Roy H. Park School of Communications

Journalism Courses

JOUR 11100 - Introduction to Journalism LA

An introduction to the basic elements of journalism, emphasizing the development of reporting, interviewing, and writing for print, broadcast, and online formats; mastery of Associated Press style; and an introduction to such issues as objectivity, critical thinking, ethics, and libel concerns. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 11200 - Journalism Research LA

Introduction to paper and computer database research, with an emphasis placed on locating and evaluating sources available to journalists, including public records. Students research a topic and develop interviewing techniques to produce a comprehensive, semester-long research project written in journalistic style. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 21100 - Visual Journalism LA

Explores the fundamental visual techniques and concepts of multimedia journalism and how verbal and visual messages work together in news reporting. Students will utilize a combination of skills and research to create projects that address traditional and nontraditional beat reporting for print, broadcast, and digital media. Examples are critiqued to lead students toward an ethical and analytical approach to issues of journalistic visual rhetoric. Prerequisites: JOUR 11200. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 21200 - News Reporting and Writing LA

This course continues on the foundation of News Reporting and Writing I. It explores the techniques used to research and report complex political, social, and economic issues for all media. Students learn advanced strategies for how to investigate the most common areas covered by reporters, including education, zoning and development, crime, legal affairs, public forums and other governmental entities. Advanced writing techniques for various types of news articles, including tight deadline reporting and writing, are also taught. Strategies are developed for individual reporting projects in print, broadcast, and digital media. Published examples are critiqued to lead students toward an ethical and analytic approach to public affairs reporting. Prerequisites: JOUR 21100. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 21300 - Journalism Ethics LA

An introduction to ethics in journalism, designed to develop responsible, professional attitudes and practices by applying a range of analyses to issues. Examines classic and contemporary journalism cases involving a variety of ethical questions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Open to nonmajors. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 25000 - Journalism History 3B LA

Examines the development of the mass media in the United States, beginning with Western European antecedents and proceeding to the present era of complex new technologies. Focuses on the factors influencing the evolution of U.S. media history, emphasizing the development of the U.S. press philosophy, the interaction of industrialization and media, and the rise of mass culture. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; TVR 12100 and/or background in U.S. history recommended. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 38300 - News Editing NLA

Students critically discuss the role news editors have in deciding what is news and how it is presented. News judgment decisions across print, online, and broadcast formats are analyzed; students then produce projects where they apply their news judgments across media. Technologies used include digital editing for broadcast, newspaper layout and design software for print and design, and presentation software for online news. The occupational, legal, and ethical responsibilities and concerns of news editing are stressed in a historical and comparative media context. Prerequisites: JOUR 21100; junior standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 38400 - Television News Producing and Editing NLA

This course builds on the television news skills developed in previous courses by focusing on the role of content managers in newsrooms, from writing to editing. Students will hold editorial board meetings to understand the concept of writing, editing, and crafting meaningful news segments. Students will script a newscast. Students will be tested on how to think independently in situations where important news stories are breaking. Under tight class time constraints, students will make decisions that will impact the newscast they are scripting. Students will learn one of the most important jobs of a successful news producer and editor: how to deal with people and ethical dilemmas as they happen in a newsroom setting. Prerequisites: JOUR 21100 4 credits. (Y)

JOUR 39000 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic, report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39001 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic, report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39002 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newpapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic, report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39003 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA
JOUR 39004 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA
JOUR 39005 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA
JOUR 39006 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic, report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39007 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic and report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39008 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic and report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39009 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA
JOUR 39010 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic and report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 39011 - Selected Topics in Journalism LA
JOUR 39012 - Selected Topics: Journalism LA
JOUR 39013 - ST: Journalism LA
JOUR 39014 - ST: Journalism LA
JOUR 39015 - ST: Journalism LA

The topics of this practicum will vary to allow students the opportunity to learn about a specialty area of journalism, such as sports journalism, international relations journalism, economics and business journalism, and medical journalism. Students will be required to read relevant specialty newspapers, magazines, and academic journals appropriate to the selected topic, report and write articles on the selected topic in online and print format, and write for broadcast. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200 and junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 48000 - Multimedia Journalism NLA

This course integrates the student's previous work into professional-quality, online news production. This class designs and produces a final multimedia project covering a variety of issues of interest to the community. Working in teams, students research, produce, and edit long-form stories and present them every week as a part of their weekly assignments and final multimedia package. The storytelling and presentation formats include text, graphics, audio, video, and interactive elements for audience participation. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200; junior standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 48200 - Narrative Journalism Workshop NLA

Students demonstrate their ability in narrative journalism by researching and writing a major journalistic project. Projects will take the form of a long-form narrative feature report, with the goal of getting them published professionally. Critique and analysis of journalists' projects and reflections on their craft are emphasized. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200; junior standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 48400 - Mass Media Research LA

This course strengthens the student's skills in conducting journalism and mass communication research on real-world local, national, and international issues. Emphasis on the formulation of research topics and proposals; literature search and review; various methodologies that are applicable to the journalism profession; data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and research report writing. Prerequisite: JOUR 21200; junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 48600 - Documentary Journalism Workshop NLA

Students produce an in-depth final project of journalistic significance in a multimedia platform appropriate to their subject matter. Students research, write, edit, and produce long-form news stories in a documentary format for multimedia. Participants also critique and analyze examples of professionally produced documentary and long-form television and web-based journalism. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200; junior standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 48800 - Issues and the News LA

A capstone course for seniors majoring or minoring in journalism, designed to give the students an opportunity for in-depth news examination and analysis from numerous sources. Ongoing critique of major news issues of the day. Students examine the variety of information sources available and incorporate various points of view from around the world. They present key summaries of issues they are monitoring, producing news stories and analytic pieces. Prerequisites: JOUR 21200; senior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 49000 - Internship NLA

Jointly supervised work experience with a cooperating institution or corporation in the field of journalism or communications, intended to motivate the student toward professional growth through observation and participation, to provide opportunities to meet active professionals, and to stimulate career planning. Skills and academic knowledge are put into practice. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Junior standing; journalism major or minor; completion of Park School internship procedures. The total number of internship credits a journalism major or minor is permitted to earn may not exceed 12 credits (including London and Los Angeles internships). For example, if a student takes an 8-credit internship, a second internship would count for up to 4 credits only, for a total of 12 credits. Pass/fail only. 1-8 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 49900 - Independent Study in Journalism LA

Intensive research related to journalism under the supervision of a faculty adviser and with approval of the department chair. A major research paper is required. May be repeated; total credits earned may not exceed 8 credits for the two independent study courses combined. Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; senior standing; permission of department chair. 1-4 credits. (F-S)

JOUR 49901 - Independent Study in Journalism

Intensive research related to journalism under the supervision of a faculty adviser and with approval of the department chair. A major research paper is required. May be repeated; total credits earned may not exceed 8 credits for the combined two independent study courses. Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; senior standing; permission of department chair. 1-4 credits. (F-S)