• JR101 Discovering Journalism

    4 Credits

    Explains how journalism has changed America and the world. Considers the role of journalism as a public service in a democratic society. Students read, view, and listen to the finest and most influential stories. They chart the news in U.S. history, from the American Revolution to today's digital revolution. Students analyze how print, broadcast, and online news have evolved and examine media from other parts of the world. They also explore ethical issues confronting the contemporary journalist and develop knowledge of the First Amendment principles.

    Instructors Azeta Hatef, Cindy Rodriguez, Mark Leccese, Paul Mihailidis, Zeba Sarwar
  • JR102 Foundations of Journalism

    4 Credits

    Students appraise and apply the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and producing news. They cover stories in the Greater Boston community and learn how to develop story ideas, define the focus, and identify and evaluate sources. Students also examine and implement reporting strategies for print, broadcast, and online news stories. They incorporate journalistic standards and practices in all newsgathering and news story presentation. Students write and organize basic news stories with skill, accuracy, and clarity and develop a disciplined use of form and style in news writing.

    Instructors Angela Anderson-Connolly, Caroline Jones, Cindy Rodriguez, Daniel DeFraia, Lennart Bourin, Lincoln McKie, Rachel Layne
  • JR103 The Digital Journalist

    4 Credits

    Covers the use of audio and visual media to tell news stories. Examines modern media, analyzes still and moving images, sound, and best web practices. Students learn how to use photography, videography, and audio to tell compelling stories. They develop and report multimedia stories in and around Boston. Image and sound manipulation and other ethical challenges in the digital age are discussed.

    Instructors Angela Anderson-Connolly, Cindy Rodriguez, James Sullivan, Lennart Bourin, Zeba Sarwar, Zhao Peng
  • JR202 Beat Reporting Across Media

    4 Credits

    Students learn to cover a geographic or community beat, developing and producing stories in text, audio, and video about a community in Boston. Lectures emphasize the role and function of major institutions in public life, from courts to city hall to Congress; basic public records and research; interviewing; and story origination. Students are assigned to a beat and must develop stories in specific areas of civic life, from public safety to demographics change and its impact on community.

    Instructors Daniel DeFraia, Mark Micheli
  • JR206 Special Topics: Journalism in 2020: Responding to the Pandemic, Racial Reckoning and the Campaign

    4 Credits

    Students explore and analyze issues and approaches of journalistic theory and practice. Topics could range from war reporting to global journalism, community media literacy, understanding journalism audiences, journalism and memory, civic media and design as well as radio journalism. May be repeated if topics differ.

    Instructors David Dahl
  • JR216 Advanced Audio-Video Journalism

    4 Credits

    Provides intense writing for visual and audio news. Students continue to develop news judgment as it relates to video and audio. They produce and write radio newscasts and reporter packages, as well as organize a video news brief and reporter packages. Students shoot, write, and edit video and audio voiceovers and soundbites for storytelling.

    Instructors Angela Anderson-Connolly
  • JR217 Public Affairs Reporting

    4 Credits

    Introduces the structure and functions of state, local, and federal government from a journalist’s perspective. Students report and write in-depth stories on proposed legislation, campaign finance, and current issues in government. Students also become familiar with and make use of public records and open meeting laws, learn advanced reporting skills through readings and class lectures, and review and critique each other's stories.

    Instructors Mark Leccese
  • JR221 Photojournalism

    4 Credits

    Explores photography as a journalistic storytelling medium by teaching how to communicate news visually in a variety of situations. Develops skills such as shooting pictures on deadline, writing concise and compelling captions, and editing for impact. Through historical and contemporary examples, students learn about the power of photojournalism to document, inform, entertain, persuade, and provoke emotion. Examines the ethical and legal challenges of photojournalism.

    Instructors Gina Gayle, Joanne Ciccarello
  • JR230 Global Journalism

    4 Credits

    Students will gain the appropriate skills and analytical tools to critically engage topics related to global journalism and to be prepared for working/reporting internationally. To provide the background useful for evaluating journalism from a global perspective, students will be introduced to pertinent theories and relevant historical events that have shaped journalism in different internationalized settings. In this course, we will read and analyze influential texts and develop skills related to reporting internationally including how to conduct observations and interviews as well as cultivate sources. This course helps students build a framework by which they will be able to navigate diverse experiences, communities, and cultures.

    Instructors Azeta Hatef, Zeba Sarwar
  • JR250 Law for Journalists

    2 Credits

    Examines the American legal system and its relationship to the press. Students gain an understanding of journalists’ rights and legal responsibilities and study case law that sets legal limits for journalists. Examines ethical decision-making in gray areas. Covers basic structure and processes of federal and state courts.

    Instructors James McManus, Olivier Nyirubugara