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JRN 141 WRITING FOR THE MEDIA

JRN 141 – Writing for the Mass Media

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  JRN 141 Writing for the Mass Media

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in ENG 096

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  ENG 101

Course Description:  This introductory course explores content, structure, and the nature of writing for print, broadcast (TV/Radio) and electronic journalism.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate accurate, fair and factual oral and written communication skills in reporting, revising, covering and editing of relevant news stories acceptable by professional journalism standards;
  2. conduct effective research, interviews and evaluation of news;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and theories in the presentation of news;
  4. identify, access and apply appropriate technological and multi-media tools in writing and evaluating critical information and in layout and design of publishable news stories; and
  5. explain the historical (professional, institutions), social (diversity, cultural), economic (businesses, advertisers) perspectives, and ethical guidelines and practices that govern the journalism profession, including the legal implications and constraints that inform the profession.