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School of Journalism

Journalism majors may not register for more than nine semester hours in journalism in one semester or summer session. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the director or associate director for seniors who need additional journalism courses in order to graduate in a timely manner.

Any student enrolled in a journalism course who does not attend the first class meeting or laboratory session may be dropped from that course.

In addition to the prerequisites given below, several policies described in this catalog affect registration in journalism courses. These include the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test requirement and the policies described in the section Special Requirements.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester. Because prerequisites are subject to change, students should consult the Course Schedule before registering.

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The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Lower-Division Courses

310 (TCCN: COMM 2302). Critical Issues in Journalism. Introduction to major issues facing the news media in a democratic society, including ethics, institutions, effects, and standards of press performance.

310K. Visual Literacy. Introduction to the visual concerns of message design and interpretation, including their bases in theories of visual perception, semiotics, and media practice.

315 (TCCN: COMM 2311). News Media Writing and Editing. Restricted to prejournalism and pre–public relations majors. Introduction to fundamental journalistic writing skills for the media and to fundamental copyediting, including selection, processing, and display of news and other information; studies in news audience interests; readability, clarity, verification, and style. Two lecture hours and three to four and one-half laboratory hours a week, as required, for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310 with a grade of at least C; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

316 (TCCN: COMM 1316). Photographic Communication. Introduction to photographic technique and recent trends, evaluation, visual design, and use of images in the media. Students must provide their own 35-mm single-lens reflex camera that can be operated under manual mode and with off-camera flash. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester.

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Upper-Division Courses

320D. Intermediate Reporting. Restricted to journalism majors. Information-gathering and information-retrieval skills, reporting and editing techniques, and interviewing. Introduction to electronic resources for journalists. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310 and 315 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and acceptance into the major in journalism.

321C. Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism. Restricted to journalism majors. Focuses on new forms of journalism based on the Internet and other digital platforms. Examines the digital revolution and the creation of a global information society, with a special focus on the effects upon journalism, such as computer-assisted reporting in the area of news gathering, and media convergence in news dissemination. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310 and 315 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

322D. Broadcast Newswriting and Radio Reporting. Restricted to journalism majors. Examination and practice of writing news for broadcast and of basic broadcast reporting skills. Students write, report, edit, and produce a radio news program on deadline. Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310 and 315 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and acceptance into the broadcast journalism area.

325. Photography I. Restricted to journalism majors. Intensive training in basic digital and black-and-white professional photography; darkroom techniques; fundamental approaches to producing images. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 316 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; a three-semester-hour survey or history course in the visual arts; and acceptance into the photojournalism area.

327. Feature Writing. Restricted to journalism majors. Practice in researching, reporting, writing, structuring, and editing feature stories and news features for the print media. Identifying and contacting appropriate freelance markets regarding queries and stories. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 327, Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 4: Feature Writing), Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic 6: Feature Writing). Prerequisite: Journalism 310 and 315 with a grade of at least C in each; credit or registration for Journalism 320D; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

330. News Editing. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced editing for news media. Emphasis on news judgment, language use, and print editing, as well as skills necessary for the collaborative production of multimedia news. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

331. Web Publishing. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced skills in Web design and in publishing multimedia content. Emphasis on collaborative work in creating an ongoing Web information product. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

331K. Projects in Professional Experience. Restricted to journalism majors. Internships to be arranged by student and approved by instructor. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. May be taken only once. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor. Each student must also have earned a grade of at least C in the following course or courses appropriate to his or her area of concentration: broadcast news: Journalism 322D; print journalism: Journalism 320D; photojournalism: Journalism 325; or, for students with approval to complete a multimedia internship: Journalism 320D.

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131P. Internship. Restricted to journalism majors. Internship and discussion hours to be arranged. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. May be repeated for credit, but only one hour may be counted toward a degree in the College of Communication. Prerequisite: Journalism 331K; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

334. Multimedia Journalism. Restricted to journalism majors. Review of online reporting techniques, advanced multimedia skills, and current issues in new media. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

335. Narrative Journalism. Restricted to journalism majors. Students develop and produce a publication, focusing particularly on underrepresented groups and issues. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 335, Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 11: Latino Community Journalism), 322 (Topic 11: Narrative Journalism), Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic 4: Latino Community Journalism), 374 (Topic 4: Narrative Journalism). Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

336. Visual Design. The history, design, and production of media materials. Topics include design principles, visual perception, typography, and manipulation of images and photographs; printing processes and color reproduction; and page design for print. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 310 and 315 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

338. Computer-Assisted Reporting. Restricted to journalism majors. Study of computer-assisted journalism, including electronic document retrieval and manipulation, spreadsheet and database management, and Internet skills. Collaborative work on major investigative projects. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

339D. News Documentaries and Public Affairs. Restricted to journalism majors. Study and practice of researching, writing, and producing short-form and magazine documentaries for television. Prerequisite: Journalism 310, 315, and 320D with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

340C. Topics in Journalism, Communication, and Culture. Issues concerning minority or nondominant groups within the United States. Some topics may require additional laboratory hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Mass Media and Minorities. Survey of minority communication problems: alienation, fragmentation, media access; criticism and feedback for minority groups based on racial/ethnic background, age, sex, disability, social or economic class, and sexual orientation. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 340C (Topic 1), Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 10: Mass Media and Minorities), Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic 22: Mass Media and Minorities). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

Topic 2: African Americans and the Media. Same as African and African American Studies 374 (Topic 23: African Americans and the Media). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 3: Journalism and Religion. How journalists from different faiths view the news and how religion-based organizations may be understood and covered. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

347S. Magazine Management. Study of the business of launching and maintaining successful publications. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

348S. Media Management. Print and broadcast management and planning in operations, personnel, content, marketing, finance, technology, and regulation. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

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349T. Topics in Journalism. Contemporary social, professional, and intellectual concerns in the practice of journalism. Some topics may require additional laboratory hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Senior Seminar. Capstone experience in analysis of current journalism issues. Students complete a major research project. Prerequisite: Completion of ninety semester hours of coursework, a major in journalism, and consent of instructor.

Topic 2: Business Journalism. Practical training and experience in business and financial reporting and writing. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Journalist as Novelist. Same as American Studies 370 (Topic 9: Journalist as Novelist). English 379M (Topic 1: Journalist as Novelist) and Journalism 349T (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K or their equivalents, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in either English or rhetoric and writing.

Topic 4: International Reporting. Designed to provide students with skills in foreign reporting and a better understanding of international news production processes, with special emphasis on Latin America. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

Topic 5: Broadcast News Practices and Analysis.

Topic 7: Oral History as Journalism. Study of oral history archives, including similarities and differences between oral history and journalistic interviews and possible problems with oral histories in journalism. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; a major in journalism; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

353D. Television Reporting. Restricted to journalism majors. Basic television news gathering skills, including shooting and editing videotape, planning and executing visual storytelling, and writing and producing news packages. Students assist in the production of a television news program. Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Journalism 320D; Journalism 322D with a grade of at least C; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and acceptance into the broadcast journalism area.

355. Photography II. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced techniques for newspaper and magazine photography. Concentrates on photojournalism principles; deadline shooting in color for general news, spot news, sports, and features; printing and electronic image reproduction; and selecting images for content, aesthetic values, and technical quality. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 325 with a grade of at least C; credit or registration for Journalism 336; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and acceptance into the photojournalism area.

359T. Topics in Journalism, Skills, and Techniques. Restricted to journalism majors. Contemporary professional skills and techniques in the practices of journalism. Three lecture hours and two to four laboratory hours a week for one semester, as required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Sports Journalism. Coverage of sports and athletics, including interviewing coaches and athletes, investigative reporting, the business side of sports, ethical issues for sports journalists, and writing sidebars and color stories. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Journalism 340C (Topic: Sports Journalism) and 359T (Topic 1: Sports Journalism) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Journalism 320D with a grade of at least C; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of the director of the school.

Topic 2: Magazine Production. Study of the revenue and production aspects of launching and maintaining successful magazines; advertising, production, printing, and the business sides of the industry. Students produce Orange magazine. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 320D and 347S with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test.

Topic 3: Advanced Visual Design. Advanced exploration of principles and processes of visual design, including design principles, visual perception, typography, image-making, uses of color, printing techniques, and publication design. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Journalism 349T (Topic: Advanced Visual Design) and 359T (Topic 3: Advanced Visual Design) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Journalism 320D and 336 with a grade of at least C in each; a score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test; a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test; and consent of instructor.

360. Media Law and Ethics. Social and ethical responsibilities; legal rights and restrictions, including Constitutional guarantees, libel, invasion of privacy, and contempt of court. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism or public relations; or consent of instructor.

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361E. International News. Survey of international news flow patterns; barriers to free news flow; comparative studies of the foreign press; the role of foreign correspondents and international news agencies. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism, or consent of instructor.

362E. History of Photography. Development of photojournalism and commercial, documentary, amateur, and art photography: historical processes, the evolution of stylistic trends, and the careers of major photographers. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism, or consent of instructor.

363. Theories of Mass Communication. Comparative survey of perspectives, research, and theories on communication through the mass media; theories on media effects and the construction of social reality, especially regarding the news media. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism or public relations; or consent of instructor.

364E. The Mass Media and Society. Readings, lectures, films, guest speakers, and panel discussions on the function, role, and responsibility of the mass media in modern society. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism, or consent of instructor.

366E. History of Journalism. Development of the mass media; social, economic, and political factors that have contributed to changes in the press. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism, or consent of instructor.

367E. Journalism in Latin America. Study of the practice of journalism in Latin America. Survey of the region, including historical, political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and geographical aspects. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a major in journalism, or consent of instructor.

370K. Advanced Photojournalism. Restricted to journalism majors. Explores intensive photographic reportage and documentation using the camera as a tool of investigation and interaction. Emphasis on creation of photo stories, photo essays, and feature stories, with editing and page layout. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Journalism 355 with a grade of at least C, and acceptance into the photojournalism area.

371K. Photographic Illustration. Restricted to journalism majors. Principles of studio lighting, theory and practice of contemporary color, location lighting, and the production of portfolio-quality work, as applied to advertising, photographic illustration, and photojournalism. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Journalism 355 with a grade of at least C, and acceptance into the photojournalism area.

372D. Television Producing. Restricted to journalism majors. Philosophy and execution of producing television news programs. Advanced writing and reporting skills. Students are responsible for collaborative production of television news programs on deadline. Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 322D and 353D with a grade of at least C in each, and acceptance into the broadcast journalism area.

373D. Advanced News Reporting. Restricted to journalism majors. Study of community and institutional news sources; reporting on courts and city, county, and state governments; emphasis on fact-finding and skill in writing; in-depth reporting of significant events. Three lecture hours and six hours of laboratory reporting a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Journalism 320D with a grade of at least C.

374D. Advanced Feature Writing. Restricted to journalism majors. Study of researching, reporting, writing, and structuring advanced feature stories for consumer/trade publications and newspapers, with a concentration on identifying and contacting appropriate freelance markets regarding queries and stories. Prerequisite: Journalism 320D and 327 with a grade of at least C in each.

375. Magazine Editing and Publishing. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced magazine design and layout; critical analysis of the magazine in society. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 349T (Topic 6: Print Design), 375, 376D, 377D. Prerequisite: Journalism 330 and 336 with a grade of at least C in each.

376D. Newspaper Editing and Layout. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced newspaper typography, layout, and editing. Graphics techniques and production processes; planning content and format of newspapers; copydesk management. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 349T (Topic 6: Print Design), 375, 376D, 377D. Prerequisite: Journalism 330 and 336 with a grade of at least C in each.

377D. Print Design. Restricted to journalism majors. Advanced print design and layout. Graphics techniques and production processes; planning content and format of newspapers and magazines. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Journalism 349T (Topic 6: Print Design), 375, 376D, 377D. Prerequisite: Journalism 330 and 336 with a grade of at least C in each.

379. Journalism Research Projects. Restricted to journalism majors. Designed to give students the opportunity to pursue special studies for which separate courses have not been organized. The equivalent of nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the director of the school.

379H. Honors Tutorial Course. Restricted to journalism majors. Conference course of intensive study, planned by Journalism Honors Committee; research and the writing of a substantial paper on a special journalism topic. Individual instruction. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Journalism Honors Program and consent of the director of the school.

379P. Photojournalism Research Projects. Restricted to journalism majors. Designed to give photojournalism students the opportunity to pursue special studies for which separate courses have not been organized. The equivalent of nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the director of the school.

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