Academic Catalog

JOUR - Journalism (JOUR)

JOUR U201  Survey of Mass Communication  3 Credit Hours  

Survey of the principles, philosophies, policies and practices of the mass media with an overview of the print media, the broadcast media, and advertising/public relations.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U302  Journalism's Role in History  3 Credit Hours  

Analyzes the role of mass media from the colonization of America to the present. The interrelationships between journalism and American social, cultural, economic and political issues are explored.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U303  Laws and Ethics of the Mass Media  3 Credit Hours  

South Carolina and federal law relating to mass communications, the Internet, and the ethics of the journalistic profession.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR U201 or consent of instructor.  
JOUR U304  Writing for the Media  3 Credit Hours  

Writing for print, broadcasting, public relations, the Internet, both news and non-news. Using word processors, students prepare exercise and copy both in class and out of class on set deadlines.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U101.  
JOUR U305  Mass Communication Theory  3 Credit Hours  

The role of communication models such as the social learning theory, agenda setting, and cultivation theory in explaining the processes and effects of mass communications.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U310  Media and Society  3 Credit Hours  

How mass media and new media function and influence today's world. Political, economic, and cultural relationships between the industries of media are considered, including issues of race, gender, sexuality and everyday life.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U315  International Media  3 Credit Hours  

Exploration of different media systems around the world and the political, cultural, economic and technological issues surrounding global mass communications.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U328  Fundamentals of Public Relations  3 Credit Hours  

Inquiry into the role, influence and practice of planned and responsive communication between organizations and their multiple publics. Through exploring the foundations and evolving application of public relations, publicity and informational materials for varied purposes and audiences are produced using traditional and emerging industry tools.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U330  TV Studio Production  3 Credit Hours  

A combination of lectures and labs in a professional television setting. Fundamental skills in basic lighting, use of the audio board, directing, camera work, scene blocking, switching, and production sequences are practiced from the planning stage through post-production. Students produce short examples of contemporary television genres.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U333  News and Feature Writing  3 Credit Hours  

Practices in journalism and news media. The processes and skills needed to prepare news and feature copy against set deadlines are explored and applied.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR U201.  
JOUR U334  Writing for Broadcasting  3 Credit Hours  

Writing commercials, news stories, interview programs, documentaries for radio, television and film. Using word processors, students prepare copy in class against deadlines.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR U201.  
JOUR U335  Video Editing  3 Credit Hours  

Acquire skills in gathering and assembling electronic video and audio clips using non-linear editing system.

JOUR U348  Illness, Culture and the Media  3 Credit Hours  

Critical exploration of how media represent the experience, causes, and social effects of illness in the United States and in selected contexts throughout the world. Particular attention is paid to the ways that stigma is attached to people with specific health problems via print and electronic media portrayals and to the ways in which media can be used to combat public ignorance, fear, and misperceptions of illness.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U349  Health Messaging and the Media  3 Credit Hours  

The construction of media messages designed to influence audience perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors in matters of personal and public health. Goals are to critically examine existing media health messages in medical industries, news, and popular culture and to learn professional techniques for researching and creating original messages and campaigns.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U350  Social and Emerging Media  3 Credit Hours  

Practical and theoretical overview of the impact of social media and other emerging technologies and platforms on both communication professions as well as culture and society. Topics include strategically creating and integrating tools such as blogs, interactive maps, online video, infographics, podcast, and social media platforms for use in journalism, public relations, and marketing.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102 or consent of instructor.  
JOUR U351  Social Media Strategy  3 Credit Hours  

Planning and application for the purposes of public relations and strategic communication campaigns. Topics include landscape analysis, objective-driven tactic development, monitoring, evaluation, crisis planning, analytics, budgeting, and calendaring.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U360  Copyediting  3 Credit Hours  

Intensive and technical overview of English grammar, mechanics, spelling, and general rules of the language as well as principles of writing strong sentences, paragraphs and professional documents. A combination of practical and theoretical lessons are explored, and emphasis is placed on grammar mechanics as well as different styles of writing, including Associated Press style. Special attention is placed on editing news stories, blog posts, and other public relations and journalism-specific documents. Offered online only.

Prerequisite(s): SPCH U201.  
JOUR U365  Social Media & eHealth  3 Credit Hours  

Developments in the internet, mobile technologies, and social media for health interventions. Topics include eHealth (electronic health) and mHealth (mobile health), online health information seeking and credibility, digital health theories, emoji and memes, virtual and augmented reality, gamification, customization and personalization, geo-filters, interactivity and social media use for health campaigns.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102 or consent of instructor.  
JOUR U398  Special Topics in Journalism  3 Credit Hours  

A specific area or media field is explored relating to the professional responsibilities of the journalism student looking toward the career marketplace.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR U201.  
JOUR U428  Public Relations Campaigns  3 Credit Hours  

Exploration and application of the fundamental skills and processes needed for successful campaigns serving professional, corporate and non-profit clients. All aspects of public relations campaigns including publicity materials, teamwork, developing timelines and budgets and presenting proposals to clients are applied; culminating in a completed client-specific public relations plan.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102 and JOUR U328; or consent of instructor.  
JOUR U429  Crisis Communication  3 Credit Hours  

Introduces and implements strategies and tactics for organizations to avoid and mitigate crisis situations through effective communication with the public, government, and other stakeholders.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U430  Media Management  3 Credit Hours  

Procedures, problems, and concerns relating to the administration and management of media agencies: print, broadcast, advertising, and public relations.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102.  
JOUR U450  Women in Media  3 Credit Hours  

Roles women play in media production, and the portrayal of women in mass media genres including advertising, cartoons, daytime and primetime dramas, films, video games, sports programs, political campaigns, and news. Emphasis is placed on the effects of media portrayals on women and solutions for countering negative media constructions of women.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102 or consent of instructor.  
JOUR U480  Diversity in the Media  3 Credit Hours  

Media's depiction of groups marginalized based on race, and/or class. The interactions and relationships among professional terminology, cultural implications, message construction, media analysis and community perceptions are explored.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL U102 or consent of instructor.