography and editing.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

490. Special Topics in Mass Communications (1-3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
Topics of special interest in mass communications selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

494. Research Methods in Mass Communications (3)

Basic techniques of research in mass communications and mass media. Overview of theory building and hypothesis testing procedures as applicable to current problems in the mass communication field. Scientific methods, survey and experimental design, field studies, analysis of data.
Letter grade only (A-F).

495. Senior Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, senior status.
Analysis of issues and problems in journalism and mass communications. Examines theoretical and applied issues related to the media. Discussion topics may include international communication, copyright, social responsibility, ethics, free speech and journalism history, among others.
Letter grade only (A-F).

498. Internship (3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, Junior or senior status.
Work of an editorial or writing nature at least 10 hours a week with journalism or PR organization in the Los Angeles-Orange County area. Work edited and evaluated by on-site supervisors. Regular reports to faculty supervisor and meetings with supervisor.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

499. Special Projects (1-3)

Prerequisite: JOUR 311, with a grade of “C” or better. Journalism Major only.
Advance approval of instructor; (permit required to enroll). Research in the field of journalism in broadcast, newspaper, magazine, public relations, advertising, new media or other related fields. Students must meet once a week with instructor.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Latter grade only (A-F).