Department of Journalism

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  • HI102 - Western Civilization and Culture (4 Credits)
    Studies the rise of civilization from its beginnings in the Neolithic Revolution through the classical empires, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the hegemony of European and American civilization throughout the world. Explores in greater detail the influence of Judaism and Christianity in this process.
  • HI201 - Non-Western World History (4 Credits)
    Examines history in a variety of non-Western contexts. The content will vary based upon the non-Western context selected for the semester. Students will focus upon historical events and the impact of these events for civilization in Asian, African, or Middle Eastern contexts.
  • HI203 - Social Movements in the U.S. (4 Credits)
    Examines political movements of industrial and agricultural workers, the unemployed, and the poor to gain power and economic rights since the Great Depression. Chronicles movements that shaped the policies of the New Deal and the Great Society, and analyzes the ways in which these movements fostered a conservative response late in the century. Explores history in the context of the ideals of democratic liberalism, the emerging power of corporate capitalism, and the modern conservative political coalition. Students study historical texts and a variety of cultural sources (literature, films, photographs, songs, and museum exhibitions).
  • HI204 - Islam in the World (4 Credits)
    Pursues an interdisciplinary study of the origins of Islam and the role of Mohammed, the global expansion of the faith, the theology and thought of the Koran and Moslem traditions, and forms of art and architecture generated by the teachings of the prophet. Explores the impact of the renewal of Islam and its increasing role in the modern world.
  • HI208 - The World Since 1914 (4 Credits)
    Explores and develops an understanding of modern history by focusing on an examination of the Russian Revolution, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the origins and events of World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.
  • HI211 - African-American History (4 Credits)
    Survey sub-Saharan history of the pre-colonial era, and the history of African Americans from the slave trade through the Civil War to the present.
  • HI235 - History of the United States (4 Credits)
    Studies the history of the United States from its colonial beginnings to the present, focusing on the Civil War and its consequences.
  • JR101 - Discovering Journalism (4 Credits)
    Explains how journalism has changed America and the world. Considers the role of journalism as a public service in a democratic society. Students read, view, and listen to the finest and most influential stories. They chart the news in U.S. history, from the American Revolution to today's digital revolution. Students analyze how print, broadcast, and online news have evolved and examine media from other parts of the world. They also explore ethical issues confronting the contemporary journalist and develop knowledge of the First Amendment principles.
  • JR102 - Foundations of Journalism (4 Credits)
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: JR101.
  • JR102 - Foundations of Journalism (4 Credits)
    Students appraise and apply the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and producing news. They cover stories in the Greater Boston community and learn how to develop story ideas, define the focus, and identify and evaluate sources. Students also examine and implement reporting strategies for print, broadcast, and online news stories. They incorporate journalistic standards and practices in all newsgathering and news story presentation. Students write and organize basic news stories with skill, accuracy, and clarity and develop a disciplined use of form and style in news writing.
  • JR103 - The Digital Journalist (4 Credits)
    Covers the use of audio and visual media to tell news stories. Examines modern media, analyzes still and moving images, sound, and best web practices. Students learn how to use photography, videography, and audio to tell compelling stories. They develop and report multimedia stories in and around Boston. Image and sound manipulation and other ethical challenges in the digital age are discussed.
  • JR202 - Beat Reporting Across Media (4 Credits)
    Students learn to cover a geographic or community beat, developing and producing stories in text, audio, and video about a community in Boston. Lectures emphasize the role and function of major institutions in public life, from courts to city hall to Congress; basic public records and research; interviewing; and story origination. Students are assigned to a neighborhood beat and must develop stories in specific areas of civic life, from public safety to demographics change and its impact on community.
  • JR216 - Advanced Audio-Video Journalism (4 Credits)
    Provides intense writing for visual and audio news. Students continue to develop news judgment as it relates to video and audio. They produce and write radio newscasts and reporter packages, as well as organize a video news brief and reporter packages. Students shoot, write, and edit video and audio voiceovers and soundbites for storytelling.
  • JR220 - Interactive News (4 Credits)
    Introduces the history and theory of the news media on the Internet and web and to the reporting, writing, and designing of online news. In the first half of the semester, students analyze best practices of online news publications and write their own blogs. In the second half, they report, write, and design a multimedia website.
  • JR221 - Photojournalism (4 Credits)
    Explores photography as a journalistic storytelling medium by teaching how to communicate news visually in a variety of situations. Develops skills such as shooting pictures on deadline, writing concise and compelling cutlines, and editing for impact. Through historical and contemporary examples, students learn about the power of photojournalism to document, inform, entertain, persuade, and provoke emotion. Examines the ethical and legal challenges of photojournalism.
  • JR240 - Sports Reporting (4 Credits)
    Provides real-world basis for sports coverage in print, broadcast, and online media. Students produce a range of stories in each media, learn the basics of sports beat reporting, learn the necessity of research and reporting for sports stories, deepen knowledge of sports as it appeals to media consumers, and learn how to compete for positions in the job market.
  • JR241 - Radio Journalism (4 Credits)
    Students learn how to write, report, and produce radio news including international, national, and local news. They learn the process of developing story ideas and gathering and organizing information in a way acceptable for broadcast. Students learn how different types of news stories are reported on radio in short form, breaking news, long form, and podcasting. They identify newsmakers and develop further understanding of the broadcast news field. Professionalism, integrity, and accuracy are practiced at all times.
  • JR261 - Feature Writing (4 Credits)
    Students learn to research, organize, and write feature articles for newspapers, magazines, and online media. They develop techniques for finding and focusing stories, interviewing in-depth, improving observation, structure writing, and storytelling. Students understand the variety of feature writing approaches.
  • JR292 - Public Affairs Reporting (4 Credits)
    Introduces the structure and functions of state, local, and federal government from a journalist's perspective. Students report and write in-depth stories on proposed legislation, campaign finance, and current issues in government. Students also become familiar with and make use of public records and open meeting laws, learn advanced reporting skills through readings and class lectures, and review and critique each other's stories.
  • JR318 - TV News Producing (4 Credits)
    Students experience deadline-driven television newsroom operations by producing newscasts and rotating through newsroom jobs such as tape editor, writer, producer, anchor, reporter, and videographer. They write news scripts, edit video to tell a news story, organize and produce a newscast, coordinate video elements for a newscast, and work together as a broadcast news team.
  • JR320 - Environmental Journalism (4 Credits)
    Hands-on course in which students prepare multiple stories on environmental issues, learning the topic and the skills. It is both a discussion course and a working course, embracing science and doing reporting. The course has a special focus on the story of the century: the climate change that will affect every aspect of our society. But it examines a wide range of environmental topics, from local to national to global. Discussion touches on the history of environmental reporting from Rachel Carson to the current fireworks between those who dispute global warming and journalists who report on it. Students learn how to recognize and find good stories, how to approach environmental issues; how to deal with scientists; and how to research, report, write and produce from the field. Multimedia reporting is expected.
  • JR346 - The Berkeley Beacon Lab (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • JR346 - The Berkeley Beacon Lab (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • JR347 - WEBN (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
  • JR347 - WEBN (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor.
  • JR354 - News Editing and Design (4 Credits)
    Students develop and practice the craft of editing: refining news copy and choosing how and where it will run in a newspaper or on a website. They learn to edit stories for content, structure, word usage, and story flow. Students write headlines and learn appropriate software needed to design pages. Explores issues of style, bias, stereotyping, fairness, and taste.
  • JR364 - Top: Alternative Press (4 Credits)
    A survey course on the role of non-mainstream newspapers in modern U.S. society. The course will explore major events and trends between the 1890s and the 1980s through the coverage in special interest newspapers. The publications used to examine topics in social history will include the race and ethnic press, religious press, trade union press, and press of the political left, among others. Students will study both scholarly and primary source writings, consider the use of the alternative press in the historical method, and write research papers that draw on newspapers as sources of history.
  • JR364 - Top: Literary Journalism (4 Credits)
    This course examines the landscape where journalism and literature meet. We will be reading the finest examples of literary journalism across a spectrum of genres, including complex features, profiles, travel writing, topical sketches and reported essays. Students will then use those writings as templates for their own writing projects. We will explore in-depth reporting, interview technique, detail in service to theme, scene-setting, the elasticity of time, story structure and narrative arc.
  • JR364 - Top: The Journalist as Entrepreneur (4 Credits)
    This course will explore the breakdown of traditional news industry business models and study successful and unsuccessful attempts to create new ones. Student teams will develop business plans and create prototype products, with an emphasis on workable ventures that can be funded, launched and sustainably operated in the real world.
  • JR365 - Top: Music Journalism (4 Credits)
    An intensive writing course covering the classic 1960s rock explosion and its aftershocks. Drawing on the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, class explores the four main themes of rock style: race, class, demography and gender. Two major papers required: one on the Beatles, and one open subject. Each paper goes through outlines and revisions typical of the publishing process. Additional assignments include story pitching a major music publication and interviewing a band for a color story to hone skills in description, point-of-view, historical context, and political attitudes. The central text, Greil Marcus's Mystery Train, anchors incidental essays by major rock critics of the era, with special attention to style, voice, tone, and best practice examples of New Journalism and rock criticism.
  • JR365 - Top: Women in the Media (4 Credits)
    History is replete with accounts of courageous women who took risks and endangered their lives to have their voices heard and their ideas considered. Yet many women still face substantial gender bias, pay inequity, and barriers of advancement, as a wealth of recent research has shown." This course also examines the portrayals of women in media ranging from dunderheaded housewives to half-naked sex kittens.
  • JR365 - Top: Covering Immigration (4 Credits)
    This course is designed to give journalism majors an understanding of the complexities of covering immigration as a beat. Students enrolled in this seminar-style course will analyze immigration coverage in the U.S. and how it has evolved since the founding of the country. Students will gain a working knowledge of the many institutions involved in creating immigration policy.
  • JR366 - Top:Health & Medical Reporting (4 Credits)
    Coverage of health and medicine is one of the media's most important areas. Students learn how to find news value in medical reports, to research and write medical and health news stories for popular media, and to translate jargon into simple and useful language for audiences.
  • JR368 - Top: Data Visualization (4 Credits)
    Students will learn how to understand and use data to enhance their multimedia storytelling options. They will learn how to find, organize and analyze information from existing databases and their own data collection to develop story ideas and to tell stories that help audiences understand their world with depth. Students will create visuals (such as maps, timelines, infographics, illustrations) using various software applications and basic programming code to show connections, proportions and trends.
  • JR368 - Top: Data Visualization (4 Credits)
    This course introduces concepts, methods and practices of data visualization and data storytelling for journalism majors. Data journalism is an emerging field of practice that ranges from the dazzling interactive graphics of the New York Times to the consistent, watchful reporting of sites like Homicide Watch. In this course, students learn to adopt a "data-mindset" and reflect on how telling stories with data can help advance (and occasionally obscure) public understanding. Students will learn how to find and create data sets for their stories, how to analyze data (including some basic scripting and coding) and how to present data in a variety of ways. Some experience with HTML is helpful but not required.
  • JR419 - ENG/TV News Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students work in the field to research, shoot, write, and edit video news stories. They develop reporting and interviewing skills, visual acuity, writing for the eye and ear, and general TV performance abilities. Students also learn and utilize the technical aspects of video shooting and editing.
  • JR485 - Top: Investigative Consumer Reporting Project (4 Credits)
    This course is being offering in partnership with The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom, and is designed to offer a select group of stgudents hands-on investigative, consumer reporting experience with a goal of producing stories to be run in local and regional news outlets. The stories are intended to benefit, inform and, if need be, warn, consumers. Students will have the opportunity to do one major, in-depth investigative story on a consumer protection issue -- ie. food safety, clean water, prescription drugs, etc -- under the guidance of two award-winning investigative journalists. Students will utilize all reporting techniques including computer-assisted reporting. The story is expected to appear in several Massachusetts newspapers and on TV stations in Boston and in western Massachusetts, with an audience and readership of one million. Students will meet in the NECIR newsroom at BU at least twice weekly and will be expected to demonstrate real commitment to their investigative projects. Course meets Monday and Friday 10-11:45 (be sure to factor in travel time) in the NECIR newsroom at Boston University, 640 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
  • JR485 - Top: Covering Entertainment (4 Credits)
    This course will examine and analyze many elements of the Entertainment Industry including ownership, partnerships, ethics in reporting, and the role of journalists. Students will be doing multimedia work, research, and practical experience.
  • JR485 - Top: Travel Writing (4 Credits)
    This course will focus on the craft and business of travel writing. Students will identify, pitch and regularly post on targeted blogs (combining text & gallery or slideshow) about some aspect of travel in Boston or New England. These will be published on a class website. We'll also work on more traditional pieces in the medium or media of your choosing. Road trips are optional.
  • JR490 - Online Publishing Capstone (4 Credits)
    Students create a series of multimedia stories for a personal portfolio of online journalistic work. They use advanced tools for creating interactive stories to produce immersive journalistic stories. Text, video, audio, and photos are used to produce journalistic stories that are difficult to tell in print or broadcast alone.
  • JR491 - Broadcast Jour Capstone (4 Credits)
    Refines and further develops ENG or producing skills at an advanced level with the goal of putting together a professional portfolio by semester's end. In addition to completing a body of work, students are expected to engage in in-depth research and critical analysis.
  • JR492 - Deep Reporting Capstone (4 Credits)
    In this project-based course, students pitch, research, report, write, and revise a single long-form story or a series. Work might range from long-form narrative magazine articles or mini-documentaries to multiple-part series on a topic of public importance.
  • JR493 - Backpack Journalist Capstone (4 Credits)
    Students carry out a project from start to finish, learning skills of self-employment, multimedia, marketing, self-editing, and pitching stories. They learn the basics of budgets, taxes, benefit, and legal implications of freelance and sole-proprietor journalism. Students learn about the risks and benefits of practicing journalism without the shelter, and restrictions, of a newsroom. They discover how to juggle technology, reporting, and entrepreneurial skills.
  • JR555 - Reporting Issues of Diversity (4 Credits)
    Develops the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to function and thrive as a journalist in America's culturally diverse society. Analyzes media coverage of a wide spectrum of underrepresented groups, and challenges personal and societal stereotypes. Students learn from guest speakers, readings, and videos about the realities of different groups as well as the job of journalists trying to cover them.
  • JR561 - TV News Magazine & Documentary (4 Credits)
    Takes a behind-the-scenes look at TV news magazines and documentaries with a focus on research, reporting, and production techniques. Explores how to put together longer-form stories from the initial pitch to the final product. Examines the importance of character development and dramatic storytelling. Covers effective management practices from controlling budgets to directing personnel.
  • JR595 - Multimed Journalism Practicum (4 Credits)
    Learn to produce all facets of the Journalism Students' Online News Service (JSONS). Use the city and the College as a news laboratory to write news in text form and produce audio and video news stories. Work as editors to process the news for the daily news site. Work individually and in teams, utilizing state-of-the-art Internet-ready equipment to produce journalism in a "newsroom without walls" environment. (Offered in Summer Sessions only)
  • JR602 - Critical Perspectives (4 Credits)
    Reflects on the shifting state of journalism and its ethical challenges in a historical context. Historical examples are used to show how journalists have facilitated and contributed to civic life and change. Students explore how journalists have helped build a more just society and reflect on how they might reinvent and reinvigorate journalism's role in society.
  • JR607 - Reporting and Writing (4 Credits)
    Teaches students how to think and act like a journalist, developing the mindset, skillset, and toolset. Students practice reporting and writing skills to cover and produce stories in all media. They cultivate fundamental research and interviewing skills so that their stories are focused, adequately sourced, accurate, and thorough. Students learn to report stories quickly and ethically.
  • JR609 - Visual Storytelling and Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students develop an ability to tell stories in a visual language by studying and producing multimedia stories. They start by identifying a story focus and capturing it in a photograph. They then progress to slideshows, audio, video, and interactive works. This course discusses the rights and responsibilities of visual journalists and the emerging philosophies transforming digital media. Students build their social media audience and create an e-portfolio that is developed throughout the master's program.
  • JR612 - Advanced Reporting (4 Credits)
    Students cover communities bound by geography or common interest. Emphasis is on gaining a deeper understanding of groups largely neglected by traditional media. Students report and produce stories about issues, concerns, and events important to the communities. They build relationships and gather or analyze data about their communities. A panel of community members will give feedback on the students' journalism.
  • JR620 - Online Multimedia (4 Credits)
    Extends student learning of visuals in journalistic storytelling by developing a more sophisticated use of electronic newsgathering and presentation technologies. Students collaborate to produce news for television, web, mobile devices, and other visual media. They design graphics in ways that supplement, complement, and enhance journalistic storytelling.
  • JR623 - Data Visualization (4 Credits)
    Students organize information from existing databases and their own data collection to create graphics that help citizens explore their community, nation, and world with new depth. Using graphics software and basic programming code, students create both static and animated graphics that show proportions, visualize relationships, or display trends over time.
  • JR628 - Law and Public Policy for Journalists (4 Credits)
    Enables students to find, investigate, and navigate through government and research documents, court decisions and documents, and laws and regulations. Students examine the historic reasoning and debate relating to today's laws and regulations. They develop an understanding of the impact of law and public policy in society and within specific communities to inform their journalism.
  • JR632 - Long-Form Storytelling (4 Credits)
    Students learn how to plan, report, draft, and revise a single long-form piece of text journalism, or an in-depth series designed primarily for text and based on depth or immersion reporting. This story or series is complemented with appropriate multimedia elements. The course serves as a foundation for the capstone experience and for other depth reporting classes. It emphasizes establishing long-form focus, planning, the writing process (from initial idea through revision), plotting, and executing multimedia elements and presentation, reporting for substance and story, writing and revision, and placing the story. At the end of the course, students prepare a proposal for a capstone project.
  • JR635 - Long Form Docum & Multimedia (4 Credits)
    Students produce a long-form video or multimedia story as a class. The project is visually driven, including online video, an advanced data visualization, or the implementation of a community media program. Students practice researching a topic, setting objectives, capturing visual assets, and organizing media into a cohesive design to create a professional-level piece or series of pieces. At the end of the course, students prepare a proposal for a capstone project.
  • JR637 - Editing and Web Producing (4 Credits)
    Students learn to use language with precision and economy in journalism. A variety of stories are edited for accuracy, grammar, style, organization, fairness, and legal issues. Students work as web producers, editing copy, writing headlines and summaries, and editing photos and writing captions
  • JR660 - Feature Writing (4 Credits)
    Students research, organize, write, and market feature articles for publication in newspapers and magazines. They learn techniques for finding and focusing stories, interviewing in-depth, observation, and storytelling. Students analyze and apply a variety of approaches, from the personal essay to the dramatic narrative.
  • JR664 - Top: Investigative Consumer Reporting Project (4 Credits)
    This course is being offering in partnership with The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom, and is designed to offer a select group of stgudents hands-on investigative, consumer reporting experience with a goal of producing stories to be run in local and regional news outlets. The stories are intended to benefit, inform and, if need be, warn, consumers. Students will have the opportunity to do one major, in-depth investigative story on a consumer protection issue -- ie. food safety, clean water, prescription drugs, etc -- under the guidance of two award-winning investigative journalists. Students will utilize all reporting techniques including computer-assisted reporting. The story is expected to appear in several Massachusetts newspapers and on TV stations in Boston and in western Massachusetts, with an audience and readership of one million. Students will meet in the NECIR newsroom at BU at least twice weekly and will be expected to demonstrate real commitment to their investigative projects. Course meets Monday and Friday 10-11:45 (be sure to factor in travel time) in the NECIR newsroom at Boston University, 640 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
  • JR688 - Capstone (4 Credits)
    The capstone experience provides master's degree students with the opportunity to demonstrate: (1) reporting, writing, and multimedia producing skills developed throughout the program; and (2) the ability to practice journalism that enables a vibrant discussion of ideas and encourages civic engagement
  • JR694 - Top: Photojournalism (4 Credits)
    Students will develop their skills in finding, framing and shooting photos and photo stories. The course also will touch on photo editing and caption writing. Over the course of the semester, students will build a portfolio of news and feature photography.
  • PL220 - International Politics (4 Credits)
    Explores the nature, techniques, and problems of interaction among states. Students understand the development of the modern state system;, the evolution of alliances and collective security; and the role of law, morality, and international organizations. They also analyze in depth the history of America's involvement in 20th century the international relations.
  • PL225 - U.S. Government and Politics (4 Credits)
    Develops knowledge and understanding about the American political system including national, state, and local government. Examines constitutional foundations, citizenship, civil liberties, public opinion, political parties, the electoral system, and the legislative process as well as the judicial history of these issues.
  • PL240 - Communication, Politics, & Law (4 Credits)
    Develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the political-legal communication field with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and the legal system as well as constructing and communicating political-legal arguments.
  • PL328 - Political Thought (4 Credits)
    Analyzes the evolution of political theory from early Greece to the present. Studies the formation of the Western political tradition and the relationship of political theory to the development of absolutism, constitutional monarchy, liberal democracy, and socialism. Looks at the issues of idealism and realism in political thought, individual rights versus the needs of the collective, and the relation of these considerations to the emergence of totalitarian political ideologies.
  • PL332 - Civil Rights (4 Credits)
    Reviews and develops an understanding of the U.S. Constitution, congressional legislation, and Supreme Court cases affecting and controlling minority rights from 1776 to the present.
  • PL333 - The First Amendment (4 Credits)
    Engages in in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws as they relate to communication. Develops an understanding of the First Amendment, the Federal Communication Commission, and political speech.