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FALL 2023 Course offerings

JPW 208-01 – Digital Journalism M/Th 11:00-12:20 PM / JPW 208-02 Digital Journalism M/Th 12:30-1:50 PM

Experience in news reporting and writing, and explanation of the ideals of journalism. Students learn how to report and research news stories, use social media and digital skills in news gathering, and write news stories for online and print publications. Students also explore feature writing and how to incorporate multimedia, such as video and photographs, into story packages.


JPW 250 Writing for Interactive Media Tues/Fri 11:00-12:20 PM

Introduces students to the reasoning, routines and rigors of writing for business and professional markets. Students learn basic HTML and CSS coding, build their own WordPress portfolio websites, blog using the fundamentals of SEO, use social media to promote their content, and create audio stories and mobile videos.


JPW 308-01 Media Law Wed 5:30-8:20 PM

Provides an overview of First Amendment and related case law as it pertains to news media. Among the topics: prior restraint, libel, privacy, intellectual property, political speech, commercial speech, obscenity, fair trial versus free speech, protection of sources, and access to government records and meetings.


JPW 311-01 News Editing and Production Tues/Fri 2:00-3:20 PM

An introduction to fundamental editing and production techniques for print and digital media, including copy editing, headline and caption writing, and layout and design. Students will also consider broader issues such as newsroom management, the escalating impact of technology, and the practical realities of running a modern newsroom.


JPW 320-01 Social Media Strategy Tuesdays 5:30-8:20 PM

Whether you’re a writer or an editor, social media is an essential party of any media company. From tweeting your story to increase engagement and drive traffic back to the news site, to connecting with sources via LinkedIn, social media plays a valuable role in the media industry. Students will learn how to craft a social media strategy, how to write and create content for social media, choose platforms to target specific audiences and to analyze social content to see how it is performing.


JPW 370-01 Podcasting Tues/Fri 9:30-10:50 AM (Hybrid)

Students will learn and practice the fundamentals of producing an audio podcast from concept to production, to editing and engagement. Prereq: JPW 208.


JPW 503 Audience and Community Engagement Mondays 5:30-8:20 (Online only)
Students will design, execute and evaluate audience engagement campaigns that reflect a mastery of digital rhetoric. This course counts towards the 4-course Graduate certificate in Professional and Ux/UI writing. Open to undergraduates. No prerequisites.