Course Descriptions



Sentinel Staff

Credit(s): 1

This course provides a practical working environment to apply journalism theory and techniques. Enrolled students become staff members of The Sentinel, the national award-winning NIC student new organization. Sentinel students learn the mechanics of producing a newspaper and maintaining a multimedia website. Students must contribute in one of more of the following areas: reports, editing, design, photography, illustrations, comics, website maintenance, mobile applications, and/or advertising. The course may be repeated for a total of 10 credits. Previous or concurrent news writing, photo, design, art, business and/or web page experience is advised in area(s) of interest. Lab: 3 hours per week for 1 credit; 6 hours per week for 2 credits
Recommended: COMJ-121


News Writing

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an introduction to the principles of news writing, focusing on organization and writing methods for media. Students develop news stories in lab and outside of class. Sentence structure competence is necessary. Mastering the basics of news writing, students will improve their abilities to participate as members of communications professions in print, broadcast, and corporate areas. Lecture/Lab: 4 hours per week
Corequisites: ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570


Mass Media in a Free Society

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the development, successes and failures of today's American media. Students will learn to become media literate consumers of books, magazines, newspapers, film, television, the Internet and other modern formats. Media theories, public relations and advertising will also be discussed. Lecture: 3 hours per week



Credit(s): 3

This course provides practical experience learning and working with modern technology to enhance news coverage and reporting skills. Students learn to create and post online multimedia content that adheres to journalistic standards and practices. Students learn reporter duties in preparation for advancement to upper division coursework and journalism career development. Lecture/Lab: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: COMJ-121


Editing and Publishing

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the principles of newspaper composition and the fundamentals of editing copy, photographs and videos. Students learn and practice the responsibilities of modern editors, which includes selecting and evaluating news content, copy editing news articles, writing headlines and photo captions, editing video footage and designing news pages. Ethical guidelines for the industry are also addressed. Skills gained contribute to portfolio development and career preparation. Lecture/Lab: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: COMJ-121


Journalism Practicum

Credit(s): 2

Journalism Practicum provides on-the-job training and experience through averaging a four hour weekly internship in a media related workplace. Developed as a "contract" agreement between the student intern and a "host" organization with permission of the instructor, this practicum offers practical work experience supporting preparation for upper division college studies or career entry. Students seeking clarification of career direction or "real world" experience will benefit. This course may be repeated for a total of 8 credits. On-Site Work: Varies