Journalism Courses

The Journalism Department offers a variety of courses. See the list below for descriptions of each course. 

JRN 101—The Media: Freedom & Power

Analyzing how the media, including the Internet, provide news and information to the public with emphasis on the First Amendment, media power, ethics and taste. Develops skills in written and oral communication. 3 credits.

JRN 135—Journalism Technology

This course teaches journalism majors the skills and mechanics of using the technical equipment needed to be successful journalist. Prerequisite(s): Freshman or sophomore journalism major or departmental permission. 3 credits.

 JRN 200—Basics of Journalism

A survey of the print and broadcast media for an overview of the principles and techniques of journalistic processes. Development of basic skills in reporting, news and feature writing, editing and production. Prerequisite(s) ENG 112 (JRN majors may take JRN 200 concurrent with ENG 112 with departmental permission.) 3 credits.

JRN 201—Reporting and Writing

Intensive practice in news reporting and writing with critiques and discussions of technical and ethical problems. Prerequisite(s): JRN 200. 3 credits.

 JRN 210—Broadcast News

Techniques of reporting and evaluating news, writing and editing for radio and television news programs, including documentaries and panel shows. Prerequisite(s): JRN ENG 112 and JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

 JRN 225—Multimedia Journalism

Intensive practice in online journalism. Students will learn to create online multimedia news packages for an online audience. Prerequisite(s) JRN 201 and JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 230—Fundamentals of Public Relations

Principles, practices, and techniques of public relations in business industry, government, and social agencies. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 240—Race and the News

Examination of the role of race in American news media. Open to journalism and non-journalism majors seeking understanding of how race affects the news process and the news process affects race. Prerequisite(s): Social Science B course. 3 credits.

JRN 260—Anthropology of Media

An examination of myth, ritual, and kinship filtered through the lens of various forms of media in the United States. Explores films and case studies of movies, TV sitcoms, and dramas and news broadcast. Prerequisite(s): Social Science B courses. 3 credits.

JRN 270—Introduction of Photojournalism

An introductory course to photojournalism using digital cameras. Students learn the roots and theory of photojournalism, as well as gain practical experience shooting and editing pictures for print and online news media. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

JRN 298 - Special Topics

Rotating topics about journalism, including courses such as Opinion Writing and Great Journalism

JRN 300—News Writing

Practical aspects of news gathering, news writing, and copy editing. Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 and 225. 3 credits.

JRN 301—The News Media in America

An examination of the relationship between the news media and American society covering the basic issues in journalism through case histories of print and electronic news coverage. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 302—Political Reporting

Practical training in the coverage of the decision-making process in state, local and campus government combined with an analysis of approaches to presenting news stories. Prerequisite(s): JRN 200, history and/or political science courses recommended. 3 credits.

 JRN 304—Sports Reporting

Reporting sports events for the news media; writing, and preparing sports material for publication. Prerequisite(s): ENG112. 3 credits.

JRN 305—News Editing

Discussion and practice in news judgment, copy editing, headline writing, proofreading, typography, newspaper makeup, and design. Prerequisite (s) JRN 200. 3 credits

JRN 306—News Design and Desktop Publishing

Principles and techniques of news design and desktop publishing based on editorial values, readership studies, and comparative studies of publication using computer design software. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135. 3 credits.

JRN 311—Television News Workshop

Practical aspects of broadcast news gathering, news writing, editing and on camera performance for television news programs. Prerequisite(s): JRN 210 or COMP 253. 3 credits.

JRN 320—Writing Magazine Articles I

The process of writing and selling freelance articles and an analysis of the magazine market. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits. 

JRN 321—Magazine Editing and Production

Principles and techniques of magazine editing and production: planning an issue, copy editing, and designing a layout with computer design software and working with the printer. Prerequisite(s): JRN 135. 3 credits.

JRN 322—Literary Journalism

Creative techniques in form and style in nonfiction writing through readings, writing assignments and discussion. Prerequisite(s): one 200 level journalism or writing course. 3 credits.

JRN 330—Public Relations Workshop

A workshop in public relations covering such areas as press relations, news releases, special events, press conferences brochures, and other printed material. Prerequisite(s): JRN 230. 3 credits.

JRN 340—Journalism Workshop I

A laboratory based on the publication of a campus newspaper, newsletter, or magazine or in broadcasting with students functioning as a staff member under supervision. Prerequisite(s): JRN 200. 3 credits.

JRN 350—American Journalism History

The history of American journalism through the reading of key documents and the writing s of major journalists, and through interviews with professionals. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. 3 credits.

JRN 351—Media Law and Ethics

Legal and ethical problems of the mass media, First Amendment landmark decisions, and current issues concerning the gathering and dissemination of information. Prerequisite(s): JRN 102, JRN 20, or JRN 301. 3 credits.

 JRN 375—Courts and Crime

Introduction to the knowledge and techniques for covering state and federal courts. Prerequisite(s) JRN 201 and 225. 3 credits

JRN 400—Investigative Journalism

An examination of I depth reporting in which students gain theoretical and practical experience in investigate journalism. Prerequisite(s): JRN 201 or departmental permission. 3 credits.

 JRN 410—Television News Workshop II

Advanced techniques and projects in writing and producing documentaries, news reports, news magazine programming with portable digital video. Prerequisite(s): JRN 340. 3 credits.

JRN 420—Writing Magazine Articles II

Writing and submitting for publication magazine articles based on investigative reporting or the interpretation of specialized information. Prerequisite(s): JRN 320. 3 credits.

JRN 440—Journalism Workshop II

Advanced writing, editing and production techniques applied to campus publications and broadcasting with students functioning as staff members. Prerequisite(s): JRN 340. 3 credits.

JRN 490—Capstone Seminar in Journalism

The journalism capstone project is the centerpiece and exclamation mark encapsulating the journalism theories and skills journalism seniors have learned in their classes and in the field. Journalism students focus on a project of impact approached concurrently from the areas of knowledge and skills gained from Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses, as well as courses comprising the journalism major. Students critically examine the topic/issues centered on Southern’s campus, greater New Haven, statewide, nationally, or globally. The unified project may include written stories, video documentaries, photographic essays, radio program broadcasts, podcasts, news broadcasts, and other possibilities. They will be presented on a website and may be presented at a public forum and/or offered as a package to local and state news media. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Tier 1 and JRN 101, 210/270, 300 and 375. 3 credits.

JRN 497—Journalism Internship

Practical experience working with participating publications, broadcast studios, advertising and public relations agencies, and government and community organizations, under supervision of media or agency representatives and a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 1-9 credits.

JRN 499—Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 1-3 credits.