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Multimedia Journalism

Is your passion news, sports, or entertainment reporting? MTSU students can prepare for careers as multimedia journalism professionals by studying all aspects of electronic news reporting, including television, radio, and online. This program, part of the Journalism concentration, emphasizes hands-on learning to develop writing skills; use of equipment; and production of news, sports, and entertainment reports. Students produce actual live television news broadcasts that air on the student-run cable television channel, MT10. Student reports also air on MTSU’s two FM radio stations, WMTS-FM and WMOT-FM. Internships with professional television and radio stations provide students with opportunities for real-world experiences.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

MTSU grad Strickland moves up at NBC News

Mass Communication graduate Ken Strickland (’89, Radio/TV) has been promoted to vice president of NBC News and named Washington, D.C., bureau chief. He joined NBC in 1995, serving as an associate producer for Dateline and a White House producer and then helping cover Capitol Hill where he won an Emmy. Strickland started at Nashville's ABC affiliate WKRN and won a Peabody Award at NBC affiliate WVTM in Birmingham, Ala. His first "real job" after college was working as a tape editor for CNN in Atlanta. “My experience at MTSU—and I was there long before digital journalism crept in—put me far ahead of my competitors,” Strickland said. By the time he graduated, he had written for NBC affiliate WSMV on the weekend, edited tape for CBS affiliate WTVF, and served a summer internship at CNN where he edited during Democratic Convention coverage.

Students win national, state awards for broadcast work

For the first time in the University’s history, an MTSU student has won a national College Television Award from the Academy of Arts and Science Foundation. That student is senior Erica Doyle, producer of Koure TV, a documentary-meets-magazine-style show that airs on student-run campus television station MT10. Only 23 students of the 600 who competed nationally from 154 schools won awards.&nbsp;“Erica showed us what’s possible when you take full advantage of the resources we offer our students,” says Billy Pittard, chair of MTSU's Department of Electronic Media Communications. EMC students also brought home seven 2012 Tennessee AP College Broadcasters Awards, including both coveted Best of Shows: Shawn Anfinson (radio) and Michelle Potts, Kelsey Lebechuck, and Russ Johnson (TV) for&nbsp;<em>VOTE 2012</em>.&nbsp;<br /><span>c.Academy of Television Arts &amp; Sciences</span><br /><span>Photo Credit: PictureGroup</span>

A specialization in multi-media journalism (sometimes referred to as electronic media journalism) offers students a training ground for working in broadcast reporting and news management for television, radio, and emerging media. Examples of career possibilities include 

  • TV news anchor
  • TV news reporter
  • Multimedia journalist
  • News director
  • Assignment editor
  • Sports television host
  • Sports reporter/commentator
  • Entertainment reporter
  • TV host
  • Radio host
  • Spokesperson
  • Radio news reporter

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • CNN
  • NBC News
  • CBS
  • ESPN
  • Disney
  • WTVF-TV
  • WSMV-TV
  • WKRN-TV
  • WZTV-TV

MTSU's School of Journalism offers work leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mass Communication. Concentrations are available in

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication with an emphasis in any of the School of Journalism’s concentrations.

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Mass Communication, and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts and Technologies.

Mass Communication, Journalism Concentration (Multimedia Journalism), B.S.

School of Journalism 
615-898-2814
Larry Burriss, program coordinator
Larry.Burriss@mtsu.edu

The multimedia journalism specialty within the Journalism program offers preparation for work in video, radio, and Internet reporting and management for news, entertainment, and sports. Used for instruction are two electronic newsrooms, three TV studios, a 40-foot definition mobile video production lab, a cable television channel, a 100,000-watt FM radio station, postproduction facilities, plus "converged-media experiences" in the Center for Innovation in Media. This specialty blends theoretical and hands-on approaches to electronic media education. Students are encouraged to complete their education with internships in professional settings.

NOTE: Students majoring in Mass Communication must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course in the college in order to graduate.

Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy in the multimedia journalism specialty, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours completed before applying for candidacy
  2. Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following:

EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020 

JOUR 2710 

ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 

EMC 2410 

EMC 2120 

  1. Minimum overall GPA in all coursework of 2.50.
  2. Math course satisfying General Education requirements.

Required Courses (40 hours)

College Core (9 hours)

 

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

 

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

Multimedia Journalism Requirements (31 hours)

  • EMC 2120 - Sight, Sound, and Motion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EMC 1020, writing competency, or admission to RI candidacy. Production elements and technology of the electronic media industry. Creative conceptualizations, elements of composition, the production process included. Basic visual and aural technology demonstrated.

  • JOUR 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism

    3 credit hours

    Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 2410 - Introduction to Electronic Media

    3 credit hours

    Organization, structure and function, historical development, and social aspects. Designed to give the major, as well as the nonmajor, a general working knowledge of electronic media.

  • JOUR 3430 - Electronic Media News Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • JOUR 3500 - Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 2132 and JOUR 3430. Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 3570 - Broadcast Announcing and Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for television and radio.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • JOUR 3740 - Advanced Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3430, JOUR 3500, and EMC 3570. Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Select one (3 hours)

 

  • EMC 3020 - Writing for the Electronic Media

    3 credit hours

    Techniques of creating and writing for electronic media, including radio, television, and computer-generated programming for cable systems and studio production. Consideration of program design and technical limitations of media production for specific formats. Emphasis on readability of copy, writing style, time constraints, editing, and the integration of sound with graphic images or visual information.

  • EMC 3030 - Electronic Media Advertising

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EMC 2410.

    Principles, techniques, and methods of electronic media advertising including commercial story boards and copywriting.

  • EMC 3040 - Motion Graphics I  3 credit hours  

    EMC 3040 - Motion Graphics I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANIM 3040.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and EMC 1050 or permission of instructor.

    Two-dimensional computer-generated graphics for television. Emphasis on the aesthetics and techniques for operating systems for character and graphics generation. Develop skills in the successful compositing of these graphics with live action and videotape sequences.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 3060 - Writing for Digital Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020, and EMC 2500 (may not be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.

    Fundamental principles of writing interactively for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in the new media while providing skills in content.

  • EMC 3140 - Multi-Camera Directing and Producing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 2131. Focuses on the duties and responsibilities of the television studio director. Emphasis on actual production and directing of video material. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 3150 - Single-Camera Directing and Producing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 2130. Techniques of video field production. On-location shooting of features and mini-documentaries; editing techniques, coverage, lighting, sound, and graphics. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • EMC 4140 - Electronic Media Programming

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EMC 2410.

    Development of techniques, program organization, audience analysis, recording, and directing through projects. Provides practical conceptual knowledge of the problems and procedures followed in planning and producing programming.

  • EMC 4430 - Electronic Media Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 2410.

    An analysis of the problems involved in operating an electronic media facility including personnel, internal control systems, business ethics, community relations, sales, and promotion. Involves case study method.

Mass Communication Electives (6 hours)

 

Mass Communication Optional Electives (6 hours)

 

Other requirements

  • Minor (15-18 hours)
  • 72 hours outside College of Mass Communication

Curriculum: Mass Communication, Electronic Media Communication Concentration (Multimedia Journalism)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • EMC 2410 - Introduction to Electronic Media

    3 credit hours

    Organization, structure and function, historical development, and social aspects. Designed to give the major, as well as the nonmajor, a general working knowledge of electronic media.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3  credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Natural Sciences (2 rubrics) 8 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • EMC 2120 - Sight, Sound, and Motion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EMC 1020, writing competency, or admission to RI candidacy. Production elements and technology of the electronic media industry. Creative conceptualizations, elements of composition, the production process included. Basic visual and aural technology demonstrated.

  • JOUR 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism

    3 credit hours

    Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • JOUR 3430 - Electronic Media News Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

 

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR  

    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

Subtotal: 32 hours

 

Junior

 

  • JOUR 3500 - Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 2132 and JOUR 3430. Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 3570 - Broadcast Announcing and Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for television and radio.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • JOUR 3740 - Advanced Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3430, JOUR 3500, and EMC 3570. Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor 6 credit hours
  • Electives 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 hours

Senior

  • EMC electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 9 credit hours
  • Electives 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 27 hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

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Journalism

JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

JOUR 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism
3 credit hours

Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 2710 - Media Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

JOUR 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3000.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.

JOUR 3050 - Principles of Health Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences. 

JOUR 3070 - Introduction to Social Media Practice
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3070.) Prerequisites: EMC 2500 and EMC 3060. Introduces social media history, approaches, and practical application. Overview of social media usage within and on behalf of organizations and institutions through a practical analysis approach that focuses on the application of social media techniques.

JOUR 3090 - Reporting
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: JOUR 2710. Corequisite: JOUR 3091. Theory and practice of basic journalism skills, including content gathering, storytelling, evaluating, writing and processing of news. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory where hands-on instruction acquaints journalism students with the technology and techniques used in multiplatform media convergence and establishes a base for more advanced reporting, writing, and editing courses.

JOUR 3091 - Reporting Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: JOUR 3090. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.  

JOUR 3100 - Introduction to Popular Music Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as RIM 3100.) Prerequisite: RI major - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Introduces students to different academic and theoretical approaches to popular music as a social and cultural phenomenon. A discussion oriented class that is both reading and writing intensive.

JOUR 3430 - Electronic Media News Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 3450 - Editing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3090 with minimum grade of C. Theory and practice in the art of copy editing, including editing, language skills, newspaper style, news judgment, headline writing, photo editing, cutline writing, and page design.

JOUR 3500 - Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 2132 and JOUR 3430. Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 3510 - Media History and American Culture
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3510.) Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.

JOUR 3520 - Special Topics in Professional Issues
3 credit hours

(Same as ADV/PR/VCOM 3520.) Prerequisites: JOUR 3090 and admission to candidacy. Special topics in journalism, advertising, public relations, and visual communication focusing on practical applications. Topics change each semester and have included investigative, environmental, sports, and political reporting; visual editing; international public relations; and advertising account management. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

JOUR 3530 - Feature Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines. Assignments in writing for professional publications as well as the student newspaper.

JOUR 3580 - MC Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing; permission of instructor. Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting. Note: Total credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

JOUR 3590 - Magazine Writing and Editing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3530. Types of magazines and editorial needs; practice in magazine article writing.

JOUR 3600 - Digital and Media Literacy
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3600). Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020. Enables students to develop an informed and critical understanding of media messages and media culture as well as their social, cultural, and political contexts and implications. Students develop the critical thinking skills and methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content in a digital age. Offers ways to think critically about media as they relate to citizenship and democracy.

JOUR 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3650/RIM 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. Comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

JOUR 3740 - Advanced Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3430, JOUR 3500, and EMC 3570. Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

JOUR 4000 - MC Internship
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; upper-division standing; permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting. Note: Total credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

JOUR 4210 - Mass Communication and Society
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4210.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history, and research. Media-content emphasis varies depending on instructor's expertise.

JOUR 4240 - Television, Culture, and History
3 credit hours

Examines television as a cultural product, communication tool, "mirror on the world," and as an agent for social change. Explores censorship, sponsorship, ethics, and the impact of context on content. Focuses on role that television has had and continues to have on constructing notions of gender, race, class, and difference.

JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

JOUR 4300 - Reviewing and Criticism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy or permission of instructor. Theories and practice of reviewing and criticism in the mass media. Overview of current trends in film, theatre, music, books, and other entertainment media. Practice in critical and analytical writing.

JOUR 4440 - Advanced Reporting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; JOUR 3090. Advanced theory and practice in news reporting, emphasis on coverage of governmental affairs and other public affairs-related assignments, including an introduction to interpretive and investigative reporting techniques.

JOUR 4660 - Scientific Approaches to Media
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4660.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.

JOUR 4670 - Cultural Approaches to Media
3 credit hours

Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of cultural studies with specific emphasis on research methods. Explores popular culture, comparative media systems, global media flows, and new media technologies, among other topics pertinent to media and journalism.

JOUR 4700 - Mass Media and National Security
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the mass media in maintaining national security. Topics include history, legal, and operational concerns from both media and the government perspectives. Discusses the tension between maintaining national security and American traditions of civil liberties and the role of both the media and government in these discussions.

JOUR 4780 - Media and Markets
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Approaches to understanding media audiences. Examines tensions between the business and public functions of media, and social and ethical conflicts related to media marketing.

JOUR 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

JOUR 4800 - Seminar in Media Issues
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4800.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media, including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other publics. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

JOUR 4810 - Global Comparative Media Systems
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4810.) A close comparative study of chosen media systems in regions of the world. Examines print, broadcast, entertainment, and new media in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim Region, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Media interactions with an influence on the geographic, demographic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political structures of countries.

JOUR 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

JOUR 4850 - Ethics and Mass Communication
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of ethical concerns of media practitioners illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical basis of socially responsive mass media.

JOUR 4900 - Independent Study In Mass Communication
1 to 3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4900.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of instructor. Independent study projects or research related to media issues or professions.

JOUR 4910 - Research in Media Issues
3 credit hours

Students work on developing good writing skills while conducting original research in their areas of interest. Students will critique each other's writing in a peer-workshop environment, as they edit and revise their own writing--building to a journal-quality research paper presented to the class in a conference-like setting.

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