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Journalism, Multimedia, Public Relations

IHJRN101 Media and Society

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.

JRN130 Writing for the Media

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. Fall, Spring.

JRN155 Digital Journalism

Introduction to the vocabulary, principles, tools, and techniques of visual communication for print and electronic media. Assignments focus on multimedia message communication using visual design and layout, images, sound, and video. Fall, Spring.

JRN223 Journalism Law and Ethics

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 130 or JRN 155. Spring.

JRN230 Print Journalism

Introduction to reporting techniques, including interviewing, fact checking, obtaining documents, and reporting on speeches, public meetings, and events. Prerequisite: JRN 130 and JRN 155. Spring.

JRN235 Broadcast Journalism

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 and JRN 155 or permission of instructor. Fall.

IIJRN268 Environmental Issues and the Media

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.

JRN280 Media Production

2 credits

Training in news writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia and visual design and layout with the Equinox, the Kronicle, or WKNH Radio. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring.

JRN281 Television Production

2 credits

Training in television production including KSC-TV newscast. Theory and practice for television studio management, lighting, equipment and techniques. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring.

JRN282 Equinox Editor

Training in page design, story assignment, journalism law and ethics, and newsroom management for the editors of the student paper. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

JRN283 Sports Broadcast Journalism

2 credits

Training sports broadcasting including play-by-play and color commentary. Theory and practice of sports broadcasting including work on athletics broadcasts. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring.

JRN294 Cooperative Education

1-6 credits

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.

JRN311 Mass Media History and Theory

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.

JRN330 Public Affairs Reporting

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. Fall, odd years.

JRN335 Television Journalism

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. Spring, even years.

JRN345 Radio Journalism

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. Spring, even years.

JRN355 Multimedia Journalism

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.

JRN365 Photojournalism

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. Prerequisite: JRN 155 or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

JRN380 Internship

2-12 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. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Year round.

JRN386 Public Relations Principles

An exploration of the theoretical and ethical applications in public relations. PR is production and distribution of information to produce a perception, in both corporate and non-profit arenas. PR work involves research and analysis to produce written, visual and video transmitted by print and broadcast media, online and social media. Prerequisite: JRN 130. Fall.

IHJRN395 Famous Trials

This course examines fair trial/free press conflicts in U.S. courts. The course will address the historical development of fair trial/free press law and precedent-setting cases in the development of such laws. Applicable law and precedent will be used to examine famous, contemporary, highly publicized trials. Prerequisites: 24 credits of ISP including ITW and QL. Summer.

JRN430 Feature Writing

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 230 or JRN 235. Fall, even years.

JRN435 Community Television News

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. Spring, odd years.

JRN450 News Editing and Management

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.

JRN486 Public Relations Practice

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 155 and JRN 386. Spring.

JRN498 Independent Study

1-8 credits

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: Permission of instructor. Year round.