Journalism and Mass Communication Courses

JMC 141    Communication, Media and Society  
This course provides a critical assessment of the mass media and its effects on political life, popular culture and on the presentation and selection of information. This foundation course gives an overview of the development of book publishing, the newspaper, radio and television industries and advertising and public relations. It is a fitting elective for those interested in developing their critical acumen and media savvy. The course is open to students of all levels, preferably first-year students. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.  

JMC 150  Writing for Media  
This course is intended to give students a sample of the different writing skills used in distinct forms of media. Recognizing that one form of writing for media - e.g. journalism- is not enough for today's media marketplace, students will participate in exercises designed to show how some skills can relate to all media while others are directed toward competence in other media professions like advertising, PR, blogging, multimedia, and involve not just style but also format and organization. Each medium presents distinct formats and forms that all prospective professionals must appreciate. Prerequisites: JMC 141. (WIC) Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.    

JMC 200  Visual Communication Theory and Practice
This course is an introduction into the world of communication through images, words, and graphics. The course will survey examples from the ancient world to the present and help students develop a vocabulary for discussion of visual works. Major trends and styles will be reviewed within a historical and theoretical framework. Students will study the development of writing systems and technologies, analyze the use and effectiveness of messages with images and words, and present on a related topic of their choosing. Gen. Ed: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.   

JMC 220  Multimedia Journalism  
A course focused on teaching students the fundamentals of reporting news in a multimedia format. Working individually and in two- or three-person teams, students will write, edit, video and produce graphics for their own news stories, learning the basics of writing for the Web, handheld-camera-work and video- and sound-editing for an online audience. Through direct experience and practice, they will refine their understanding of the very different demands Web-based news production makes on their writing, interviewing and editing skills. (WIC) Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Prerequisites: JMC 141; JMC 150. Offered in the Spring. 

JMC 233 Introduction  to Video Journalism  
This course is focused on producing Video Journalism for a variety of media platforms. Working in two- or three-man teams students will videotape and edit their own news stories, learning the basics of camera-work and video and audio editing. The emphasis will be to gain hands-on skills in producing video news, quickly, in a variety of forms. Through direct experience and practice they will refine their understanding of the very different demands video makes on their writing and interviewing skills. Prerequisites: JMC 141, JMC 150. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

JMC 250  Writing and Reporting  
In this journalism course, students learn-by-doing and also by reading and discussing the discipline's best work. Students observe and research the systems they write about, such as government, business and the other institutions of a civil society. They develop news judgment, generate story ideas, practice the art of interviewing and organize and write stories. They attempt several forms, including the news story, the feature and the opinion piece. A discussion of ethical practice, standards and behavior permeates all aspects of the course. (WIC) Prerequisites: JMC 141, JMC 150. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

JMC 321 Digital Photojournalism   
The course explores the use of photography in journalism and multimedia storytelling. Students use the digital still camera as a journalistic tool, exploring a variety of techniques to photograph and prepare images for use across media. Emphasis is on effective communication through single photographs as well as through photo stories and picture packages. Course includes discussions on copyright, licensing and ethics in the profession. Students prepare photographs for print, design layouts, and produce slide shows for online viewing. Writing in the form of captions, stories/articles and audio provide context for the photographs they produce. Prerequisites: JMC 141, JMC 150 Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.   

JMC 333 Television News Reporting   
Building on the basic video journalism introduction in JMC 233, this course focuses on the more traditional broadcast television approach to news reporting. Students study the evolution of TV news and learn the techniques of field and live TV reporting. The emphasis is on reporting - getting the story - for television, advanced production techniques in the field and in the editing room, working quickly but carefully to demanding deadlines, and building strong presentation skills. Prerequisites: JMC 233. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring. 

JMC 345 Specialized Writing 
Journalism's banquet of reporting specialties, from business, the arts and science to sports, travel and fashion, is at the center of this advanced reporting and writing course. Students read and discuss excellent examples of work within the specialties and report and write their own stories. The course emphasizes ethical professional standards and behavior within the specialties. (WIC)  Prerequisites: JMC 150, JMC 250. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.    

JMC 356  Media Law and Ethics  
This course examines regulation and protection of the media in democracies and the making of ethical choices by professionals in a free legal environment. The legal focus is on laws and principles developed by US courts and the European Court of Human Rights to promote vigorous scrutiny of government, the free flow of information and of diverse opinions, while protecting individual rights and such social interests as public order. The ethical focus is on classical and modern models of thinking that help editors and other professionals make ethically justifiable decisions about the conflicts of principles that confront them daily. Gen. Ed: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr). Offered every semester.

JMC 370 Introduction to Public Relations 
This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic concepts and principles of public relations. It serves as the foundation for other courses in public relations and explores definitions, history, theories, principles, management practices, case studies and public relations career possibilities. This course counts for elective credit in the Business major. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Prerequisite: Declared major in JMC or BUS, Junior standing. Offered every semester.    

JMC 389 Introduction to Advertising  
This introductory course seeks to give students insight into the fundamentals of all areas of advertising and a clear understanding of the effect of advertising. Students review and discuss examples of international print and television advertisements; do team exercises on the various aspects of the advertising process; and complete individual and group assignments. Prerequisite: Declared major in JMC or BUS, Junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.   

JMC 411 Design and Layout  
The course builds on the concepts learned in JMC 200 and advances design and layout skills through the use of typography, graphics, photography and page layout. Emphasis is on the presentation of information in newspapers, magazines and the World Wide Web, as well as other communication media. Prerequisite: JMC 200. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.    

JMC 425 Advanced Communications Design 
This course is designed to further develop graphic design skills through a variety of projects ranging from exercises in creative typography, to posters, invitations, product packaging, brochures and small book design. To complement their conceptual efforts, students learn advanced software techniques and study award-winning examples by some of today's most celebrated designers. Topical readings and discussions provide further inspiration and stimulus for creative solutions to visual problems. Coursework culminates in a formal portfolio presentation. Prerequisites: JMC 200, JMC 411. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.   

JMC 435 Magazine Journalism 
Magazine-length journalism, whether print, television or radio or online, is the focus of this advanced reporting and writing course. Through assignments requiring extensive, in-depth reporting, students learn to find, gather, manage, interpret and convey large amounts of information. They shape their reporting into stories of depth and breadth, using forms that include narrative nonfiction and first-person description. Prerequisites: JMC 150, JMC 250. (WIC) Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.    

JMC 455 Global Comparative Media  
Starting from a base of the historical, cultural, and practical realities driving media in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the course will pursue through readings, lectures, video examples, and research the differences between American media and various Western European versions. Under regular scrutiny will be the degree to which Western approaches to media are meaningful and appropriate to developing nations, or not. Research will then expand to examine how journalism and media differ across the world: how journalists approach a subject differently, how their efforts are manipulated by governments and influentials, and whether specific forms of media have the necessary market support for success. Prerequisites: senior standing, declared JMC major. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every other year. 

JMC 470 Topics in Journalism 
This course provides an opportunity for the advanced study of a current issue in journalism. Prerequisites: Junior standing, declared JMC major. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.   

JMC 480 Topics in Media 
This course provides an opportunity for the advanced study of a current issue in media and/or mass communication. Prerequisites: Junior standing, declared JMC major. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.).    

JMC 481  Professional Internship (0 credits)
Practical professional experience, individually arranged to meet the specialized needs of the student, in preparation for a career in media. Possible settings include newspapers, magazines, radio or television stations, production houses, as well as work in an advertising or public relations agencies. A minimum of eight working weeks (320 working hours) is required. Students are advised to do their internships following their junior year. Prerequisite: Declared JMC major. Cr. 0 (0 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.   

JMC 482  Academic Internship  
Students in JMC who wish to receive academic credit for their internship experience need faculty oversight. The internship must have observable, measurable and documented learning outcomes, and consist of supervised, practical experience focused on the major. The Student must secure faculty sponsorship, receive the Department's and Dean's permission one term in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract that clearly defines the goals and outcomes of the internship. AUBG University guidelines on internship must be met. Cr. 1- 3. (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.     

JMC 491  Capstone Project  
JMC students in their senior year and with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major enroll in this course with the goal to produce a large body of publishable or broadcast-quality individual work. Projects may include a design or photography portfolio, a television documentary or a series of magazine articles. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. May count as a state exam. Prerequisites: JMC 141, JMC 150, JMC 200, JMC 220, four courses in one of the specialization areas (Journalism or Mass Communication). Cr.3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

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