Friday, October 25, 2013

Spring 2014 Journalism courses of interest to any major



There are four journalism courses that are open to any undergraduate.  Please let interested students know.


Thank you,

Jean Person




1.         JOUR-J261 Media Literacy, 33190, 4-5:15 pm, TR. 3 credits

Description:     This course aims to help students become informed, critical consumers of media, especially digital media. Students will explore the goals and methods of media industries by analyzing news media, social media, strategic media and entertainment media. Students also will identify the effects, both negative and beneficial, media have on individuals and society.


Counts as a Journalism Elective in the degree.


Instructor:        Teresa A. White, Lecturer and Director of the High School Journalism Institute.



2.         JOUR-J360, 33205. Behind the Prize. 4-6:30 pm, W, EP 220. 3 credits.

Description:     This course will take students deep inside America's most powerful and prestigious journalism. Seven Pulitzer winners will meet with the class to talk about their work, about the ethics and craft of depth reporting, and about the crucial role such journalism holds in today's world. The class will be taught by Thomas French, himself a Pulitzer winner, and will be graded with exams and a paper where the students will be asked to research Pulitzer-winning work.


Several of the speakers have written about or photographed war and other issues overseas, and others have covered issues related to government, democracy and the courts.

Speakers will include:

* Michel duCille, Washington Post photojournalist and editor (and IU alum), who has won three Pulitzers, one for covering a volcanic eruption in Colombia, another for covering crack addiction, and another for exposing the mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

* Lane DeGregory, the Tampa Bay Times reporter who won for a riveting story about a little girl so neglected by her family that when she was finally rescued, she was a feral child who could not talk and barely walked.

* John Branch, the New York Times reporter whose coverage of a fatal avalanche in a project called Snow Fall has galvanized journalism with the possibilities of multi-media storytelling in the 21st century.


Counts as a Journalism Elective in the degree.


Instructor:        Tom French, Pulitzer prize winner and Professor of Practice.


3.         JOUR-J460 Community Journalism, 33199. 11:15 am -12:30 pm, ME, EP 157. 3 credits. Service Learning class.

Description:     "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


At the 2012 Indiana Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists Awards Banquet, five J460 Community Journalism students were honored for work they did in class. They won one first place and four third place awards. These weren’t student awards; instead the students were competing against the top professional journalists in the state.

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.

*Even though WFHB is a radio station, students will be able to do video stories for their projects during the semester. WFHB may features those stories on its website.


Counts as a Journalism Elective in the degree.


Instructor:        Mike Conway, Associate Professor.



4. For Juniors and Seniors:

JOUR-J460 Muslims and the Media, 33428. 9:3010:45 am, TR, EP 207. 3 credits.

Description:     P: Junior or Senior standing. After the 9/11 attacks, Islam and Muslims feature regularly in news, politics and conversations in the United States and across the globe. This course will allow students to critically understand the nuances of Islam as a religion and the gendered lives of Muslims around the world. Students will be introduced to the diversity in the Muslim community, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the role of media in fostering Islamophobia – fear of Islam outside the Muslim world and Westernophobia – fear of western influences in the Muslim world. Students will learn how to represent Muslims and Islam accurately in their journalistic writing through critical analysis of media messages in terms of their content, target audiences and possible consequences. Media messages will include examples from traditional and online news, advertising and citizen-generated media.


Counts as a Journalism Elective in the degree.


Instructor: Rosemary Pennington, Associate Instructor.