The courses below were offered in Summer 2013 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Fundamentals of Journalism
COM JO 250
Prereq: (COM CO 201). Required of journalism majors. The goal is for students to acquire fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to thrive as a journalist working in any medium. The course is based in the classroom, but students are expected to learn and adhere to professional newsroom standards. Focuses on essential practices and principles that apply to reporters, photographers, bloggers, producers, and editors at newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and online media. Emphasizes news judgment, storytelling and reporting skills, as well as writing clearly and quickly. 4 cr.
Basic Photography for Non-Majors
COM JO 305
Covers camera operation and inkjet printing. There are 19 assignments due throughout the course that help the new photo student learn about qualities of light, how to freeze action, use depth-of-field, use a hot-shoe flash in different situations, shoot at night, use filters, photograph a famous person, and create a self portrait. In the final assignment, students shoot a photo essay. Covers the basics of Adobe Photoshop; digital hygiene, how to create a filing system, how to color correct and convert images to black and white, non-destructive editing, sharpening, color correction, and resolution. Students must provide a digital SLR camera that exposes and focuses manually. They must also provide a hot-shoe flash and inkjet photo quality printing paper. 4 cr.
COM JO 309
Prereq: (COM JO 310). The goal of this course is to help students develop the skill and craft of feature writing for newspapers, magazines, websites, and blogs. Along with the principles of solid reporting and fidelity to accuracy, we examine the techniques of creative non-fiction, including narrative, style, and voice. Students work on storytelling, voice, style, description, anecdote, pacing, and narrative. Part of the course is operated as a writer's workshop. Students will email copies of selected work to one another, which will be critiqued in-depth by the class as well as by the professor. 4 cr.
History and Principles of Journalism
COM JO 357
Surveys the evolution of the American news media, beginning with newspapers in 1704 and continuing through the present. Students examine press freedom, censorship, changing definitions of news, and changes in the business model underlying journalism. The focus is on the individuals who played the largest role in the evolution of American journalism. Based on that history, we also examine the enduring values and principles of journalism in the U.S. and consider emerging business models. 4 cr.
Journalism Special Topics
COM JO 502
Topic for Summer 2013: Celebrity Journalism. For better or worse, celebrity journalism has become a billion-dollar industry, and one of the few areas of the news business that continues to grow, even in the down economy. Globe reporters Shanahan and Goldstein discuss the evolution of the field - how Americans’ obsession with movie stars, athletes, and reality TV train wrecks became a mainstream journalistic endeavor – and explain what it takes to cover the beat: original reporting, crisp writing, skillful sourcing, and a knowledge of libel laws. 4 cr.
Journalism Special Topics
COM JO 502
Topic for Summer 2013: Travel Writing: The Journalism of People and Place. Travel writing has a rich and lively tradition in journalism. It has been the source of some of the best nonfiction writing in recent decades. Among the widely divergent practitioners are Jon Krakauer, Bill Bryson, Robert Kaplan, Susan Orlean, Annie Dillard, and Tim Cahill. In the more distant past, the genre has cultivated many great writers: Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, and Mark Twain. This course is designed for writers (undergraduate and graduate students, amateurs, and professionals) who travel, want to improve their writing skills, and develop a fuller appreciation of the places they visit. The goal is to produce work of professional quality for newspapers, magazines, or possibly book-length works. It requires in-class and out-of-class writing assignments. The course mixes brief lectures with a seminar environment in which students read and discuss the work they produce for class. 4 cr.
COM JO 504
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; and, style - how to get it. Assignments include TV, film and theater reviews, screenings, and a trip to a Boston theater. 4 cr.
Media Law and Ethics
COM JO 525
An examination of the many ethical issues and dilemmas that face reporters, editors, and producers and how to resolve them with professional integrity. Danger of actions for contempt or defamation, laws of copyright, and intellectual property. 4 cr.