Journalism Course Descriptions

JOURNALISM GRADUATE COURSES

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: 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 is designed to give 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, framing theory, etc. 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 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: Fall.

JOUR 511 -- Feature Writing (3 units) Description: Writing the 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: 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 533 -- Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 units) Description: Course covers how to obtain electronic records from government agencies, locate and download databases, identify news story angles and analyze numbers and information to improve reporting quality. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

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: LA S 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 will focus on access to government records and meetings. From the perspective of the journalist acting on behalf of the people in a democracy, it will look 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 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, Fall.

JOUR 570 -- The Press and Society (3 units) Description: Critical study of news media performance in current affairs; changing requirements for socially responsible and professional journalism in a democracy.  Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be convened with: JOUR 470. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 577 -- History of American Journalism (3 units) Description: The course will develop several ways of looking at the evolution of U.S. journalism.  It will examine 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.  May be convened with: JOUR 477. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 588 -- Reporting on Latin America (5 units) Description: The course will explore the history, economy and culture of a Latin American country. Students will spend two weeks in the country researching a major story to be prepared for print, TV or radio. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes 1 or more field trips. Prerequisite(s): Students must be fluent in Spanish.  Course open to all majors. Identical to: LA S 588. May be convened with: JOUR 488. Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 589 -- Survey of Research Methods (3 units) Description: Students will be 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 590A -- Tombstone Epitaph (3 units) Description: This course will give students real-world experience by producing seven issues of the Tombstone Epitaph, a community newspaper for Tombstone, AZ. Graduate-level requirements include serving as editors of the publication, directing the efforts of undergraduate reporters, photographers and designers and being responsible for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of the publication.  Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes 1 or more field trips.  May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). May be convened with: JOUR 490A. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590B -- El Independiente (3 units) Description: Students in this course work as the editorial staff to produce a bilingual newspaper for the Hispanic community in South Tucson. Includes intensive study of the problems and responsibilities of journalism. Graduate-level requirements include serving as editors of the newspaper, directing the efforts of undergraduate reporters, photographers and designers with responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of the publication. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes 1 or more field trips. May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). Identical to: LA S 590B. May be convened with: JOUR 490B. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590C -- Arizona Cat's Eye (3 units) Description: Through extensive hands-on experience in this course, students learn how to write, report, shoot, produce and edit news for broadcast. Graduate-level students serve as producers, directing efforts of undergraduate reporters, camera operators, and film editors. They are responsible for accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of news packages. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes 1 or more field trips. May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). May be convened with: JOUR 490C. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590D -- BorderBeat (3 units) Description: Students in this course work as a team to produce an online news magazine, BorderBeat.net, which focuses on issues relating to the U.S.-Mexican border. Students also learn to host a topical blog. Graduate-level requirements include serving as editors of the online publication, directing the efforts of undergraduate reporters, photographers and designers and being responsible for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of the posted material. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Course includes 1 or more field trips. May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). Identical to: LA S 590D. May be convened with: JOUR 490D. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590E -- The Cat Scan (3 units) Description: Students will use all forms of multimedia, video, audio, interactive graphics and emerging Internet technologies, to create and produce an online magazine that focuses on the environment, broadly defined. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). May be convened with: JOUR 490E. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 590F -- Arizona News Service (1-3 units) Description: Arizona News Service creates and distributes excellent student journalism for media throughout Arizona and beyond through www.arizonanewsservice.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: How international media cover conflicts and other humanitarian crises, focusing on the Arab/Muslim world. Understanding of the business and culture of global news organizations. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. Identical to: NES 596F. May be convened with: JOUR 496F. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

JOUR 596H -- U. S. Press Coverage of Latin America (3 units) Description: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. Identical to: LA S 596H. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 596I -- News Analysis (3 units) Description: An examination of media coverage on contemporary political, economic and social issues at the state, national and international levels. Can 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 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments). Identical to: NES 596I. May be convened with: JOUR 496I. Usually offered: Fall, Spring.

JOUR 597C -- International Reporting (2 units) Description: The course is the study of 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: Fall, 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 which 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 which 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 (2-4 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 (1-3 units) Description: Individual study or special project or formal report thereof 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 (2-6 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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