• COM JO 500: Media Criticism
    How well have the media covered recent U.S. wars? Do the media have political biases? What effect has Fox News had on the mainstream media? In the face of growing competition from the Internet, what is the future of traditional journalism? What impact are changes in the business model having on editorial integrity? Does political satire such as the "Daily Show" elevate or debase the political process? This timely course takes a critical look at the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the news media, including current controversies. 4 cr. either sem.
  • COM JO 501: Introduction to Business and Economic Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 308.
    Comprehensive training in writing business and economics stories, using articles in The Wall Street Journal and other publications as examples. Emphasis on developing clear, simple language to describe complex issues. Articles may be published in teh Worcester Telegram and Gazette. No previous economics or business experience is required. 4cr. either sem
  • COM JO 502: Journalism Special Topics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 308.
    Every year several courses have been created under this category to examine current journalism issues in seminar format. See the department for specifics.
  • COM JO 503: Journalism Research
    Required of Journalism majors in the "Journalism" and "Magazine" specializations. A rigorous grounding in research and investigative methods from interviews and records searching to computer-assisted reporting and use of the Freedom of Information Act. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 504: Arts Criticism
    This course explores the nature of arts and entertainment criticism, and helps students develop their critical writing skills. Topics include: structuring a review; critical biases; profiling celebrities from a critical perspective; cultural criticism (how to write about entertainment or the arts to make broader points about our culture) and, style - how to get it. Assignments include TV, film, music and theater reviews, screenings and a trip to a Boston theater. Guest speakers feature some of Boston's most prominent critics. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 505: Race & Gender in the News Media
    To examine the nature of race and gender stereotypes and the forms they take, and the historic context in which they develop and change overtime. To look at the structures, practices and culture of the news (and entertainment) media that create or echo and reinforce race and gender stereotypes. Evaluate and analyze dominant political and ideological positions on race and gender in the U.S. and how they are presented by major media outlets.
  • COM JO 506: Columns and Editorials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 308.
    This is a course in writing with a point of view. It includes instruction in writing op-eds and personal essays, along with other forms of expressive and polemical writing.
  • COM JO 508: Multi-platform Story Editing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 304.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 704.
    Whether you go to work for a print, broadcast or digital only newsroom, or produce content for your own start-up or non-profit, knowing how to properly edit content for multiple platforms is critical. This course is designed to give you hands-on experience with editing for multiple platforms. Examples of typical assignments: Editing a text story for print and web; writing a headline and description for YouTube video, copy editing photo captions for a photo gallery; fact checking social media. Student's will put what they've learned to practical use by editing content that will run on, the departments award-winning showcase news site for journalism students' work.
  • COM JO 511: Covering Government and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 310.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 721.
    This class provides instruction in covering state government, including legislative process, analyzing data, interviewing, and developing beats. Students learn how to write so that readers understand significant issues. Guest lectures, readings, and exercises explore the dynamics of political and public affairs reporting. Taken in the same semester as JO546 (Statehouse Program) as part of the Boston Statehouse Program. Class is open to journalism majors in all specializations. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 512: Designing Media
    This is a studio course where students learn the elements of design. Students design a newsletter and sample pages for a magazine on topics of their own choosing. Students design with Adobe Creative applications. This course covers the principles of typography, composition, and visual language and encourages creative/innovative ideas. All projects will be portfolio pieces. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 513: Advanced Photojournalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 312; and consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: and consent of instructor.
    An intensive course designed to give students the skills necessary to produce professional quality work meeting publication standards, with emphasis on storytelling in the visual medium. Weekly assignments require students to produce original picture packages complete with written material and captions. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 514: Sports Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 721.
    A special-topic writing course for students interested in a career in sports journalism. Topics include game stories, features, columns, and profiles, as well as examining sport as a commercial enterprise. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 516: Foreign Reporting
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 308; or consent of instructor.
    This course covers the practical, critical, and theoretical issues involved in reporting the world for domestic audiences. How can journalists best report on different cultures? How can they demystify the other for their readers and viewers? How do you work with a fixer? Manage your own trauma? Stay safe? How does 19th Century colonialism still influence foreign coverage, and how do you escape this influence? What's to be learned from Conrad's Heart of Darkness about reporting on Africa? When is personalizing the news a bad idea and when is a good time to do it? Students read outstanding examples of foreign reporting, workshop their stories, and learn how to be successful given the current standards for foreign reporting. However, in light of such challenges as globalization, global warming, ethnonational conflict, and the rise of China, the class also debates how to develop better norms in the future. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 519: Narrative Radio
    Students produce in-depth, character-drive, sound-rich narrative audio stories similar to what is heard on public radio programs such as This American Life, Radio Lab and Story Corps. They will use digital recorders and Protools audio software. Students also produce audio slide-shows and podcasts. Most stories air on WBTU, WBUR or other NPR outlets. Familiarity with public radio programming is essential. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 520: Advanced Media Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 301 or COM JO 512; Or consent of instructor.
    This is a studio course where students learn to design for a variety of media. Students design sample pages for two online/print magazines on topics of their own choosing in the categories of arts and ideas. Students design with required Adobe Creative applications. The aim is to improve communication through visual language. Typography and the use of images are explored as creative/innovative ideas are developed. All projects will be portfolio pieces. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 522: Professional Photo Portfolio
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
    Required of students in the photojournalism specialization. A course preparing students for entry into a career in visual journalism. Weekly assignments are designed so that students build a portfolio allowing them to compete for opportunities in the professional world. Students will master critical skills including story development, use of multimedia, writing, and meeting deadlines. 4 cr., Spring sem.
  • COM JO 523: The Presidency and the Media
    Students follow the week-to-week interaction of the president and the news media, while examining the evolution of relations between journalists and American presidents from FDR to the present. 4 cr.
  • COM JO 524: Broadcast Sports Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 303.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 707; or Journalism Toolkit, or consent of instructor.
    Students produce a weekly sports TV show "SportsNight" and learn producing, writing, anchoring and technical skills. Course provides a foundation for a career in broadcast sports journalism. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 525: Media Law and Ethics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Required of all journalism majors. Recommended to be taken after COM JO357.
    An examination of the many ethical issues and dilemmas that face reporters, photographers, editors, and producers and how to resolve them with professional integrity. Legal topics include First Amendment, libel, protection of sources, copyright and intellectual property. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 527: Art of Narrative Nonfiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 310; consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 721; consent of instructor
    An intensive seminar and workshop in the techniques and strategies of narrative non-fiction reporting and writing. Topics include: interviewing for narrative, creating a workable structure for long-form writing, understanding the concept of arch of narrative, developing scenes and description and understanding the elements of revision. 4 cr.