JOU 1500: Introduction to Media

Today’s media are placed in historical, cultural, and economic context. Students explore the concept of media literacy, and then delve into specific media platforms, including newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio, TV, and movies. The class also examines the spin-off industries of advertising and public relations.

Credits: 3

Department: Journalism
JOU 2110: Visual Storytelling

In this hands-on course, students approach video in a photojournalistic style. They learn to identify interesting characters with remarkable stories. In nonnarrative video storytelling—where students capture vérité scenes and create cinematic sequences—the focus is on having people tell their stories in their own words. This personal approach allows the viewer to relate and to emotionally engage.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515

Department: Journalism
JOU 2150: History of Journalism

Covers the history of journalism with an emphasis on American journalism after 1900. Students examine the objectives of journalism, styles of writing and coverage, and the shape and impact of the industry in various periods. Recent developments are studied with an eye toward how they fit into historical contexts.

Credits: 3

Department: Journalism
JOU 2515: Journalism I

In this introductory course, students learn the fundamentals of reporting and writing news stories, focusing on the skills that form the basis for newspaper, magazines, broadcast, and Web-based journalism. Students also learn AP (Associated Press) style and proofreading and examine broader issues, such as ethics, the impact of the media, and libel.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 2915: Journalism II

Students build on skills developed in JOU 2515 and delve into more specific areas of coverage called “beats.” Students who complete JOU 2515 and 2915 may be eligible for semester-long internships at local publications.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515

Department: Journalism
JOU 3020: Reporting the Region

Students explore the region to produce journalistic reports that include writing and photography. Assignments include stories on challenges facing a French family, implications of a French political issue, a social issue, and a travel piece. The goal is for students to write as a foreign correspondent, conveying the community’s views, struggles, sights, and sensations to an audience back home. (offered in France, Summer)

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3025: Through the Lens: Photo in France

Students are introduced to documentary techniques as they explore the region through their digital cameras. Topics include environmental portraiture, landscape, and feature photography, among others. France’s rich contributions to documentary photography and the “decisive moment” are discussed. Students shoot and produce a photo story on the community, culture, and environment of the region. Open to beginning and advanced photography students. (offered in France, Summer)

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3040: Race, Gender, and the Media

Examines the relationship between the media and social constructions of race, gender, and class, both in the U.S. and within a global context. Topics include biases and assumptions in print and visual media; representations of masculinity and femininity; and the media’s role in creating and reinforcing ideas, symbols, and ideologies within cultures. Text analysis includes newspapers, magazine articles, cartoons, television, movies, and advertising.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3080: Freedom and the Media

Examines the historical, philosophical, and legal bases for freedom of speech and of the press in the U.S. and the practical application of these principles to print, broadcast, and online media today. Topics include the First Amendment, libel, privacy, government regulation, news gathering, and journalism ethics. Not recommended for freshmen or sophomores.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3090: The Art of the Interview

Students build on skills acquired in previous journalism classes as they explore in depth the various interviewing techniques for print, broadcast, and online media. Students critique each other’s work and critically dissect published articles and broadcast interviews. They report and write their own in-depth profiles with an eye toward publication in professional or student publications or broadcast outlets.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3100: Photojournalism

A basic course in the use of photography for journalistic purposes. Topics include how to shoot news events, feature photo shoots, cropping, and the use of computer technology.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3120: First-Person Reporting

Students build on the skills acquired in JOU 2515 and 2915 as they discuss, critique, write, revise, and edit first-person reporting. This is a writing-intensive course; students work on developing a point of view and voice and craft material that resonates with the reader. They are also expected to be active peer-editors of their classmates’ work.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3130: News Documentary

Documentaries are supposed to provide a factual record, but do they? In this course, students analyze, critique, and deconstruct documentary films, and discuss the evolution of the genre. Historical context, aesthetics, and ethics are examined. Students look at the emerging fault lines in the documentary format, where it has become increasingly difficult to tell the difference between news and entertainment.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3160: Broadcast News I

Building on the foundations of JOU 2515 and 2915, this hands-on course enables students to make the transition from reporting for print and online publications to reporting for radio and television news broadcasts. Students gain experience shooting, writing, and editing television news stories and are introduced to the basics of live television studio production. Recommended prior course: JOU 3500.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3170: Broadcast News II

Students further their development as broadcast journalists through class exercises, field assignments, and in-studio productions, serving as reporters, anchors, producers, and directors for a campus television news and feature program. Strengthening broadcast writing skills and polishing on-air delivery are emphasized.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU3160 Or JOU3150

Department: Journalism
JOU 3200: Feature Writing

An advanced course focusing on longer and more complex reporting and writing techniques for newspapers, magazines, and other types of publications.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3220: The Art of Sportswriting

In this overview of national sports journalism, the craft is explored through extensive reading of eminent sports writers and the history of the art, as well as intensive writing. Special emphasis is placed on thorough reporting, the craft of interviewing, writing on deadline, and producing prose written in a distinctive voice.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3230: The Beat of Music Journalism

Explores the craft of journalistic writing about various musical genres, including rock, hip-hop, punk, heavy metal, classical, R&B, and jazz. Readings include notable works of music journalism in print and on the web. Students write articles on the genres of particular interest to them. This course is suitable for both specialized (journalism and music) and general audiences.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3260: Environmental Journalism

In this introduction to the issues associated with reporting on the environment, students gain an understanding of the science behind local and global environmental issues and the journalistic approaches necessary to illuminate those issues. The course grapples with the difficulties inherent in translating scientific information for mass audiences.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: ENV1500 Or (JOU2515 And JOU2915 )

Department: Journalism
JOU 3350: Community Reporting

Students report on communities surrounding the college, with an emphasis on Port Chester, in collaboration with Casa Purchase. Includes résumé-building opportunities to get work published in local news outlets on such topics as immigration, social justice, public safety, sports, housing, education, politics, business, volunteerism, lifestyles, and college issues.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3374: The Literature of Journalism

Students look at the evolution of long-form journalism of postwar America, roughly defined as 1946–1980. Works include Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, John Hersey’s Hiroshima, and the magazine writing of Lillian Ross, Alex Haley, Joan Didion, and Gay Talese. The class also explores more recent authors, such as Isabel Wilkerson and Rachel Aviv, and the influences of the digital age.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3500: Multimedia Tools

An introduction to issues and developments in multimedia journalism. Students critique and create stories for publication online, learning how to assemble story packages that combine media elements, including text, video, audio, and images. Includes some exploration of the use of social media and other techniques to promote stories. May be taken concurrently with JOU 2515 or 2915. Completion of JOU 3500 is strongly recommended before taking JOU 3160.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
JOU 3600: News Editing

Covers the art of editing, from breaking news to features in special styles. Students work intensively on improving writing, expanding knowledge of word crafting, and producing tight prose. The relationship between reporters, editors, and decisions about news judgment is examined. An essential course for writing-based careers.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3780: Criticism/Reviewing Workshop

An introduction to styles of criticism and a practical course in writing short, critical essays (reviews) on the performing and visual arts. On-campus plays and films are assigned; students write about theatre, film, music, dance, painting, and other art forms.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 3880: Journalism Junior Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to equip students with the skills needed to complete a successful senior project, and guide them in choosing a topic and format to research and report in depth. Students look at career options in journalism, do a résumé and job-hunting workshop, and discuss internships. Required for journalism majors.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 4010: Covering the Arts

Using the college’s wide array of cultural activities as material, students learn to bring immediacy and depth to their reporting on entertainment and the arts. The course begins with a study of the form and function of various disciplines as a basis for this reporting.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 4020: International Issues Reporting

Examines the methods of international affairs journalism, how international issues and organizations are covered, and the innovative ways in which local reporters can reach out to bring the world closer to their readers. Students produce stories that illuminate connections between nearby neighborhoods and faraway lands. Limited to students who have declared a major or minor in journalism.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 4150: Investigative Reporting

Student reporters learn to develop the investigative state of mind needed to change public opinion and influence policy making. Working individually and in teams, students use documents, databases, official records, and human sources to probe social justice issues, expose official hypocrisy, and ferret out corruption, waste, and inefficiency in government and other institutions.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2915

Department: Journalism
JOU 4320: Broadcast Writing

Writing for broadcast requires advanced producing skills. This advanced course focuses on the graphics, rolling visuals, and sound structure that illuminate the scripted language written for radio and television. Class exercises and field assignments provide opportunities to develop and practice these skills, and current events frame classroom discussions.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: JOU2515 And JOU2915

Department: Journalism
LIT 3635: Reviewing the Contemporary Novel

An introduction to the contemporary novel and the art and practice of book reviewing. Students read exemplary novels (e.g., Cloud Atlas and Netherland); they read exemplary book critics (e.g., Zadie Smith and James Wood); and they write their own exemplary reviews of contemporary fiction. Writing assignments range from blog posts to newspaper-style reviews and magazine-style essays.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
PHI 3085: Objectivity

Is there such a thing as objectivity, journalistic or otherwise? How do accounts of reality in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities differ, and is any account more objective than the others? How do narratives tell the truth, and how do they lie? What might people mean by the term “truth,” anyway? Course readings are interdisciplinary; the course style is philosophical.

Credits: 4

Department: Journalism
WRI 2770: The Art of the Essay

Though often seen as simply a test of students’ knowledge and ideas, essays go far beyond what is generally required in courses. Students in this course read and experiment with a wide variety of critical, journalistic, academic, personal, and experimental essay forms. In the process, they further develop their skills as critical thinkers and writers.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: WRI1110 Or WRI2110

Department: Journalism