Journalism (JOUR) Courses

JOUR 200 Persuasive Communication
3 hours. Course presents key principles of persuasion as they are reflected in typical organizational communication contexts. Focus is on developing a planning sequence that will function as a practical guide for designing, executing and evaluating communication events. Students will be expected to develop a "real world" communication event, e.g., publicity campaign, speech, newsletter. (Identical to COMM 200)
Prerequisite: COMM 100 Introduction to Communication or equivalent.

JOUR 210 Practical Grammar and Editing
3 hours. This course helps those who want to understand and to be able to explain to others what can be done to make writing correct, clear and precise. The focus is on constructing, editing and correcting sentences and paragraphs. This is not a remedial course. (Identical to WRIT 210)

JOUR 230 Introduction to Journalism
3 hours. A course designed to provide fundamental knowledge and experience in reporting, writing and editing news for the print media. (Identical to WRIT 230.)
Prerequisite: WRIT 110 College Writing or equivalent, or instructor's permission.

JOUR 270 Broadcast News I
3 hours. This class covers the basic principles of broadcast journalism: broadcast news writing, broadcast video production and Internet-distributed news production. Students participate in a student-focused television news show by creating news and feature videos for broadcast (cable, online); they create a demo tape/DVD from those packages. (Identical to CMCO 270)

JOUR 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. This is a supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

JOUR 285 Selected Topics
3 hours. Occasional special courses created to fit the needs and interests of faculty, visiting professors and students.

JOUR 310 Professional Writing
3 hours. This course explores trends in media convergence, focusing as well on the ways reporters, editors and designers create stories for the web. Particular emphasis will be on web-based story design, the coordination of text and art, and the creation of stories for a variety of new media outlets. (Identical to WRIT 310)
Prerequisite: WRIT 110 College Writing or equivalent, or instructor's permission.

JOUR 320 Introduction to Public Relations
3 hours. A course designed to introduce and develop a clear concept of public relations as a communication profession. Topics to be covered include the function of public relations in both public and private enterprises; the process of planning and implementing a public relations communication campaign; techniques for communicating with various publics; and the laws and ethics governing the practice of public relations. (Identical to COMM 320)
Prerequisite: one course in business or communication arts.

JOUR 330 Magazine and Feature Writing
3 hours. This is a workshop approach to writing feature articles and other shorter nonfiction forms for periodicals. Student-produced material is submitted to various publications as part of course expectations. (Identical to WRIT 330)
Prerequisite: WRIT 110 College Writing or equivalent, or instructor's permission.

JOUR 340 Media Law and Ethics
3 hours. Class considers the rights and responsibilities of print and broadcast journalists and explores media law and ethics in light of the First Amendment and legal philosophy. (Identical to CMCO 340)
Prerequisite: JOUR 230 Introduction to Journalism, or instructor's permission.

JOUR 370 Broadcast News II
3 hours. This class takes students out of the classroom into the field to learn Electronic News Gathering (ENG). As part of the class, students produce a news program to be aired on cable access or campus TV network. (Identical to CMCO 370)
Prerequisite: JOUR 270 Broadcast News I or instructor's permission.

JOUR 470 Journalism II
3 hours. Students hone journalistic skills in areas such as interviewing techniques, cultivating sources, investigative reporting, and editing and layout. (Identical to CMCO 470.)
Prerequisite: JOUR 230 Introduction to Journalism or instructor's permission.

JOUR 475 Field Experience
1-3 hours. This is a supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing, and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

JOUR 480 Senior Capstone: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Communication
3 hours. Course is designed to integrate skills and concepts from communication course work with ethical and spiritual principles through readings, written assignments, and assessment instruments. Students will complete portfolios that will include work samples and department exit exams along with a statement of what it means to be a Christian communicator. A service component may be included as part of the course. (Identical to COMM 480)

JOUR 485 Selected Topics
3 hours. Occasional special courses created to fit the needs and interests of faculty, visiting professors and students.

JOUR 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Individualized study related to the student's needs and interests. Open to exceptional students at the discretion of the faculty.

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