COMMUNICATION

COMM-535
Special Topics in News Media (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

(BJ, CS, PJ) (MS) Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics in the analysis and working methods of specialized areas of the news media. Prerequisite: minimum 2.5 GPA.

COMM-535
E01L
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Voice and Presentation Communication

In this digital age, success comes from having truly great communication skills, particularly how you look and sound in front of an audience, camera, and microphone. Whether working as a broadcaster or in a boardroom or courtroom, you need to come across as conversational, credible, and authoritative. This online course teaches students vocal and presentation techniques to enhance communication skills for a more natural-sounding delivery. They learn to identify bad vocal habits such as nasality and sing-song delivery and replace them with a more professional sound by varying their rate of speech, volume, pitch, and articulation. The course also covers appropriate on-camera wardrobe, teleconference and teleprompter tips, and how to combat nervousness. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate journalism program or permission of instructor.

COMM-535
E02L
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

New Media Practices and Techniques

This online course provides a survey of contemporary new media practices and techniques, which are being applied through broadcast, web, and mobile devices such as pod movies. From Saul Bass to Hillman Curtis, students study the methodology and apply what they learn to their new media projects. Students also engage in contemporary reading by new media makers in the field. This course is oriented to any student in the school of communication who is interested in learning new media language and applying it to their own work. Students blog, smash, mash, and apply the techniques to a production-oriented main project within their selected field.

COMM-535
001T
COMMUNICATION
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

The Changing World of News Media

This course prepares students for selection into the highly competitive communications job market or helps them clarify their choice to enter graduate school. It includes the proliferation of new media; core values of the old media and application to the online explosion; solid and expansive preparation for entry into the job market, to include informational interviews with potential employers and resume/cover letter training; and seminars with the top players in journalism, new media, and communications in Washington, DC. Prerequisite: admission to the Graduate Gateway Program and permission of department.

COMM-535
E05L
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Visual Strategies for News

This online course teaches students how to research and write for alternative storytelling--charts, maps, tables, photos, and related visual elements. What they write and create can complement an existing text story online or in print and also become another way to explain information they want to get across to readers. Prerequisite: COMM-320 or COMM-621, or permission of instructor.

COMM-535
003
COMMUNICATION
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Health and Environmental Reporting

Prepares students to report and write about health and environmental topics as they impact on public, political, and personal life. Students study the principles guiding the media reporting of topics including climate change, medicine, genetics, nutrition and pollution, and then apply these principles by producing original science journalism in various multi-media formats and genres. Prerequisite: admission to graduate journalism program or COMM-320 or permission of instructor. Open only to graduate students. Meets with COMM-535 003.

COMM-535
005W
COMMUNICATION
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Visualization and Presentation of Interactive Journalism

The course focuses on methods for producing and distributing interactive journalism, such as maps, interactive graphics, data explorers, or immersive multimedia experiences. Students become comfortable with the current tools and technologies used to produce such content. The course focuses not only on production, but also the capabilities, limitations, and other considerations of such interactive projects.

COMM-535
004
COMMUNICATION
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Health and Environmental Reporting

Prepares students to report and write about health and environmental topics as they impact on public, political, and personal life. Students study the principles guiding the media reporting of topics including climate change, medicine, genetics, nutrition and pollution, and then apply these principles by producing original science journalism in various multi-media formats and genres. Prerequisite: admission to graduate journalism program or COMM-320 or permission of instructor. Open only to graduate students. Meets with COMM-535 003.

COMM-535
001
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Fundamentals of News Design

Instruction and case studies examining how strong visual tools are used to enhance editorial excellence. A study of standards and trends, including consideration of the role content, culture and technology play in shaping design practices at leading newspapers and Web sites. Introduction to principles of typography and information graphics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

COMM-535
002W
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Visual Storytelling I

This course incorporates traditional journalistic reporting and writing skills with digital elements used for online news sites. Students write and adapt stories for an online audience using non-linear storytelling methods, and discuss how audio, video, and interactive elements can complement and enhance news for the online reader. Prerequisite: admission to the weekend Interactive Journalism program.

COMM-535
003T
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

The Changing World of News Media

This course prepares students for selection into the highly competitive communications job market or helps them clarify their choice to enter graduate school. It includes the proliferation of new media; core values of the old media and application to the online explosion; solid and expansive preparation for entry into the job market, to include informational interviews with potential employers and resume/cover letter training; and seminars with the top players in journalism, new media, and communications in Washington, D.C. Prerequisite: admission to the Graduate Gateway Program and permission of department.

COMM-535
004
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

NBC4 Broadcast Consortium

An introduction to the nuts and bolts of operating a major local and network-affiliated television station and digital news operation. Students meet at NBC4 to learn from professionals leading the station and in the newsroom, sales, digital media, promotion, advertising and community partnerships. Prerequisite: COMM-200 and permission of school.

COMM-535
005
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Crowdsourcing, Wikipedia, and Public Knowledge

Who are the keepers of history in the digital age? What does Wikipedia's crowd know that major institutions could reproduce for the greatest public good? With Washington, D.C., as the backdrop, students collaborate with some of the world's greatest institutions in media, libraries, and museums to explore the best ways to capture knowledge in the public interest. The course bridges both theory and practice, with the class pairing with world-renown institutions such as the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress, to analyze the policies, ethics, and dynamics of large-scale collaboration. Students not only learn how to become a Wikipedian, they learn how to apply the power of crowds to the mission of any institution, and to create high quality multimedia content for their portfolios. Meets with COMM-535 006.

COMM-535
006
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Crowdsourcing, Wikipedia, and Public Knowledge

Who are the keepers of history in the digital age? What does Wikipedia's crowd know that major institutions could reproduce for the greatest public good? With Washington, D.C., as the backdrop, students collaborate with some of the world's greatest institutions in media, libraries, and museums to explore the best ways to capture knowledge in the public interest. The course bridges both theory and practice, with the class pairing with world-renown institutions such as the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress, to analyze the policies, ethics, and dynamics of large-scale collaboration. Students not only learn how to become a Wikipedian, they learn how to apply the power of crowds to the mission of any institution, and to create high quality multimedia content for their portfolios. Meets with COMM-535 005.

COMM-535
007
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Special Topics in News Media (3)

Washington Post Investigative Practicum

This course involves students working in groups on long-form investigative projects with The Washington Post and other organizations and institutions, which work as partners with the school. Students demonstrate high-level research and journalistic skills while completing in-depth projects. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate journalism program and permission of the division director.