Journalism

This course will examine the ways that the media participates in shaping social reality. Students will analyze and interpret the roles of the media, especially the news media, in a democratic society in regard to a variety of cultural, political, and economic problems. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to copy writing for print and electronic media, with special emphasis on the development of news judgment, writing leads, and adapting messages to specific audiences. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to reporting techniques, including interviewing, fact checking, obtaining documents, and reporting on speeches, public meetings, and events. Prerequisite: JRN 130. Fall, Spring.

Basic principles of journalism for radio and television news. Introduction to interview techniques, electronic news gathering, researching, writing, producing, and reporting news for radio and television. Lecture, practice, and fieldwork. Prerequisite: JRN 130 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to the vocabulary, principles, tools, and techniques of visual communication for print and electronic media. Assignments focus on message communication using typography, image, visual design, and writing for the Internet. Prerequisite: JRN 130. Fall, Spring.

This course will examine the way the mass media shapes public perception of a contemporary societal issue. Students will analyze and interpret the roles of the media in a democratic society and how media can sometimes change human understanding and behavior in regard to this issue. May be repeated for credit as "issues" change. Prerequisite: ITW. Spring.

Media coverage of environmental issues is analyzed from scientific, economic, political and legal perspectives. For both science and non-science majors, a clearer understanding of how the media covers the environment and the various institutional interests involved in that coverage results through critical analysis and research projects. Spring, even years.

Training in news writing, photojournalism, video journalism, podcasting, radio news, and graphic design for publication within the Equinox, the Kronicle, or WKNH Radio. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Only 4 credits may be counted toward the journalism major. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 120 hours for 3 credits) for a total of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

Readings on the history of mass communication and mass communication theory. Students will examine survey, interview, and historical research methods. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: IHJRN 101 or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

Teaching and practice in journalism law and ethics by use of case studies and legal precedents. Students will examine the role of journalism in a democratic society and the laws and ethical considerations that affect this role. Prerequisite: JRN 235 or JRN 230 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Instruction in the process of gathering information from public meetings and public officials. Students will write about school board meetings, city council meetings, court cases, public hearings, and other kinds of public events. Prerequisite: JRN 230 and JRN 255.

An advanced course in television news, public affairs programs, and documentaries. Introduction to public affairs and documentary research, scriptwriting, and production. News for closed-circuit television at Keene State College. Lecture, practice, and fieldwork. Prerequisites: JRN 235 and JRN 255, or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years.

An advanced course in radio news, with special attention to story structure, public affairs programs, and documentaries. Introduction to public affairs and documentary research, script writing, and production. Productions for WKNH. Lecture, practice, and fieldwork. Prerequisite: JRN 235 or permission of instructor. Fall, alternate years.

Advanced instruction in the production of online multimedia content, including photography, audio, and video. Students will conduct research and interviews and produce media content relevant to a newsworthy topic. Requirements: Web-based camcorder, digital camera, and digital audio recorder. Prerequisite: JRN 235 or JRN 230, and JRN 255 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Production and operational work in a variety of journalistic media, including print, radio, and online, under the supervision of a faculty member. The production work, readings, discussions, and goals will be determined by the instructor, the individual student, and the group for which work is being performed. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the theories and practices of photojournalism, digital photo editing, and visual storytelling. The medium will be explored from historical, ethical, social, and legal perspectives. Skills will be developed through weekly and in-class assignments as well as through critique. Requirement: Students must provide and keep in good working order, a 35mm digital camera, 6-megapixel, or higher. Prerequisite: JRN 255 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Hands-on practice in PR strategies and tactics, including communication goal-setting, audience research, and message and campaign creation. Some lecture/discussion, with individual student participation as an important component. Prerequisite: JRN 230. Occasionally.

JRN380 Internship

4-12 credits

A supervised, contracted internship arranged by the student with an approved publication or, in certain cases, with campus offices, either for a semester's work or summer employment. Contract must be approved by the Journalism faculty. Responsible faculty supervision and review are required. Only four credits may be counted toward elective credit for the major.

Instruction and practice in feature writing for newspapers and magazines. Advanced practice in research and writing techniques as well as the creation of story ideas. Freelance feature writing will also be discussed. Prerequisite: JRN 330. Fall, occasionally.

A performance course in television news, with special attention to developing a regularly cablecast community television newscast for the Keene area. Introduction to formatting the news and presenting it under deadline. Lecture, practice, and fieldwork. Prerequisites: JRN 235 and JRN 255. Spring, even years.

Practice in copy editing, page design, photo editing, headline writing, story assignments, law, ethics and management of a newspaper. Prerequisites: JRN 255 and JRN 330.

Advanced study and practice in specialized news gathering or reporting. Topics include column writing, editorial writing, reviewing, or environmental reporting, among others. Prerequisite: JRN 330 or JRN 335 or JRN 435. Occasionally.

Under faculty supervision, the student develops and completes a program of research or development in a worthwhile aspect of journalism or mass communications. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Only 4 credits may be counted toward elective credit for the major. Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor.