Journalism

JRN 22103 News Writing for Media Publications

Techniques of good news writing designed to develop skills necessary for a reporter through in-class laboratory exercises and the Signals college newspaper. Includes experience in news writing designed to further perfect the skills necessary to write clear, concise, and accurate news stories and specialized types of news stories. Experience in recognizing, developing, and writing features and editorials. Course fee required.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

JRN 22302 Graphics

Origins, development, and current uses of various forms of printing, type design and recognition, type harmony and legibility; copy fitting and layout fundamentals; introduction to color reproductions; trends in media typography; design of annual reports, leaflets, brochures, booklets, and other forms of communication. Course fee required.

Offered Fall for 2 Semester hours.

JRN 22701-03 Student Newspaper Practicum

Optional. The student is involved with practical aspects in the operation of producing the University student newspaper as reporter, graphic designer, op-ed columnist, photojournalist or similar experience. Must have permission of faculty member teaching the course. The student will serve two hours for every one hour of academic credit. Can be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credit hours with no more than three (3) credit hours per semester. Prerequisite: Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency of journalistic skills. Dual listed as JRN 32701-03. Course fee required.

Offered Fall, Spring for 1-3 Semester hours.

JRN 32102 Broadcast News Writing

Practice in writing and producing news for electronic media. Editing procedures. Technological competencies required. Emphasis on correct grammar, style, reader interest, readability, and clarity. Students will be involved with producing and directing RGCA-TV news.

Offered Fall, On Demand, Spring for 2 Semester hours.

JRN 32701-03 Student Newspaper Practicum

The student is involved in the operation of producing the University student newspaper in a supervisor’s role. Must have permission of faculty member teaching the course. The student will serve two hours for every one hour of academic credit. Can be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credit hours with no more than three (3) credit hours per semester. Prerequisite: Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency of journalistic skills.

Offered Fall, Spring for 1-3 Semester hours.

JRN 33303 Introduction to Public Relations

An introduction to communication skills that deal with media, mass communication, public opinion, and principles of persuasion. To create an awareness of the art and science of analyzing and predicting trends, counseling organizational leaders, and to serve both the organization and public interest.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

JRN 34402 Desktop Publishing

An advanced course in graphical design. Includes current concepts that involve various styles and type-fonts; type harmony and legibility; advanced study in copy fitting and layout, including handling of color reproductions; advanced design of leaflets, brochures, flyers, and other forms of visual communication and to increase awareness of effective news writing skills. Prerequisite: JRN 22302 or demonstrated proficiency.

Offered Spring for 2 Semester hours.

JRN 36103 Advanced Radio/Video Production

Advanced study in the theory and practice of video and television production techniques. Experience in the operation and creative use of radio broadcasting equipment, and a basic background in radio programming techniques.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

JRN 36901-03 TV/Radio Practicum

The student is involved with practical aspects leading to  experience in the operations of the University TV/Radio public access studio. The student will spend two hours per week for one hour of credit. The student can apply to complete the experience in a privately owned broadcast/production facility, if the appropriate level of expertise has been acquired. Must have permission of the Practicum Faculty Advisor.

Offered Fall, Spring for 1-3 Semester hours.

JRN 43603 Publicity and Media Campaigns

Deals with case studies of communication in industry, labor, education, government, social welfare, and trade associations. Applies techniques and programs to real life problems and opportunities. Practical experience in use of controlled and uncontrolled media to achieve motivation from various target audiences; theory and nature of materials emanating from a Public Relations department or counseling firm, and practical analysis and development of specialized communication materials to gain reaction and support from specialized groups.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

JRN 49803-05 Internship

The student is involved with practical aspects of an institution or business or is involved in an independently designed project, the practical aspects of a newspaper or is involved in an independently designed project related to journalism. The student will spend two hours per week at the place of internship for each one hour of credit.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer for 3-5 Semester hours.