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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "JOUR-Journalism"

JOUR - Journalism

JOUR 100 Professional Orientation (1) Restriction: Must not have completed JOUR101. Credit only granted for: JOUR100 or JOUR101. Formerly: JOUR101. Survey of journalism professions, emphasizing appropriate academic and career development strategies.

JOUR 106 Introduction to Studio Production (1) Additional information: Course does not count toward a Journalism degree. Students will participate in various production roles to assist inthe production of UMTV shows.

JOUR 130 Self-Presentation in the Age of YouTube (3) Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285. Additional information: May not count toward the Journalism major. Students, as they make use of evolving technologies, need to be able to present themselves effectively in front of any number of different audiences through any number of different outlets. Whether in an interview on radio, a guest presentation at a conference, in comments on a video blog, in commentary on TV, in the lead on a self-produced YouTube video, or as spokesperson in front of investors or management, professionals need strong oral communication skills. This class focuses on strengthening those skills through active individual and group presentations, as well as, through discussion of key techniques and group critique of presentation publicly available in the social media space on sites such as YouTube.

JOUR 150 Introduction to Mass Communication (3) Restriction: Not open to students who have completed JOUR100 prior to Fall 1999. Additional information: Not applicable toward journalism major. Survey of the functions and effects of the mass media in the United States. A consumer's introduction to newspapers, television, radio, film, sound recording, books, magazines, and new media technology.

JOUR 175 Media Literacy (3) Additional information: Not applicable toward journalism major. An analysis of the information, values and underlying messages conveyed via television, newspapers, the internet, magazines, radio and film. Examines the accuracy of those messages and explores how media shape views of politics, culture and society.

JOUR 181 Grammar for Journalists (1) Credit only granted for: ENGL181, ENGL281, or JOUR181. An examination of the basic structure of written English needed for precise journalistic writing. Parts of speech, sentence patterns, standard punctuation, diction, and usage will be examined with an emphasis on its application in journalism.

JOUR 199 Survey Apprenticeship (1) Prerequisite: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Formerly: JOUR198. College-monitored experience in approved mass-communications organizations and industries.

JOUR 200 Journalism History, Roles and Structures (3) Introduction to the study of journalism from the standpoint of media history and sociology.

JOUR 201 News Writing and Reporting I (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENGL101, JOUR181, and JOUR200; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Restriction: For students intending to be journalism majors; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Introduction to news for the print and electronic media, development of new concepts: laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing skills. Students who earned 80% or higher on the JOUR181 diagnostic are exempt from the JOUR181 prerequisite.

JOUR 202 News Editing (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR203. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Copy editing, graphic principles and processes, new media technology.

JOUR 203 Introduction to Multimedia Skills (3) Prerequisite: JOUR201. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Credit only granted for: JOUR203 or JOUR328G. Formerly: JOUR328G. Examining the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video, and audio. Topics inlcude: framing, lighting, and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium, and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals.

JOUR 240 Advertising in America (3) Credit only granted for: JOUR240 or JOUR340. Formerly: JOUR340. Additional information: Not applicable toward journalism major. Survey of the history, regulation and organization of advertising; advertising strategies and effects.

JOUR 262 Broadcast Studio and Field Production (3) Prerequisite: JOUR203. Also offered as: JOUR503. Credit only granted for: JOUR262 or JOUR503. This skills based course is designed to introduce students to the production and content standards of professional video production for the broadcast and Internet news.

JOUR 300 Journalism Ethics (3) Prerequisite: JOUR201. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Examination of ethical problems in news writing and reporting.

JOUR 320 News Writing and Reporting II: Multiplatform (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR201. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Principles and practices of news reporting; covering news beats and other news sources, including researching news stories for accuracy, comprehensiveness and interpretation. Due to rigorous publication requirement, plan your schedule accordingly.

JOUR 323 Advanced News Editing (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR202. Principles and practices of editing beyond the copy desk. Wire editing, copy control, newsroom management problems. Seeing the complete newspaper.

JOUR 324 Commentary and Editorial Writing (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360. Formerly: JOUR326. Journalistic interpretation and analysis; commentary and editorial writing.

JOUR 325 Capital News Service Bureau (6) Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Advanced journalism training. Students report as part of College's Capital News Service program.

JOUR 327 Urban Affairs Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of instructor. Also offered as: JOUR627. Credit only granted for: JOUR327 or JOUR627. Students are immersed in coverage of issues affecting cities, working on a semester-long multi-platform reporting project based in Baltimore.

JOUR 328 Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced training and practice in writing and reporting news.

JOUR 337 Patch U:Hyper-Local News Production (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360; and JOUR352; and permission of instructor. Also offered as: JOUR665. Credit only granted for: JOUR 389P, JOUR 337 or JOUR665. Formerly: JOUR 389P. The Patch U class is a course on hyperlocal reporting. Student are assigned to specific Patch sites and work with the local editors to cover government, education and community news and write short features.

JOUR 350 Multimedia Presentation (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR202; or minimum grade of C- in JOUR262. Credit only granted for: JOUR350 or JOUR373. An examination of the relationship of verbal and visual components of news content and the presentation of information in print and online publications by combining typography, graphics, images and interactivity using current digital technologies.

JOUR 352 Intermediate Multimedia Journalism (3) Prerequisite: JOUR262 or JOUR202. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Editing and writing online, using basic Web-coding skills and tools to create news and feature packages for the Internet. New-media issues, including interactivity and individualization, will also be discussed.

JOUR 353 News Bureau: Multimedia Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR352; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and (JOUR320 or JOUR360). Advanced reporting and writing in an online environment focusing on multimedia and non-traditional storytelling.

JOUR 354 Interactive Multimedia Storytelling (3) Prerequisite: JOUR352. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Advanced development of multimedia journalism, with emphasis on interactivity and application of new technologies, drawing on multiple sources, technologies and techniques to create interactive narratives.

JOUR 355 News Bureau: Multimedia Editing and Production (3) Prerequisite: JOUR202 or JOUR262; and (JOUR320 or JOUR360); and JOUR352; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Advanced online journalism training. Students work as multimedia editors and producers, building interactive content and special reports.

JOUR 356 Kaiser Health Multimedia Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR203; and (JOUR320 or JOUR360); and permission of instructor. Opportunities are provided for advanced reporting and writing on health topics, using traditional and multimedia storytelling tools.

JOUR 358 Special Topics in Visual Communication (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced training and practice in visual communication.

JOUR 360 News Writing and Reporting II: Broadcast (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR201. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Writing and reporting for broadcast media: production of news stories.

JOUR 361 Television Reporting and Production (3) Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR360. Writing and editing for the broadcast media. Interpretive and documentary news stories.

JOUR 362 Broadcast News Producing (3) Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR360; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR361. Producing TV news.

JOUR 363 Long Form Broadcast Journalism (3) Prerequisite: JOUR361; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Also offered as: JOUR663. Credit only granted for: JOUR363, JOUR486 or JOUR663. Formerly: JOUR486. Production of long form broadcast news reporting, reality videos or documentaries.

JOUR 364 Radio Broadcasting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR360; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Credit only granted for: JOUR364 or JOUR368R. Formerly: JOUR368R. Students receive hands-on training in applying what they have learned about news reporting to the preparation of stories for, and the production of, a weekly radio program.

JOUR 367 Broadcast News Bureau (6) Prerequisite: JOUR361; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the College's Capital News Service program.

JOUR 368 Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced research, analysis and/or practice of selected topics in broadcast journalism.

JOUR 371 Feature Writing (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320. Research and writing feature articles.

JOUR 372 Writing the Complex Story (3) Prerequisite: JOUR371. Credit only granted for: JOUR372 or JOUR481. Formerly: JOUR481. Explanatory journalism technique applied to complex subjects (such as science, economics and large scale social change) for books, magazines and newspaper series.

JOUR 380 Science Writing for News Media (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Writing of scientific and technical material for the general audience.

JOUR 381 Media Industry Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of instructor. Also offered as: JOUR681. Credit only granted for: JOUR381 or JOUR681. Students hone their reporting and writing skills as they produce work for an award-winning professional magazine, and immerse themselves in the news industry, which is undergoing dramatic transformation in the digital age.

JOUR 385 Visual Storytelling (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Also offered as: JOUR685. Credit only granted for: JOUR385 or JOUR685. Introduction to the theory and stylized forms of storytelling across various mediums and to understand how these forms have been adapted to visual storytelling. Students practice and refine their own visual storytelling and reporting skills.

JOUR 389 News Coverage of Special Topics (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits. Advanced training and practice in writing and reporting news in one specialized field of interest.

JOUR 398 Independent Study (1-3) Repeatable to 3 credits. Individual projects in journalism.

JOUR 399 Supervised Internship (1) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR320 and JOUR360. Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: JOUR326, JOUR366, JOUR396, or JOUR399. Formerly: JOUR396. Supervised news internship experience; relation of academic training to professional experience.

JOUR 400 Media Law (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320, JOUR360, or JOUR501. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Legal rights and constraints of mass media; libel, privacy, copyright, monopoly, contempt, and other aspects of the law applied to mass communication. Previous study of the law not required.

JOUR 412 Biography As Journalism (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Credit only granted for: JOUR412 or AMST498Z. Focuses on journalistic life histories, examining biography as a distinct genre. Students will refine research and writing skills as they trace the evolution of the life histories into today's narrative biographies.

JOUR 434 Salzburg Seminar: Global Media Literacy (3) Restriction: Must be in Salzburg Academy program. Also offered as: JOUR734. Credit only granted for: JOUR434 or JOUR734. An advanced analysis of the information, values underlying messages conveyed via television, newspapers, the Internet, magazines, radio and film from a cross-cultural perspective. Examines the accuracy of messages and explores how distinctive global media shape views of politics culture and society with nations, across regions and internationally.

JOUR 435 Salzburg Seminar: Global Change, Global Cooperation (3) Restriction: Must be in Salzburg Academy program. Also offered as: JOUR735. Credit only granted for: JOUR435 or JOUR735. Practical and theoretical examination of a global problem (or problems) of contemporary importance from a cross-cultural, perspective. Analytical framework used to examine how media shape global problems, events and/or issues regionally.

JOUR 451 Advertising and Society (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Advertising as an institution with manifest economic purposes and latent social effects. Influences of advertising on people, and related issues of ethics and social responsibility.

JOUR 452 Women in the Media (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Also offered as: WMST452. Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452. Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.

JOUR 453 News Coverage of Racial Issues (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Analysis of news media coverage of issues relating to racial minorities in the United States, with special attention to Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans and Native Americans.

JOUR 455 Media Entrepreneurship (3) Credit only granted for: JOUR459E or JOUR455. Formerly: JOUR459E. Basic business and entrepreneurship concepts will be covered and will explore how technology is transforming the business of media. Students develop and pitch ideas for media businesses, learn startup basics, do exercises in Internet advertising and business plan analysis, use social networks and other digital communication tools, and perform other hands-on exercises in business development and presentation.

JOUR 456 Literature in Journalism (3) Also offered as: JOUR673. Credit only granted for: JOUR456 or JOUR673. From Truman Capote's In Cold Blood to Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, students will examine how literary works can help writers approach a subject in a different way than more traditional forms of journalism, including the advantages and limitations of the style.

JOUR 458 Special Topics in Journalism (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Issues of special concerns and current interest.

JOUR 459 Special Topics in Journalism (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Issues of special concern and current interest. Open to all students.

JOUR 462 Professional Seminar in Public Affairs Reporting (3) Prerequisite: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Explore theoretical and practical issues in the press coverage of governments. Examine the complex press-government relationship.

JOUR 470 Journalism and Public Communication Research (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed a university statistics course. Credit only granted for: JOUR470 or JOUR477. Formerly: JOUR477. Journalism and public communication research methods used in measuring public opinion and media programs and materials.

JOUR 471 Public Opinion Research (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed a university statistics course. Measurement of public opinion and media habits; role of the media in the formation of public opinion.

JOUR 472 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360. Credit only granted for: JOUR328 or JOUR472. Formerly: JOUR328. Computer and online data acquisition; analytical methods for writing and reporting news.

JOUR 479 Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis (1-3) Repeatable to 3 credits. Special research topics for reporting and writing.

JOUR 480 Capstone Colloquium: The Business of News (1) Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and junior standing or higher; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Students will learn the basic news business concepts and examine how revenue and cost structures for media businesses are evolving in new directions. Topics include basic principles and concepts that drive media businesses in the Internet age, including revenue sources, dynamics of online advertising and subscriptions, mobile media strategies, user metrics, engaging audiences, and market dynamics.

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