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JMC Course Descriptions 

Below is a list of courses offered for the Journalism & Mass Communication Program.


JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication
04 Semester Credits
Examines basic concepts involved in the study of mass communication, including historical, theoretical, and practical applications of print, audio, visual, electronic, international, and persuasive forms of these media.
Lecture 04 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  Eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II.

JMC-1210 Introduction to Radio and Television
03 Semester Credits
Survey of radio and television industry and its impact on contemporary society with critical study of broadcast programming including production, direction and writing.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication.

JMC-1310 Film Appreciation

03 Semester Credits
Introduction to aspects of film including script, directing and elements of cinematography.  Includes survey of film history and criticism.  Class views masterpieces from a number of countries.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  None. 

JMC-1410 Staff Practice

01 Semester Credit
Class laboratory experience in assembling, making-up and publishing College newspaper.  Detailed weekly analysis of effectiveness of news stories written and published and overall presentation of College newspaper.  Students assigned to College newspaper staff.
Lecture 00 hours.  Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  Concurrent enrollment in JMC-2010 News Writing, or departmental approval:  comparable knowledge or skills.

JMC-1610 Survey of the Black Press

03 Semester Credits
Nature and function of Black press including broadcast, with emphasis on history and function of Black press and impact of Black press on minorities in general.  Special attention on career opportunities for minorities and problems of black journalist working with general press.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  None.

JMC-1800 Special Topics in Journalism and Mass Communications

1-3 Semester Credits

 JMC-1820 Independent Study in Journalism and Mass Communications
1-3 Semester Credits

 JMC-2000 Media Writing
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to writing skills necessary for professional media such as news, print, broadcast, public relations and advertising. Emphasis also on the writing process, grammatical style sheets, audience concerns and an in-class, professional presentation of written materials. 
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  ENG-1020 College Composition II or ENG-102H Honors College Composition II.

JMC-2010 News Writing

04 Semester Credits
News information gathering and writing for print media.  An advanced look at structure of news stories and emphasis on writing against deadlines.  Ethical, policy and legal questions confronting reporters.  Completion of a professional portfolio of in-class clips.
Lecture 04 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  ENG-1020 College Composition II, or ENG-102H Honors College Composition II, and JMC-2000 Media Writing.

JMC-2020 News Reporting

04 Semester Credits
Emphasis on problems of news gathering using community as laboratory.  Interpretive reporting.  Attention to needs of wide variety of types of newspapers and to journalistic specialties.
Lecture 04 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-2010 News Writing.

JMC-2030 News Editing

04 Semester Credits
Copy desk methods.  Copy and proofreading, headline writing, newspaper makeup and style.  Introduction to newspaper law, including libel, right to privacy and press privileges.  Editorial writing, problems and policy.  Examination of major contemporary American newspapers.
Lecture 04 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-2010 News Writing.

JMC-2220 Broadcast Journalism
03 Semester Credits
News reading, news preparation, news reporting on audiotape, videotape and live camera for television and radio.  Covers Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations on news.  Fundamentals of what makes a story and how to get it.  Art of interviewing.  Field work, study of radio and television history.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication.

JMC-2410 Television Production

03 Semester Credits
Introduction to basic concepts of video production.  Emphasis on operation of video cameras, microphone placement, lighting, editing and post-production equipment.  Teamwork and group production emphasized.
Lecture 02 hours.  Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication, or departmental approval:  comparable knowledge or skills.

JMC-2420 Advanced Television Production
03 Semester Credits
Advanced television production and operations, to include hands-on training with studio and field equipment.  Theories and processes of producing and directing video programs, including script writing, visualization, personnel management and budgeting.  Includes multi-camera and single-camera production, and video editing techniques.  Teamwork and group production emphasized.
Lecture 02 hours.  Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-2410 Television Production.

JMC-2470 Motion Picture Production

03 Semester Credits
Introduction to motion picture production techniques.  Students design, shoot and edit their own projects.
Lecture 02 hours.  Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication, or departmental approval:  comparable knowledge or skills.

JMC-2480 Radio Broadcast Production

03 Semester Credits
Basic principles of production and programming including training and development in basic performance areas.  Study of contemporary radio station programming theories and techniques.
Lecture 02 hours.  Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  JMC-1011 Introduction to Mass Communication, or departmental approval:  comparable knowledge or skills.

JMC-2800 Special Advanced Topics in Journalism and Mass Communications
1-3 Semester Credits

JMC-281S Special Advanced Laboratory Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication

1-3 Semester Credits
Specialized two-hour lab for credit

JMC-281T Special Advanced Laboratory Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication

1-3 Semester Credits
Specialized three-hour lab per credit

JMC-2820 Independent Advanced Study in Journalism and Mass Communications
1-3 Semester Credits

JMC-2830 Cooperative Field Experience

1-3 Semester Credits

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