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.
  • HI200 - Contemporary World History (4 Credits)
    Integrates the political, social, intellectual, literary, and artistic aspects of the 20th-century landscape in examining such major themes as nationalism and the disintegration of empires; war and revolution; anti-colonial movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; and the efforts to construct a new world order.
  • 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).
    Instructor: Roger House
  • 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.
    Instructor: Carol Ferrara
  • 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)
    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.
    Instructor: Stephen Iandoli
  • 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.
    Instructor: Mark Leccese
  • 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.
    Instructor: Joanne Ciccarello
  • 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.
    Instructor: Mark Leccese
  • 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.
    Instructor: Doug Struck
  • 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.
    Instructor: David Richwine
  • JR364 - Top: Alternative Press (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics may include politics, blogs and the media, the media and the presidency, war reporting, and impact and Pulitzer stories. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Roger House
  • JR364 - Specialized Reporting Topics: Political Reporting (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics may include politics, blogs and the media, the media and the presidency, war reporting, and impact and Pulitzer stories. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Carole Simpson
  • JR364 - Topics in Specialized Reporting: Climate Change and the Election (4 Credits)
    Climate change is arguably the most important story of the century. The consequences of climate disruption will transform the way we work, live, move around, and eat. It will bring political upheavals that alarm the Pentagon. Climate migration already has started. Yet the whole issue was barely mentioned in the last presidential campaign. This course will focus on the candidates running in this election, their positions on environmental issues, the background of those issues, the consequences of our public policies, and the reasons for the often-inexplicable public reaction to the problems. Reporting will be integral to the course.
    Instructor: Doug Struck
  • JR364 - Topics in Specialized Reporting: Road to the White House (4 Credits)
    This course will focus on the 2016 presidential election, keying on the New Hampshire primary and its importance in setting the race's direction. We will report extensively in New Hampshire, following the candidates, attending at least one debate and interviewing both the experts and the voters of the state. Seniors and Graduate Students only
    Instructor: Jerry Lanson
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Affairs: Music Journalism (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of culture, arts, entertainment, or sports. Topics may include music journalism, food/fashion reporting, or performing arts reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Tim Riley
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Affairs: Film Criticism (4 Credits)
    From Hollywood to independent and world cinema, Film News, Review, and Feature Writing examines how film journalism is practiced across an array of media with an emphasis on print and online outlets. Students will acquire a working knowledge of how film-related news, reviews, and feature stories are pitched, assigned, researched, reported, edited, and published. Discussion will include the history of film journalism as well as career paths in film journalism today. Class exercises foster critical and creative thinking as well as the integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, still photography, and social networking.
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Affairs: Cultural Criticism (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of culture, arts, entertainment, or sports. Topics may include music journalism, food/fashion reporting, or performing arts reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Tim Riley
  • JR365 - Topics in Cultural Affairs: Photo Editing (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of culture, arts, entertainment, or sports. Topics may include music journalism, food/fashion reporting, or performing arts reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Joanne Ciccarello
  • JR366 - Topics in Science, Technology, and Health: Health and Medical Reporting (4 Credits)
    Journalists don't need to be a medical professional to be good health reporters, but they do need to know how doctors, researchers and bureaucrats do their work, and to translate jargon into simple and useful language for audiences. In this class, you will learn how to find news value in official health documents, and how to research and write/produce interesting and accessible stories for popular media.
    Instructor: Melinda Robins
  • JR368 - Topics in Advanced Multimedia: Data Visualization (4 Credits)
    Develops background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of advanced multimedia. Courses focus on producing journalism across media or the web. Topics may include investigative journalism, telling narrative or complex stories across platforms, computer-assisted reporting or multimedia editing, web design, and production. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Students are encouraged to have completed JR 220 prior to enrolling in this class.
    Instructor: Catherine D'Ignazio
  • 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: Travel Writing (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
    Instructor: Jerry Lanson
  • JR485 - Journalism Topics: Blogging (4 Credits)
    Blogging, in less than a decade, has moved from fringes of journalism to the center of modern online media. Students in this course will conceive, design, write and maintain a blog or blogs that treat a subject in depth. Topics covered include the different types of bloggers, interactivity with an audience, writing headlines and summaries, using social media to expand a blog?s audience, and working with images, video, audio, and data visualization. The course will also cover legal and ethical issues involved in blogging.
    Instructor: Mark Leccese
  • JR485 - Top: Nonfiction Narrative (4 Credits)
    Develop background knowledge, understanding, and expertise in a specialized area of journalism. Topics vary from semester and year and explore various aspects of journalism theory and practice. This is reserved for courses being introduced on a one-time or developmental basis.
  • 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.
    Instructor: Paul Niwa
  • 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.
    Instructor: Doug Struck
  • 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.
    Instructor: Carole Simpson
  • JR561 - TV News Magazine and 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.
    Instructor: Marianna Edmunds
  • 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.
    Instructor: Emmanuel Paraschos
  • 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.
    Instructor: Doug Struck
  • 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.
    Instructor: Janet Kolodzy
  • 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.
    Instructor: Christine Casatelli
  • 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.
    Instructor: Catherine D'Ignazio
  • JR626 - Global Journalism Online (4 Credits)
    Studies the news media around the world and the history and implications of media globalization. What are the press systems like in other countries? How have the web and social media affected local as well as international news flow? How does shrinking international coverage influence American public opinion and policy? Students look at the development of today's international communication systems from the telegraph to social media. They examine issues of ownership and control, local culture and content, and media development: the continuing agenda to build media systems so that the disenfranchised can gain information and have a voice.
    Instructor: Melinda Robins
  • JR635 - Long Form Documentary and 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.
    Instructor: Janet Kolodzy
  • 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
    Instructor: Justin Hathaway
  • JR664 - Top: Invest Consumer Reporting (4 Credits)
    Print and broadcast students enroll in a variety of specialized and beat-reporting classes such as sports reporting, investigative reporting, cultural affairs reporting, science and health reporting, political reporting, and business reporting.
    Instructor: Paul Niwa
  • 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
    Instructor: Janet Kolodzy
  • 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.
  • PL222 - Human Rights (4 Credits)
    Presents human rights issues in an international context, exploring major tensions such as how universal or culturally relative rights should be. From the philosophy of ?the right to have rights? to contemporary policy dilemmas on immigration and ethnic minority rights, this class unpacks rights assumptions and assesses ?real world? solutions. What are human rights? Who deserves them? How are they protected? What obligation do states and citizens have to ensure rights are not violated? Students review Latin American, US, and African case studies to explore the pressing human rights issues of our time.
    Instructor: Mneesha Gellman
  • 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, and 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.
    Instructor: Michael Brown
  • PL322 - Truth, Justice and Reconciliation (4 Credits)
    Investigates themes of post-conflict memory, truth commissions, transitional justice, human rights, political ?amnesia,? and the role of post conflict education. Theoretical discussions are illustrated with case studies from El Salvador, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Chile, Rwanda, and South Africa, among others. The class engages questions such as: what happens after violent conflict, and who is held accountable? Who remembers and who forgets the violence, and how do individuals, communities, and states go about rebuilding the social, political, and legal fabric in post-conflict contexts?
    Instructor: Mneesha Gellman
  • 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.
    Instructor: Michael Brown
  • 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.
    Instructor: Michael Brown