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Digital Journalism

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Digital Journalism Courses


DJ 111 Writing for Electronic Media (4.00 SH).

DJ 120 Broadcast Practicum (1.00 SH). Students engage in experiential learning and professional development in multi- media content and programming with the campus radio and cable television stations and WCN 24/7. Hands-on experience may include radio on-air or news anchor shifts, television news anchoring or reporting, serving on television and remote crews, news writing, videography or similar approved activities. On-air radio and television positions require an audition. Practicum requires each student to demonstrate best practices, competency and advancement of audio, video and writing skills. Students cannot receive practicum credit for work done for other BC classes, labs or assignments, or count work study hours as part of the practicum. Students must be involved at the stations a minimum of seven hours per week. Early morning, evening and weekend work with our stations, remote truck and online media is required. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 or consent of instructor. (Also listed as BC 120).

DJ 150 Digital Media Essentials (4.00 SH). This course provides fundamental for building best practices skills when using smartphones and other consumer-based products to produce digital media content to document and share one’s story or the story of an academic or professional project. Students learn how to critically review aesthetics of quality digital photography, audio and video and transition from critiquing to producing original content. The student will share the content via social media and other platforms while creating materials for a digital portfolio. This course requires you to create and maintain a professional presence on social media. You will share positions and experiences publically with an online audience. (Also listed as BC 150).

DJ 201 Journalism I (4.00 SH). News reporting and writing, focusing on developing journalistic style and news judgment. Students will learn techniques of researching, interviewing, quoting, editing, beginning makeup and design, and rewriting the “hand­out,” or news release. This course also includes an introduction to press law, ethics and broadcast news. All students are expected to submit stories for print consideration. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 111. (Also listed as WRI 201).

DJ 202 Journalism II: Converged Journalism (4.00 SH). Advanced news, feature, and editorial writing course designed to take students beyond the inverted pyramid. The focus is on the convergence of news gathering and content. Students learn to write for tv, radio, newspaper, and the web and collaborate on story production. The course includes a closer study of press law and responsibilities. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 201. (Also listed as WRI 202).

DJ 311 Broadcast & Digital Journalism (4.00 SH). This class builds on the fundamentals of broadcast and electronic news writing from previous courses including practical, ethical and legal considerations. Students learn and advance their skills in news gathering, interviewing, writing, producing, reporting and presenting content on Titan Radio, WCN and wcn247.com. The course engages study and exploration by students in all aspects of the newsroom operations including the convergence of the broadcast side of the newsroom to the online product. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 and BC 111. (Also listed as BC 311).

DJ 312 Broadcast Journalism II (4.00 SH). Students engage in the study and practice of broadcast and online journalism as it relates to television news, including practical, ethical and legal considerations involved in news gathering, writing, shooting, editing and reporting. Students generate story ideas, make contacts with sources, conduct interviews, shoot, write and edit local news stories for target audiences via the Westminster Cable Network, Titan Radio and www. wcn247.com. Students polish and advance their writing, production and storytelling skills adhering to established, professional standards. Students who wish to specialize in sports broadcasting may cover sports stories and events for class assignments. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102, BC 111, and BC 251. (Also listed as BC 312).

DJ 594 Internship (4.00 SH). Only four credits may be used to meet the minimum requirements in the major or minor. Internships must be off campus at a radio, TV, cable, online, publication, or production facility. Prerequisites: completion of three one-hour credits of DJ 120/Practicum, extensive prior experience at campus broadcast facilities, and approval of the program. S/U grading. (Also listed as BC 590).

DJ 601 Capstone I (4.00 SH). These courses require the student to research and produce a documentary linked to service learning goals established by the College. DJ 601 focuses on the research and production of the projects. DJ 602 engages students in the production, post-production and presentation and assessment of the documentaries. Each student must participate in a documentary showcase and apply best practices when it comes to writing, interviewing and audio and production techniques. These documentaries become the newest element to the student’s e-portfolio capping off their journey in the Broadcasting and Media Production curriculum. Prerequisites: completion of the program comprehensive exam, BC 101 or 102, BC/DJ 111, and BC 251 and at least three semester hours of BC 120/Practicum.

DJ 602 Capstone II (4.00 SH). These courses require the student to research and produce a documentary linked to service learning goals established by the College. DJ 601 focuses on the research and production of the projects. DJ 602 engages students in the production, post-production and presentation and assessment of the documentaries. Each student must participate in a documentary showcase and apply best practices when it comes to writing, interviewing and audio and production techniques. These documentaries become the newest element to the student’s e-portfolio capping off their journey in the Broadcasting and Media Production curriculum. Prerequisites: completion of the program comprehensive exam, BC 101 or 102, BC/DJ 111, and BC 251 and at least three semester hours of BC 120/Practicum.

 

Supporting Courses


BC 101 Radio & TV Fundamentals (4.00 SH). Students will learn basic audio and video production skills that will enable them to function as announcers and crew members at the College radio and TV facilities. Weekend work at the radio or TV stations is a required component of the course.

BC 102 Audio Production (4.00 SH). Provides the student with theoretical and practical experience in the preparation of audio materials for radio, television, web, and social media using both analog and digital audio equipment.

BC 111 Writing for Electronic Media (4.00 SH). This class introduces students to the fundamental techniques of broadcast news writing along with writing for online platforms. Students gain skills and experiences in interviewing, writing, editing news on the air and online in short and long formats.

BC 120 Practicum (1.00 SH). Students engage in experiential learning and professional development in multi- media content and programming with the campus radio and cable television stations and WCN 24/7. Hands-on experience may include radio on-air or news anchor shifts, television news anchoring or reporting, serving on television and remote crews, news writing, videography or similar approved activities. On-air radio and television positions require an audition. Practicum requires each student to demonstrate best practices, competency and advancement of audio, video and writing skills. Students cannot receive practicum credit for work done for other BC classes, labs or assignments, or count work study hours as part of the practicum. Students must be involved at the stations a minimum of seven hours per week. Early morning, evening and weekend work with our stations, remote truck and online media is required. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 or consent of instructor.

BC 150 Digital Media Essentials (4.00 SH).

BC 251 Single Camera Video Production (4.00 SH). This course introduces the student to the fundamentals and best practices of single-camera video production. Students obtain experience in pre-production, production and post-production utilizing digital video cameras and digital video editing. They also apply fundamentals for audio and lighting in productions while operating in our cable TV operations and with online video productions with WCN 24/7. Lab required.

BC 253 Mass Communication (HC) (4.00 SH). An introductory analysis of problems, criticisms and structure and history of mass media in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the nature, impact, consequences and roles of print media, broadcasting, motion pictures, advertising, and auxiliary media. (Also listed as COM 205.) Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

BC 311 Broadcast Journalism I (4.00 SH). This class builds on the fundamentals of broadcast and electronic news writing from previous courses including practical, ethical and legal considerations. Students learn and advance their skills in news gathering, interviewing, writing, producing, reporting and presenting content on Titan Radio, WCN and wcn247.com. The course engages study and exploration by students in all aspects of the newsroom operations including the convergence of the broadcast side of the newsroom to the online product. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 and BC 111.

BC 312 Broadcast Journalism II (4.00 SH). Students engage in the study and practice of broadcast and online journalism as it relates to television news, including practical, ethical and legal considerations involved in news gathering, writing, shooting, editing and reporting. Students generate story ideas, make contacts with sources, conduct interviews, shoot, write and edit local news stories for target audiences via the Westminster Cable Network, Titan Radio and www. wcn247.com. Students polish and advance their writing, production and storytelling skills adhering to established, professional standards. Students who wish to specialize in sports broadcasting may cover sports stories and events for class assignments. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102, BC 111, and BC 251.

BC 594 Field Exp/Internship (4.00 SH). Only four credits may be used to meet the minimum requirements in the major or minor. Internships must be off campus at a radio, TV, cable, online, publication, or production facility. Prerequisites: completion of three one-hour credits of BC 120/Practicum, extensive prior experience at campus broadcast facilities, and approval of the department. S/U grading.

COM 205 Mass Communications (HC) (4.00 SH). An introductory analysis of problems, criticisms, and structure of mass media in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the nature, impact, consequences, and roles of print media, broadcasting, motion pictures, advertising, and auxiliary media. (Also listed as BC 253.) Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

COM 225 Communication Ethics (ST) (4.00 SH). This course is designed to introduce the interrelationship of communication and free speech. The course will provide the opportunities to understand ethical communication in various contexts, assess weaknesses and strengths as an ethical communicator, and apply theories of communication ethics to the major course of study. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

COM 301 Applied Social Media (4.00 SH). This course allows the student the ability to examine how organizations can effectively use social media to communicate with various constituencies. Not only will there be opportunity to learn about social media theory but the application of this theory will be an integral part of the course experience.

CS 201 Web Design (4.00 SH). This two-credit course provides the student with an understanding of the concepts and technologies used on the Internet to support Web pages and electronic commerce. Some of the topics covered in this course include the concepts of the Internet and WWW, the various protocols used - http, ftp, telnet - browsers and tools, and searching for information on the WWW. The course considers Web site design, development and management, as well as HTML document design and construction. HTML topics will include basic syntax or tags used to create HTML documents. Some specific items will be the syntax for tables and forms, image maps, frames, and cascading style sheets. Other topics will include the design and creation of images (including design theory and color theory, as well as cultural influences), and ethical and legal issues will be explored. (Offered Spring semester, even years.)

PR 310 Public Relations Ethics (4.00 SH). This series of courses broadens the PR curriculum, enabling majors to keep up with developments in this rapidly changing field. Special topics will be taught by faculty members in areas of interest to them, areas that might not warrant a permanent offering but which permit the incorporation of new research material, in-depth analysis, and stimulating readings. Course offerings may be influenced by recommendations from the Public Relations Society of America. Prerequisite: successful completion of PR 203.

WRI 201 Journalism I (4.00 SH). News reporting and writing, focusing on developing journalistic style and news judgment. Students will learn techniques of researching,­ interviewing, quoting, editing, beginning­ makeup and design, and rewriting the “hand­out,” or news release. This course also includes an introduction to press law, ethics and broadcast news. All students are expected to submit stories for print consideration. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 111.

WRI 202 Journalism II (4.00 SH). Advanced news, feature, and editorial writing course designed to take students beyond the inverted pyramid. The focus is on polishing print and broadcast news writing style, developing techniques of writing various feature stories, and understanding opinion writing. Stu­dents will practice copy editing, photo editing, headline writing, caption writing, layout, and design­. This course includes a closer study of press law and responsibilities. As lab requirement, students­ will work with the Holcad staff and submit stories for print consideration. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 201.

 

What can you do with a Digital Journalism degree?

Imagine yourself in a graduate journalism or media program or as a newspaper reporter, brand journalist, broadcast journalist, news producer, videographer, assignment editor, on-air reporter/anchor, non-profit communications director, online reporter, multimedia journalist, digital news editor, radio news producer/reporter, entrepreneurial journalist, web producer, media specialist, multimedia manager, social media assignment editor, social media manager or social media specialist.