JOU Courses

JOU110 - Introduction to Journalism (3 cr.)

Introduction of journalism as a major and a career, an examination of important media and non-media influences on the news, and case studies of major media events. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts.

JOU199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

JOU203 - Computer Basics for Journalists (1 cr.)

An introduction to computer essentials, efficiency techniques for email and word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and advanced Web searches. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU204 - U.S. Media History (3 cr.)

History of newspapers, magazines and multimedia in the United States. Students learn what issues recur in media history; trace the evolution of media presentation; and analyze the impact of social, political, economic and technological change. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU206 - Introduction to News Writing (3 cr.)

Writing news and news-features with an emphasis on multi-sourced, balanced, and objective reporting. Introduction to deadline writing, journalism ethics and law. Attention to correct grammar, style rules and word usage, and spelling. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU207 - Introduction to Magazine Writing (3 cr.)

Introduction to the craft, art and marketing of magazine writing. Introduction to query letters and story pitches. Broad overview of the magazine industry, past and present. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU208 - Photojournalism (3 cr.)

An introduction to visual reporting, photojournalism, and photography with an emphasis on Photoshop. Practice in deadline composition using a manually operable digital or 35-mm film camera. (Every third semester). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: Journalism major or an art: photography minor, or POI.

JOU209 - Grammar for Journalists (3 cr.)

The study of English grammar, punctuation, the grammatical principles behind writing effective sentences and a grammatical terminology that will be applied consistently throughout the journalism curriculum. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: C (2.0) or better in ENG100 or Placement in ENG101 by examination.

JOU210 - Media and Democracy (3 cr.)

A critical study of the role of news media in leading Western democracies, in defending basic human rights such as freedom of speech, upholding individual responsibilities, restraining government and business, and shaping public perceptions of the world. A historical overview of that role in the United States, Canada, France and Britain since the 18th century, focusing on differences in political culture, the role of the media in national and international conflict, the differences between privately-owned and state-controlled media, and the pressures to redefine the role of the media in the 21st century. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts.

JOU240 - Audio-Video Production for Journalism and Public Relations (3 cr.)

This hands-on course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic theory and practice of audio and video production in journalism and public relations. This course will introduce the student to the basics of capturing and editing audio and video for the Web, including writing for audio and video, operation of audio recorders and video camcorders, and digital editing of audio and video. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: JOU206. Restricted to journalism and public relations majors, or journalism minors; unless student has chair's approval.

JOU299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

JOU302 - International Communication (3 cr.)

Survey of global concerns of the free flow of communication and national sovereignty: political, economic, legal and technological factors. Study of cross-cultural mass communication including structure, content, values and impact on society. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CMM118, CMM288 or POI.

JOU305 - Unlocking Hidden Stories in the Local Community: Historical Research for PR and Journalism (3 cr.)

Introduces students in Journalism and Public Relations to historical research with primary sources. The types of historical resources investigated in this course include government and archival records commonly available in most communities. Students will learn how to use these sources to recreate historically the lives of individuals and communities. Liberal arts. (Every Other Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU307 - Journalism: Opinion and Review (3 cr.)

Study of the content and style of opinion in American newspapers and magazines. Instruction in editorial, column and critical review writing. Principal attention to the critical review. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU308 - Reporting and News Writing (3 cr.)

Close analysis of the principles of news gathering and the writing of news and news features. Practical experience in gathering and writing news. AWR for journalism: newspaper majors. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101, JOU206 or POI.

JOU309 - Magazine Article Writing (3 cr.)

Close analysis of the craft and art of writing magazine articles. Practical experience in studying magazine markets; finding article ideas; and researching, writing, and selling articles. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: JOU206 or POI.

JOU310 - Sports Reporting (3 cr.)

An introduction to the fundamentals of sports writing, with a focus on practical, hands-on work and an eye toward developing rich, thoughtful journalism out of basic "shoe-leather" coverage. (Spring). Prerequisite: JOU206 or POI.

JOU316 - Digital Publishing (3 cr.)

Development of production skills using InDesign and Photoshop to lay out pages and manipulate images. Production of fliers, brochures, newsletters and other digital literature, with an emphasis on writing in creating content for publication. Exposure to design principles relevant to digital composition. Liberal arts.(Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101.

JOU317 - Web Design and Production (3 cr.)

Introduces students to Web page design, HTML and CSS. Teaches students to design basic, static websites in CSS and HTML with and without Web page authoring software such as Dreamweaver. Designs will focus on static, fixed-width pages intended for desktop and laptop viewing. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring).Prerequisite: ENG101 or POI.

JOU318 - Design and Layout (3 cr.)

Students learn the form, content and treatment of page design, and compose pages that communicate effectively. Liberal arts. (Spring). JOU316 or POI.

JOU320 - Literary Journalism (3 cr.)

An exploration of literary journalism as practiced by Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Gay Talese, and others. The course also will study how the elements of "New Journalism" have been used or abused by contemporary practitioners. Writing assignments will focus on the techniques of description, scene-setting, narrative voice, and dialogue. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: JOU206, ENG195, or POI.

JOU322 - Mass Media Propaganda 1900-1945 (3 cr.)

An indepth examination of the use of political mass persuasion in the Twentieth Century, from World War I to the dawn of the Cold War. Theoretical constructs are integrated into a basically historical framework. Students who have taken JOU/MSM319 may not take JOU/MSM322 for credit. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CMM118.

JOU323 - Mass Media Propaganda 1946 - Present (3 cr.)

The role of mass persuasion in political contexts during the second half of the Twentieth Century. Topics range from the Cold War to the Balkan Civil War and beyond. Students who have taken JOU319/CMM319 are not allowed to take JOU323/CMM323 for credit. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CMM118.

JOU324 - Travel Writing (3 cr.)

Students write and edit travel articles about places, including their people, landscape, weather, history, politics, culture, and folklore. By developing narration skills and critiquing published travel stories, students learn the different types of travel stories. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101 and at least sophomore standing.

JOU325 - Journalism Masterpieces (3 cr.)

Students read, analyze and discuss award-winning journalism from newspapers, magazines and books that are well-reported and well-written, and then examine how they can model this in their own journalistic pursuits. (Every Other Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101.

JOU326 - Outdoor Writing (3 cr.)

Introduces students to non-fiction outdoor writing on a wide variety of topics such as the importance of wilderness, interaction with wildlife, outdoor travel and sports, and the ethics of bloodsports. With a focus on journalism, students will write about their reactions to and experiences in wilderness and outdoors activities. Liberal arts. (Every Other Fall). Prerequisites: JOU206, JOU207 or POI.

JOU330 - Criticism of News Media (3 cr.)

Refer to CMM330 course description. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CMM118, junior standing.

JOU348 - Mass Communication Ethics (3 cr.)

Refer to CMM348 course description. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CMM118.

JOU360 - Interactive Journalism (3 cr.)

This course combines technical training in Adobe Flash, an industry standard for delivering multimedia content to the World Wide Web, with instruction in journalism and digital storytelling. Students will learn to plan online multimedia projects; to think as professional communicators in gathering information; to capture still images, audio, and video; and to publish materials they collect in Flash packages designed for the Web. (Fall). Prerequisites: JOU317 or CMM242 or CMM312 or POI.

JOU381 - Topics in Journalism (1 to 3 cr.)

Special topics in journalism which vary with each offering. Topics include writing specialized articles, such as the multipart series and sports stories; learning specialized skills, such as computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting techniques; and studying specialized areas, such as minorities and the news media, and news room management. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: vary with topic.

JOU399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

JOU401 - Editing (3 cr.)

Preparation of copy for publication. Fundamentals of editing at a micro and macro level, including copy-editing, headline and caption writing, and handling wire copy. Emphasis given to newsroom decision-making; coaching writers; making sound ethical and legal decisions; and using correct style, grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: JOU308 or POI.

JOU402 - Editorial Newspaper Practicum (1 to 2 cr.)

Practical experience in the weekly composition of Cardinal Points, including reporting, writing, editing, photography and layout. May be taken for one credit (writers) or two credits (editors and managers). May be repeated for credit. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: one credit: JOU206 or POI; two credits: JOU308, JOU316, JOU318, and JOU401; or POI.

JOU403 - Online Magazine Practicum (1 to 2 cr.)

Hands-on experience producing All Points North, a student-produced online magazine that takes a fresh look at the North Country's people, places, and culture. In addition to reporting, writing, editing, and design, students will be responsible for creating story packages that fully employ the multimedia capabilities of the Web. May be repeated for credit. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101 for one credit (JOU403B); POI for two credits (JOU403A). For both JOU403A and JOU403B, must be JOU major, ENG: Writing Arts major (0238), or have POI.

JOU406 - Non-Editorial Newspaper Practicum (1 to 2 cr.)

Practical business and advertising experience in the weekly composition of Cardinal Points. May be repeated for credit. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: POI.

JOU408 - Journalism Senior Seminar (0 cr.)

Passing exams on grammar and style and submitting an adequate portfolio are graduation requirements for journalism majors. May be repeated. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: senior standing or POI.

JOU409 - Environmental and Science Writing (3 cr.)

Media coverage of controversial scientific and environmental topics, such as global warming, loss of habitat, disease, and bioethics. Course will emphasize writing and organizational skills and translation of scientific material into lay language. AWR for journalism: magazine majors. (every other fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101 and at least junior standing, or POI.

JOU410 - Advanced Reporting (3 cr.)

Teaches new reporting about public issues that goes beyond events and provides meaningful context to stories through the use of investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting, and interpretative writing. (Every Other Year). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: JOU308 or POI.

JOU411 - Print Magazine Journalism (1 to 2 cr.)

Hands-on experience producing All Points North, a student-produced print magazine that takes a fresh look at the North Country's people, places and culture. In addition to reporting, writing, editing and designing, students will learn about the essential elements of a successful magazine. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: JOU411A (2 credits): POI; JOU411B (1 credit): JOU206 and JOU309 or POI.

JOU412 - Non-Editorial Magazine Practicum (1 to 2 cr.)

Practical business and advertising experience in the sales and designing of advertisements for All Points North magazine. May be repeated for credit. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: POI.

JOU421 - Broadcast Journalism (3 cr.)

A hands-on study of gathering, writing, editing and presenting news for broadcast media. Emphasis is placed on writing style, news gathering, presentation and performance. Approved AWR. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CMM229 and ENG101.

JOU455 - Media Law (3 cr.)

Refer to CMM455 course description. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CMM226 or CMM288; junior standing.

JOU496 - Instructional Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

Supervised tutoring or classroom instructional assistance for journalism courses. A contract specifying each student's duties, approved by the journalism department chair, will be filed in the department office. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: POI.

JOU497 - Professional Experience (1 to 12 cr.)

Field experience as a practicing journalist producing copy suitable in professional settings such as newspapers, magazines, public relations offices, and radio and television stations. Work produced in class will be published online on a Journalism web page available to the public. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Liberal arts. Prerequisite: POI.

JOU498 - Internship (1 to 15 cr.)

Field experience as practicing journalist in professional settings such as newspapers, magazines, public relations offices, and radio and television stations. Liberal arts. Prerequisites: junior standing and approval of placement by field supervisor, faculty sponsor and department chairperson.

JOU499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

JOU599 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

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