Catalog 2021-2022


JOU 212 Memoir and Autobiography

Students read and study diverse, outstanding examples of this genre while practicing the craft of first-person narrative. Frequent and substantial writing--done in-class and as homework--is the catalyst for self-reflection and learning nonfiction storytelling techniques: rendering scenes; portraying character; structure and narrative arc; and finding and refining the author's voice. The final project, a substantial piece of life writing, is created in component parts throughout the semester and revised through peer editing, the teacher's responses, and multiple drafts of the entire narrative.
Credit Hours: 4
(HFA) (W)

JOU 213 Travel Writing

Students will explore the art of travel writing, using the techniques of creative nonfiction and journalism. They will learn to incorporate fact and research into pieces that include narrative, interview and reflection. They will reflect the intersection of people and places, while exploring their own relationship to the experiences. Assignments may include the critique of food, architecture and music; political analysis; and description of natural environs. May count in the humanities distribution in the Baccalaureate Core if not used for the journalism or writing major.

Credit Hours: 4
(A) (HFA) (IG) (NW) (W)

JOU 221 Multimedia Storytelling

This course teaches the basics of capturing and editing sound, photographs and moving images for journalistic purposes, with a focus on producing content for the Web. Students will learn to tell multi-platform stories using simple, portable equipment and software that makes up the “tool kit” for today's versatile reporters. They also will be introduced to the ethical and legal dimensions of capturing sound and images in public spaces and to alternative storytelling techniques.

Credit Hours: 4

JOU 251 Sports Journalism

Sports and athletes-pro and college- constantly make compelling news and offer rich sources for story telling and investigation. This part of journalism has been "multimedia" since radio and TV began; in this class sports students will become adept at the diverse skills today's journalism requires, including previewing and covering games in written and visual media; blogging; and using social media. Like athletes, journalists can only get better with practice-and this class will provide students hands-on opportunities to cover sports and raise their games.
Credit Hours: 4


JOU 101

JOU 271 News Reporting and Writing

This course provides a hands-on practice of journalism, in which students learn reporting and information-gathering techniques, develop interviewing skills and write frequent news stories with varying angles and subjects. Students will also learn to be fair and objective in their reporting.

Credit Hours: 4


AWR 101 and JOU 101, or permission of instructor and department chair.

JOU 273 Practicum in Student Publications

A supervised practical experience on a student publication. May not be used to satisfy general distribution requirements. Students may enroll for credit as follows: editor in chief, managing editor and section editors (up to 4 credit hours);  writers, assistant section editors and other staff (photo, video, advertising) from 1 to 2 credit hours. No student may receive more than 4 credit hours of credit in student publications in any one semester. May be repeated for a maximum of the following credit hours: Minaret, 8; Moroccan, 8; Neon, 6.
Credit Hours: 1-4


Consent of Instructor. Not recommended for first-semester freshmen.

JOU 290 Special Topics in Journalism

Specialized study of a topic and/or area of journalism. The course may be repeated if content varies.

Credit Hours: 4


AWR 101 and AWR 201.