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.