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Course Descriptions

JO540 Communication Ethics and Worldview (4)

This course will cover the study of theoretical and ethical perspectives in the field of communication and the arts held by scholars, and professionals with Christian worldview. Also, this course prepares students to understand the role of media and communication in shaping of one's own worldview and the worldviews existent in our culture, especially the ethical and religious beliefs.

JO500 Introduction to Graduate Communications (4)

Descriptive overview of how humans communicate in various contexts within the areas of public argumentation and rhetoric, human communication, and mass communication. Includes an introduction to communication processes, theories, and research methodologies.

JO510 Advanced Reporting (4)

Rigorous, in-depth instruction and critiques of students' news and feature assignments done with different reporting methodologies: interviewing, official records, direct and participant observation, and survey research.

JO520 Writing for Digital Media (4)

Practice reporting longer stories specifically for presentation on the Web. Topics covered include in-depth interviews, modular story structure, linking strategies, use of online communities to find sources, verification and selection of reliable sources.

JO530 Newspaper Editing (4)

Practice editing on deadline. Concentration on the editing and display of complex news and features stories and other print media content with a significant emphasis on newspaper design and graphics. Work with professional copy editors across the nation to broaden perspectives on the craft of news editing.

JO540 History of Mass Media (4)

Survey of the functions and effects of the mass media in the United States. A consumer's introduction to newspapers, television, radio, film, sound recording, books, magazines, and new media technology introduction to public relations, advertising, and news analysis.

JO550 Law and Policy in the Digital Age (4)

This course identifies and explains complex legal issues raised by Internet technology and guides students in thinking critically about how those issues can best be resolved.

JO560 Multimedia Seminar (4)

Entry-level course in multimedia storytelling that includes modules on theory; the profession; design; content gathering; and editing, programming, publishing, and usability.

JO570 Social Media Development and Importance (4)

This class delivers practical, hands-on skills and experience applying social media best practices to journalism. Students gain a first-hand understanding social media trends, issues and implementation strategies.

JO580 Law and Media (4)

Principles and case studies in communication law, constitutional guarantees, libel, privacy, contempt, privilege, copyright, and government regulatory agencies.

JO600 Special Topics (4)

Repeatable to 8 credits if content differs. Issues of special concern and current interest. Recent topics have included: Investigative Reporting, Multicultural Reporting, Washington Women Journalists -- Fact & Fiction and Media Coverage of Sept. 11 & Resulting Media Changes. Open to all students.

JO610 Feature Writing (4)

Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, planning, and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader's interest.

JO620 Media and Culture (4)

This course examines the broad economic issues facing the media industry, including the changing dynamics of consumer behavior, pricing, loyalty, market segmentation, creative destruction, economic cycles and global competition.

JO630 Media Management (4)

Research seminar that examines techniques and processes used in managing media organizations. Through discussions, case analysis, and group projects, the course explores organizational missions and social responsibilities, market analysis techniques, personnel management issues, and budgeting.

JO640 International News Gathering and Translation (4)

Structure and function of international communication systems and barrier to flow of information among nations. Emphasis on gathering and disseminating information around the world. Study of the major newspapers of the world, international news agencies, and international broadcasting and satellite networks.

JO650 Television and Broadcasting (4)

A theoretical course designed to help students develop an understanding of and an appreciation for the role broadcast journalism has played in recent American history.

JO660 Audio and Video Production (4)

Class trains students to operate field video and audio equipment and studio edit systems similar to those found in television production facilities. Students learn how to write and produce short newscasts, master production terminology and use proper production values in their content.

JO670 SEO Techniques (4)

This course is designed to make you think strategically about how, why and with whom you interact with individuals via digital media. By the end of the course you should have fundamental understanding of research tools that will help you both plan for and evaluate the effectiveness of online communications methods including a multitude of social media and web tools. You will understand Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and the consequences – costs and benefits – of local and global messaging and interactivity.

JO695 Newsroom Management (4)

Organization, operation, and administration of the departments of a newsroom: advertising, business-finance, circulation, news-editorial, personnel, production and promotion.

JO700 Thesis Research and Methodology (4)

Choosing and developing an appropriate research topic for a thesis; designing a research strategy and learning appropriate investigative techniques. Must be completed before starting thesis.

JO710 Thesis Research I (4)

This is the second part of a three-part series of courses required for MA Journalism students following the Thesis track for their Capstone. Students who have received approval on their thesis proposal will proceed to conduct the first phase of their thesis research during this course. The faculty thesis advisor will check in with students periodically to guide them on gathering and reviewing appropriate research literature and sources. Students are expected to produce a thesis outline or working draft by the end of this course.

JO720 Thesis Research II (4)

This is the last part of a three-part series of courses required for MA Journalism students following the Thesis track for their Capstone. During the course, students will receive close guidance on finalizing their thesis and preparing for their oral defense before the committee.

JO705 Project Research and Methodology (4)

Choosing and designing an appropriate profession project; preparation to carry out work successfully; discussion of trends and future directions in various areas of journalism. Must be completed before starting the professional project.

JO715 Professional Program I (4)

This is the second part of a three-part series of courses required for MA Journalism students following the Thesis track for their Capstone. Students will work closely with their faculty project advisor to find a suitable ministry where they will work at for at least 30 hours per week for at least 14 weeks. The faculty project advisor will check in with students periodically to guide them on carrying out their project proposal and gathering appropriate research sources. Students are expected to complete at least 50% of their project by the end of the course or made significant progress on the initial phase of the project.

JO725 Professional Program II (4)

This is the last part of a three-part series of courses required for MA Journalism students following the Project track for their Capstone. Students will finalize their project and also submit their research paper. Depending on the progress made on their project, students may be required to work around 15 hours per week in ministry for at least 14 weeks in order to complete their project. Students will also be advised on their oral defense of the project before the committee.

JO750 Advanced Feature Writing (4)

Writing and reporting important topics in in-depth feature articles. Discussion and utilization of writing and reporting techniques in order to complete articles for publication or other dissemination. In-depth instruction and critiques of student work.

MPJ500 Ministry Internship I (4)

Journalism practica provide an opportunity to apply the skills of journalism as a member of a publication team, usually on the staff of an OU-affiliated news company. The course is conducted in an independent manner as students fill roles on the publication team then submit their work to the instructor for critique.

MPJ550 Ministry Internship II (4)

This course is a continuation of MPJ500. Advanced practical newspaper leadership experience including hands-on assignments with writing, editing, production, and layout and design of an OU-affiliated news website.