Multimedia Journalism Courses
BRJ 400Advanced On-air StorytellingJournalism3The course is designed to teach the skills necessary to create a strong understanding of traditional storytelling, visual and audio narrative for television and radio broadcast. Emphasis is placed on creating stories through project development, natural sound and effective interviews. Throughout the course, a major concern will be the construction of stories that connect the news of the day to the larger community. Prerequisite: Immersion Experience. Fall and Spring.
BRJ 450Broadcast Journalism Special ProjectJournalism3The course is designed to develop practical experience in real-life field projects by completing a project in conjunction with a supervising faculty member. Prerequisite: BRJ 400. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 001Student MediaJournalism1Students will work on refining their reporting, writing and editing skills by working across media platforms for converged media that make use of print, audio, video, sound slides and other forms of presentation. Counts as activity course credit. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 002Statehouse FileJournalism1Students will work on refining their reporting, writing, and editing skills by working across media platforms for converged media that make use of print, audio, video, sound slides and other forms of presentation. Work will appear on the Franklin College Statehouse Bureau website, www.thestatehousefile.com, and with the bureau’s news partners. Counts as activity course credit. Prerequisite: MMJ 001 (can be satisfied concurrently with permission of advisor.) Fall, Spring, and Summer.
MMJ 004Radio StationJournalism1Laboratory course in radio station procedures, operations, and on air broadcasting on WFCI-FM. Counts as activity course credit. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 005TV NewsJournalism1Laboratory course in video production. Students may work on The Statehouse File newscast or other video productions as approved by the course instructor. Counts as an activity course credit. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 007Media ManagerJournalism2All student media managers must enroll in MMJ 007 in the semester(s) during which they manage a student media outlet. Counts as an activity course credit. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 115Reporting, Interviewing, and NewswritingJournalism3
MMJ 120Ethics & Professional DevelopmentJournalism2An introduction to basic aspects of professionalism required of multimedia journalists and public relations professionals. Course emphases are on professional ethics codes of journalism and public relations with an examination of case studies; basic concepts and terminology of journalism; business etiquette; multimedia and public relations career options; basics of Associated Press style; resume and cover letter preparation; and internship preparation. Same as PRL 120 and SPR 120. Fall and Spring
MMJ 135Editing for Print and OnlineJournalism3This course introduces students to copyediting, self-editing and fact-checking skills needed to publish stories for the Web, broadcast and print. Same as SPR 135. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 150Intro Digital Photography & Audio ReportJournalism3The course will introduce students to the basic principles of digital photojournalism and video technologies. Students will be introduced to digital cameras (photographic and video), the basics of editing still photographs and the basics of video editing. Students will be required to create content using appropriate gear and prepare it for distribution across multiple platforms as appropriate for the message intended. Same as PRL 150 and SPR 150. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 155Video for Digital Journalism IJournalism3The course will focus on the practices and principles of shooting, editing and distributing video for multiple platforms. Topics include: shooting with cellphones, DSLR cameras and dedicated video cameras; preproduction planning; lighting principles; audio for video, editing video and distributing digital stories through multiple platforms. Same as PRL 155 and SPR 155. Prerequisite: MMJ/PRL/SPR 150 or consent of instructor. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 180Publication DesignJournalism3This course will focus on fundamentals of typography including theory and practice in visual communication. By exploring typography, photography, layout, grids, and the principles of contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, and hierarchy, students will create ethical, compelling, and effective two-dimensional designs. Through lectures, projects, and classroom critiques, the focus is on designing publications, information graphics and interactivity. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator required or willingness to learn through online tutorials. Same as PRL 180 and SPR 180. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 210Adv Reporting/Database Rsrch to ImmersioJournalism6This course is required as part of the Immersion Experience as students learn to apply the lessons of the classroom to the reporting environment in a professionally-run news bureau located at the Indiana Statehouse. Students will develop their storytelling skills in multi-media formats as they build on their reporting, interviewing and writing skills to explore issues with more depth and range. Central to the course is learning to compile, analyze and use data from a variety of sources in the storytelling process. The students’ work will be published or presented across media platforms through www.thestatehousefile.com and its newsgathering partners. Course prerequisites are listed in the Immersion experience prerequisites. Fall and spring.
MMJ 255Video for Digital Journalism IIJournalism3Designed to introduce broadcast writing and to enhance opportunities to develop broadcast-style shooting and editing skills. This course adds onto the video skills learned in Video for Digital Journalism I. Students will learn to shoot voice overs, voice overs with sound bites and full packages suitable for broadcast featuring news and sports content. Students will also learn to produce scripts for broadcast delivery, as well as the process of creating newscast/sportscast rundowns. Video studio techniques and procedures will be taught in the PSJ video lab. Distribution of individual stories via social media will be required. Same as SPR 255. Fall and spring.
MMJ 445Communication Law in a Digital WorldJournalism3Students will be introduced to First Amendment law as it relates to professional communicators. Topics will include First Amendment theory, libel law, invasion of privacy law, copyright law, news-gathering rights, public relations law and advertising law. Satisfies Civic Learning exploratory requirement. Same as PRL 445 and SPR 445. Fall and Spring.
MMJ 498Multimedia PortfolioJournalism0Each student must develop a portfolio containing a significant and appropriate body of work that, by the time of graduation, demonstrates to a potential employer that the student is ready to make the transition to the professional workplace. Each portfolio also must demonstrate the student’s understanding of linkages among leadership, the liberal arts, and the student’s intended career. The specific format and content of the portfolio is determined by the faculty. Students must enroll in MMJ 498 in fall or spring semester of the senior year. Portfolios will receive either a passing or failing grade by the Pulliam School of Journalism faculty. Deficiencies must be corrected before the portfolio is certified as passing. Same as SPR 498. Fall and spring.
MMJ 499Multimedia Storytelling Senior ProjectJournalism0Students will demonstrate and showcase the skills they have acquired through their careers at the Pulliam School of Journalism by creating an in-depth package of stories about a significant public issue that is told from multiple media platforms. Same as SPR 499. Fall and Spring.
NWS 400Advanced In-depth News WritingJournalism3An advanced exploration of reporting and writing techniques, this course will focus on preparing students to cover substantive issues. Students will study and produce enterprise stories of merit and feature stories of grace. The students will produce work that will be published or presented through www.thestatehousefile.com and its newsgathering partners. Prerequisite: Immersion Experience. Fall and Spring.
NWS 450In-depth Storytelling ProjectJournalism3Working with the faculty, staff and students of www.thestatehousefile.com, the students in this class will use sophisticated reporting and writing techniques to produce compelling stories on -or newsworthy subjects or issues of their choosing (subject to the approval of the instructor and/or editor). These stories will be published as display pieces at www.thestatehousefile.com and offered as such to its news-gathering partners. Prerequisite: NWS 400. Fall and Spring.
SPR 101Sports in SocietyJournalism3An exploration of new and ongoing issues involving amateur and professional sports. Focus in on the ramifications of sports as a prominent presence across mass media platforms. Also includes study of socio-economic factors related to sports, including gender and racial discrimination/stereotyping. Fall and spring.
SPR 115Reporting, Interviewing, and NewswritingJournalism3
SPR 120Ethics & Professional DevelopmentJournalism2An introduction to basic aspects of professionalism required of multimedia journalists and public relations professionals. Course emphases are on professional ethics codes of journalism and public relations with an examination of case studies; basic concepts and terminology of journalism; business etiquette; multimedia and public relations career options; basics of Associated Press style; resume and cover letter preparation; and internship preparation. Same as MMJ/PRL 120. Fall and spring.
SPR 135Editing Print and Online MediaJournalism3This course introduces students to copyediting, self-editing and fact-checking skills needed to publish stories for the Web, broadcast and print. Same as MMJ 135. Fall and spring.
SPR 150Intro Digital Photography & Audio ReportJournalism3The course will introduce students to the basic principles of digital photojournalism and video technologies. Students will be introduced to digital cameras, the basics of editing still photographs and the basics of audio reporting. Students will be required to create content using appropriate technology and prepare stories for distribution across multiple platforms. Same as MMJ 150 and PRL 150. Fall and spring.
SPR 155Video for Digital Journalism IJournalism3The course will focus on the practices and principles of shooting, editing and distributing video for multiple platforms. Topics include: shooting with DSLR cameras and dedicated video cameras; preproduction planning; lighting principles; audio for video, editing video and distributing digital stories through multiple platforms. Same as MMJ 155 and PRL 155. Fall and spring.
SPR 180Publication DesignJournalism3This course will focus on fundamentals of typography including theory and practice in visual communication. By exploring typography, photography, layout, grids, and the principles of contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, and hierarchy, students will create ethical, compelling, and effective two-dimensional designs. Through lectures, projects, and classroom critiques, the focus is on designing publications, information graphics and interactivity. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator required or willingness to learn through online tutorials. Same as MMJ 180 and PRL 180. Fall and Spring.
SPR 200Game CoverageJournalism3Fundamentals of and hands-on practice in deadline reporting/writing about games, matches, and meets commonly covered in the mass media. Topics include preview stories, rules reviews, coverage preparation, in-game note/statistic-taking, and post-game interviews with coaches and players. Focus in on writing accurate, clear, insightful and objective game stories for print, broadcast and social media. Games covered will vary based on season/semester. Some travel may be required. Fall and spring.
SPR 255Video for Digital Journalism IIJournalism3Designed to introduce broadcast writing and to enhance opportunities to develop broadcast-style shooting and editing skills. This course adds onto the video skills learned in Video for Digital Journalism I. Students will learn to shoot voice overs, voice overs with sound bites and full packages suitable for broadcast featuring news and sports content. Students will also learn to produce scripts for broadcast delivery, as well as the process of creating newscast/sportscast rundowns. Video studio techniques and procedures will be taught in the PSJ video lab. Distribution of individual stories via social media will be required. Same as MMJ 255. Fall and spring.
SPR 301Covering Econ & Public Policy in SportsJournalism3The study of the ways financial considerations and government policies affect athletics. Features a series of in-depth interviews/discussions with decision-makers in sports, business and government. Focus will be on developing a deep understanding of the frameworks within which viable sports organizations and leagues operate. Fall and spring.
SPR 302Covering Lifestyle and Outdoor SportsJournalism3This course will help students learn to cover recreational and competitive outdoor sports. Students will explore policy issues related to public recreation and personal hobby sports. Fall.
SPR 303Sports Information and Public RelationsJournalism3The study of and hands-on experience in best practices for conducting public relations on behalf of sports teams and their parent organizations-schools, conferences, amateur governing bodies and professional teams. Emphasis is on the college/university sports information profession. Topics include, but are not limited to, using in-game statistical software for major sports; media credentialing; press box and press row management; proactive and reactive media relations; season media guides; game-day media guides; strategic planning; crisis communications; relationships with players and coaches; multimedia story packaging; and pre-season and post-season writing. Fall.
SPR 445Communication Law in a Digital WorldJournalism3Students will be introduced to First Amendment law as it relates to professional communicators. Topics will include First Amendment theory, libel law, invasion of privacy law, copyright law, news-gathering rights, public relations law and advertising law. Satisfies Civic Learning exploratory. Same as MMJ 445 and PRL 445. Fall and Spring.
SPR 498Senior PortfolioJournalism0Each student must develop a portfolio containing a significant and appropriate body of work that, by the time of graduation, demonstrates to a potential employer that the student is ready to make the transition to the professional workplace. Each portfolio also must demonstrate the student’s understanding of linkages among leadership, the liberal arts, and the student’s intended career. The specific format and content of the portfolio is determined by the faculty. Students must enroll in MMJ 498 in fall or spring semester of the senior year. Portfolios will receive either a passing or failing grade by the Pulliam School of Journalism faculty. Deficiencies must be corrected before the portfolio is certified as passing. Same as MMJ 498. Fall and spring.
SPR 499Sports Communication Senior ProjectJournalism0Students will demonstrate and showcase the skills they have acquired through their careers at the Pulliam School of Journalism by creating an in-depth package of stories about a significant public issue that is told from multiple media platforms. Same as MMJ 499. Fall and Spring.

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