Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
JOU110Intro to Mass Media3An introduction to mass communication in a global marketplace. Emphasizes print and electronic media, advertising and public relations, ethics and new technology.Loading...
JOU113Gender, Sexuality and Media3This course explores the ways mass media help form, reproduce and challenge our understandings of gender and sexuality. Students will be introduced to various theories and approaches to media and how and why certain stereotypes of gender and sexuality dominate across many formats. This course will increase students' media literacy and understanding of the lack of diversity in stereotypical images of gender and sexuality, as well as investigate ways in which media has potential for social change in these areas. Students may not receive course credit for both JOU 113 and COM 146.Loading...
JOU114Diversity and the Media3Diversity and the Media course presents a historical perspective and a current analysis of various minority groups with regard to race, religion, disability, sexuality, social class and age. This course also explores how media depict these groups. This course helps students understand why and how stereotypical media portrayals have been produced and how the under-representation of diversified images affects their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward others and contributes to multicultural illiteracy. Students may not receive course credit for both JOU 114 and COM 148.Loading...
JOU121Newswriting and Reporting3Designed to provide students with experiences in gathering, organizing and writing news stories.Loading...
JOU122Intro to News Production3Students will learn all aspects of producing content for a college news operation (web, social media, print). By the end of the course, students will contribute material for publication at the Campus Chronicle (Ankeny), Banner News (Boone) or the Urban Vibe (Urban). Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: JOU 121Loading...
JOU124Digital Media Production3An introduction to publishing online using digital equipment and software. An emphasis will be placed on journalistic style using writing, photography, video, and audio. May be repeated for an additional three semesters for a total of 12 elective credit hours.Loading...
JOU142News Practicum I2This course offers entry-level practical experience in news production for a campus news operation. Students will work as general assignment reporters on their campus news staff and will be involved in all stages of news production including planning, reporting, proofreading, layout, design, advertising and social media. Prerequisite: JOU 121 or JOU 122 or instructor permissionLoading...
JOU143News Practicum II2This course offers intermediate-level practical experience in news production for a campus news operation. Students will work as specialized/beat reporters on their campus news staff and will take leadership roles in all stages of news production including planning, reporting, writing, editing, photography, video, audio, visual, layout, design, advertising, website management and social media. Prerequisite: JOU 142 or instructor permissionLoading...
JOU163News Media and Politics3This course will examine the role the news media plays in politics. Focus will be on the relationship among the voting public, the mass media, policy makers and elected officials. The current or most recent election cycle will be assessed. This course is designed for both political science and journalism students. Students may not receive credit for both POL 163 and JOU 163.Loading...
JOU165Principles of Advertising3Course explores advertising as a tool and socio-economic force.Loading...
JOU242News Practicum III2This course offers practical experience in beginning-level management of news production for a campus news operation (print, online, mobile, social media). Students will work as editors on staff where they will have the primary responsibility for the planning, assigning and editing of news stories and news pages. Students in this class also will produce advanced news stories that may utilize multiple sources and investigative techniques. Assistance with the management of all aspects of the newsroom will be expected including recruiting, training, planning, reporting, writing, editing, photography, video, audio, visual, layout, design, advertising, website management and social media. Prerequisite: JOU 142, JOU 143 or instructor permissionLoading...
JOU243News Practicum IV2This course offers practical experience in the upper-level management of news operations for a campus news organization. Students will work at the highest level of leadership at the paper (managing editor, advertising manager, editor-in-chief). Students will gain experience in managing all aspects of a college newsroom, including staff development and training, oversight of the editorial, advertising, circulation and business departments and producing advanced news packages. Prerequisite: JOU 142, JOU 143, JOU 242 or instructor permissionLoading...