Journalism

View/Print PDF

Cynthia Simoneau
CHAIRPERSON
Morrill 202
(203) 392-5800 – Fax (203) 392-5809
simoneauc1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-5800

Jerry Dunklee, Professor
Joanne (Jodie) Gil, Assistant Professor
Frank Harris III, Professor
Cynthia Simoneau, Associate Professor

MAJOR IN JOURNALISM

In a changing news media landscape, this much remains true: People still want to know what is going on in the world and local community around them. The basic skills of reporting and writing remain unchanged. What has changed are the expectations for journalists. SCSU's Journalism Department recognizes that the new news media requires more than a journalist who specializes in one medium such as newspaper, television or magazines. The new news media requires a multimedia journalist capable of producing a full package of news via text, video, audio, still photos and graphics. The Journalism Department's curriculum is geared toward providing students with a full range of the knowledge, tools and skills they will need to be successful in the field in this new news media landscape. Students who major in journalism at Southern have the option of studying for the B.A. or the B.S. degree. Both major programs offer the broad liberal arts background necessary for careers in the media and in allied fields, such as business and public service, and for further study in law or graduate school. The B.A. degree emphasizes writing and reporting, technical, and web-centric skills, and related studies in the liberal arts. The B.S. degree program, in addition to writing, reporting, technical and web-centric skills, includes videography, photography and internships. Both programs include a capstone course that requires a project and portfolio. Students may apply to the Journalism Department for acceptance as majors as freshmen or at any point throughout their academic career. Those who apply after beginning their classes at Southern must have a 2.0 minimum GPA.

Participation in a student activity involving the media, such as the student newspaper or the campus radio or television stations, is recommended beginning in the freshman year. This experience provides practical applications for academic studies and helps prepare students for internships.

Journalism Internship

Journalism students in the B.S. degree program are required to complete an internship. Internships are optional electives in the B.A. degree program. Application for internships are planned by the student and the student's adviser and internship coordinator at the place of the internship. Most media agencies throughout the region have accepted journalism interns from the university.

Cognate Courses

The journalism department requires all students explore a secondary area of study through a cognate or minor, to meet the needs for professional preparation. The cognate courses, which are selected from other University departments, offer students the opportunity to broaden their liberal arts base and acquire specialized skills in areas such as photojournalism, television technology, and film studies. Cognate courses also prepare students for specialized writing in areas such as environmental science, urban studies, politics, economics, and theatre. Students may also develop a cognate to supplement journalism courses in preparation for careers in newswriting, editing and publishing, public relations, and specialized reporting.

The department offers the following:

Journalism, B.A.
Journalism, B.S.
Minor in Journalism

JRN 101 - The Media: Freedom and Power

Analyzing how the media, including the Internet, provide news and information to the public with emphasis on the First Amendment, media power, ethics and taste. Develops skills in written and oral communication.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills

Learn how to use photo, video, audio, data, and web tools to become a multimedia storyteller. Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with digital publishing.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 200 - Basics of Journalism

A survey of the print and broadcast media for an overview of the principles and techniques of journalistic processes. Development of basic skills in reporting, news and feature writing, editing and production.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 (JRN majors may take JRN 200 concurrent with ENG 112 with departmental permission.)

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 201 - Reporting and Writing

Intensive practice in news reporting and writing with critiques and discussions of technical and ethical problems.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 200.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 210 - Broadcast News

Techniques of reporting and evaluating news, writing and editing for radio and television news programs, including documentaries and panel shows.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and JRN 135 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 225 - Multimedia Journalism

Intensive practice in online journalism. Students will learn to create online multimedia news packages for an online audience.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and JRN 135 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 230 - Fundamentals of Public Relations

Principles, practices, and techniques of public relations in business, industry, government, and social agencies.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 240 - Race and the News

Examination of the role of race in American news media. Open to journalism and nonjournalism majors seeking understanding of how race affects the news process and the news process affects race.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 260 - Anthropology of Media

An examination of myth, ritual, and kinship filtered through the lens of various forms of media in the United States. Explores films and case studies of movies, TV sitcoms, and dramas and news broadcasts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 270 - Introduction to Photojournalism

An introductory course to photojournalism using digital cameras. Students learn the roots and theory of photojournalism, as well as gain practical experience shooting and editing pictures for print and online news media.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 135 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 298 - Special Topics

Examination of developmetns, issues, and/or creative work in the field of journalism.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 300 - News Writing

Practical aspects of news gathering, news writing, and copy editing.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and JRN 225.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 301 - The News Media in America

An examination of the relationship between the news media and American society covering the basic issues in journalism through case histories of print and electronic news coverage.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

JRN 302 - Political Reporting

Practical training in the coverage of the decision-making process in state, local and campus government combined with an analysis of approaches to presenting news stories.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 200, history and/or political science courses recommended.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 304 - Sports Reporting

Reporting sports events for the news media; writing, and preparing sports material for publication.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 305 - News Editing

Application of news editing concepts to all kinds of writing. Discussion and practice in news judgment, copy editing, headline writing, proofreading, typography and design for print, online and social media.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 306 - News Design and Desktop Publishing

Principles and techniques of news design and desktop publishing based on editorial values, readership studies, and comparative studies of publications using computer design software.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 135.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 311 - Television News Workshop

Practical aspects of broadcast news gathering, news writing, editing, and on-camera performance for television news programs.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 210 or COM 253.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 320 - Writing Magazine Articles I

The process of writing and selling freelance articles and an analysis of the magazine market.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 322 - Literary Journalism

Creative techniques in form and style in nonfiction writing through readings, writing assignments and discussions.

Prerequisite(s): One 200 level journalism or writing course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

JRN 330 - Public Relations Workshop

A workshop in public relations covering such areas as press relations, news releases, special events, press conferences, brochures, and other printed material.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and (JRN 230 or COM 234 or COM 236).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 350 - American Journalism History

The history of American journalism through the reading of key documents and the writings of major journalists, and through interviews with professionals.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 351 - Media Law and Ethics

Legal and ethical problems of the mass media, First Amendment landmark decisions, and current issues concerning the gathering and dissemination of information.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 101, JRN 200, or JRN 301.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 375 - Courts and Crime

Introduction to the knowledge and techniques for covering state and federal courts.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and JRN 225.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 398 - Advanced Special Topics

An examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of journalism.

1 or 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 410 - Television News Workshop II

Advanced techniques and projects in writing and producing documentaries, news reports, news magazine programming with portable digital video.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 311.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

JRN 490 - Capstone Seminar in Journalism

The Journalism capstone project is the centerpiece and exclamation mark encapsulating the journalism theories and skills journalism majors have learned in their classes and in the field. Journalism students focus on a project of impact that can range from social, political, economic, educational, or other topics/issues centered on Southern's campus, greater New Haven, statewide, nationally, or globally. Students critically examine the topic/issue throughout the process.

Prerequisite(s): JRN 225

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

JRN 497 - Journalism Internship

Practical experience working with participating publications, broadcast studios, advertising and public relations agencies, and government and community organizations, under supervision of media or agency representatives and a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 9 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

JRN 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015