Master’s Curriculum

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The following are courses that the Merrill College offers. Not all classes are offered every semester. To see the current offerings, visit the Schedule of Classes.

JOUR 501 Fundamentals of Writing and Editing. (3) Note: Does not count toward 30-credit total. Principles of news and feature writing. For graduate students with limited prior training or experience in journalism.

JOUR 504 Introduction to Multimedia Skills  (3) Note: Does not count toward 30-credit total.  Examining the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video, an audio. Topics include: framing, lighting, and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium, and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals.

JOUR 601 Theories of Journalism and Public Communication (3) Survey and evaluation of current communication theories. Attention is given to the nature and function of scientific theory, models of communication behavior, the nature of information, social functions of journalism and public communication, attitude change and persuasive communication and theories of language and meaning.

JOUR 603 News Videography (3) Note:  Prerequisite: JOUR 504. An introduction to reporting, writing and producing television news.

JOUR 610 Seminar in Mass Media History (3). Individual projects in mass communication history, analysis of historical literature of journalism and individual study of media technology and trends in communication.

JOUR 620 Seminar in Public Affairs Reporting (3) Prerequisite: 502 or professional equivalent. Federal, state, county and local government centers are used as laboratories for advanced study of reporting, investigation and interpretation of public affairs. Students meet in seminars with news sources and news professionals and participate in live news coverage.

JOUR 625 Capital News Service: D.C. and Annapolis (6) Prerequisite: JOUR 620 and permission of department. Advanced training in public affairs journalism. Students train full-time, four days a week by reporting state and federal news as part of the college’s Capital News Service program.

JOUR 628B Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sports Reporting and Writing

JOUR 652 Online Journalism (3) Prerequisites: JOUR 502 or JOUR 503 or equivalent. Editing and writing online, using basic Web-coding skills and tools to create news and feature packages for the Internet. New-media issues, including interativity and individualization, are also discussed.

JOUR 655 Advanced Online News Bureau (6) JOUR 652 (or equivalent) and permission of department. Advanced online journalism training. Students work as online reporters, editors and producers for an online newsmagazine. Students also package copy from the print and broadcast news bureaus.

JOUR656 Advanced Kaiser Health Multimedia Reporting (3) Prerequisite: JOUR 504 and permission of instructor. Pre- or Corequisite: JOUR 503 or JOUR620. Advanced reporting on health topics, using traditional and multimedia storytelling tools.

JOUR 660 Broadcast News (3)  Descriptive and critical analysis of broadcast news, methods of evaluation of news judgments, decision-making and organizational aspects of the broadcast news industry.

JOUR 661 Reporting and Production (3)Reporting, writing, editing and production of broadcast news.

JOUR 663 Long Form Broadcast Journalism (3)  Prerequisite JOUR 503 or its equivalent. Extended TV reporting assignments such as mini-series and news documentaries.

JOUR 667 Broadcast News Bureau (6) Prerequisites: JOUR 503 and permission of department. Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the College’s Capital News Service Program.

JOUR 698 Special Problems in Communication, (1-6) Independent study in area of the student’s interest.

JOUR 702 Media Law/ Ethics (3) Examination of ethical problems in journalism and the media industry.