Friday, April 27, 2012

JOUR-J 460 Community Journalism

J460 Community Journalism was the most influential course of my college career. I saw what goes into making a newscast happen. I put a piece together for air, and heard it come across the airwaves. I felt like a reporter for the first time. But more importantly, I got out of the IU bubble and into the community.

          -Eleanor Beck, WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

J460          Community Journalism

2012 Fall Semester, Tuesday-Thursday, 11:15a-12:30p

Prof. Mike Conway  

Some say journalism’s funding model is broken and can no longer support the effort needed to cover the news. This class will take a hard look at today’s journalism environment and explore alternatives to the corporate media model.

In addition to studying and investigating different models of journalism, students will be getting first-hand experience in what has been called “grassroots,” “community” and “citizen” journalism by working at WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington. Students will be investigating and reporting on important community issues as part of the WFHB news staff. Community Journalism is a recognized IU service-learning class.

WFHB has a volunteer news and public affairs staff; reporting and producing several hours of local news programming each week. Even with a non-paid news department, WFHB has won more Society of Professional Journalists awards than almost any radio station in the state over the past few years.

J460 Community Journalism will provide hands-on experience, using the latest digital technology in news-gathering and presentation.  WFHB presents a daily, half-hour local newscast as well as five separate hour-long public affairs programs, including programs targeting African-Americans, GLBT, and Hispanic communities.  WFHB is a leader in news podcasting, with its programs regularly being downloaded around the world.

For more information, contact the instructor, Mike Conway, at

Note: This course counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences for CMCL majors.