Graduate Level Journalism Courses

JOUR 504 -- Freedom of Expression (3 units)
Description: Historical, philosophical, legal and cultural perspectives on freedom of expression in an international context. Graduate-level requirements include a 25-page, publishable research paper on freedom of expression. The paper must include at least 35 sources.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with: JOUR 404.
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

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.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the School of Journalism graduate program.
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.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the School of Journalism graduate program.
Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR508 -- Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
Description:
 This course introduces beginning graduate students in the Department of Journalism to the field of journalism from professional and theoretical perspectives using a wide-range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, including but not limited to: feminism, history, law, quantitative analyses of psychological issues, coverage of conflict, framing theory, etc.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the School of Journalism graduate program.
Usually offered: Fall.

JOUR509 – 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. Graduate-level requirements include additional in-depth assignments.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with: JOUR 411.
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. Graduate-level requirements include critically analyzing a major publication and redesigning it according to newest principles.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required: $87.
May be convened with: JOUR 422.
Usually offered: Fall.

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.
Graduate-level requirements include the research paper being twice as long as the undergrad. It is expected to be of graduate-level quality, and pose a suitable research question that could lead to a later study.
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 587 -- 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. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper focusing on a historical news event or issue and how the media treated it. Paper must be of publishable quality in a refereed scholarly journal and include 20 primary published sources and at least 25 sources in the endnotes.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better required in JOUR 205 and JOUR 206 or department consent.
Co-onvened with: JOUR 487 and cross listed with HIST 487/587
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, indepth 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. Being responsible for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of the publication. Writing a major paper concerning a media management issue.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s): JOUR 205, JOUR 206, JOUR 208 with a grade of C or better required.
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. Responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of the publication. Includes writing a major paper concerning a media management issue.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s): JOUR 205, JOUR 206, JOUR 208 with a grade of C or better required.
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 capstone course, students learn how to write, report, shoot, produce and edit news for broadcast. Graduate-level students serve as producers, directing efforts of undergraduate reports, camera operators, and film editors. They are responsible for accuracy, completeness, fairness and objectivity of news packages. Composition of a major paper concerning a media management issue is also expected.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s): JOUR 380; grade of C or better in JOUR 205, JOUR 206, JOUR 208 or consent of Journalism department.
May be repeated: for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
May be convened with: JOUR 490C.
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 experience 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. Graduate-level requirements include a 4,000 word paper including at least 20 primary published sources and 25 sources cited in the endnotes.
Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
Prerequisite(s): Course open to journalism graduate students and selected advanced undergraduates.
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. Graduate-level requirements include more extensive research and 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: NES 596F.
May be convened with: JOUR 496F.
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

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 -- Coups and Earthquakes: Reporting the World (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. Graduate-level requirements include a written paper as a final exam. Paper will analyze in-depth how the international media covered an event of your choice. Must be 4,000 words long (about 15 pages), of publishable quality in a refereed scholarly journal, including at least 20 primary published sources and cite at least 25 sources in the endnotes.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s): JOUR 205 and JOUR 206 or equivalent experience.
May be convened with: JOUR 497C.
Usually offered: Spring.

JOUR 597D -- 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 Graduate-level requirements include double hours of contact time workload.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s): JOUR 306 and JOUR 320A.
May be repeated: for a total of 3 units of credit.
May be convened with: JOUR 497D.
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 for certain master's degrees.
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). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.
Grading: Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K.
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

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