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


Introduction to Media Writing

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an introduction to the principles of writing and organizing stories for publication in print and electronic mediums. Students will develop and compose news stories, learn and adhere to industry-standard style guidelines, conduct meaningful and appropriate research, and understand how the ethics, laws, and culture of journalism influence media coverage. Basic media-writing skills will enhance a student's ability to procure employment in print, broadcast, public relations, and corporate communication professions. Lecture: 3 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


Modern Reporting

Credit(s): 3

This course provides practical experience learning and working with modern technology to enhance news coverage and reporting skills on a variety of platforms. Students learn to create and post multimedia and print content that adheres to journalistic standards and practices by maintaining a blog throughout the semester. Students learn skills that prepare them for advancement to upper division journalism coursework or careers in publishing content on a variety of platforms. 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