COM 2101 NEWS MEDIA PRACTICUM I
One hour. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of the instructor. A team-taught course across multiple media platforms that provides students practical experience in newspaper writing and production, broadcast studio production and broadcast performance, depending on student preference.
COM 2102 NEWS MEDIA PRACTICUM II
One hour. Prerequisite: COM 2101 or permission of the instructor. A team-taught course across multiple media platforms that provides students practical experience in newspaper writing and production, broadcast studio production and broadcast performance, depending on student preference.
COM 2110 MEDIA WRITING
Two hours. Effective writing for the various media. Includes style and format and differences amongst the media. Mastery of spelling, punctuation, and grammar through in-class writing assignments. Students will also produce material for student media.
COM 2500 DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Four hours. Using a simulated office environment, acquaint students with the basics of news media, public relations, and advertising electronic document layout for newspapers, brochures, magazines and online publications. Students learn basic management skills via peer-centered critiques, coaching and mentoring.
COM 3300 NEWS REPORTING AND FEATURE WRITING
Four hours Prerequisite: COM 2110. Writing and researching news and features for delivery through print, broadcast and online outlets.
OM 3320 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 3300. An introduction to the process of electronic news gathering, video editing, and production of news packages. Live-to-tape studio production is also introduced.
OM 3340 ADVANCED BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 3320. Continues the process of electronic news gathering and producing newscasts with anchor stories and reporter packages. In-depth, hands-on instruction of digital editing and multimedia graphics software.
COM 3360 ONLINE MEDIA
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 3300 and junior status. The study of how to prepare and display news information online. How to critically evaluate content for an on the web. Produce multimedia stories.
COM 3353 EDITING FOR MEDIA
Two hours. Prerequisite: COM 3300 or permission of instructor. Study of the principles and practices of copyediting, with a focus on selection of material, editing for grammar and appropriate style and accuracy.
COM 3355 PUBLICATION DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Two hours. Prerequisite: COM 2500. The study of the principles and practices of effectively designing and producing publications, including newspapers, magazines and newsletters.
COM 3365 DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 1101 or permission of instructor. This course investigates various approaches to documentary genre in film and television and guides students in their own application of selected approaches, i.e. in their own thinking, writing, production, and speaking about documentary.
OM 3370 PHOTOJOURNALISM
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 2500 or permission of the instructor. Acquaint students with the techniques of digital photography and the skills needed for all areas of news photography. Class discussions center on the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to be successful in life and in a career in journalism. They include critiquing, coaching, training and mentoring others; best practices in photographing specific genres of news items; how to avoid legal entanglements; ethical issues of publishing; personal safety; and relevant topical issues of the day. A goal of this class is to have a photograph published during the semester.
COM 4300 NEWS MEDIA PROJECTS
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 3360. Special project topics that refine and apply skills learned in previous journalism classes. The production of broadcast feature segments for television and online. Real-world media convergence is emphasized in group projects.