In this course, students apply the reporting skills they’ve developed in MC 115 and MC 217 to report and produce news for television. Students work cooperatively with students in CT 339 and CT 325 classes to report, write, and produce television news packages and ultimately produce an entire newscast, including sports, features, and interviews. Major emphasis is on reporting skills, writing, package and newscast production, and performance. The cooperative dimension of the course helps students understand the critical importance of communicating with colleagues, photographers/editors, directors, and studio crew in creating and presenting television news.
Ethics are part of every aspect of life. In this course, students learn the decision making process of applying ethical practices to the media while enjoying exciting classroom debates and projects that explain the journalist’s ethical responsibility. The course utilizes current events along with supplemental textbook cases.
This course provides an overview of current law pertaining to the regulation of broadcasting and the role of the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Congress, and the U. S. Supreme Court. It offers a comprehensive look at landmark court decisions regarding Fairness Doctrine, the Equal Opportunities provision, libel, the First Amendment, and the Freedom of Information Act.
This capstone course employs public relations skills learned in previous classes to produce work for a non-profit client in a simulated agency setting. Student vision, plans and execution benefit the clients and showcases public relations knowledge. Students are encouraged to use their professional experience and aspirations as well as their personal interests to design and guide their work in the class. Emphasis is on communication skill development, conceptual understanding and production of public relations media including news releases, public service announcements, brochures, fliers etc. Students conclude the class with a portfolio of quality materials that will be put to use by clients.
This course is designed to provide academic credit as well as practical experience in performing radio station management duties including positions such as operations manager, program director, news director, music director, traffic manager, and sports director at WHSN-FM. Application of good leadership and management techniques is expected. Through readings and discussion, the role of “manager” and his/her relationship to employers and employees is made clear. These competitive positions are selected by the department head and station manager.
This course pulls together all of the knowledge and skills students have developed in lower level courses and allows them to produce and host a weekly 15 to 30 minute sports show, featuring local, regional and national sports teams and action. Students produce sports shows for radio and television, and possibly for the Web. This is essentially a capstone experience for students in sports journalism, giving them a chance to hone their reporting, writing and performance skills to create a show that looks and sound good on their audition reel.
This introductory course in photojournalism and editorial photography will explore the use of the photographic image in narrative, documentary, and editorial form for newspapers, magazines, and internet. Students will be expected to engage in photography on a weekly basis according to industry standards. Assignments will include: sport news, general news, features, sports, editorial portraits, and photo story. Aspects of journalism such as story ideas, research, and picture editing will be addressed. Students will be required to write captions and essays for a majority of photojournalism assignments, and will be required to place their images into pre-designed layouts for editorial assignments. Legal and ethical issues of photojournalism will be explored, along with visual on-location problem solving skills.
Essentially a capstone experience for students in the broadcast journalism concentration, this course draws on the reporting, writing, interviewing, and producing skills students have developed in lower level courses, to produce long-form public affairs programs for radio and television, and for airing online, on WHSN Radio, and on the NESCom Broadcast Network.
In this course, students in the print/Web journalism concentration have the opportunity to create, design, report, write and publish an original, non-fiction, online magazine. This is, essentially, the capstone experience for print/Web students, requiring them to exercise advanced skills to produce a publication that clearly demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities they have developed in their time at NESCom.