• 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.

    Instructors Azeta Hatef, Cindy Rodriguez, Mark Leccese, Paul Mihailidis, Zeba Sarwar
  • 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.

    Instructors Caroline Jones, Christine Casatelli, Cindy Rodriguez, Daniel DeFraia, Gina Gayle, Jason Margolis, Lincoln McKie, Rachel Layne, Zeba Sarwar
  • 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.

    Instructors Kelli O'Hara
  • 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 beat and must develop stories in specific areas of civic life, from public safety to demographics change and its impact on community.

    Instructors Daniel DeFraia
  • 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.

    Instructors Cheryl Jackson, Stephen Iandoli
  • JR217 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.

    Instructors Marsha Della-Giustina, Richard Nangle
  • 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 captions, 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.

    Instructors Gina Gayle, Joanne Ciccarello
  • JR250 Law for Journalists

    2 Credits

    Considers journalists' ethical responsibilities, in relation to professional standards and legal limits. Examines ethical decision-making and current ethical questions using case studies.

    Instructors James McManus
  • JR251 Ethics for Journalists

    2 Credits

    Instructors Azeta Hatef
  • JR300 History of the Alternative Press

    4 Credits

    This is a survey course on the history and role of the non-mainstream press in America. It examines the traditions and practices of the dissenting press in the past. It also considers the work and mediums of the alternative press in these times. The course reviews both the sector of the alternative press dedicated to serving underdog communities and the sector focused on conservative populist interests. The topics are studied through historical texts, articles, films, and other media. Finally, the course requires work on a common project on a public affairs issue.

    Instructors Roger House