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College of Communication & Creative Arts - Journalism

Rowan University

Course Offerings

Journalism courses are listed alphabetically by title.
Course prerequisites are listed in italics.
All courses are worth 3 credits.

Advanced Publication Layout
Prerequisite: Publication Layout and Design (JRN 02317)
This course provides a thorough experience in print production through its various stages: writing, editing, layout, imposition, proofs, and printer specs. Using QuarkXPress, students build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Publication Layout and Design. They work with various page sizes, create multiple-page documents such as booklets and magazines, practice newspaper pagination, and create master pages, templates, and tables. Other topics include digital photography, manipulation of art in Photoshop, an overview of Adobe In­Design, and working with commercial printers.
JRN 02425

Broadcast Journalism: Radio (Spring semester)
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
This course provides training in the necessary skills students must demonstrate to obtain entry level employment as news reporters and editors in radio. Students learn broadcast writing and reporting techniques. The course is designed primarily for those interested in newscasting as a career.
JRN 02320

Broadcast Journalism: TV Newscast (Spring semester)
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310)
Students write, gather, edit, and present a cable newscast on Rowan University's closed-circuit cable system and adapt that newscast for transmission over the Web. During the semester, students rotate through various duties, including writing, anchoring, reporting and producing.
JRN 02305

Broadcast News Writing
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
Broadcast News Writing provides instruction in the fundamentals of television news writing essential to all careers in television news. Students will explore the fast paced world of writing breaking news for television. They will learn how to write in TV broad­cast style and write news blogs to build their student portfolios.
JRN 02341

Copy Editing
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310) or Basic PR Writing (PR 06301) or Journalistic Writing (JRN 02210)
Students learn modern copy-editing skills. They use computers to edit copy and write captions and headlines. Students interview copy editors to learn more about the job. They take weekly style quizzes to sharpen their editing skills.
JRN 02411

Enterprise Journalism
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310)
This course acquaints students with federal and state public records laws. They learn where to find and how to use public records at federal, state, county, and local levels. Students investigate property records, records on public officials and business and nonprofit records. They use this and other information to write long-form journalism articles.
JRN 02318

Feature Writing
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310)
Designed to develop competence in the writing of features, editorials, sports, reviews and columns, the course offers students ample opportunity to become familiar with each journalistic form through writing.
JRN 02312

Journalism Internship I, II, or III
Prerequisites: 75 s.h., Journalism major, 2.5 GPA in major
Under professional supervision in the field, students practice theories and skills learned in the classroom. Students earn 1 credit for every 40 hours of work, with most field experiences implemented for 3 credit hours. Students keep a detailed log of working hours, prepare an extensive portfolio, write an analytical critique of the practicum, and are evaluated by their faculty supervisor.
JRN 02356, 02358, 02359

Note: Journalism Internship I is offered in fall; Internship II is offered in spring; Internship III is offered in the summer. You can take them in any order. Each is worth 3 credits.

Journalism Practicum I and II
Prerequisites: 75 s.h., 2.5 GPA, approval of journalism advisor
Journalism Practicum allows students to apply their skills and knowledge by working on-campus with department faculty on a variety of technical, creative, or research-related assignments. Students earn 1 credit for every 40 hours of work, with most practica implemented for 3 credit hours. Students keep a detailed log of working hours, prepare an extensive portfolio, write an analytical critiqe of the practicum, and are evaluated by their faculty supervisor.
JRN 02355, 02357

Journalism Principles & Practices
Prerequisite: College Composition 1 (COMP 01111)
This course introduces students to the world of journalism: the culture, commerce, ethics, history, working conditions, rights, responsibilities, standard practices, and effects of evolving technology. Students learn about the nature of a journalism career and gather information that will serve as a foundation for their future journalism skills as well as for their lecture and seminar courses.
JRN 02205

Journalistic Writing (for non-Journalism majors)
Prerequisite: College Composition II (COMP 01112)
This course introduces students to a wide variety of news writing forms. The course covers material ranging from news writing to features, editorials, sports copy, and blogging. Students learn how to strengthen their writing through techniques such as using active voice, varying sentence length, and copy editing. This course is designed for non-Journalism majors.
JRN 02210

Magazine Article Writing
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310) or Journalistic Writing [JRN 02210) or Basic PR Writing (PR 06301)
Students get started as free-lance magazine article writers by conceiving article ideas, interviewing, researching and writing. The course provides instruction in adjusting style and slant to reach potential readers. Students learn to sharpen writing, resolve clarity problems, and add vigor to writing. The course analyzes freelance markets. Students submit work for publication.
JRN 02313

Media Ethics
Prerequisite: Journalism Principles and Practices (JRN 02205) or Basic PR Writing (PR 06301)
Media Ethics examines decision-making in media professions. The course examines the moral aspects of media conduct, and helps the student develop a more complete understanding of not only the historical background of ethics, but how the interplay of politics, science, economics, law, philosophy, and other disciplines have influenced the way we view right and wrong. The course also strengthens analytical skills as they relate to ethical decisions, cultivating a perception of how media professionals come to a decision and the many factors that influence that decision.
JRN 02319

Media Law
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
This course examines laws that deal with the legal responsibilities of print, broadcast, and film media as well as public relations and advertising practitioners. Students analyze topics such as libel, privacy, broadcast regulations and copyright.
JRN 02335

Newspaper Laboratory
Prerequisite: 30 s.h.
This laboratory course teaches students to use desktop publishing equipment and modern design principles to produce a newspaper. It emphasizes interview and research techniques. Students use concepts learned in liberal arts courses to go beyond the mere facts of a story to add depth that will help readers understand issues. Students function as editors, making assignments and directing production.
JRN 02420

News Reporting I
Prerequisite: Journalism Principles and Practices (JRN 02205)
This course teaches students basic reporting and writing skills. They learn newspaper style and use a computer to write basic stories that deal with accidents, obituaries, construction, statistics, speeches, interviews and polls. Stu­dents also learn how to write humorous stories and how to rewrite news releases. Students take weekly spelling and style quizzes to sharpen writing skills.
JRN 02310

News Reporting II
Prerequisite: News Reporting I (JRN 02310)
This course stresses government reporting. Students learn about the Sunshine Law and how to deal with government sources. They use a computer to write stories about governing bodies, zoning and planning boards, school boards, budgets, arrests, hearings, arraignments, indictments and trials. Students cover a local community and write various meeting stories.
JRN 02311

On-Camera Field Reporting (Fall semester)
Prerequisite: Broadcast News Writing (JRN 02320)
On-Camera Field Reporting provides the fundamentals of reporting and includes writing, camera shooting techniques, editing, gathering sources, and on-camera presentation to perform “one-man band” responsibilities in any television market. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience and will produce a resume reel for their portfolio. Skills acquired can be used to edit online video components for news outlets.
JRN 02307

Online Journalism I
Prerequisite: Journalism Principles & Practices (JRN 02205) or Basic PR Writing (PR 06301)
This course examines the online news landscape. Students learn which principles of traditional journalism can and should be applied to writing online news, and which should not. Students explore how to write news in ways that leverage the unique aspects of the online environment.
JRN 02321
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Online Journalism II
Prerequisite: Online Journalism I (JRN 02321)
Students will learn to conceptualize, design, and implement a basic Web site, with emphasis on content creation and presentation. The course will examine content strategy, editing and production techniques for sites related to newspapers, television, radio, public relations and advertising.
JRN 02325
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Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
This course covers the practices and techniques used by photojournalists on modern American newspapers. Students take digital photographs and edit in Photoshop. Weekly laboratory assignments are required.
JRN 02314

Problems in Contemporary Journalism
Prerequisite: 90 s.h. or permission
The course probes four issues: ethics, group ownership of the media, the public and the press, and journalism education. Students read and react to articles in professional journals and other publications. They present panel discussions and interview media professionals.
JRN 02410

Publication Layout and Design
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
This course focuses on design, layout and make-up of brochures, magazine and newspaper pages, newsletters and advertisements. It stresses how to coordinate art and typography with content. A workshop approach is used to show students how creativity in design can increase the effectiveness of communication. Students learn how to work with the Quark­XPress program on the Macintosh computers to achieve effective layout.
JRN 02317

The Publishing Industry (Spring semester)
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
The Publishing Industry examines the business and practice of publishing through broad readings and research related to industry operations and trends, field trips, guest speakers, interactive projects, and directed discussion. Students explore publishing aspects of books, magazines, newspapers, online material, blogging, podcasting, self-publishing, and editing. When students complete this course, they will have a better idea of the career path they would like to pursue.
JRN 02322

Sports Journalism I
Prerequisite: 45 s.h.
This introduction to Sports Journalism focuses on practical experience as well as study of professional sports journalists. Students cover Rowan University sports teams and learn to produce professional-quality game stories, feature stories, columns and a comprehensive enterprise package. In addition, students are required to file weekly reports detailing their Internet tracking of professional journalists, with a focus on the amount, variety and quality of their work. A practicing sports journalist teaches the course.
JRN 02361

Sports Journalism II – Spring semester
Prerequisite: Sports Journalism I (JRN 02361)
Students will build on sports writing skills learned in Sports Journalism I. Students will work in teams to form sports staffs that will produce sports sections on a biweekly basis. These sections will include game stories, features and columns, as well as “surprise” stories. The sports staffs will compete with each other to produce the most compelling, timely, informative, opinionated and entertaining sections. Each student will spend time in a different role – beat writer, feature writer, columnist, general-assignment writer, and assigning editor. A practicing sports journalist teaches the course.
JRN 02362

Special Topic: Investigative Journalism


Offered by the PR Department:

The Impact of PR on the News – Spring semester
The course is a semester-long journey into the information management world where the professions of journalism and public relations often find strong parallels but equally as often are locked in competition over how important local, national and world events and issues will be reported and explained to the public.
PR 06354