Journalism Courses

Code Course Credits

JRN 100

Reporting and News Writing

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students will learn how to gather, write and edit news and feature stories for print and on-line publications. Writing, accuracy, and interviewing skills needed in both the journalism and public relations fields will be stressed.


JRN 101

Advanced Reporting and News Writing (WID)

Offered: Spring Semester

Students in this course learn to write a wide-range of articles, including in depth pieces for publication in newspapers, magazines and websites. Social media storytelling and reporting will be explored. Students will also write a wide-range of in depth articles with a strong emphasis on professional publication. Tablets, such as iPads, are also used in the course.


JRN 222

Development of American News Media

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course traces the development of the news media, print, and broadcast, from their beginning stages in the 1830s to the present. The economic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of this process are explored.


JRN 309

Narrative Writing

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

Learn to use fiction writing techniques in the growing non-fiction narrative writing field. Students will learn how to get the best interviews from people, how to develop characters, what type of research information is needed, where to get it and how to gather it to create riveting narrative stories.


JRN 313

Journalism Ethics and Law

Offered: Spring Semester

Examination of media law in the United States and how it affects news gathering, advertising, online and traditional publications. Students will examine both historic and contemporary media cases with the eye towards answering the question: "Just because the media can legally do something, should it?"


JRN 421

Journalism Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students will report and write a wide range of news and feature stories for the student newspaper and the student newspaper website under the individual supervision of the instructor in this laboratory setting course.

May be taken twice.


JRN 475

Internship in Journalism

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for students, usually in their fourth year, to practice journalism with a news organization.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.


JRN 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student’s area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods.