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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
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
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
(Perm Req)
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)
JOUR200
(Perm Req)
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
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.
JOUR202
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
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.
What are our legal rights and ethical responsibilities as citizens of the digital world? That is the big question we will be exploring this semester. Along the way, you will learn the constitutional foundations of free speech and consider their present-day applications to information gathering and sharing by citizens through social media and online platforms. You will come away with a practical working knowledge of the First Amendment, public access laws, libel, privacy, copyright. You'll develop critical thinking skills for recognizing and dealing with common ethical issues in digital communication.
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.
How has social media changed the world, and how has the world changed social media? This course explores how social media has influenced relationships, culture, industry, politics, and the information environment, as well as how significant global events and technological advancements have contributed to the evolution of social media. This course gives students a broad contextual understanding of social media that they may apply in their daily lives as well as future academic inquiry.
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.
What role should the American news media play when the United States is at war? 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.
JOUR289I
Information 3.0: Exploring Technological Tools
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
Jointly offered with JOUR625. Students must contact the instructor for permission to register.

Washington, DC students should enroll in section 0101. Annapolis students should enroll in section 0201. College Park students should enroll in section 0301 or section 0401, depenging on their bureau.
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

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; Sports Enterprise Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

Students will work as a team on a sports enterprise project. Previous topics have included gender equity in sports, youth sports & the media, betting and college sports, the economic impact of a new stadium on a city, and the future of football.
JOUR328I
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Turning Your Degree into Multiple Career Options
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have earned at least 45 credits.

Whether you love your major or hate it, it doesn't matter. That's because the many skills you're learning in journalism and other humanities majors like -- English, History, Government & Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, etc -- are transferable into countless industries. 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 from Intelligence & Foreign Affairs, this will be a course unlike any other you've taken in college 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.
JOUR328P
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Enterprise Reporting and Solutions Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: JOUR320 and permission of instructor (jzremski@umd.edu).

Students will learn to report and craft in-depth enterprise stories that will be published as part of a project produced for Merrill College's Local News Network. Students will also learn the tenets of solutions journalism and will produce solutions stories as their final project.
JOUR334
(Perm Req)
Audio and Podcast Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR360.
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.
JOUR347
(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.
Jointly offered with: JOUR603.
Credit only granted for: JOUR262, JOUR347 or JOUR603.
Formerly: JOUR262.
Introduction to shooting, editing and production of video stories for broadcast and the Web; includes newsgathering in the field.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Due to rigorous fieldwork requirement, plan your schedule accordingly.
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, 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.
Jointly offered with JOUR667.
JOUR368L
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Introduction to Studio Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262, JOUR347, or permission of instructor - nsteven5@umd.edu.

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. Students will also be able to go on live shots with reporters to run camera/lighting.
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 overtime, 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.
JOUR368O
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Advanced Studio Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR368L or permission of instructor.

This course will take you through every production aspect related to studio production and work as production support for live sports or video game news shows. 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. It will also include post-production promo pieces for live shows, as well as social media components that are production-related.
JOUR368T
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Documentary Video Production and Cinematography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR347 or JOUR370.

Introduction to shooting, editing and production of video for film and web; includes visual storytelling, story research, lighting, interviewing, editing, managing video and film projects.
JOUR368X
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media; Documentary Filmmaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR262 or JOUR347; and JOUR320 or 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 or JOUR347; 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" effectively and the importance of identifying and telling good stories. We 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: JOUR370 or JOUR670.
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 Reporting and Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with: JOUR682.
Credit only granted for: JOUR328B, JOUR382 or JOUR682.
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.
JOUR389D
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Social Video Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320/JOUR360

Creating strategic short-form video journalism for social media that is equally engaging, informative and creative. Skills will cover pre-production (story pitches, scripting, research), field production (standups, interviews, b-roll) and post-production (editing, graphics, audio).
JOUR389E
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Entertainment, Arts and Culture Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

Entertainment reporting is much more than just gossip. This course will cover the ins and outs of celebrity interviews, red carpets, theater reviews, diversity in media, freelancing, pitching and narrative writing. Expect to leap out of your comfort zones and take advantage of the DMV arts scene, not to mention hone your national entertainment coverage skills.
JOUR389I
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Investigative Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

Introduces students to the skills and techniques of investigative reporting. Students will learn how to report, write and publish investigative stories.
JOUR389P
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Beyond the Briefing Room: Covering the White House and National Politics in a Divided America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

This is a course about the practice of political journalism at the highest level. We will explore political bias and objectivity, the debate over the public's right to know, national security and classification, and manipulation by White House officials. Students willfollow the 2024 election from the perspective of a correspondent on the trail. And we will work on critical skills: writing on deadline, developing sources, crafting questions for live briefings, building expertise quickly, using new technologies, and framing enterprise stories.
JOUR389R
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Computational Text Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of instructor (robwells@umd.edu).

This course introduces students to key skills and concepts in the digital humanities and how they can be applied to content analysis. Students will learn how to gather textual data, process it and conduct computational textual analysis, sentiment analysis, narrative analysis, machine learning and topic modeling using the R programming language. Then, you will process your findings into various data visualization programs.
JOUR389X
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Investigative Reporting with Artificial Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Data
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor (smussend@umd.edu). Some prior exposure to at least one programming or scripting language, like Python,R or JavaScript, is recommended. If you lack that, completing a few introductory, online programming tutorials assigned by the instructor before the semester starts is strongly recommended.

A project-based skills course that teaches students to use cutting-edge investigative techniques that employ artificial intelligence, machine learning, generative language models or computational analysis of open source intelligence data sources, like near-real-time satellite imagery,global flight and shipping data, repositories of millions of leaked digital documents and massive collections of video files. Students will learn how leading news organizations, OSINT researchers, human rights groups and academic researchers are pioneering advanced methods to tell important stories about, for example, secret Chinese prison camps, networks of global shell companies shielding the ultra-wealthy from taxes, uncapped oil wells leaking climate-heating methane into the atmosphere, etc.
JOUR389Z
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Special Topics; Introduction to Music Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

With a strong focus on song and album criticism, deep listening and interview skills, Introduction to Music Journalism will cover the breadth of feature writing, artist conversations, reading comprehension and deadline reporting. Students will understand what it takes to be a well-rounded music journalist, the kind who can review records, write bios and profiles, and curate cultural events.
JOUR396
(Perm Req)
Supervised Internship
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have earned a grade of C- or better in JOUR201.
Restriction: Must be a major in the 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. To enroll, students must do the following: Fill out the internship proposal form, 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.
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, 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.
JOUR447
Sports, Protest and the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: JOUR447 or JOUR458M.
Formerly: JOUR458M.
Addresses why activists, whether athletes or not, have long commanded ceremonial and ritualistic games to promote a cause or take a stand. It examines the important role of media as collectors, editors, interpreters and disseminators of information or news about athletic competitions, athletes and political pronouncements revolving around athletic events and their participants.
JOUR452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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
Media Coverage of Diversity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVUP
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Analysis of media coverage of issues relating to diversity in the United States, with special attention to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and religious affiliation.
Jointly offered with AASP499N.

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
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 the 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.
JOUR458F
Special Topics in Journalism; Campaign '24: An Election Unlike Any Other
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR320, JOUR360 or permission of instructor (tbettag@umd.edu).

You will study the daily coverage of the year's biggest story. You will own the story of the climactic hundred days that will decide between two dramatically different courses for the nation.
JOUR458J
Special Topics in Journalism; Covering Social Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP499L. Credit only granted for: JOUR458J or AASP499L.

The objective of this class is to expose students to the best journalistic practices in covering race and social justice issues. Students will explore how social justice is covered in the media through readings, discussions, guest lectures and research assignments to help students understand the history and background of social justice and how reporters cover these issues. Students will develop critical analytical skills through their research and will write a reported essay about a national or international social justice issue impacting society.
JOUR458V
Special Topics in Journalism; The Power of the Writing Voice: Covering Celebrities, Art Exhibits, Concerts and Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In this course, students will be introduced to writing journalism profiles of celebrities, covering music concerts, art exhibitions and theatrical productions for "Style" sections of newspapers and magazines.
JOUR459J
Special Topics in Journalism; The Media Role in Investigating Foreign and Domestic Extremists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The media has played a critical role in informing the public about significant threats from foreign terrorists and domestic extremists. Butthey were also highly reliant on government sources and susceptible to government hype and spin after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and then mostly missed the growth of domestic extremists' groups that emerged on Jan. 6, 2020. In this course we will read significant examples of news and investigative reporting during this 20-year period,analyze its impact and relevance on the public policy and debate and examine the latest open-source methods for uncovering extremists' networks at home and abroad.
JOUR471
(Perm Req)
Follow the Money: Reporting on Business
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed a university statistics course.
Restriction: By permission of the College of Journalism.
Credit only granted for: JOUR479C or JOUR471.
Formerly: JOUR479C.
Business and economics reporting is one of the strongest sectors of journalism with lucrative employment opportunities. This class, designed for journalism and non-journalism majors, introduces students to the main economic and business themes that dominate news coverage. Topics will include: corporate money and power in Washington, the ups and downs of the stock market, rising income inequality, the immigration crisis, why we have a trade war with China and technology disruptors. This class will be helpful to students who want to enhance their career opportunities by understanding how the economy works, why globalization is important and how the biggest corporations--including technology companies--have such a big influence on the way we live.
JOUR472
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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 literacy and data storytelling. Students will learn to use data visualization, data analysis and other data-driven reporting techniques.
JOUR473
(Perm Req)
Computational Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Cross-listed with: INST403.
Jointly offered with: JOUR773.
Credit only granted for: JOUR479V, JOUR473, INST408I or INST403.
Formerly: JOUR479V and INST408I.
Designed to teach the application of computational methods in journalism and reporting. The methods include natural language processing, visualization, and web data mining. The course will also cover the necessity and impact of journalistic ethics in designing computation solutions.
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.
JOUR479D
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Using Investigative Tools in Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: A university statistics course.

Introduces students to the journalists and techniques behind award-winning investigations. In-class meetings will dissect these stories, often with the reporters who did them. Reporters will share the methods behind their success and you'll experiment with them. Students will work on developing their reporting skills using online tools, human sources, records, data and observation. Students will learn techniques that apply to all forms of journalism and all beats, whether broadcast or multi-platform, public affairs or sports.
JOUR479L
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; The Art of Interviewing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR320.

Restriction: Students are not eligible to take this course if they have completed JOUR328X/JOUR628X.

This course will substantially deepen your skills at the most elemental act in journalism knowing how to ask questions that elicit more honest and illuminating answers. You'll learn by doing, watching, and listening,looking at some of the best interviews ever,and some of the not so best, and analyze the differences. Students will conduct various interviews of their own, watch and critique themselves and their fellow students, and hear from some of the most skilled interviewers in the field today.
JOUR479X
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Sports Data Analysis and Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: JOUR472/JOUR772 or permission of instructor.

This course will provide students with replicable methods for analyzing sports data and creating visualizations that help find and illustrate patterns in order to find and tell stories. Using real-world sports data, students will learn to write code to ask and answer questions of it and to describe its meaning.
JOUR601
(Perm Req)
Theories of Journalism and Public Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Survey and evaluation of current communication theories. Attention is given to the nature and function of scientific theory, models of communication behavior, the nature of information, social functions of journalism and public communication, attitude change and persuasive communication and theories of language and meaning.
JOUR603
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR501 or JOUR502; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Restriction: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with: JOUR347.
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.
JOUR604
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate Programs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and must not have completed JOUR504.
Credit only granted for: JOUR 604, JOUR504, or JOUR628G.
Formerly: JOUR628G.
Additional information: This course is for students enrolled in graduate certificate programs in the College of Journalism.
Examine the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video and audio for news. Topics include framing, lighting and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals.
JOUR620
(Perm Req)
Public Affairs Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR501 or JOUR502; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Designed to add to and sharpen the skills learned in JOUR501 or JOUR502. 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.
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.
JOUR628C
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Advanced Howard Center Investigations I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Advanced journalism training. Students work on investigative projects as part of the College's Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.
JOUR628G
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Sports Enterprise Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

Students will work as a team on a sports enterprise project. Previous topics have included gender equity in sports, youth sports & the media, betting and college sports, the economic impact of a new stadium on a city, and the future of football.
JOUR628I
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Advanced Howard Center Investigations II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Advanced journalism training. Students work on in-depth investigative projects as part of the College's Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.
JOUR628N
(Perm Req)
Specialized Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Reporting on Journalists Imprisoned Overseas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620

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.
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.
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.
JOUR636
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR603.
Credit only granted for: JOUR636, JOUR336, JOUR668L or JOUR368L.
Formerly: JOUR668L.
Moves 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 focus on executing a live newscast production. Students will also be able to go on live shots with reporters to run camera/lighting.
JOUR652
(Perm Req)
Interactive Design and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Master of Journalism students must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR620; or must have permission of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Recommended: Multimedia Journalism certificate students are encouraged to take or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR604.
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 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.
Prerequisites: JOUR 620 and 652 or equivalent. Contact the instructor to obtain permission. Course shares space with JOUR355.
JOUR660
(Perm Req)
Broadcast News Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR501 or JOUR502; or permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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 and JOUR660.
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
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR661; and (JOUR603 and JOUR660).
Jointly offered with: JOUR362.
Credit only granted for: JOUR362, 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: JOUR661.
Jointly offered with: JOUR367, JOUR357.
Advanced broadcast journalism training. Students report as part of the College's Capital News Service program.
Jointly offered with JOUR367.
JOUR668N
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Advanced Photojournalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
JOUR668O
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Advanced Studio Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR636 or permission of instructor.

This course will take you through every production aspect related to studio production and work as production support for live sports or video game news shows. 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. It will also include post-production promo pieces for live shows, as well as social media components that are production-related.
JOUR668T
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Documentary Video Production and Cinematography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR501 or JOUR502.

Introduction to shooting, editing and production of video for film and web; includes visual storytelling, story research, lighting, interviewing, editing, managing video and film projects.
JOUR668X
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Documentary Filmmaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
JOUR668Y
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Sports Producing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR603 and JOUR660. 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" effectively and the importance of identifying and telling good stories. We 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.
JOUR668Z
(Perm Req)
Topics in Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Visual Theories: Examining Representation in Documentary, Film and Digital Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor (kvasu@umd.edu)

In this course, we'll examine the historic representation of people, places and cultures in documentary film, television and more recently through social media. Each week we'll explore seminal and cutting edge visual theories that will guide our weekly in-class discussions and assignments. The course, designed for both filmmakers and scholars, culminates with a final project through which students operationalize their understanding of visual theories by creating a research paper, video essay or podcast.
JOUR670
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.
Restriction: Must be in a major in JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and permission of JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jointly offered with: JOUR370.
Credit only granted for: JOUR368P, JOUR370 or JOUR670.
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.
JOUR682
(Perm Req)
Sports Reporting and Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.
Jointly offered with: JOUR382.
Credit only granted for: JOUR628B, JOUR682 or JOUR382.
Formerly: JOUR628B.
Gives students wide-ranging instruction in all aspects of sports reporting and writing, from the history of the craft to its mechanics, including how to report, write, edit and lay out sports stories, incorporating multimedia and interactive elements. Ethics, objectivity, fairness and the future of sports journalism will be discussed.
JOUR689D
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Social Video Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620/JOUR660

Creating strategic short-form video journalism for social media that is equally engaging, informative and creative. Skills will cover pre-production (story pitches, scripting, research), field production (standups, interviews, b-roll) and post-production (editing, graphics, audio).
JOUR689E
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Entertainment, Arts and Culture Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

Entertainment reporting is much more than just gossip. This course will cover the ins and outs of celebrity interviews, red carpets, theater reviews, diversity in media, freelancing, pitching and narrative writing. Expect to leap out of your comfort zones and take advantage of the DMV arts scene, not to mention hone your national entertainment coverage skills.
JOUR689I
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Investigative Reporting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

Introduces students to the skills and techniques of investigative reporting. Students will learn how to report, write and publish investigative stories.
JOUR689P
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Beyond the Briefing Room: Covering the White House and National Politics in a Divided America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

This is a course about the practice of political journalism at the highest level. We will explore political bias and objectivity, the debate over the public's right to know, national security and classification, and manipulation by White House officials. Students willfollow the 2024 election from the perspective of a correspondent on the trail. And we will work on critical skills: writing on deadline, developing sources, crafting questions for live briefings, building expertise quickly, using new technologies, and framing enterprise stories.
JOUR689R
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Computational Text Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor (robwells@umd.edu).

This course introduces students to key skills and concepts in the digital humanities and how they can be applied to content analysis. Students will learn how to gather textual data, process it and conduct computational textual analysis, sentiment analysis, narrative analysis, machine learning and topic modeling using the R programming language. Then, you will process your findings into various data visualization programs.
JOUR689X
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Investigative Reporting with Artificial Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Data
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor (smussend@umd.edu). Some prior exposure to at least one programming or scripting language, like Python,R or JavaScript, is recommended. If you lack that, completing a few introductory, online programming tutorials assigned by the instructor before the semester starts is strongly recommended.

A project-based skills course that teaches students to use cutting-edge investigative techniques that employ artificial intelligence, machine learning, generative language models or computational analysis of open source intelligence data sources, like near-real-time satellite imagery,global flight and shipping data, repositories of millions of leaked digital documents and massive collections of video files. Students will learn how leading news organizations, OSINT researchers, human rights groups and academic researchers are pioneering advanced methods to tell important stories about, for example, secret Chinese prison camps, networks of global shell companies shielding the ultra-wealthy from taxes, uncapped oil wells leaking climate-heating methane into the atmosphere, etc.
JOUR689Z
(Perm Req)
News Coverage of Specialized Topics; Introduction to Music Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: JOUR620.

With a strong focus on song and album criticism, deep listening and interview skills, Introduction to Music Journalism will cover the breadth of feature writing, artist conversations, reading comprehension and deadline reporting. Students will understand what it takes to be a well-rounded music journalist, the kind who can review records, write bios and profiles, and curate cultural events.
JOUR698
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JOUR698R
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication; Research Proposal Preparation
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This class provides assistance for Merrill College doctoral students in preparing their research proposals.
JOUR702
(Perm Req)
Journalism Law and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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 JOUR502, or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Jointly offered with: JOUR472.
Credit only granted for: JOUR772 or JOUR472.
A practical, skills-based course in the basics of modern data journalism, data literacy and data storytelling. Students will learn to use data visualization, data analysis and other data-driven reporting techniques.
JOUR773
(Perm Req)
Computational Journalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Cross-listed with: INST617.
Jointly offered with: JOUR473.
Credit only granted for: JOUR779V, JOUR773, JOUR473, JOUR479V, INST617, INST408I, or INST403.
Formerly: JOUR779V.
Designed to teach the application of computational methods in journalism and reporting. The methods include natural language processing, visualization, and web data mining. The course will also cover the necessity and impact of journalistic ethics in designing computation solutions.
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.
JOUR800
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Doctoral Study in Journalism and Public Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: JOUR700 or JOUR800.
Formerly: JOUR700.
Basic skills in journalism and public communication research.
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.