Journalism classes

The following are Journalism graduate courses. Please see an advisor if you have any questions. See the course catalog for the most updated listing of courses.

JRNL 5001 Media Technology Boot Camp
Offers a foundation in the technologies of journalistic storytelling across a variety of established and emerging media platforms, such as print, television, radio, online publications, blogs, social media and emerging forms of communication. Students will emerge from the course with basic competence in the technical tools they will need as journalists.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5011 Newsgathering and Multimedia Storytelling
Develops skills in research and reporting on public issues and news events and in the construction of narrative in the journalistic and documentary traditions, using a variety of media platforms.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5102 Photojournalism Portfolio
Advanced course intended to give students a forum in which technical skills will be brought to professional standards. Build a polished portfolio of work to present to editors and buyers. Same as JRNL 4102.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5344 Video Documentary Production
Designed to give students the experience of researching, writing, shooting and editing their own documentaries. Same as JRNL 4344.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 and JRNL 5514 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5502 Newsgathering 2
Involves writing news and features about actual events for publication under deadline pressure. Lab to be arranged. Same as JRNL 4502.

Requires prerequisite courses of JOUR 5511 and JOUR 5552 or JRNL 5552 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to CMCI graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5512 In-Depth Reporting
Shows how to dig beneath the surface of issues and events. Focuses on research, interviewing and writing.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5514 Newsgathering for Television
Teaches advanced principles and techniques involved in the preparation of news for broadcasting.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5521 Precision Journalism
Instructs students in data-driven investigative reporting. Includes hands-on, in-depth instruction in gathering data from census reports, commercial databases, global information networks and other sources and utilizing spreadsheets to analyze the information in ways that can help deepen and strengthen journalistic stories on a wide variety of subjects.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5552 News Editing
Discusses principles and practice in copy editing and writing headlines for local and wire stories. Practice in page makeup, picture editing and electronic editing.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5562 Digital Journalism
Builds upon digital production skills through the creation of multimedia project. Applies media theory to evaluate digital media content and explore how digital forms influence the news industry, politics, culture and society. Same as JRNL 4562.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5602 Editorial, Commentary and Opinion Writing
Concentrates on several of the subjective areas of journalism. Emphasizes editorial and column writing, editorial pages and blogging. Same as JRNL 4602.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5624 News Team
Students participate in “Newsteam Boulder” a program broadcast live over the Boulder cable television system. Same as JRNL 4624.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 and JRNL 5514 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

4 credit hours

JRNL 5634 Broadcast Projects
Covers interpretation, preparation and/or reporting in programs for broadcast media. Prepares radio or television documentaries and informational/entertainment programs. Instructor consent required. Same as JRNL 4634.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 and JRNL 5514 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 5651 Journalism Law & Ethics
Explores the evolving First Amendment doctrines and the legal frameworks of media production including libel, newsgathering, subject privacy, intellectual property and internet regulation. Also explores frameworks used to examine the ethical issues that arise in newsgathering and publication.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5684 Advanced Camera and Editing
Emphasizes the advanced techniques in digital video camera usage and digital editing for professional broadcast video production. Same as JRNL 4684.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 and JRNL 5514 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5702 Arts/Cultural Reporting and Criticism
Emphasizes composition of criticism for the performing arts and other areas of entertainment. Same as JRNL 4702.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5802 Magazine and Feature Writing
Provides practice in writing freelance articles. Considers types, sources, methods, titles, illustrations and freelance markets. Students submit work for publication. Same as JRNL 4802.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5812 Science Writing
Helps students acquire the basic skills and knowledge required of science journalists. Also examines issues of scientific importance such as climate change, the nature of scientific knowledge and how science is covered in various media.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5822 Reporting on the Environment
Involves reporting and writing about the environment by taking into account the scientific, technological, political, economic and cultural dimensions of environmental subjects. Same as JRNL 4822.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 5001 and JRNL 5011 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 5841 Graduate Independent Study
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 5851 Graduate Professional Project
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-6 credit hours

JRNL 5871 Special Topics
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 5872 Special Topics: Print
Same as JRNL 4872. Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 5874 Special Topics: Electronic Media
Restricted to Journalism (JRNL) graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 5931 Internship
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 6321 Literary Journalism
Analyzes the work of journalists who became some of the greatest fiction writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and examines the increasingly indistinct lines between journalism and narrative fiction.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 6651 Media Law
Graduate seminar in communications law. Studies changing law and applied legal research techniques.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 6871 Special Topics
Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate
Restricted to graduate students only.

1 credit hour

JRNL 7001 Theories of Journalism Studies
Introduces the principal concepts, literature and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of journalism studies and explores their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities.

Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 7002 Journalism Research Design
Adopts a holistic and creative approach to bridging theory with method for the purpose of research design. Students explore designs that effectively address research questions through elaboration of theoretical and operational linkages.

Requires prerequisite courses of JRNL 7001 and CMCI 7051 and 7061 (all minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 7841 Independent Study
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-3 credit hours

JRNL 7871 Special Topics
Restricted to graduate students only.

3 credit hours

JRNL 8991 Doctoral Dissertation
Restricted to graduate students only.

1-10 credit hours