Classes

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. These include M.S. and M.S. in Data Journalism courses, except for those that are specifically designated as M.A. courses. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions. We cannot promise that students will gain a seat in any specific class.

Audio I

This course teaches fundamental and advanced techniques of field reporting and writing in audio or radio media. Emphasis is on writing clearly and conversationally, with integration of recorded voices and natural sound. Students will pitch, report, write and produce compelling, public radio style pieces, including newscasts, news stories, features and interviews. They will be trained in state-of-the-industry recording equipment and editing software. Students will receive detailed, one-on-one editing and will publish their work in on-demand digital audio formats. Writing and technical skills of this course are intended to serve students well in any medium.

This class (or Audio II for students with prior experience) is a prerequisite for those interested in pitching a full audio master’s project.

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Data I

This course teaches students how to evaluate and analyze data for appropriateness, context and meaning. Students leave the class knowing how to apply basic statistical methods to numerical data sets. They will also learn how to obtain, clean and load various types of commonly encountered data. They will be drilled on devising interesting, thoughtful and answerable questions to ask of data sets. They will also be taught how to translate the results of their data analysis into clear and concise findings. Visualization in this course will be used primarily for data analysis and story formation, not publication.

Data II

This course is designed to give students who have taken and passed (and hopefully enjoyed) an introductory course on Statistics a more advanced treatment of the process of storytelling with data. This includes: Frameworks and tools for finding, accessing, manipulating and publishing data (APIs, various databases, and some techniques for data "cleaning"); simulation-based approaches to statistical inference when data have special designs (surveys, A/B testing); "models" for data and the stories they tell (regression, trees); and advanced tools for visualization (to explore both data, the effects of data processing, and models). Throughout we will emphasize best practices for documenting your code and analysis ("showing your work").

Photojournalism I

This course covers the basics of photojournalism, including DSLR camera operation, workflow, post production, captioning and keywording using Adobe software. Students will have weekly assignments photographing and editing news, portrait and multi-picture feature stories.   Fieldwork will be supported by discussions of contemporary examples of photojournalism and the ethical and legal issues of visual reporting.  Students will leave the class able to identify visual opportunities in the field, and be equipped to shoot single image and multi picture slideshows for print and internet publications.  Note: There is a $50 equipment fee associated with this class for students planning to use our equipment. Students who bring their own dSLRs and lenses will not be charged this fee.\\ Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Photojournalism II (Offered in the fall only)

This course assumes basic knowledge of DSLR camera operation and basic knowledge of Adobe photo processing software.  Students will learn how to make multi image photo essays incorporating techniques of reportage, still-life and portrait photography.  Fieldwork will be supported by discussions of contemporary examples of photojournalism and the ethical and legal issues of visual reporting. Students will learn best archiving practices, advanced Adobe software, and business and pricing standards including day rates, usage fees, and copyright.  Students will leave the class able to identify visual opportunities in the field, and be equipped to produce single image and multi picture slideshows for print and internet publications.

Note: There is a $50 equipment fee associated with this class for students planning to use our equipment.  Students who bring their own dSLRs and lenses will not be charged this fee.

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Video I

In this course, students will learn the basics of video journalism: gathering sound and picture simultaneously; the fundamentals of exposure and composition; the grammar of video, writing to picture, selecting sound bites and the basic concepts of nonlinear editing. By the end of the course students should have a foundational understanding of the basic skills involved in video storytelling and the ability to produce short-form video pieces. This class (or Video II, described below, for students with prior experience) is a prerequisite for those interested in pitching a video hybrid master’s project or registering for any of the following spring classes: Video Storytelling, Nightly News and Multimedia Storytelling.

(Please note that registration for this class is not a guarantee of admission into those spring classes or of faculty approval for a video hybrid project.)

Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $175 lab fee. 

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Video II

Note: Students registering for Video II will be required to demonstrate the ability to shoot video interviews and action scenes; identify and use sound bites; and edit a short story using pictures and sound on either Final Cut Pro VII or Adobe Premiere.

This course is designed to give students who already have a working knowledge of basic video journalism the chance to develop a more sophisticated understanding of and approach to the medium. This includes: the elements necessary for producing compelling stories; lighting and shooting sequences and well-framed interviews; a deeper understanding of the relationship between light and exposure; traits and best practices of professional videographers; practical ethical and legal considerations, and the realities of working on assignment; developing rapport with subjects.  Students will work toward producing more seamlessly edited and polished stories. This class (or Video I) is a prerequisite for students interested in pitching a video hybrid master’s project or registering for any of the following spring classes: Video Storytelling, Nightly News and Multimedia Storytelling.

(Please note: Students in this class are not guaranteed admission into those spring classes, or of faculty approval for a video hybrid master’s project.) Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $175 lab fee.

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.