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COM JO 100: Introduction to Journalism
This course introduces the field of journalism to students. It will acquaint students from COM and across the university with the journalism profession and will include instruction in writing, editing, and journalistic practices in addition to an overview of the news industry. Two credits.
COM JO 250: Fundamentals of Journalism
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM CO 201.
Required of journalism majors. The goal is for students to acquire fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to thrive as journalists working in any medium. The course is based in the classroom, but students are expected to learn and adhere to professional newsroom standards. The course focuses on essential practices and principles that apply to reporters, photographers, bloggers, producers and editors across all media formats. The class emphasizes news judgment, storytelling and reporting skills, as well as writing clearly and quickly. 4 cr, either sem.
COM JO 301: Editorial Design
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 required 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 303: Visual Journalism
Required of journalism majors. An introductory course designed to provide students with a basic working knowledge of the media required for professional journalism, including photography, sound, video, and editing for production of multimedia packages. No previous experience in visual media is required.
COM JO 304: Online Journalism
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students learn how to create stories using a variety of media. They learn which elements -- text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics -- are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students also learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online. Four credits, fall and spring semesters. Pre-req: JO 205/JO 303
COM JO 305: Basic Photography for Non-majors
Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, from the basics of image capture to processing finished photographs and introduction to their use in digital media. No previous experience in photography is required. Four credits, fall and spring semesters.
COM JO 309: Feature Writing
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
The course invites students to refine their reporting and writing skills in projects that will showcase their mastery of the craft. Projects will span a variety of lengths, deadlines, and forms. Prerequisites: COM JO 200, 205 and 210. Four credits, fall and spring semesters.
COM JO 310: Beat Reporting
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250.
Required of all Journalism majors. Students advance their reporting skills by learning to cover a city neighborhood or a community beat. Students branch out across the city and suburbs to cover courts, crime, education, local and state politics, and other essentials of community reporting. Students develop their own sources and story ideas with the goal of professional publication in the Boston University News Service or another news site. The purpose is to hone your reporting skills, develop sources, and build both competence and confidence. Students produce stories, photos, audio and video for the Web. Class is run like a newsroom, and students are encouraged to show enterprise. 4 cr, either sem.
COM JO 312: Photojournalism I
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
An introductory course for students interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism and visual reporting. Students photograph assignments to the standards of professional news outlets and advance their skills in digital photography for use on websites and in publications. Prerequisites: COM JO 205. Four credits, fall and spring semesters.
COM JO 351: Reporting With Audio and Video
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 or COM JO 303.
Learn how to find, write, shoot, and edit news packages, broadcast on television or the internet. Taught by veteran journalists in a newsroom complete with the latest digital technologies. Four credits, fall and spring semesters. (Prerequisites: COM JO 200 and 205.)
COM JO 357: History of U.S. Journalism
Required of Journalism majors. This course surveys the evolution of the American news media, beginning with newspapers in 1704 and continuing through the telegraph, photography, radio, and television before taking up the Digital Revolution now sweeping through journalism. Students examine press freedom, censorship, changing definitions of news, and changes in the business model underlying journalism. Based on that history, we also examine the enduring values and principles of journalism in the U.S. and consider emerging business models. Recommended to be taken before JO525. 4 cr, either sem.
COM JO 403: Magazine Writing and Editing
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 310.
Students learn to research and write lengthy articles of national magazine quality. Students also learn editing skills. Four credits, fall and spring semesters. (Prerequisites: COM JO 200 and COM JO 210.)
COM JO 411: Professional Journalism Internship
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Rising junior status; a 3.0 GPA in COM; completion of JO250 and either JO303 or JO357
Valuable on-the-job practice of journalism skills. Provides student with portfolio of professional work. The student works 150 hours per semester or summer at the internship. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Comprehensive paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required at end of semester.
COM JO 412: Professional Journalism Internship
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least 3.0 in COM; completion of JO250 and either JO303 or JO357
Graduate Prerequisites: .
Valuable on-the-job practice of journalism skills. Provides student with portfolio of professional work. The student works 150 hours per semester or summer at the internship. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required at end of semester. Credit variable, every semester. (Undergraduate Prerequisites: Rising junior status; a 3.0 GPA in COM; completion of JO200/250 and JO205/303.)
COM JO 413: Broadcast Journalism Internship
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Junior Standing; at least a 3.0 in COM; completion of JO250 and either Jo303 or JO357
On-the-job observation and training at a news website, television, radio station or network. Employer and student evaluations required at end of semester.
COM JO 431: Enterprise Reporting
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351.
Students produce in-depth video reports similar to those seen on network TV news magazine programs, news websites or, local television series. Includes a review of job trends in the field and advice on producing a resume reel or website. Four credits, spring semester. (Prerequisite: JO 351.)
COM JO 435: Online Radio Newsroom
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351.
For students who like the teamwork and adrenaline of a real 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 on deadline. Students use social media to report stories and upload content to the Boston University News Service website. Student file stories frequently and programs from NPR, BBC, WBZ, and other radio news outlets will be critiqued. Four credits, fall and spring semesters. (Prerequisite: COM JO 200.)
COM JO 437: Special Studies
Current offerings: Basic Research Methods, offered in the fall, covers on-line reportorial and research techniques. Sampling the Media, offered only in the spring, covers all aspects of the media.
COM JO 451: Television Newsroom
Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351; and consent of instructor.
Students produce a weekly half-hour newscast, broadcast on cable TV and the Internet, with live coverage and video reports about local, national and international news as well as sports highlights and the weather forecast. Students rotate positions weekly, using a television studio and control booth, collaborating to broadcast a fresh, informative and accurate newscast while facing the daily deadlines of a working newsroom. Four credits, fall semester. (Prerequisites: COM JO 200, 205 and 351.)
COM JO 490: Directed Studies
Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Students work with faculty on individual research, professional training, or special studies. Variable credits, either sem.