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Journalism Discipline Courses Details

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JOUR 200 : Journalism and Mass Media

Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor.
Description: History, social role, function, and organization of the print and broadcast media. Emphasis on newspapers and magazines. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 205 : Social Impact of Journalism

Prerequisites: None
Description: History, organization, social role and function of journalism.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 221 : Newswriting

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; typing skills 25 wpm; concurrent enrollment in JOUR 222.
Description: Development of news judgment and clear writing skills. Grade of C or better required to continue to JOUR 300. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 222 : Newswriting Lab

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; typing 25 wpm; concurrent enrollment with JOUR 221 or JOUR 300GW for fall 2009 admitted student; journalism major or minor.
Description: Associate Press style writing, English grammar, and punctuation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 225 : Digital Skills for News

Prerequisites: For Journalism majors/minors only.
Description: Journalism-related computer skills: operating systems, online research, design, spreadsheets, web pages, system networking. Analysis of digital technology impact on news gathering and communication. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1

JOUR 226 : Digital News Gathering

Prerequisites: JOUR 205 or equivalent and JOUR 221 with grade of C or better; journalism major or minor; concurrent enrollment in JOUR 300.
Description: Development of multimedia skills, online research and analysis, and other components of multimedia storytelling. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 235 : Photojournalism I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Photojournalistic style and content. Taking pictures of people, telling stories, conveying information. Must have interchangeable lens digital camera. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 300 GW : Reporting - GWAR

Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; ENG 214 or equivalent, JOUR 205, JOUR 221, and JOUR 222 with a grade of C or better; SEG I, II, US History and Government; concurrent enrollment in JOUR 226.
Description: Advanced concepts of news gathering, interviewing, and writing. Cover San Francisco and Oakland neighborhoods. Need a C grade or better to continue to advanced courses. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 301 : History of Journalism

Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; upper division standing.
Description: Evolution of journalism and media from print revolution to present. Development of newspapers, magazines, books, and broadcast media. First Amendment and how journalism is shaped technical, legal, political constraints and traditions. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 305 : Mass Communication Law

Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; upper division standing.
Description: Media responsibility laws, legal problems in practical context; libel, contempt, constitutional guarantees, access to public records, invasion of privacy, criticism, and copyright. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 307 : News Media Law and Ethics

Prerequisites: Journalism major or minor; upper division standing.
Description: News media law and ethics using studies and practical application in journalism; access to public records, constitutional guarantees, ethical responsibilities in reporting, and publications of stories. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 320 : Investigative Reporting

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with a grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Problems and methodology of investigative journalism; techniques of documentation; from theory to practical application. Grade of C or better required to continue to JOUR 609. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 321 : Feature Writing

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: Theory and practice of writing newspaper and magazine stories. Definition of a feature; topics, interviewing techniques, deadline writing; freelancing. Grade of C or better required to enroll in JOUR 609. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 328 : Anthropology and Photography

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ANTH 328. For course description, see ANTH 328. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 330 : Editing

Prerequisites: JOUR 205, JOUR 221, and JOUR 222 with a grade of C or better; SEG I & II; US History; concurrent enrollment in JOUR 300; journalism major or minor.
Description: Theory and practice of editing; fundamental copy editing, rewrite and layout techniques, headline writing, restructuring, and trimming; story ideas and assignments; page design concepts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 335 : Photojournalism II

Prerequisites: JOUR 235 with a grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Components of photojournalism; portrait, sports, feature, news, and picture story to create portfolio. Must have interchangeable lens digital camera. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 336 : Visual Storytelling

Prerequisites: JOUR 205 and JOUR 221 (or equivalent) with grades of C or better.
Description: How visual imagery shapes perception of news; power of photography, graphics and design to communicate journalistically in print and on-line. When images convey more than words; when images mislead. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 395 : Online Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 226 and JOUR 300 with grades of C or better or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: Multimedia production for journalists; creation of electronic outlet of text, sound, archived video, and graphics for news. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 400 : Multimedia Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Description: Employ multiple visual platforms and storytelling structures to produce online journalism. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [Formerly JOUR 635.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 409 : Directed Study in Journalism

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or department.
Description: Individual projects: research, investigations, depth reporting, writing, graphics, surveys, audience studies, and internships. May be repeated for a total of 6 units with consent of department.
Units: 1-3

JOUR 411 : Media Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with CHIN 411/I R 413. For course description, see CHIN 411. May not be repeated under alternate prefixes.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 426 : Data Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 226 and JOUR 300; majors/minors.
Description: Exploration and application of techniques of data analysis, processing and visualization to build interactive journalism elements and projects. (Plus-minus grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

JOUR 435 : Photojournalism III

Prerequisites: JOUR 221, JOUR 300, and JOUR 335 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: Picture story concepts and development. Photojournalism legal and ethical issues. Must own camera and media file. Lab fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 450 : Publication Design and Graphics

Prerequisites: JOUR 221 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Description: Editorial design and production for newspapers and magazines; design as support for message. Vocabulary, concepts, and skills of editorial designer and photo editor with migration to internet and web. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 452 : International Media Politics

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with IR 452. For course description, see IR 452. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

JOUR 495 : Profiles

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; JOUR 300 with a grade of C or better; photojournalism major or minor.
Description: Investigation and implementation of profile reporting and storytelling techniques, using a combination of multimedia tools of the students' choice: writing, photography, video and/or online interactivity to bring people's stories alive through keen observation, captivating dialogue, proper tone, effective structure and organization. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 6

JOUR 500 : Contemporary Magazines

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: Development and role of contemporary magazine; rise of specialized periodicals. Magazine start-ups, dynamics of editorial strategy and planning; editing, design, and short article writing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 535 : Photojournalism IV

Prerequisites: JOUR 335 with grade of C or better.
Description: Advanced photojournalism color and lighting techniques, including operation of portable and studio strobes. Photo illustrations and food and fashion pictures. Must provide camera and film. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 536 : Latina/o Journalism

Prerequisites: LTNS 530 (formerly RAZA 530).
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 536 [formerly RAZA 536]. For course description, see LTNS 536. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

JOUR 560 : Public Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with grade of C or better.
Description: Examination of failure of news media to provide accurate and substantive coverage of poor communities and communities of color. Students learn public journalism practices and techniques to engage communities to find solutions and to participate in the democratic process. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

JOUR 570 : Opinion Writing

Prerequisites: JOUR 221 and 300 with grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Principles and techniques of effective column and op-ed writing. Strategies for getting published. Emphasis on research and critical thinking. History and importance of editorial writing versus news coverage. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

JOUR 575 : Community Media

Prerequisites: JOUR 221 and 300 with grades of C+ or better.
Description: Students will gain experience producing stories for community news outlets, ethnic news outlets, hyperlocal sites, niched-oriented news in Bay Area. Explore the value, relevance and role of these alternative media publications.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 580 : Environmental Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 or ENVS 450; major or minor in journalism or major in environmental studies with a concentration in humanities and the environment.
Description: Examination and practice of environmental journalism through reading and analysis of selected examples along with research and reporting necessary for completion of short and long word, photo and multimedia stories. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

JOUR 595 : Magazine Writing

Prerequisites: JOUR 221 and JOUR 300 with grades of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Principles and techniques of magazine writing, developing, researching, and writing factual articles. Markets and steps necessary to get published. Grade of C or better necessary to continue to JOUR 609. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

JOUR 600 : Skills and Issues Seminar

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or department.
Description: Seminar includes varying topics in specialized journalism skills and issues in photography, writing, reporting, editing, design, management, and production. May be repeated when topics vary. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1

JOUR 608 : News Bureau Publication Lab

Prerequisites: JOUR 609 with grade of C or better; or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: News bureau; planning, reporting, editing, and fact-checking; shooting photos for publication in San Francisco area newspapers. May be repeated for 6 units for degree credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 609 : Publication Laboratory

Prerequisites: For writers: JOUR 221, JOUR 300, and one advanced writing course, each with grade of C or better. For photographers: JOUR 221, JOUR 235, and JOUR 335, each with grade of C or better; or consent of instructor; journalism major or minor.
Description: Reporting, writing, photography, editing, producing print and on-line publication. Extra fee required. May be repeated for a total of 6 units for degree credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 610 : Cultural Diversity and News Media

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Explores how the practice of news gathering influences social reality. Explores issues facing U.S. news media as they struggle to understand an increasingly diverse society. Historical overview of the problem and discussion on current obstacles facing journalists' efforts to improve coverage and newsroom representation.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media and Social Issues
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 617 : Journalism Internship

Prerequisites: JOUR 609 with grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Credit for department approved journalism internship with employers in the news, magazine or online industry. Course is an option to second semester of JOUR 609. (CR/NC only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 645 : Journalism in China

Prerequisites: Admission to the Chinese Flagship program or consent of instructor; upper division standing
Description: Evaluation of the news media landscape in China, comprehension of Chinese print and broadcast reporting, identification of news media employment opportunities in China, evaluation of environmental issues reporting practices in China through learning the basics of documanry film production. Taught in Mandarin.
Units: 3

JOUR 650 : Seminar: Contemporary News

Prerequisites: JOUR 226 and JOUR 300 with grades of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Trends in contemporary news including reporting techniques, news delivery and journalistic storytelling. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 666 : Ethical Issues in Journalism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Today's news media: ethics and responsibilities involved in the entire news process, from conception of story idea to publication or broadcast of completed story.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media and Social Issues
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3

JOUR 667 : Seminar: Topics in Journalism

Prerequisites: Consent of department. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

JOUR 667 : Business Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 221 & 300 with grade of C or better; consent of instructor.
Description: Students will cover startup technology companies that begin with idea; raise financing, and move toward profitability. Assignments on company profile, earnings story, merger and acquisition story. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3

JOUR 667 : International Reporting

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with grade of C+ or better.
Description: Basics of reporting in a foreign country; process of immersion in the local language and culture; developing sources; telling compelling and meaningful stories that offer context and a deep understanding of issues in a foreign country. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3

JOUR 667 : Literary Journalism

Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing; ENG 214 with grade of C or better.
Description: Examination of the evolution of American literary journalism, its history and its modern development. Development of skills in long-form journalistic writing to combine the best of journalism and creative writing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

JOUR 667 : Sports Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 with grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Writing and reporting on sporting events, the business and culture of sports, and the people involved. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 670 : Research Methods on Journalism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; completion of a GWAR course with grade of C or better.
Description: Critical inquiry and analysis of peer-reviewed research and the research process on journalism, providing students with added depth to understanding journalism's impact and the processes and structures that dictate it. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 675 : News Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: JOUR 300 and JOUR 395 with grade of C or better.
Description: Developing and applying new business models for journalism; using media trends and media innovations to capture new audiences for news and features. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

JOUR 680 : Advanced Multimedia Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 226 and JOUR 395 with grades of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Exploration and application of techniques of interactivity and web-based and mobile application development toward team-driven long-form journalism and public information projects. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

JOUR 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Journalism

Prerequisites: Completion with grade of C or better in course in which student will be aide, and consent of instructor.
Description: Students are paired with Journalism faculty in supervised practicum to assist in teaching and to complete directed projects. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-3

JOUR 695 : Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: JOUR 609 with grade of C or better; journalism major or minor.
Description: Journalism publishing project applying skills and knowledge of the major. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

JOUR 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive study and investigation of a selected problem under the supervision of an instructor. Open to majors and minors with senior or graduate standing, with consent of the department.
Units: 1-3
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