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COM JO 545: Reporting Military Affairs
The role of the press in covering international conflicts, as well as the responsibilities of the press to cover military policies, procedures, and programs during peacetime.
COM JO 546: Statehouse Program
The prime component of The Boston Statehouse Program, this advanced study in government and political reporting offers the opportunity to write and report from Beacon Hill for a Massachusetts daily. The course goal is to develop writing and reporting skills through the daily experience of covering state government. Students acquire the skills necessary to work in a daily news environment, including interviewing, developing sources, archival research and deadline writing.
COM JO 550: Advanced Online Journalism
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 304.
This course focuses on producing long-form, interactive multimedia news. Working in teams, print, broadcast and photojournalism students learn to produce documentary style multimedia packages that combine still photography, audio, video and text. The course will offer an overview of techniques and best practices currently employed by news organizations to produce advanced multimedia projects for the web. 4 cr, either sem.
COM JO 702: Advanced Science Writing
Students learn to research, organize, and write a major magazine article of publishable quality. Projects for the course, with appropriate revision, may be submitted in lieu of a separate master's project.
COM JO 703: Magazine Writing
This is a course in long-form magazine journalism such as appears in the New Yorker, Harpers, Rolling Stone, Outside, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. The class reads and analyzes superb examples of the genre and reports, researches and writes long-from pieces of its own. Among the issues addressed in depth are: intensive, in-depth reporting and research; the writing process; the use of fine language and the development of a personal voice; the importance of a point of view; structuring long pieces; digging deeply into subjects in order to truly enlighten readers. Also discussed is a reporting and writing strategy rooted in the methods of anthropology and ethnography. Other issues: the importance of complexity, the organic development of characters, the nature of narrative, the depiction of otherness and difference; the use of empathy; ?mindful? journalism; and the development of relationships with sources through deep preparation, emotional connectedness, and conversation (instead of Q & A).
COM JO 704: Online Journalism for Graduate Students
Required of journalism majors. This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students will view and critique news web site and learn how to create stories using a variety mediums. They will learn which elements -- text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics -- are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students will learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online. 4 cr, either sem.
COM JO 705: Science Unbound-Writing at the Edges of Science and Society
A course in which students read, think and write about several areas where science and society interact, how that interaction has played out in the media and how that has affected the public's perceptions and policy decisions. We'll examine three thematic areas in which science has has a particularly prickly relationship with the media, perhaps because they touch on primal emotions:(1) Uncertainly and Doubt, (2) Hope and Fear, and, (3) Truth and justice. Students will also complete a series of short to medium length magazine style pieces suitable for front of the book sections of popular publications- such as Wired, Discover, Technology and New Scientist.
COM JO 707: Writing and Reporting for Broadcast News
Students must take this course in conjunction with JO 711 (where they learn the basics of video cameras and video editing). Students learn to write and report using audio and video. The first half of the course emphasizes writing on deadline with audio. Students learn how to record digital audio and edit it using digital audio editing software. The second half of the course is field reporting with video. Students will also be asked to critique audio and video reports produced for radio, TV and the web and to prepare a critical presentation on an issue facing journalists using audio and video as their medium. Students will learn how to use APENPS software used in most professional newsrooms to prepare copy. Emphasis is on hard news. 4 cr, 1st sem.
COM JO 709: TV News Management
Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, consent of instructor.
Graduate Prerequisites: Seniors only, by consent of instructor.
Students examine the profession of management as it relates to broadcast news operations. In-depth analysis of news organizations, both network and local, budgets, personnel management, policy development, and ethical considerations with practical case study approach.
COM JO 712: Online Radio Newsroom
Students produce a half-hour LIVE news show on the student radio station, WTBU, during each class. Students report, write, produce and engineer all the news, sports and commentary in the program on deadline. Students from London and State House programs file stories for the news show. Students are expected to file frequently and to critique programs from NPR, BBC, WBZ and other audio news outlets. The best productions will be pitched to WBUR and State House clients for their websites. 4 cr, 1st sem.
COM JO 718: Magazine Workshop
Graduate Prerequisites: students should be familiar with Microsoft Word or comparable program.
This final magazine writing course is designed to create a published magazine as a writing portfolio for students. This is a studio course, taught by two professors, which covers writing and design in a setting that captures the dynamics of professional practice. Students within each group, assume professional positions and conceptualize, write, edit, design, and publish magazines. Magazines are designed and published using QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop. Design concepts and techniques, along with computer programs used in this course, are taught with step by step instructions. 4 cr 2nd sem
COM JO 719: Feature Writing
Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 721.
Writing feature articles for newspapers, magazines and other media. Covers markets open to free-lance writers, published articles, newspaper feature sections, and Sunday supplements.
COM JO 721: Journalism Principles and Techniques
Required. Students acquire techniques of newswriting and reporting by covering a full range of news stories in a laboratory situation. Stress on deadline pressure, writing, and reporting. Includes weekly seminar on journalism principles as illustrated by current events and controversies.
COM JO 722: Advanced Journalism Seminar
Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 721.
Required. Newswriting and reporting in Boston and surrounding communities. Students cover working beats.
COM JO 723: Science Newswriting I
Students develop experience in writing about science, technology, and medicine for the consumer press. At instructor's option, students may write scripts for broadcast and/or articles for publication in scientific, professional, or business magazines and periodicals.
COM JO 724: Science in the Crosshairs
This course guides students toward writing short, pithy features and reports on issues of scientific controversy, introducing students to the technical basics of short form narrative, while also taking a hard look at a number of scientific issues. Also a refresher unit on statistics and one on the politics of scientific journals. The focus will be on learning to think, report, research and write as a journalist while at the same time building a sound understanding of some of the most critical issues of our day. Students will be expected to produce four pieces of writing- ranging from brief expository pieces to a fully formed profile.
COM JO 727: Special Studies
COM JO 732: Conflict and Commentary in Science Reporting
A course in writing about science policy issues, including in-depth coverage of controversial issues and writing scientific-related essay, such as those that appear in Slate and Salon. classroom discussions will involve complex areas of science reporting, including scientific fraud and business issues related to science.
COM JO 733: Enterprise Reporting
Students seek news and design original stories, develop contacts and beats, and plan minidocumentary productions.
COM JO 734: Broadcast Journalism I: Television News Production
Introduction to basic techniques of video news, with emphasis on function of the writer. Includes on-air techniques, editing, and feature and documentary planning and production.