Courses

  • 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 multi-platform journalism. Students will gain practical experience producing and editing news and features for delivery via digital platforms. This class will critique and analyze news sites and examine how multiple elements such as text, photo's audio, video, social media and interactive graphics are currently used in multimedia reporting. 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
    this introductory course is about reporting, writing and producing the news for broadcast. Students learn the fundamentals of news-gathering. They report, shoot, write, edit and produce news packages. Topics range from breaking news stories to political coverage and features. Strong stories air on BUTV's newscast and are posted on BUNS- the BU News Service website. The course begins with the basics: story generation, fact gathering, videography, writing,editing and presentation.
  • 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 will produce in depth video reports similar to what is seen on network TV news magazine programs, news web sites or local television series. Review of job trends in the industry and how to produce a resume/reel website.
  • 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.
  • COM JO 735: Professional Project
    Required of all graduate broadcast concentrators. Production of a broadcast- ready portfolio project demonstrating strong writing, research and multimedia skills. Students choose a news topic to report, whether in the form of a video or radio documentary, a multimedia website, a series of video or radio reports or a multimedia app. Individual faculty members supervise this capstone project during the course of the semester.
  • COM JO 736: TV News Magazine
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 711.
    Students produce, anchor, and report a single-topic news magazine program, broadcast on deadline. Students advance their anchoring skills by preparing a half-hour program featuring video and live reports.
  • COM JO 737: Journalism Internship
    Required broadcast, print, magazine, online or photo internship under supervision of faculty.
  • COM JO 738: Business & Economics Internship
    Required internship under supervision of faculty.
  • COM JO 754: Science Journalism Internship
    To be taken during the summer between second and third semesters of the program and then registered during the third semester.