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CMA 2: Mass Media in American Society

This course will introduce the student to ways of thinking critically about the media culture that surrounds us and to ways of understanding the complex relationships among media, society and the individual through the 20th century and to the present. Rather than covering media exhaustively , this class will examine a number of interesting and revealing examples drawn from various media and time periods, focusing on how our culture has adapted media, from radio to Twitter, to its needs and desired.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CMA 4 Media Literacy:Behind the Message

Becoming media literate means developing an understanding of how various media, both print and electronic, formulate and deliver their messages. This course gives the student the critical and analytical skills needed to interpret media messages and understand their effects on audiences. It also serves to introduce concepts and terms used in analysis of media messages , as a foundation for further study in the field. The student will learn several media theories and see illustrations of their application in current media coverage.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CMA 5 Writing in the Digital Age

This class will introduce you to the various writing styles and formats practiced in the media industry and will include basic assignments in journalism public relations, advertising and broadcast scriptwriting. We will work on improving your writing by reviewing essentials of grammar, AP style and the writing processes used by good media writers. The focus will be on developing clear messages, analyzing your own writing style as well as other writing and learning to proofread and edit copy. Writing will be prepared for inclusion in your portfolio.
Prerequisite: ENG 3 ( C+ or better)
Every Semester, 3 credits

ORC 1 Public Speaking

Principles of speech composition and public address with emphasis on effective speaking and fundamentals of voice and diction are covered in this course. International students may not enroll in ORC 1 in their freshman year.
Every Semester, 3 credits

JOU 3 Basic Newswriting

The course is an introduction to the reporting and writing of the news story. Emphasis is on the construction of a coherent story from available facts. News writing on deadline and computer skills are also stressed. The course culminates in a reporting and writing assignment using actual interviews or event coverage.
Co-requisites: ENG 1.
Fall, 3 credits

JOU 4 Intermediate Reporting

This course focuses on writing assignments with a strong emphasis on reporting actual events in campus or off-campus settings. The course material includes an introduction to public affairs, municipal and campus government reporting.
Same as PR 8
Prerequisite: JOUR 3, Co-req: CMA 5
Spring, 3 credits

JOU 5 Writing for Electronic Journalism

Newswriting and editing practices specifically for electronic and digital news media.
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: JOUR 4
Annually, 3 credits

JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory

Students are required to be members of The Pioneer staff, making a regular and substantial contribution to the newspaper. Students must meet regularly with The Pioneer faculty advisor and submit pieces weekly as well as a final portfolio to be reviewed by the faculty advisor.
Prerequisites: JOUR 3 and 4, prior experience at The Pioneer, and permission of The Pioneer faculty advisor.
Every Semester, 3 credits
May be repeated for a maximum of six credits

JOU 56 Television News Gathering

This is a television news reporting and production course, a hands-on class, where advanced students in journalism and broadcasting collaborate. It is taken along with BDST 54; the classes are taught back-to-back. Students work in teams, rotating jobs, as they learn to write, record and edit video news packages, and later produce a news program for PTV.
Prerequisites: BDST 5, 25, JOUR 3, 4, 5
Can be taken with JOUR 5
Co-requisite: BDST 54
Spring, 3 credits

BDST 5 Radio and Television Speech

This course is an introduction to the microphone and camera speaking techniques critical for electronic journalism and broadcast announcing. Audio and video taping of news, commercial and dramatic scripts allow the student to evaluate his/her own progress.
Prerequisites: ORC 1
Every Semester, 3 credits

BDST 11 Production Essentials I: Audio

This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic theory and practice of audio production. You will be introduced to various techniques that cover the basics for capturing and engineering sound. This introduction to the tools and techniques of producing audio provides the foundation for sound production/reproduction essential in dealing with audio in various environments including radio, television, film, multimedia, broadcast journalism and for the web.
Every Semester, 3 credits

BDST 12 Production Essential II: Video

This course introduces the student to the basics of single- camera production , including shot composition, camera movement, preproduction, postproduction , storyboarding and scripting. This course also introduces the student to the three-camera switched live-to-tape shoot, three camera set up, blocking, microphones , soundboard equipment , levels and creating a rundown
Every Semester, 3 credits

BDST 25 Intermediate Television: Field Production

This course introduces the student to single-camera video production in the field. Use of the camcorder, lighting kit, microphone, and shot composition are covered. Students produce several short projects, with emphasis on pre-production, post-production and critical analysis.
Annually, 3 credits

BDST 54 Producing The TV Newscast

In this course, Journalism and Broadcasting students will work together to create a weekly news program to be shown live on campus cable channel PTV. Students will experience every role from the assignment desk to the anchor desk entailed in the writing, field reporting, and editing stories as well as integrating them into a live new cast.
Prerequisite: BDST 25, BDST 52 Co-requisite JOUR 56.
Annually, 3 credits

BDST 63, 64 Applied Radio News

This course is a practicum for students with radio experience who wish to refine their skills in news writing and delivery for radio. Students produce news programming for myWCWP web radio. Advanced work may be broadcast on WCWP-FM.
Prerequisites: 1 semester of Applied Radio, BDST 5, or permission of the instructor.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CMA 10 Media Law and Ethics

A study of the legal responsibilities and rights of print, broadcast and new media. Topics include First Amendment rights and their constraints under the law of libel, sedition, privacy, copyright and obscenity, as well as FCC and other telecommunications regulations as applied to broadcast and internet technologies. Students also examine ethical codes that guide media  professionals and study conflicts that arise when legal and ethical principles conflict  with real-world expectations. Current cases will be discussed.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CMA 20 Producing Web Media

This course will focus on reporting and writing for the internet in a world where convergent journalism is necessary. This class will emphasize the importance of media integration across several platforms. Class will concentrate on microblogging, blogging, and website construction. Students will learn the components of good online media by analyzing samples. Students will then create their own tweets, blog and websites-writing and designing them according to guidelines discussed in class. Students will use video, print, photography and audio on their sites. Students will use social networks and viral marketing to publicize their web presence.
On occasion, 3 credits

JOU 91 Senior Research

This course is research in preparation for a major journalistic project such as a series of articles, or for an essay in media analysis and criticism. Independent work is guided in regular conferences by a faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: Senior standing, JOUR 3 and 4
Every Semester, 3 credits

JOU 92 Senior Thesis & Portfolio

The student writes a substantial journalistic work or research paper that is based on the research conducted in JOU 91 and advances the student's interest and skills. Independent work is guided through regular conferences with a faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: JOUR 91 and Senior standing.
Every Semester, 4 credits