Laboratory in Experiential Learning (0,1)
Corequisite associated with specific courses so that students receive credit for meeting the general education Diversity (DIV) requirement. Students are not required to attend a lab in addition to the associated course unless otherwise noted.
Introduction to Journalism (3)
The course will focus more on basic skills and tasks, most of
which will happen within the classroom, rather than field reporting and working
as an independent journalist, which would be saved for a more advanced
Media Literacy (3)
This course will teach students how to become media
literate, concentrating on issues such as how social media is revolutionizing
news delivery, how members of the legacy news outlets do their job, how
politicians, corporations, and other influencers attempt to use, or in some
cases bypass, the media to distribute their messages, and how the public
consumes and interprets the cacophony of messages being delivered. By employing critical thinking
skills similar to those applied to other aspects of one's studies, students will begin to
discern what is true, and what is propaganda, manipulation, or exploitation.
Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
A survey course examining the history and modern developments of newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, movies, music, the internet, advertising, and public relations.
News Reporting and Writing (3,3)
The basic "straight" news story, with excursions into the second-day story and the follow-up; emphasis on writing professionally.
Issues in Contemporary Journalism (3)
An examination of issues facing journalists today and the changing nature of the journalist's job in our present 24-7 news delivery system.
Political Reporting (3)
Taught during the presidential election year, this course focuses on the functions and responsibilities of being a political reporter and the impact that role has on election outcomes.
Opinion Writing (3)
Covering several forms of opinion writing, from commentaries on current events to critiquing artistic endeavors to personal blogs, students will develop a voice and point of view.
Urban Reporting (3)
With Camden as a canvas, students will report on several aspects of the urban environment --from city government and politics, to criminal justice, to housing and community development, to health care.
Public Relations (3)
An introduction to the field of public relations (PR), which will lay a groundwork toward developing the skills required to become a PR professional.
Law and Order (3)
Covering police and the courts: Explores the various aspects of reporting on the criminal justice system, from working with police and following criminal investigations to covering criminal and civil court trials to investigative reporting and research tapping into the wealth of available data, statistics, and records.
Race, Religion, and Social Diversity (3)
In the hyperpartisan society we now live in, the topics of race, religion, and social
diversity have become the focus of much of today's news reporting. In this
course, students will both report upon these subjects as well as investigate
how the media navigates the tricky and rapidly changing terrain associated with
these issues, including discussion on demographic polarization, diversity in
the newsroom, the public 's influence on policy, and the role of social media in
exposing stories and expanding the message.
Food Writing (3)
From best-selling memoirs and
cookbooks to newspaper columnists to scripted reality shows, writing about food
has become a burgeoning field for journalists, critics, and essayists. Whether
it's debating the agripolitical issues surrounding sustainability and food
industry practices, or examining food-related health issues like
obesity, or tweeting about celebrity chefs, our culture has become
obsessed with what and how we eat. This course will explore this phenomenon,
looking at historical and contemporary attitudes about food writing, food
politics, food in literature, and the modern foodie culture. We'll
conduct product tasting and analysis, become restaurant reviewers, and look at some of the big issues in food writing today, with
students writing and blogging on several of these topics. Readings will include
works by food scientists and policymakers, chefs, food bloggers, and food journalists. Along the way, students will not only hone
their creative and critical writing skills, they will also develop more
discerning palates by tasting some good food.
Media Ethics (3)
The press in America plays a vital role in our democracy, yet today's media face
growing challenges, from those who doubt their integrity on a daily basis, to
rapidly changing multimedia technology that both aids and complicates the job
of a journalist. Still, the cornerstones of the practice--ethics, accuracy and
fairness--remain critical in maintaining credibility and value, and will be
the focus of this course. Through open discussion and debate, the class will
explore ethical values and theories in the context of real situations facing
today's media professionals, where journalists find themselves having to make
split-second decisions, and what impact those decisions have upon those being
reported on, news consumers, and the public at large.
Journalist in and on Film (3)
For many, our understanding of what journalists do has been shaped by popular culture, more specifically, by how reporters, editors, and media moguls are portrayed in film. From the hapless bumbler to the crusader, the hard-bitten cynic to the power-hungry megalomaniac, the ambitious scoundrel to the intrepid investigator, cinema's depictions of journalists, real or fictional, have both reinforced stereotypes and provided keen insights. This course will offer a comprehensive look at how the news, and those who produce the news, are portrayed in movies and how that impacts our perceptions of the media. We will view and discuss films focused on journalists from over the last 80 years, including His Girl Friday, Citizen Kane, Superman, All the President's Men, Good Night and Good Luck, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Shattered Glass, Anchorman, Truth, and 2016's Best Picture Oscar winner, Spotlight. Graded assignments will include a film viewing journal blog, a movie critique, and a researched, analytical magazine style article.
Copy Editing I (3)
Basic copy editing and headline writing.
Prerequisites: At least one semester of 50:570:301,302.
Copy Editing II (3)
Emphasis on newspaper layout and story selection, plus selecting and cropping photographs.
Freelance Article Writing (3)
Magazine writing from the initial idea to the completed manuscript, including possible publication.
Review Writing (3)
Analysis of styles and trends in contemporary reviewing, with instruction and practice in writing criticism of books, theater, cinema, and various other arts.
Writing for Broadcast Journalism (3)
Fundamentals of writing for broadcast media, primarily radio and television.
Special Studies in Journalism (3,3,3,3)
A course in a specially selected topic.
Primarily, but not exclusively, for advanced students. Courses with different topics may be repeated for credit.
Independent Study in Journalism (BA,BA)
An opportunity for advanced students to pursue their interests in journalism in a self-determined course of study under the direction of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: 50:570:301,302, and 335 with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.