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Journalism Courses

The Journalism Department offers a variety of courses. See the list below for descriptions of each course. 

JRN 101—The Media: Freedom & Power (Tier II, American Experience)

Analyzing how the media, including the Internet, provide news and information to the public with emphasis on the First Amendment, media power, ethics and taste. Develops skills in written and oral communication. 3 credits.

JRN 135—Digital Media Skills (Tier I, Tech Fluency)

Learn how to use photo, video, audio, data, and web tools to become a multimedia storyteller. Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with digital publishing. 3 credits.

JRN 170—Basic Drone Technology (Tier I, Tech Fluency)

Examine the emerging technology of drones for data acquisition in a multitude of forms, incorporating the video, still imaging, and remote sensing potential of this aerial platform. Learn the basics to start flying drones in addition to the legal, ethical and safety requirements for flying drones and getting licensed by the FAA. Imagery/data from student and faculty drone flights are used for multimedia storytelling and 3D mapping projects. Co-listed with GEO 170. 3 credits.

 JRN 200—Basics of Journalism (W-Course)

A survey of the print and broadcast media for an overview of the principles and techniques of journalistic processes. Development of basic skills in reporting, news and feature writing, editing and production. Prerequisite(s) ENG 112 (JRN majors may take JRN 200 concurrent with ENG 112 with departmental permission.) 3 credits.

JRN 201—Reporting and Writing (W-Course)

Intensive practice in news reporting and writing with critiques and discussions of technical and ethical problems. Prerequisite(s): JRN 200. 3 credits.

 JRN 210—Broadcast News

Techniques of reporting and evaluating news, writing and editing for radio and television news programs, including documentaries and panel shows. Prerequisite(s): JRN ENG 112 and JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 211—Broadcast Sports Journalism

Learn the skills and techniques of covering broadcast sports, including play-by-play, radio and TV reporting and writing. Students will get hands-on experience in shooting, recording and performing. Professionals from sports broadcasting will be invited guests in the class. Knowledge of video and audio editing software is recommended. 3 credits.

 JRN 225—Multimedia Journalism

Intensive practice in online journalism. Students will learn to create online multimedia news packages for an online audience. Prerequisite(s) JRN 201 and JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 230—Fundamentals of Public Relations (W-Course)

Principles, practices, and techniques of public relations in business industry, government, and social agencies. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 240—Race and the News (W-Course)

Examination of the role of race in American news media. Open to journalism and non-journalism majors seeking understanding of how race affects the news process and the news process affects race. Prerequisite(s): Social Science B course. 3 credits.

JRN 260—Anthropology of Media

An examination of myth, ritual, and kinship filtered through the lens of various forms of media in the United States. Explores films and case studies of movies, TV sitcoms, and dramas and news broadcast. 3 credits.

JRN 270—Introduction of Photojournalism (Tier II, Creative Drive)

An introductory course to photojournalism using digital cameras. Students learn the roots and theory of photojournalism, as well as gain practical experience shooting and editing pictures for print and online news media. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 298—Special Topics

Rotating topics about journalism, including Broadcast sports journalism. 3 credits.

JRN 300—News Writing (W-Course)

Practical aspects of news gathering, news writing, and copy editing. Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and 225. 3 credits.

JRN 301—The News Media in America (W-Course)

An examination of the relationship between the news media and American society covering the basic issues in journalism through case histories of print and electronic news coverage. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 302—Political Reporting

Practical training in the coverage of the decision-making process in state, local and campus government combined with an analysis of approaches to presenting news stories. Prerequisite(s): JRN 200, history and/or political science courses recommended. 3 credits.

JRN 303—Great Journalism

Explore extraordinary journalism in the United States. Read, watch, and listen to well-reported, well written, and produced work from the print, broadcast, and online press. Experienced reporters will visit the class.3 credits.

 JRN 304—Sports Reporting (W-Course)

Reporting sports events for the news media; writing, and preparing sports material for publication. Prerequisite(s): ENG112. 3 credits.

JRN 305—Precision Editing

Application of news editing concepts to all kinds of writing. Discussion and practice in news judgment, copy editing, headline writing, proofreading, typography and design for print, online and social media.. Prerequisite(s) ENG 112. 3 credits

JRN 306—Digital News Design (Tier II, Creative Drive)

Principles and techniques of news design for print and online media based on editorial values, readership studies, and comparative studies of publications. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135 or JRN 170. 3 credits.

JRN 311—Television News Workshop

Practical aspects of broadcast news gathering, news writing, editing and on camera performance for television news programs. Prerequisite(s): JRN 210 or COM 253. 3 credits.

JRN 320—Writing Magazine Articles I (W-Course)

The process of writing and selling freelance articles and an analysis of the magazine market. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits. 

JRN 321—Magazine Editing and Production

Principles and techniques of magazine editing and production: planning an issue, copy editing, and designing a layout with computer design software and working with the printer. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135. 3 credits.

JRN 322—Literary Journalism (W-Course)

Creative techniques in form and style in nonfiction writing through readings, writing assignments and discussion. Prerequisite(s): one 200 level journalism or writing course. 3 credits.

JRN 330—Public Relations Workshop

A workshop in public relations covering such areas as press relations, news releases, special events, press conferences brochures, and other printed material. Prerequisite(s): JRN 230. 3 credits.

JRN 350—American Journalism History (Tier II, American Experience)

The history of American journalism through the reading of key documents and the writing s of major journalists, and through interviews with professionals. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 351—Media Law and Ethics

Legal and ethical problems of the mass media, First Amendment landmark decisions, and current issues concerning the gathering and dissemination of information. Prerequisite(s): JRN 101, JRN 200, or JRN 301. 3 credits.

JRN 370—Drone Journalism

Flying drones for the purposes of news gathering in both image and data applications. Includes the legal, ethical, and safety requirements for flying drones and reviewing necessary requirements for getting licensed by teh FAA. Imagery/Data from student and faculty drone flights are used for multimedia storytelling and 3D mapping. Prerequisite(s): JRN 170 or GEO 170. 

JRN 375—Courts and Crime

Introduction to the knowledge and techniques for covering state and federal courts. Prerequisite(s) JRN 201 and JRN 225. 3 credits

JRN 398—Advanced Special Topics

Rotating topics about journalism, including courses such as Drone Journalism, Reporting and Writing about Science, and Opinion Writing.

JRN 400—Investigative Journalism

An examination of I depth reporting in which students gain theoretical and practical experience in investigate journalism. Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 410—Television News Workshop II

Advanced techniques and projects in writing and producing documentaries, news reports, news magazine programming with portable digital video. Prerequisite(s): JRN 340. 3 credits.

JRN 420—Writing Magazine Articles II

Writing and submitting for publication magazine articles based on investigative reporting or the interpretation of specialized information. Prerequisite(s): JRN 320. 3 credits.

JRN 440—Journalism Workshop II

Advanced writing, editing and production techniques applied to campus publications and broadcasting with students functioning as staff members. Prerequisite(s): JRN 340. 3 credits.

JRN 470—Advanced Drone Journalism

Utilizing the flying and imaging skills developed in JRN 370 this cours emphasizes advanced techniques and projects using this aerial platform for a number of projects demonstrating their proficiency in both still imagery and video in a variety of news products. Prerequisite(s): JRN 370. 3 credits.

JRN 490—Capstone Seminar in Journalism (Tier III, Capstone)

The Journalism capstone project is the centerpiece and exclamation mark encapsulating the journalism theories and skills journalism majors have learned in their classes and in the field. Journalism students focus on a project of impact that can range from social, political, economic, educational, or other topics/issues centered on Southern's campus, greater New Haven, statewide, nationally, or globally. Students critically examine the topic/issue throughout the process. Prerequisite: JRN 225. See finished Capstone projects at Past topics covered include "The Change I've Seen," a series of profiles of people in their 70s and 80s, looking back on the way society has changed during their lives, and "Remembering World War I," a partnership with the Connecticut State Library to tell stories of Connecticut's role in the war. Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and JRN 225. 3 credits. 

JRN 497—Journalism Internship

Practical experience working with participating publications, broadcast studios, advertising and public relations agencies, and government and community organizations, under supervision of media or agency representatives and a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 1-9 credits.

JRN 499—Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 1-3 credits.