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Courses - Spring 2022
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Journalism Department Site
JOUR130
Self-Presentation in the Age of YouTube
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285.
Additional information: May not count toward the Journalism major.
Students, as they make use of evolving technologies, need to be able to present themselves effectively in front of any number of different audiences through any number of different outlets. Whether in an interview on radio, a guest presentation at a conference, in comments on a video blog, in commentary on TV, in the lead on a self-produced YouTube video, or as spokesperson in front of investors or management, professionals need strong oral communication skills. This class focuses on strengthening those skills through active individual and group presentations, as well as, through discussion of key techniques and group critique of presentation publicly available in the social media space on sites such as YouTube.
JOUR150
Introduction to Mass Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Additional information: Not applicable toward journalism major.
Survey of the functions and effects of the mass media in the United States. A consumer's introduction to newspapers, television, radio, film, sound recording, books, magazines, and new media technology.
JOUR152
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Storytelling with Code
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR200.
An introduction to the ways markup and programming languages and computational thinking are transforming news reporting and storytelling.
JOUR175
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE, D
GenEd: DSSP, DVUP
Additional information: Not applicable toward journalism major.
An analysis of the information, values and underlying messages conveyed via television, newspapers, the internet, magazines, radio and film. Examines the accuracy of those messages and explores how media shape views of politics, culture and society.
JOUR181
Grammar for Journalists
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENGL181, ENGL281, or JOUR181.
The basic grammatical structures of standard American written English and its conventions of punctuation, diction and usage in journalistic writing.
JOUR199
(Perm Req)
Survey Apprenticeship
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Students must meet with the Internship Director in KNI 1100 to receive permission to register. No requests to register after the Schedule Adjustment Period will be honored.
JOUR200
Journalism History, Roles and Structures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduction to the study of journalism from the standpoint of media history and sociology.
JOUR201
(Perm Req)
News Writing and Reporting I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENGL101, JOUR181, and JOUR200; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Restriction: For students intending to be journalism majors; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Introduction to news for the print and electronic media, development of new concepts: laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing skills. Students who earned 80% or higher on the JOUR181 diagnostic are exempt from the JOUR181 prerequisite.
For students intending to be journalism majors.
JOUR202
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR201.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Copy editing, fact checking, verification and research across media platforms, including social, with consideration of story play and placement, graphic principles, headlines and SEO.
JOUR262
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR201.
Jointly offered with: JOUR603.
Credit only granted for: JOUR262 or JOUR603.
Introduction to shooting, editing and production of video stories for broadcast and the Web; includes newsgathering in the field.
JOUR281
Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: JOUR289E or JOUR281.
Formerly: JOUR289E.
Additional information: This course is intended for non-journalism majors.
Explores the First Amendment, libel, privacy, FOIA and copyright as they have evolved in the digital news age of bloggers, tweeters and citizen journalists. The course will cover fundamental legal and ethical concepts as well as practical application.
JOUR282
Beyond Facebook: How Social Media are Transforming Society, Culture, Business and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: JOUR289F or JOUR282.
Formerly: JOUR289F.
Examining the rise of social media and their impact on culture, business, government, politics, journalism and society, this course provides students with a broad contextual understanding of the multidisciplinary impacts of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and similar Internet-based services.
JOUR283
Probing War: Investigative Narratives and American Conflicts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: JOUR283 or JOUR289J.
Formerly: JOUR289J.
Students will explore the realities of war through the work of journalists who pushed beyond the daily headlines, some risking life and limb, to challenge official versions and document uncomfortable realities about American conflicts.
JOUR284
Scandal: Exposing Corruption, Justice, and Vice in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: JOUR289P, JOUR284 or HONR239J.
Formerly: JOUR289P, HONR239J.
Students will examine the nature and meaning of scandals in society: how they are uncovered and constructed; why some forms of wrongdoing are considered scandalous but not others; how this definition has changed over time; and how scandals resonate in ways that reflect societal norms.
JOUR289I
Information 3.0: Exploring Technological Tools
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Students will expand their understanding of various digital information and the issues it raises, evaluate media research investigating how users interact with information for different purposes, analyze how diverse audiences seek, select, share and produce various types of digital information, and evaluate the ethics related to digital privacy and security.
JOUR320
(Perm Req)
News Writing and Reporting II: Multiplatform
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR152; and minimum grade of C- in JOUR201; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR262 or JOUR370.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Principles and practices of news reporting; covering news beats and other news sources, including researching news stories for accuracy, comprehensiveness and interpretation. Due to rigorous publication requirement, plan your schedule accordingly.
JOUR325
(Perm Req)
Capital News Service Bureau
Credits: 9
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced journalism training. Students report as part of college's Capital News Service program.
Washington, DC students should enroll in section 0101. Annapolis students should enroll in section 0201. College Park students should enroll in section 0301 and 0401.
JOUR328A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sustainability, Change Management, and the Future of the News as a Business
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

This class will cover the changing economics of the news industry, its history and its future. It will teach some of the essentials of transformational change management in news and will culminate in students critiquing a gap in a news organization's model and designing a performance challenge plan for that news organization to address that gap through innovation.
JOUR328F
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Reporting on Journalists Imprisoned Overseas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

In this course, students will dip into national security and diplomatic reporting by learning to research the context, laws and international pressure surrounding an individual journalist imprisoned in a particular country. Students will learn how to find sources and conduct interviews with diplomats, experts, reporters and family members living overseas while never leaving College Park.
JOUR328G
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Professionalization, Commercialization, Youth Sports & the Media I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320. JOUR328G must be taken concurrently with JOUR328P.

This course will explore the monetization of youth sports, including high school sports, on media platforms from ESPN to regional streaming platforms to community access channels.
JOUR328I
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Turning Your Journalism Degree into Multiple Career Options
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have earned at least 60 credits. Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Whether you love your major or hate it, it doesn't matter. That's because the skills you're learning are transferable into countless industries beyond journalism. You'll learn step-by-step how to inventory the most valuable skills you've gained inside and outside the classroom and translate them into tangible job functions that exist in almost any industry you can imagine. From Aeronautics to Architecture, from Hedge Funds to Health Care, from IG & TikTok to Intelligence & Foreign Affairs, this will be a course unlike any other you've taken because its sole focus is to help you identify at least three career options you'd be excited to pursue after you graduate and then show you how to use LinkedIn to uncover those jobs and internships.
JOUR328L
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sports and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

In this course, students examine sports and their impact on culture, politics, health, ethics and more. Class discussion and reporting assignments will focus on globalization of US sports leagues, the head trauma crisis in football, the future of sports gambling and the adult-managed world of youth sports, among other topics.
JOUR328O
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; News Application Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JOUR472 or permission of instructor (dpwillis@umd.edu).

A class that combines a survey of work in this area, featuring work done at organizations like ProPublica, the Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle and others, with practical skills in reporting and building news applications. Students will review and critique existing news apps, read materials from those who built them and develop projects in small groups that display data in a news app style. Key skills gained include: backend development, frontend development, command-line usage and some data analysis.
JOUR328P
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Professionalization, Commercialization, Youth Sports & the Media II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320. JOUR328P must be taken concurrently with JOUR328G.

This course will explore the monetization of youth sports, including high school sports, on media platforms from ESPN to regional streaming platforms to community access channels.
JOUR328R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Business and Economic Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

Students will explore why economic and business themes are among the top stories generating reader interest. Topics vary each semester but can focus on the economic impact of immigration, employment, income inequality, wage stagnation, trade wars and affordable housing. Students will learn to identify newsworthy stories and interpret and integrate numbers and financial data into stories in a compelling way.
JOUR328T
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR352.

This course is focused on data visualization in the service of journalistic storytelling. Students will learn data visualization theory, best practices and methods, including how to create data visualizations using a variety of tools.
JOUR334
(Perm Req)
Audio and Podcast Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR360.
Credit only granted for: JOUR334, JOUR368L, JOUR668L or JOUR634.
Formerly: JOUR368L.
Students will learn the tools needed to report and produce short- and long-form audio storytelling, including writing, reporting, interviewing, production, editing, hosting and delivery. Field reporting and audio gathering outside of class are required, along with writing and mixing broadcast-quality audio stories. Students will work together to produce a complete radio broadcast on deadline, with live and pre-recorded elements. Various interests in audio reporting are welcome and encouraged.
JOUR352
(Perm Req)
Interactive Design and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR152; and JOUR201; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR262 or JOUR370. Or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with JOUR652.
Credit only granted for: JOUR352 or JOUR652.
Conceptualize, wireframe, design and build responsive Web pages using HTML, style sheets and other coding tools; work with open source interactive tools, JavaScript libraries, multimedia and text to create charts, timelines, maps and other forms of nonfiction storytelling.
JOUR353
(Perm Req)
News Bureau: Multimedia Reporting
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: JOUR352; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and (JOUR320 or JOUR360).
Advanced reporting and writing in an online environment focusing on multimedia, non-traditional storytelling and investigative reporting.
Contact instructor to obtain permission.
JOUR355
(Perm Req)
News Bureau: Multimedia Editing and Production
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360; and JOUR352; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced online journalism training. Students work as multimedia and social media editors and producers, building interactive content and special reports.
JOUR357
(Perm Req)
Capital News Service Broadcast Immersion
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR361; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the College's Capital News Service program.
JOUR360
(Perm Req)
News Writing and Reporting II: Broadcast
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR201.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Writing and reporting for broadcast media: production of news stories.
JOUR361
(Perm Req)
Television Reporting and Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR360.
Writing and editing for the broadcast media. Interpretive and documentary news stories.
Students will spend several hours per week on field assignments, in addition to scheduled class sessions.
JOUR362
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Producing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR360; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR361.
Producing TV news.
JOUR364
(Perm Req)
Advanced Audio and Podcast Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR 334.
Jointly offered with: JOUR664.
Students will receive professional skills training in the reporting, writing, editing, voicing and production of radio news. Students will be required to do extensive field reporting, along with writing and mixing radio pieces. They will also participate in other aspects of radio news production, including editing, directing, live interviewing and hosting. By the end of the semester, students will have created all the elements of a complete radio broadcast. The class will also delve into the history and evolution of radio news and its future in podcasting and other forms.
JOUR367
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Bureau
Credits: 9
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: JOUR361; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the college's Capital News Service program.
JOUR368D
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Social Media Content Creation, Audience Engagement and Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320/JOUR360. This class will provide students with an overview of social media best practices for journalists, and will work to develop their skills in the following areas: social content creation, audience engagement, sourcing and verification and analytics. By the end of this course, students will have the practical skills needed to manage a social media account for themselves (as student or professional journalists) or contribute to the management of a news organization's social media presence.
JOUR368E
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Streaming and Broadcast Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262.

This course explores the culture and practice of live streaming. Through a hands-on approach, it leads students from the various stages of live streaming account creation, production design and delivery, audience garnering and engagement. Beyond Twitch, it will also examine other popular streaming platforms. At the end of the course, you should understand how accessible and valuable streaming is for you.
JOUR368F
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Studio Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR361.

This course will take you through every production aspect related to studio production. This includes learning how to plan and execute a live studio production featuring camera crews, a floor director, producer, director, technical director, audio, and teleprompter. Labs will focus on putting together and executing a live newscast production.
JOUR368I
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Designing Stories with Motion Graphics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR203 or JOUR262 or JOUR370.

In this course, students will learn how to create motion graphics that turn data and facts into visually compelling animated stories. Students will learn theories and practices of animation, design and visual journalism. After completing this course, students will have a solid grasp of storyboarding, scripting and creating motion graphic stories using the Adobe After Effects software.
JOUR368K
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Video Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JOUR262. Recommended: JOUR361 or JOUR368X.

NewsBIN focuses on the future of video journalism, from documentary to 360 videos. In the class, students can experiment with cinematic techniques, motion graphics, choose-your-own-adventure style videos and more. The class is heavily influenced by independent documentary filmmaking and video storytelling. Students will be required to contribute to a weekly behind-the-scenes vlog of our class documenting the work we do.
JOUR368N
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Advanced Photojournalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR370.

This course will provide a deeper dive into the storytelling medium of photojournalism. Students will learn the skills necessary to tell in-depth, long-term stories through the use of still photography. Topics of discussion will include the history of photojournalism, changing approaches to the photo story/photo essay over time, how to approach a variety of potential subject matter and situations, finding long-term photo story projects and organizing images for a variety of digital and traditional formats.
JOUR368X
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Documentary Filmmaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR320/JOUR360.

Hands-on independent documentary production. From pre-production to distribution, the class will include field production, pitching, grant writing and more.
JOUR368Y
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Sports Producing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262 and JOUR360; or JOUR320. This class will take an analytical look at sports TV and sports content by deconstructing shows We will examine the producer's role in creating the look, feel and direction of shows and learn how to choose a lead story, how to "tease" and the importance of identifying and telling good stories. We will will watch live televised sporting events to better understand the techniques used by directors and producers. Students will get hands-on experience with BTN2GO and learn all aspects of live game production.
JOUR370
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR201.
Restriction: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR 368P, JOUR 370 or JOUR 670.
Formerly: JOUR 368P.
Additional information: Students are required to borrow, rent or purchase a 35mm digital camera. Contact department for camera specifications.
Examining the basics of shooting, editing and storytelling with still photos taken with 35mm digital cameras. Students shoot portraits, feature photos and action shots. Final project is a photo story/essay.
JOUR382
(Perm Req)
Sports Writing and Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR328B or JOUR382.
Formerly: JOUR328B.
Gives students full and wide-ranging instruction in all aspects of sports reporting and writing, including how to report, write, edit and lay out sports stories, incorporating photography and multimedia. We will also discuss ethics, objectivity, fairness and the future of sports journalism.
JOUR389O
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Reporting the Election of '22 -- Daily Journalism Under Pressure I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320/JOUR360. JOUR389O must be taken concurrently with JOUR389P.

We will study the daily coverage of the 22 election, analyzing the differences in reporting by three networks. This emphasizes reporting, critical thinking, and journalistic judgements. It studies competitive television news coverage but is not a television course. The reporting will center on politics but will not overlook other major stories. Who controls the Senate and House will determine the course of the Biden presidency.
JOUR389P
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Reporting the Election of '22 -- Daily Journalism Under Pressure II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320/JOUR360. JOUR389P must be taken concurrently with JOUR389O.

We will study the daily coverage of the 22 election, analyzing the differences in reporting by three networks. This emphasizes reporting, critical thinking, and journalistic judgements. It studies competitive television news coverage but is not a television course. The reporting will center on politics but will not overlook other major stories. Who controls the Senate and House will determine the course of the Biden presidency.
JOUR396
(Perm Req)
Supervised Internship
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have earned a grade of C- or better in JOUR320.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR326, JOUR366, or JOUR396.
Students will complete a minimum of 90 hours in a supervised journalism internship over a minimum of 10 weeks in spring and fall, and eight weeks in summer. Emphasis is on relating academic training to professional experience. Students may pick up an internship proposal form in KNI 1100, have their internship supervisor fill it out, and meet with the college's internship director to receive permission to register. No requests to register after the Schedule Adjustment Period will be granted. This requirement would affect incoming freshmen from the fall 2012 class.
JOUR398
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR402
(Perm Req)
Journalism Law and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR201.
Credit only granted for: JOUR402 OR JOUR400 and JOUR300.
An examination of the legal rights and ethical problems and constraints of mass media, including libel, privacy, copyright, monopoly and contempt.
JOUR405
(Perm Req)
Breaking News With Numbers: Statistics for Journalists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JOUR201; and (MATH107 or MATH110; or must have completed a higher level math course).
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201.
Common statistical tools, software and data visualization techniques will be used to allow students to analyze data and solve problems relevant to reporting and writing about politics, sports, criminal justice, business and other fields.
JOUR452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Cross-listed with: WGSS452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452, WMST452 or WGSS452.
Formerly: WMST 452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
JOUR453
News Coverage of Racial Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Analysis of news media coverage of issues relating to racial minorities in the United States, with special attention to Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans and Native Americans.
JOUR455
Media Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: JOUR459E or JOUR455.
Formerly: JOUR459E.
Basic business and entrepreneurship concepts will be covered and will explore how technology is transforming the business of media. Students develop and pitch ideas for media businesses, learn startup basics, do exercises in Internet advertising and business plan analysis, use social networks and other digital communication tools, and perform other hands-on exercises in business development and presentation.
JOUR456
Literature in Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: JOUR456 or JOUR673.
From Truman Capote's In Cold Blood to Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, students will examine how literary works can help writers approach a subject in a different way than more traditional forms of journalism, including the advantages and limitations of the style.
JOUR458B
Special Topics in Journalism; Sports Media Today
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will discuss working with various organizations' communications/media relations staff, coaches and players; distributing news of the organizations; and creating/maintaining methods for disseminating that news to the public in an honest and forthright manner. Also, traditional, digital and social media elements will be explored. Restriction: Junior Standing or higher.
JOUR458K
Special Topics in Journalism; The Changing Role, Responsibilities and Norms of Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This class will take students through a critical review of how news and information flows in society today, how that is continuously changing, and what it means about how journalists and news organizations should alter routines and practices and while defending foundational principles. Students will think about their own goals as news practitioners, their habits as consumers. Ultimately, they will draft a set of principles and practices and a statement of values for a news organization that they would lead, applying the critical thinking and historical review learned in the class.
JOUR458X
Special Topics in Journalism; The Media and Mass Shootings
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A rigorous and hands-on exploration of how these continuing American tragedies should be covered, focusing on ethics, writing about traumatic subjects, and explanatory reporting that can shape non-partisan discussions about ending this scourge on society.
JOUR459E
Special Topics in Journalism; Environmental Justice Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will ground students in the core issues of the Chesapeake Bay and the land that surrounds it as well as the multi-state government effort to clean up pollution. It will look at rural and urban parts of the landscape, the sources reporters need to cultivate for a complete story, and the different storytelling approaches reporters can take for stories that ooze instead of break. The class will also touch on crucial issues of our time, including climate change, environmental justice, and clean water and air.
JOUR459Q
Special Topics in Journalism; On the Ground Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will partner with Local Voices Network to host conversations within the community to learn more about issues that are important to the community, specifically with regard to race, racism, sub-conscious bias, diversity, inclusion and discrimination. The class will also study how social protests and social revolutions have been covered by themedia.
JOUR459R
Special Topics in Journalism; Media and Human Rights in the Internet Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Focus is placed on new approaches and new roadblocks to coverage of human rights issues, as journalists and repressive governments develop new strategies to either obtain or suppress information about abuses andpublic protests. We will discuss the evolution of the media's role indocumenting human rights violations, from the U.S. Civil Rights movementto the Arab Spring to contemporary events online and on the ground -- in China, Russia, and the United States. Students will have opportunities to write each week on human rights issues and internet freedom, and to report and write in-depth, publishable articles.
JOUR472
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360.
Jointly offered with JOUR772. Credit only granted for: JOUR472 or JOUR772.
A practical, skills-based course in the basics of modern data journalism, data analysis and data storytelling. Students will learn to use data programming, statistical analysis, visualization tools and investigative reporting techniques to unearth key facts, patterns and proof in storytelling.
Prerequisite: JOUR320 or JOUR360.

Computer and online data acquisition; analytical methods for writing and reporting news.
JOUR475
(Perm Req)
Understanding Audiences and Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Student must have completed a university statistics course.
Credit only granted for: JOUR479O or JOUR475.
Formerly: JOUR479O.
As journalism evolves, it may be more important than ever to understand what were once simply called "audiences" -- who they are, how they consume news, and what that engagement means for them and for society. Students will learn to think critically about news audiences and contemporary issues in audience research.
JOUR479A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Basketball Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: A university statistics course.

Students will learn how analytics inform and enhance the decision-making process of basketball teams. Course material will focus on publicly available data, reputable basketball publications and class discussions that challenge students to understand topics such as in-game strategy, player/team performance metrics, and roster construction, among other subjects. Students will learn how to apply these tools to enhance journalistic coverage of basketball and other major sports.
JOUR479E
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Political Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed a university statistics course.

Students are provided with advanced research skills to analyze elections, including political parties, candidates, news coverage, and voters. This will include a review of studies of election coverage as well as learning how to deploy a range of research tools in order to gain deeper understanding of elections and voting behavior. Students will learn how to conduct comparative analysis of campaign materials, analyze candidate performance, assess media treatment of candidates, forecast results as well as introduce students to a range of analytical tools for tracking data in traditional and social media.
JOUR479F
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Investigative Skills: Finding and Cultivating Sources
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Research methods appropriate for journalists take many forms, including knowing how to find, obtain and analyze public documents and government data and records. This course concentrates on researching, finding and developing the people who can tell you things about their intimate lives or the workings of businesses, institutions and government that can't always be found through documents. You will learn methods to approach and interview people you have never spoken to before, how to create trusting relationships with people of different work cultures and how to convince sensitive sources to open up and tell you things that will lead to the best stories.
JOUR603
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR504; and permission of Journalism College required.
Restriction: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with JOUR262.
Credit only granted for: JOUR503 or JOUR603.
Formerly: JOUR503.
Introduction to shooting, editing and production of video stories for broadcast and the Web; includes newsgathering in the field.
JOUR620
(Perm Req)
Public Affairs Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR501; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Designed to add to and sharpen the skills learned in JOUR501. It is primarily an introduction to "beat" reporting that allows students to sample the most common new beats while reporting and writing on deadline. Students are required to develop and hone their multimedia skills by reporting in a variety of media.
JOUR623
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Students must have basic computer skills.
Credit only granted for: JOUR689M or JOUR623.
Formerly: JOUR689M.
A review of several mobile applications and the "hands-on" skills needed to collect and share news in the field. First, students learn how to remotely post information to blogs and social networks. Students then learn and practice the latest location-based production techniques using web services on wireless laptops and mobile devices. Students use laptops (and their own "SmartPhone") to record, edit and upload audio and video.
JOUR625
(Perm Req)
Advanced Capital News Service Bureau
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR625 or JOUR729.
Formerly: JOUR729.
Advanced journalism training. Students report as part of College's Capital News Service program.
Washington, D.C. Bureau students register for section 0101. Annapolis Bureau students register for section 0201.
JOUR628A
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sustainability, Change Management, and the Future of the News as a Business
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

This class will cover the changing economics of the news industry, its history and its future. It will teach some of the essentials of transformational change management in news and will culminate in students critiquing a gap in a news organization's model and designing a performance challenge plan for that news organization to address that gap through innovation.
JOUR628B
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sports Reporting and Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

This course will give students full and wide-ranging instruction in all aspects of sports reporting and writing, from the history of the craft to its mechanics, including how to prepare to report and write sports stories, incorporating photography, audio, video and interactive mechanics and the laying out and editing of them. We will also discuss ethics, objectivity, fairness and the future of sports journalism.
JOUR628C
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Advanced Howard Center Investigations I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JOUR628G
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Professionalization, Commercialization, Youth Sports & the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

This course will explore the monetization of youth sports, including high school sports, on media platforms from ESPN to regional streaming platforms to community access channels.
JOUR628I
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Advanced Howard Center Investigations II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JOUR628L
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sports and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

In this course, students examine sports and their impact on culture, politics, health, ethics and more. Class discussion and reporting assignments will focus on globalization of US sports leagues, the head trauma crisis in football, the future of sports gambling and the adult-managed world of youth sports, among other topics.
JOUR628N
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Reporting on Journalists Imprisoned Overseas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

In this course, students will dip into national security and diplomatic reporting by learning to research the context, laws and international pressure surrounding an individual journalist imprisoned in a particular country. Students will learn how to find sources and conduct interviews with diplomats, experts, reporters and family members living overseas while never leaving College Park.
JOUR628O
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; News Application Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR772 or permission of instructor (dpwillis@umd.edu).

A class that combines a survey of work in this area, featuring work done at organizations like ProPublica, the Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle and others, with practical skills in reporting and building news applications. Students will review and critique existing news apps, read materials from those who built them and develop projects in small groups that display data in a news app style. Key skills gained include: backend development, frontend development, command-line usage and some data analysis.
JOUR628R
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Business and Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

Students will explore why economic and business themes are among the top stories generating reader interest. Topics vary each semester but can focus on the economic impact of immigration, employment, income inequality, wage stagnation, trade wars and affordable housing. Students will learn to identify newsworthy stories and interpret and integrate numbers and financial data into stories in a compelling way.
JOUR628T
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR652.

This course is focused on data visualization in the service of journalistic storytelling. Students will learn data visualization theory, best practices and methods, including how to create data visualizations using a variety of tools.
JOUR634
(Perm Req)
Audio and Podcast Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR660; or permission of Philip Merrill School of Journalism Associate Dean.
Jointly offered with: JOUR334.
Credit only granted for: JOUR334, JOUR368L, JOUR668L or JOUR634.
Formerly: JOUR668L.
Students will learn the tools needed to report and produce short- and long-form audio storytelling, including writing, reporting, interviewing, production, editing, hosting and delivery. Field reporting and audio gathering outside of class are required, along with writing and mixing broadcast-quality audio stories. The class will produce a complete newscast on deadline, with live and pre-recorded elements. Various interests in audio reporting are welcome and encouraged.
JOUR652
(Perm Req)
Interactive Design and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: Offered to students enrolled in the journalism master's degree or certificate. Master's degree students should take JOUR 504 as a pre- or co-requisite. Certificate students are encouraged to take JOUR 604 as a co-requisite.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR652 or JOUR352.
Conceptualize, wireframe, design and build responsive Web pages using HTML, style sheets and other coding tools; work with open source interactive tools and JavaScript libraries to create charts, timelines and maps to tell stories.
JOUR655
(Perm Req)
Advanced Online News Bureau
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR603 or JOUR620; and (JOUR504 and JOUR652). Or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced online journalism training. Students work as online reporters, editors and producers for a news site. Students also package copy from the print and broadcast news bureaus.
JOUR660
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR501.
Credit only granted for: JOUR660 or JOUR760.
Formerly: JOUR760.
Descriptive and critical analysis of broadcast news; methods of evaluation of news judgments; decision-making and organizational aspects of the broadcast news industry.
JOUR661
(Perm Req)
Television Reporting and Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR603; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be in Journalism Studies (Doctoral) program.
Reporting, writing, editing and production of broadcast news.
JOUR662
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Producing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR661; and (JOUR603 and JOUR660).
Jointly offered with JOUR362. Cred it only granted for: JOUR668B or JOUR662.
Formerly: JOUR668B.
Learn and practice the basics of broadcast newscast producing. Design, write, edit and implement a news program.
JOUR664
(Perm Req)
Advanced Audio and Podcast Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR634; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Restriction: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with: JOUR364.
Students receive professional skills training in the reporting, writing, editing, voicing and production of radio news. Students will be required to do extensive field reporting, along with writing and mixing broadcast-quality radio pieces. They will also participate in other aspects of radio news production, including editing, directing, live interviewing and hosting. By the end of the semester, students will have created all the elements of a complete radio broadcast, including news spots, finished pieces, two-ways and a long-form audio segment. The class will also delve into the history and evolution of radio news and its future in podcasting and other forms.
JOUR667
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Bureau
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR503; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the College's Capital News Service program.
JOUR668D
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Social Media Content Creation, Audience Engagement and Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

This class will provide students with an overview of social media best practices for journalists, and will work to develop their skills in the following areas: social content creation, audience engagement, sourcing and verification and analytics. By the end of this course, students will have the practical skills needed to manage a social media account for themselves (as student or professional journalists) or contribute to the management of a news organization's social media presence.
JOUR668E
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Streaming and Broadcast Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR603.

This course explores the culture and practice of live streaming. Through a hands-on approach, it leads students from the various stages of live streaming account creation, production design and delivery, audience garnering and engagement. Beyond Twitch, it will also examine other popular streaming platforms. At the end of the course, you should understand how accessible and valuable streaming is for you.
JOUR668F
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Studio Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR661.

This course will take you through every production aspect related to studio production. This includes learning how to plan and execute a live studio production featuring camera crews, a floor director, producer, director, technical director, audio, and teleprompter. Labs will focus on putting together and executing a live newscast production.
JOUR668I
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Designing Stories with Motion Graphics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR504 or JOUR603.

In this course, students will learn how to create motion graphics that turn data and facts into visually compelling animated stories. Students will learn theories and practices of animation, design and visual journalism. After completing this course, students will have a solid grasp of storyboarding, scripting and creating motion graphic stories using the Adobe After Effects software.
JOUR668K
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Video Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR603. Recommended: JOUR661 or JOUR668X.

NewsBIN focuses on the future of video journalism, from documentary to 360 videos. In the class, students can experiment with cinematic techniques, motion graphics, choose-your-own-adventure style videos and more. The class is heavily influenced by independent documentary filmmaking and video storytelling. Students will be required to contribute to a weekly behind-the-scenes vlog of our class documenting the work we do.
JOUR668N
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Advanced Photojournalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR670.

This course will provide a deeper dive into the storytelling medium of photojournalism. Students will learn the skills necessary to tell in-depth, long-term stories through the use of still photography. Topics of discussion will include the history of photojournalism, changing approaches to the photo story/photo essay over time, how to approach a variety of potential subject matter and situations, finding long-term photo story projects and organizing images for a variety of digital and traditional formats.
JOUR668X
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Documentary Filmmaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR603 and JOUR620/JOUR660.

Hands-on independent documentary production. From pre-production to distribution, the class will include field production, pitching, grant writing and more.
JOUR670
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR504.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR 368P, JOUR 370 or JOUR 670.
Additional information: Students are required to borrow, rent or purchase a 35mm digital camera. Contact department for camera specifications.
Examining the basics of shooting, editing and storytelling with still photos taken with 35mm digital cameras. Students shoot portraits, feature photos and action shots. Final project is a photo story/essay.
JOUR689O
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Reporting the Election of '22 -- Daily Journalism Under Pressure
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620/JOUR660.

We will study the daily coverage of the 22 election, analyzing the differences in reporting by three networks. This emphasizes reporting, critical thinking, and journalistic judgements. It studies competitive television news coverage but is not a television course. The reporting will center on politics but will not overlook other major stories. Who controls the Senate and House will determine the course of the Biden presidency.
JOUR698
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR698I
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication; Advanced Public Affairs Reporting/Investigative Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisites: JOUR501.

Students will learn the essentials of accountability reporting while producing a publishable, in-depth project on an issue with national significance and impact on people's lives. Substantial fieldwork, teamwork and persistence are required.
JOUR702
(Perm Req)
Journalism Law and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Journalism - Master (Master's); Journalism Studies (Doctoral)) ; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR400, JOUR 600, JOUR700, or JOUR 702.
An examination of the legal rights and ethical problems and constraints of mass media, including libel, privacy, copyright, monopoly and contempt.
JOUR772
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR501; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: JOUR472 or JOUR772.
A practical, skills-based course in the basics of modern data journalism, data analysis and data storytelling. Students will learn to use data programming, statistical analysis, visualization tools and investigative reporting techniques to unearth key facts, patterns and proof in storytelling.
Students must contact Associate Dean Rafael Lorente (rlorente@umd.edu) for permission to register.
JOUR776
Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism and Public Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: JOUR711 or JOUR776.
Formerly: JOUR711.
Methods of historical, critical and field research in journalism and public communication. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of bibliographic and phenomenal information, formulating substanial claims, organizing and writing research for disciplinary outlets.
JOUR779K
Seminar in Research Problems; Activism, Social Movements and Alternative Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this course, we will examine several aspects of activism and social movements as it relates to the creation of alternative journalism, oppositional art, connective action and citizen voice. We will explore the media of historic social movements such as the Women's suffrage and Civil Rights movements as well as movements of the current epoch including Black Lives Matter and the youth climate movements. We will also study community journalism, alternative journalism and other forms of value-laden reportage that privilege the citizens vantage point. Additionally, students will learn how technological affordances shape alternative and oppositional media and how these affordances inform specific media designs and aesthetics. The final project for this coursewill be a journal length manuscript that examines a recent example of media practices and/or media artifacts by a social movement, community newspaper or alternative publication.
JOUR798
(Perm Req)
Master's Professional Fieldwork
Credits: 2 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR801
(Perm Req)
Advanced Public Communication Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JOUR601, or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Advanced selected survey of communication & media theory.
JOUR888
Doctoral Professional Field Work
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR889
Doctoral Tutorial in Journalism and Public Communication
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research in Journalism and Mass Communication
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.