Journalism Course Descriptions

JOUR  502 — Media & Terrorism (3 units) Description: This course investigates the interplay between terrorism around the world and media content about terrorism. It focuses on how news media portray terrorism and terrorists, and the effects of terrorism and media portrayals of terrorism on the public. Also open to Communications students. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 402. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 504 — Freedom of Expression (3 units) Description: Historical, philosophical, legal and cultural perspectives on freedom of expression in an international context. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 404. Usually offered: Summer. 

JOUR 505 — Media Apprenticeship (3 units) Description: The class meets weekly and covers professional development, analysis of industry trends and best practices. The students work with a reporter in the Arizona Daily Star newsroom to research, report and write stories for publication. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 506 — Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units) Description: This course is both an introductory and advanced reporting course for graduate students in the School of Journalism. It is intended for first-year graduate students. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 507 — Reporting with Multimedia (3 units) Description: This course gives graduate students an intensive, hands-on introduction to multimedia reporting. Multimedia reporting is defined as the effective and ethical use of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity for the Web. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 508 — Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units) Description: This course introduces beginning graduate students to the field of journalism from professional and theoretical perspectives using a wide range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, including but not limited to history, law, feminism, quantitative analyses of psychological issues, coverage of conflict and framing theory. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 509 — International and U.S. Media Law (3 units) Description: Basic legal and ethical concepts for media in an international and U.S. context, including access to courts, public records and meetings; subpoenas and shield laws; prior restraint; libel; privacy; source confidentiality; intellectual property; obscenity; and broadcast regulations. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 511 — Feature Writing (3 units) Description: Writing feature articles for newspapers, magazines or other media; specialized reporting and writing techniques. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 411. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 513 — Reporting Public Affairs (3 units) Description: The study and practice of newsgathering on executive, legislative and judicial levels in city, county, state and federal governments, with emphasis on both deadline writing and in-depth stories. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 413. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 522 — Publication Design (3 units) Description: Theory, principles and practice of layout, typography and design for a variety of media. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 422. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 526 — Reporting the Middle East (3 units) Description: Through historical, economic and political exploration of a country or the region, students gain an understanding of current events in the Middle East and of the challenges that journalists face reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes and sporadic or ongoing conflict. Graduate students develop a complex, expansive reading schedule for themselves, based on their interests or their graduate thesis or project. They write reaction memos to most readings. They also present materials from the readings to undergraduates in the class or develop short teaching modules for the undergraduates. In addition, they complete a research paper on a specific element relating to international journalism or an issue in their particular beat or area of interest. Prerequisites: None. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 426. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 539 — Ethics and the News Media (3 units) Description: Analysis of ethical theory and how it relates to journalists' roles and responsibilities in a democratic society. Case studies involve questions of bias, accuracy, privacy and national security. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper examining a major ethical issue and providing a critique regarding how the media covered the issue. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Identical to: LAS 539. May be convened with: JOUR 439. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 547 — Government Secrecy: Access to Information in an Age of Terror (3 units) Description: The course focuses on access to government records and meetings from the perspective of the journalist acting on behalf of the people in a democracy. It also looks at the benefits and harms caused by access to government information. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 447. Usually offered: Summer, Winter.

JOUR 555 — Environmental Journalism (3 units) Description: This hands-on course teaches you to write stories, shoot photos and produce infographics that illuminate the wonders and complexities of environmental discoveries, issues and the people behind them. This course emphasizes the role of the environmental journalist not as an advocate but as a reporter who accurately and fairly reports the news. You’ll find interesting angles in journal articles, interview scientists, evaluate competing claims made by sources, write accurate stories about complex concepts and processes, and respond to editing. Readings, discussions and guest speakers explore key issues involved in communicating with the public about the environment, such as balance, scientific uncertainty, ethical codes and the differences between environmental journalism and environmental communication. Graduate-level requirements include writing an extra article and leading the writing workshops. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course may include one field trip. May be repeated: for credit one time (maximum two enrollments). May be convened with: JOUR 455. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 558 — International Opinion Writing (3 units) Description: This class explores the role and purpose of editorial and opinion writing and the process of writing opinion pieces about international issues and events, with a focus on the Middle East and Muslim world from Morocco to Indonesia. Emphasis on analyses of news and clear, concise writing. Graduate students write two additional op-eds suitable for publication on any topic that relates to international issues and for any legitimate publication. They also write a query letter to a real editor of a real opinion page to pitch one of their op-eds. Prerequisites: None. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Identical to: MENAS 558. May be convened with: MENAS 458. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 560 — International Media Systems (3 units) Description: An introduction to the evolving role of news media in a global information environment and the impact of news coverage on events, issues, public perceptions and government policies. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 565 — Issues in Covering Science and the Environment (3 units) Description: This discussion course introduces students to the professional, legal, economic and ethical factors that affect print, broadcast and digital journalists as they cover science and the environment. Guest speakers—both science journalists and scientists—explore the ways in which science news both reflects and influences the attitudes of the public and policymakers. Readings, case studies and discussions look at issues of balance, scientific uncertainty, accuracy and ethical codes for science journalists. Graduate-level requirements include a higher degree of sophistication for arguments and analysis, in-depth research and presentation(s) to the class. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course may include one field trip. May be convened with: JOUR 465. Usually offered: Spring. 

JOUR 572 — Science Journalism (3 units) Description: This hands-on course covers the basics of writing compelling, substantive stories about science discoveries, issues and the people behind them. You’ll also shoot photos and produce an infographic to accompany your stories. Readings, discussions and guest speakers explore key issues involved in communicating with the public about science, such as balance, scientific uncertainty, accuracy, ethical codes and the differences between science journalism and science communication. Graduate-level requirements include writing an extra article and leading the writing workshops. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course may include one field trip. May be convened with: JOUR 472. Usually offered: Fall. 

JOUR 587 — History of American Journalism (3 units) Description: Students develop several ways of looking at the evolution of U.S. journalism. The course examines the press's origins, its development and how it has interacted with American culture, with particular emphasis on its relationship with politics. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Cross listed with HIST 487/587 and with JOUR 487. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 589 — Survey of Research Methods (3 units) Description: Students are exposed to qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as historical and legal research, media analysis, content analysis, in-depth interviewing and discourse analysis. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 590C — Arizona Cat's Eye (3 units) Description: Through extensive hands-on experience, students learn how to write, report, shoot, produce and edit news for broadcast. Graduate-level students serve as producers, directing the efforts of undergraduate reporters, camera operators and film editors. They are responsible for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of news packages. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes one or more field trips. May be repeated: for credit one time (maximum two enrollments). May be convened with: JOUR 490C. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590F — Arizona-Sonora News (1-3 units) Description: Arizona-Sonora News Service creates and distributes excellent student journalism for media throughout Arizona and beyond through http://arizonasonoranewsservice.com/. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be repeated: for a total of 3 units of credit. May be convened with: JOUR 490F. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 593 — Internship (1-3 units) Description: Work on-site for a news or news-related organization under the supervision of an experienced communication professional. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P F. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 594 — Practicum (1-3 units) Description: An opportunity to do field research to explore journalistic ethics, theory and practices and their impact on contemporary society. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P F. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 596D — Journalism Seminar (1-3 units) Description: The course will be shaped around a series of case studies of the legal, ethical and management issues facing the contemporary news media. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 496D. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 596F — Media Coverage of International Crises (3 units) Description: This course covers international media cover conflicts and other humanitarian crises, focusing on the Arab/Muslim world. Understanding of the business and culture of global news organizations. Graduate students read at least two additional books and write short reports. They also write either 1) an additional analytical research paper on media coverage of, or international reaction to, a conflict or humanitarian crisis OR 2) an op-ed/opinion piece for a newspaper or online publication on a topic relating to a crisis. Open to students in any major. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. Identical to: MENAS 596F. May be convened with: JOUR 496F. Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR 596I — News Analysis (3 units) Description: An examination of media coverage of contemporary political, economic and social issues at the state, national and international levels. May include legal and ethical content analysis. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. May be repeated: for credit one time (maximum two enrollments). Identical to: MENAS 596I. May be convened with: JOUR 496I. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 596L U.S. Press and Latin America (3 units) Description: This course will examine the history and development of U.S. press coverage of Latin America. Graduate-level requirements include a longer research paper and leading a class discussion. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 597C — Coups and Earthquakes: Reporting the World (2 units) Description: The course studies world news systems, including news-gathering agencies, the role of foreign correspondents, the foreign press and the factors influencing the flow of international news. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 497C. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 599 — Independent Study (1-3 units) Description: An extended exploration of a journalistic topic under supervision of a full-time faculty member. The project can take many forms—research paper, investigative news stories, photo essay, broadcast documentary or online report. Graduate students doing independent work that cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699 or 799. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P F. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 699 — Independent Study (1-3 units) Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work that cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699 or 799. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P F. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 900 — Research (1-3 units) Description: Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E K. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 909 — Master's Report (3 units) Description: Individual study or special project or formal report submitted in lieu of thesis. Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

JOUR 910 — Thesis (3 units) Description: Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation or thesis writing). Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

 

 

 

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