Course Offerings

To see current term syllabi for selected courses in the Department, please go to https://managementtools3.wlu.edu/CourseOfferings/, search "Jour" in the Subject field, and click on any course. Syllabi that course instructors have made public will be indicated by a link.

Spring 2022

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Topics in Journalism and Mass Communications

JOUR 295A - Bethel, Alison

Study of a selected topic in journalism or mass communications. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Appropriate for non-majors.

Topics in Journalism and Mass Communications

JOUR 295B - Colon, Aly A.

Study of a selected topic in journalism or mass communications. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Appropriate for non-majors.

In-depth Reporting

JOUR 356 - Cumming, Douglas O.

The principles and techniques of developing and creating enterprising, heavily researched journalistic work for the mass media. Students produce in-depth work that they showcase on a website. Extensive group work is required.

Winter 2022

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Introduction to Mass Communications

JOUR 101 - Colon, Aly A.

This course serves as a gateway for both majors and non-majors to examine the role that the mass media play in society. The course examines the pervasiveness of mass media in our lives, and the history and roles of different media and their societal functions, processes, and effects. Students learn to tell the difference between fact and opinion and examine the links among theory, research and professional experience, while analyzing the ethics, methods, and motivations of the media and the expectations of their audiences. We discuss how media cover diversity issues and evaluate the policies and freedoms that guide and shape the mass media and the news media in the United States. Students complete the course as better informed consumers and interpreters of mass media and their messages.

Introduction to Mass Communications

JOUR 101 - Cumming, Douglas O.

This course serves as a gateway for both majors and non-majors to examine the role that the mass media play in society. The course examines the pervasiveness of mass media in our lives, and the history and roles of different media and their societal functions, processes, and effects. Students learn to tell the difference between fact and opinion and examine the links among theory, research and professional experience, while analyzing the ethics, methods, and motivations of the media and the expectations of their audiences. We discuss how media cover diversity issues and evaluate the policies and freedoms that guide and shape the mass media and the news media in the United States. Students complete the course as better informed consumers and interpreters of mass media and their messages.

Beyond Google and Wikipedia: Finding and Evaluating Information Sources in the Digital Age

JOUR 190 - Colon, Aly A. / Barry, Jeffrey S.

An introduction to information sources that academic researchers, journalists, public relations and advertising professionals rely on increasingly in the digital age to conduct scholarly research, report and write news stories, and to find, analyze and present research on trends in mass communications. Students learn how to evaluate sources of information for credibility and quality, while they strengthen their basic research skills to go beyond Google and dig below the surface of today's high-tech world.

Introduction to News Writing

JOUR 201 - Cumming, Douglas O.

Students are taught the principles and techniques of information gathering and news writing, with emphasis on fulfilling the role of the news media in a democratic society. Extensive laboratory work enables students to prepare assignments for online and other digital media, while stressing accuracy, clarity and skepticism in reporting and writing.

Introduction to Digital Journalism

JOUR 202 - Coddington, Mark A.

Concepts and practices of news gathering and presentation in a multimedia, interactive environment. Combines classroom instruction with a converged news media lab in which students contribute to a website, television newscast, and newspaper. Note: The laboratory requirement is limited to three sessions during the term, as arranged with the instructor.

Sports Journalism

JOUR 210 - Locy, Toni R.

A seminar surveying, analyzing, and critiquing local, regional, national and international converged sports reporting and writing by working sports journalists. In addition, students read and analyze several longer pieces by working journalists, and write extensively. Students also are assigned to report on local high school and college sports.

Social Media: Principles and Practice

JOUR 220 - Coddington, Mark A.

In this course, students dive deep into social media, learning how to use it as thoughtful and ethical professionals, and examining its growing roles in society, politics, identity, and relationships. Students get hands-on experience in producing news for social media by running a multi-platform social news service. They also learn how to plan a strategic social media campaign, how to use metrics to analyze social media effectiveness, and how to use social media in reporting.

Public Relations Writing

JOUR 227 - Parkins, Elizabeth

A writing course to teach the many forms of persuasive writing used by public relations practitioners to reach diverse audiences. Through frequent writing assignments and revisions, students master the art of press releases, media pitches, media alerts, features, public service announcements, newsletters, press kits, backgrounders, and coverage memos for appropriate media outlets. Students are exposed to social media and video skills as well as writing.

Law and Communications

JOUR 301 - Abah, Adedayo O. (Dayo)

An examination of the development of First Amendment jurisprudence, the law of defamation, privacy, access, free press-fair trial, journalists' privilege, obscenity and pornography. The case study approach is used, but the emphasis is on the principles that underlie the landmark cases. This course can serve as an introduction to and preparation for further studies in communications law and/or the legal system in general.

Crisis Communications

JOUR 325 - Abah, Adedayo O. (Dayo)

A case-study approach to current methods of forecasting problems and responding effectively to crises and consequences in the public and private sectors. Topics include identifying and communicating effectively with stakeholders during crises, effective media-relations strategies during emergencies, building an effective crisis-response plan, regaining public credibility following a crisis, and avoiding public relations mistakes during litigation.

Media Ethics

JOUR 345 - Colon, Aly A.

This course enables students to explore ethical challenges that arise within the various communication practices of contemporary media: journalism, public relations, advertising, documentary film, blogging and fictional programming. The course offers a grounding in moral reasoning and an understanding of professional ethics as an evolving response to changing social and industrial conditions in the media industries.

Editing for Print and Online Media

JOUR 351 - Locy, Toni R.

The principles and techniques of editing copy for digital and print media, with emphasis on clarity of thought, legal and moral responsibilities, and effective communication. Classroom work and assignments includes production of publications for both journalism and strategic communication majors, using InDesign, among other applications and software.

Directed Individual Study

JOUR 401 - Coddington, Mark A.

Directed study individually arranged and supervised in any area of the mass media.

Directed Individual Study

JOUR 403 - Locy, Toni R.

Directed study individually arranged and supervised in any area of the mass media.

News Internship

JOUR 451 - Kao, Stacey

Professional service, arranged and supervised individually, with newspapers, radio and television stations, online news sites, or other news media or business institutions, as appropriate. Students proposing to undertake an internship must meet and coordinate their plans with the department's internship supervisor by November 15 of the year in which they plan to serve the internship.  May be carried out during the summer.

Communications Internship

JOUR 461 - Kao, Stacey

Professional service, arranged and supervised individually, in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, or other mass media-related businesses, as appropriate. Students proposing to undertake an internship must meet and coordinate their plans with the department's internship supervisor by March 1 of the year in which they plan to serve the internship. May be carried out during the summer.

Fall 2021

We do not offer any courses this term.