Journalism Courses

JRNAL-100 Topics in Journalism

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in journalism. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

JRNAL-110A News Practice Laboratory: Beginning I

1-2 Units: 54-108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Corequisite: JRNAL-122

This course is the laboratory co-requisite to JRNAL-122. In this class students will be working to produce the weekly print edition of the student newspaper, The Advocate, and/or its online companion, accentadvocate.com. Students will work primarily in one of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/capturing and editing video and/or audio stories; and designing stories, pages and advertisements for both print and online content.

JRNAL-110B News Practice Laboratory: Beginning II

1-2 Units: 54-108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Corequisite: JRNAL-123

This course is the laboratory corequisite to JRNAL-123. In this class students will be working to produce the weekly print edition of the student newspaper, The Advocate, and/or its online companion, accentadvocate.com. Students will work primarily in two of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/capturing and editing video and/or audio stories; using social media and blogs to enhance and supplement print and online content; designing stories, pages and advertisements for both print and online content; and editing articles, photographs, graphics and multimedia stories for both the print and online publications.

JRNAL-110C News Practice Laboratory: Intermediate I

1-2 Units: 54-108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Corequisite: JRNAL-222

This course is the laboratory co-requisite to JRNAL-222. In this class students will be working to produce the weekly print edition of the student newspaper, The Advocate, and/or its online companion, accentadvocate.com. Students will work primarily in three of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/capturing and editing video and/or audio stories; using social media and blogs to enhance and supplement print and online content; designing stories, pages and advertisements for both print and online content; editing articles, photographs, graphics and multimedia stories for both the print and online publications; managing one aspect of the business side of the publication in advertising, circulation, printing or online application; and serving in a leadership/management position on the publication’s editorial board.

JRNAL-110D News Practice Laboratory: Intermediate II

1-2 Units: 54-108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Corequisite: JRNAL-223

This course is the laboratory co-requisite to JRNAL-223. In this class students will be working to produce the weekly print edition of the student newspaper, The Advocate, and/or its online companion, accentadvocate.com. Students will work primarily in four of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/capturing and editing video and/or audio stories; using social media and blogs to enhance and supplement print and online content; designing stories, pages and advertisements for both print and online content; editing articles, photographs, graphics and multimedia stories for both the print and online publications; covering an on-campus beat and producing an in-depth or investigative story; managing one aspect of the business side of the publications in advertising, circulation, printing or online application; and serving in a leadership/management position on the publication’s editorial board.

JRNAL-120 Newswriting and Reporting

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU (C-ID: JOUR 110)

This course presents the fundamentals of newswriting, newsgathering, and news judgment for newspapers and online media. Emphasis is on accurate, clear and concise writing, organization and structure of news articles, language and style of journalism, revising and editing articles, and legal and ethical issues as they relate to journalistic reporting. JRNAL-120 is recommended to students majoring in the following fields: journalism, communication, mass communication, broadcasting/video, film, public relations, advertising, English, speech, photography and multimedia.

JRNAL-122 News Production: Beginning I

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU (C-ID: JOUR 130)

Corequisite: JRNAL-110

For the student with journalistic interests, this course provides practical experience in all phases of producing the college’s newspaper, The Advocate. Emphasis is on writing, editing, headline writing, page design, paste-up, photography, art work, word processing, typesetting and advertising.

JRNAL-123 News Production: Beginning II

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU (C-ID: JOUR 131)

Corequisite: JRNAL-110

For the student with journalistic interests, this course provides practical experience in all phases of producing the college’s newspaper, The Advocate. Emphasis is on writing, editing, headline writing, page design, paste-up, photography, art work, word processing, typesetting and advertising.

JRNAL-124 Sports Writing and Reporting

2 Units: 27 hours of lecture and 18 hours of laboratory per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is for the student with sports journalism interests. It covers basic game coverage of high school, college and professional sports for newspapers, magazines, and online media. Also covered are sports news and issue writing and reporting, sports profile and feature writing, and sports column writing. Blogging and using Twitter and social media as reporting instruments are also covered in the course.

JRNAL-130 Mass Communication

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: JOUR 100)

This course surveys the origins, development, characteristics, content, theories, effects, practices and principles of mass media and their interrelationships with society in the digital age. Included are media literacy, gender, and cultural diversity, media law and ethics, advancing technology, media influence, global media, and social trends and issues.

JRNAL-158 Photojournalism: Beginning I

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: JOUR 160)

This course provides instruction in shooting, printing, and editing using digital technology. Students will focus on theory and practice in press and publications photography, with emphasis on using the camera as a reporting and communications tool. Issues covered are news and feature photography and photographic essays, including composition, impact, and creativity, for newspapers, magazines, Internet and other mass communications media.

JRNAL-159 Photojournalism: Beginning II

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: JRNAL-158.

This course provides additional instruction in shooting, printing, and editing using digital technology by building upon the skills students gained by completing JRNAL-158. Students will focus on theory and practice in press and publications photography, with emphasis on using the camera as a reporting and communications tool. Issues covered are news and feature photography and photographic essays, including composition, impact, and creativity, for newspapers, magazines, Internet and other mass communications media.

JRNAL-161 Newspaper Design and Layout

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG

The study of contemporary newspaper and layout. The course will include page design, story design, use of typography, artwork and photographs. It will include an introduction to using the computer for page layout and design.

JRNAL-222 News Production: Intermediate I

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: JRNAL-123

Corequisite: JRNAL-110C

This course provides additional instruction in writing and producing student news media using the weekly print edition of the college newspaper, The Advocate, and its online companion, accentadvocate.com, as journalistic products for distribution to a college-wide audience by building upon the skills students gained by completing JRNAL-123. Students will choose to work in at least three of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/recording and editing video and/or audio stories; designing stories, pages and advertisements; using social media and blogs to enhance print and online context editing articles, photos, graphics and multimedia stories for both the print and online publications; managing one aspect of the business side of the publications in advertising, circulation, printing or online application; and serving in a leadership/management position on the publication’s editorial board. Aspects of professional ethics and mass media law are included.

JRNAL-223 News Production: Intermediate II

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: JRNAL-222

Corequisite: JRNAL-110D

This course provides additional instruction in writing and producing student news media using the weekly print edition of the college newspaper, The Advocate, and its online companion, accentadvocate.com, as journalistic products for distribution to a college-wide audience by building upon the skills students gained by completing JRNAL-222. Students will work primarily in four of the following areas: researching and writing articles; taking photographs, designing photo stories and creating graphic illustrations; planning, developing and creating multimedia stories; planning, shooting/recording and editing video and/or audio stories; designing stories, pages and advertisements; editing articles, photos, graphics and multimedia stories for both the print and online publications; using social media and blogs to enhance print and online content; managing one aspect of the business side of the publications in advertising, circulation, printing or online application; covering an on-campus beat and producing an in-depth or investigative story; and serving in a leadership/management position on the publication’s editorial board. Aspects of professional ethics and mass media law are included.

JRNAL-258 Photojournalism: Intermediate I

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: JRNAL-159.

This course provides intermediate instruction in shooting, printing, and editing using digital technology by building upon the skills students gained by completing JRNAL-159. Students will focus on theory and practice in press and publications photography, with emphasis on using the camera as a reporting and communications tool. Issues covered are news and feature photography and photographic essays, including composition, impact, and creativity, for newspapers, magazines, internet and other mass communications media.

JRNAL-259 Photojournalism: Intermediate II

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: JRNAL-258.

This course provides intermediate instruction in shooting, printing, and editing using digital technology by building upon the skills students gained by completing JRNAL-258. Students will focus on theory and practice in press and publications photography, with emphasis on using the camera as a reporting and communications tool. Issues covered are news and feature photography and photographic essays, including composition, impact, and creativity, for newspapers, magazines, internet and other mass communications.

JRNAL-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in journalism under the direction of an instructor.