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The Department of Journalism and Public Relations continually examines the curriculum to ensure that course offerings are relevant and up-to-date. Below is a list of all courses offered to undergraduates. Not all are offered every semester. For a listing by semester, check out the IUPUI registrar's schedule.

In parentheses after each course are applicable Principles of Undergraduate Learning, the essential ingredients of the undergraduate educational experience at IUPUI. The codes are in order of significance.

1A  Written, oral, visual skills 3  Integration and application of knowledge
1B  Quantitative skills 4  Intellectual depth, breadth, adaptiveness
1C  Information resource skills 5  Understanding society and culture
2    Critical thinking 6  Values, ethics








C190 Perspectives on Communication (1 cr.) Students are introduced to college learning within a journalism and mass communications environment. Classroom instruction, library activities, and projects are designed to introduce technology and information resources, develop teamwork, and sharpen analytical and evaluative skills. Topics include career planning, study techniques, time management, data collection, and presentations. (PUL 1A, 5, 1C)

C201 Topics in Journalism (3 cr.) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic. Will not count toward journalism major requirements.

C300 The Citizen and the News (3 cr.) A study of the institutions that produce news and information about public affairs for the citizen of American mass society. The problems are about the selection of what is communicated. Case studies. International comparisons. Will not count toward journalism requirements. (PUL 5, 2, 4)

C327 Writing for Mass Media (3 cr.) A workshop for non-majors to improve writing skills and learn basic requirements of writing for publication. Instruction in market analysis and interpreting specific editorial requirements, in gathering and researching background materials, and in preparing manuscripts. Examination of various types and styles of published writing. Will not count toward journalism major requirements.

J100 Computer Methods for Journalism (3 cr.) An introduction to computing uses in journalism. Hands-on experience with computer software packages commonly used in journalistic research and expression. Experience with using the Internet, Lexis/Nexis, and other library resources for research. This course is for students on the Indianapolis campus only. Bloomington students take J155 Research Techniques for Journalists. (PUL 1C, 2, 1A)

J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication (3 cr.) Survey of the institutions of journalism and mass communication, their philosophical foundations, history, processes, economic realities and effects. (PUL 5, 6)

J150 An Introduction to Sports Journalism: Controversy, Conflict & Characters (3 cr.) This course will explore the state and practice of sports journalism, through case studies of some of this decade's most controversial sports stories. We will explore these issues through evaluating coverage, reading related texts and talking directly to prominent sports journalists, executives and athletes. (PUL 2, 3, 5)

J152 Introduction to Sports in Society (3 cr.) This course will introduce students to sports and will take a macroscopic approach in discussing sports' societal influence. It will study sport from a socio-cultural-historical perspective as well as from a contemporary position. It will focus on the converging worlds of print journalism, electronic media, public relations, advertising, documentary and emerging technologies as expressed in the new commercial reality of sport. (PUL 5, 6, 1C)

J200 Reporting, Writing and Editing I (3 cr.) P: W131 or W140. Working seminar stressing the creation of journalistic stories for diverse audiences. Students will learn to develop story ideas, gather information, combine visual and verbal messages, and to write and edit news. (PUL 1A, 1C, 2)

J201 Reporting, Writing, and Editing II (3 cr.) P: J200. Working seminar focused on the strengthening of basic journalism skills, including in-depth reporting, editing, and multimedia presentations. Creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking are used to shape effective messages for diverse audiences. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

J210 Visual Communication (3 cr.) Theories of visual communications including human perception, psychology of color and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video and graphic design in news communication. (PUL 1A, 3, 6)

J219 Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr.) Provides an overview of public relations and introduces theory and practice of the field. Topics include the relationship between public relations and marketing, the history and development of public relations, media relations, measurement and assessment methods, ethics, and law. (PUL 5, 6)

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J300 Communications Law (3 cr.) P: Sophomore standing. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and business law affecting media operations. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications system. (PUL 3, 1A, 4)

J315 Feature Writing (3 cr.) P: J200 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, and planning and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader's interest. (PUL 1A, 1C, 5)

J320 Principles of Creative Advertising (3 cr.) Analysis of strategy employed in developing creative advertising, with emphasis on role of the copywriter. Research, media, legal aspects, ethical standards as they apply to the copywriting functions. Place of the creative function within the advertising agency and the retail business. (PUL 3, 6, 2)

J321 Principles of Public Relations (3 cr.) Students are introduced to the creative integration of advertising and public relations as a mass media campaign tool. Topics include the role of integrated communications in marketing and media, an examination of current practice, and the creative process of a campaign, including planning strategies and media characteristics. (PUL 3, 6, 2)

J335 Retail and Direct Advertising (3 cr.) P: J200 and J320 or permission of instructor. Role of advertising in retail and service establishments. Forms of retail and direct media advertising, including production and distribution. Procedures, requirements, and techniques of newspaper advertising departments and broadcast stations; in-store promotions; budgeting; evaluation. (PUL 1A, 3, 5)

J337 Media Economics (3 cr.) This course explores how economic forces influence production of media content, particularly at U.S. organizations. It examines basic economic concepts, such as market and competition, as they relate to commercial media organizations. Special attention is paid to the effect of advertising and market considerations on news decision making.

J340 Public Relations Tactics and Techniques (3 cr.) P: J219. Covers a wide variety of knowledge and skills needed by entry-level public relations practitioners. Topics include media relations, community relations and internal communications. (PUL 3, 1C, 2)

J341 Newspaper Reporting (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

J342 Magazine Reporting (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing material for specialized and general circulation magazines. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

J343 Broadcast News (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for broadcast. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. (PUL 1C, 1A, 2)

J344 Photojournalism Reporting (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. This is an introductory photojournalism course focusing on the basics of light, camera operation, and the use of chemical and digital darkrooms. It includes instruction in spot news and feature photography as well as instruction in ethics, privacy and law. (PUL 1A, 3, 6)

J345 Sports Journalism Writing (3 cr.) P: J150, J200 and J210. This class will offer an overview of sports writing from its origins to its current status in the twenty-first century. The course will teach students fundamentals of the sports-writing process from information gathering and interviewing to writing and editing copy. Students will gain requisite skills for working in today's sports departments and will write and publish stories on IUPUI athletics and area professional teams and events. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

J351 News Editing (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Workshop in fundamentals of editing newspapers, including both individual and team projects. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in writing news summaries, editing copy, writing headlines, laying out pages, and using computer editing technology. (PUL 1A, 1C, 2)

J352 Magazine Editing (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Workshop in fundamentals of editing specialized and general interest publications. Individual and team functions are stressed. Attention is given to editorial voice and judgment, fairness, accuracy, and language usage. Practice in writing headlines and titles, layout, design, and use of computer editing technology. (PUL 1A, 3, 5)

J353 Advanced Broadcast News (3 cr.) P: J200, J210 and J343. Continuing workshop in reporting, writing and editing for broadcast. Individual and team functions are stressed. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance and language usage. Practice in editing copy, audio and video tape. (PUL 1A, 3, 6)

J354 Photojournalism Editing (3 cr.) P: J344 or permission of instructor. Workshop on the role and function of the print media picture editor. Theory and practice of picture editing skills including assigning, selecting, cropping, writing captions and blurbs, producing informational graphics, designing photo pages, editing by computer, and managing. (PUL 1A, 3, 5)

J360 Journalism Specialties (1-3 cr.) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. Course may be repeated once for credit.

J361 Issues in Sports Journalism (3 cr.) P: J150. This upper-level course will study sports journalism's key policies, trends and issues. It will examine sociological, political, legal, ethical and technological issues in college and professional sports. It will focus on current events and controversies in the world of sports journalism. This course will discuss the symbiotic relationship between sport media and race, gender, doping, steroids, sexuality and homophobia, politics and nationalism, sports fans, loyalty and violence, disability in sport and other provocative issues. (PUL 5, 6, 4)

J385 Television News (3 cr.) P: J343 and J353 or permission of instructor. Preparation and presentation of news for television. Practice in writing, reporting, filming, and editing news for TV. TV writing problems; use of photographs, film, and videotape; problems of sound in TV news; ethical problems of the TV film reporter and editor. (PUL 1C, 1A, 2)

J390 Public Relations Writing (3 cr.) P: J200 and J219. A comprehensive survey of corporate publications from newsletters to corporate magazines, tabloids and annual reports with an emphasis on layout and design. Includes refreshing writing skills with review on interviewing and editing. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

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J400 Careers in Public Relations (1 cr.) P: Junior standing or above. Prepare for job or internship searches. Polish your resume and portfolio. Learn how to write impressive cover letters. Practice interviewing skills. Understand how to articulate your abilities and experiences to market yourself to potential employers. (PUL 1A, 1C, 2)

J401 Depth Reporting and Editing (3 cr.) P: One 300-level reporting course and one 300-level editing course. Study and practice in using techniques of social science and traditional methods of investigative reporting. Class will plan, write, and edit news stories in depth. (PUL 1C, 1A, 3)

J402 Careers in Journalism (1 cr.) P: Junior standing or above. Prepare for job or internship searches. Polish your resume and portfolio. Learn how to write impressive cover letters. Practice interviewing skills. Understand how to articulate your abilities and experiences to market yourself to potential employers. (PUL 1A, 1C, 4)

J407 Newsgathering and the Law (3 cr.) P: J300. Students study the law relating to the content of news media and the processes by which that content is created. Discussion includes the legal issues triggered by story framing, selection of sources, interviewing, photography, and access to information. The course involves reading and research using primary legal materials. (PUL 2, 5, 4)

J409 Media Management (3 cr.) 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 technique, personnel management issues and budgeting. (PUL 3, 1C, 1B)

J410 The Media as Social Institutions (3 cr.) P: J300 and junior standing or above. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. (PUL 6, 5, 2)

J413 Magazine Article Writing (3 cr.) P: J342. In-depth explanation of the nonfiction magazine article field. Examination of trends and problems in nonfiction writing for both general and specialized magazines. Criticism of student articles written for publication. Seminar sessions with editors and freelance writers. (PUL 1A, 1C, 3)

J414 International News-Gathering Systems (3 cr.) 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. (PUL 4, 2, 5)

J415 Literary Journalism (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. A study of literary forms and techniques used in journalism. Topics to be considered include formal considerations such as voice and structure, reporting methods and ethical issues. Students will supplement reading with writing experimental pieces of their own. (PUL 3, 1A, 5)

J420 Advertising Research and Management (3 cr.) P: J320 and J335. Lectures and practice in copywriting, graphics, layout and production. Incorporates psychological, social, legal and marketing aspects of creativity for mass media. (PUL 1A, 1C, 2)

J423 Public Opinion (3 cr.) Behavioral study of nature, operation, molding, and influence of public opinion, with practice in its measurement and evaluation. Discussion of major political, social, economic, and cultural problems. (PUL 1B, 1C, 4)

J425 Supervision of School Publications (3 cr.) P: 12 credit hours of journalism. Lectures and discussion on designing, producing, and financing school newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks. Management of school news bureau.

J428 Public Relations Planning & Research (3 cr.) P: J340 and J390. Theories and principles relevant to public relations practices in agency, corporate and nonprofit organizations, including development of goals and objectives, client relationships, budgets and research methods. (PUL 1B, 2, 4)

J431 Public Relations for Nonprofits (3 cr.) This seminar focuses on how a nonprofit organization creates images and how it shapes its programs and goals to gain public support. Assignments and readings are designed to foster a practical understanding of promotional techniques and campaigns using journalistic and other media. (Offered in summer only.) (PUL 2, 5, 3)

J438 Advertising Issues & Research (3 cr.) P: J300, J320, J335 and J420 or permission of instructor. Seminar on current developments and problems concerning advertising as an economic and social force. Stresses independent investigation on topics such as politics and advertising and advertising and public taste. (PUL 5, 4, 2)

J444 Advanced Photojournalism (3 cr.) P: J344. Advanced techniques of reporting and interpreting news with photography. Practice in news, sports, features, photographic essays, color photography, electronic imaging and studio illustration. (PUL 1A, 3, 6)

J450 History of Journalism (3 cr.) American social-intellectual history integrated with the story of news media development, emphasizing the historical relationship between American social, economic, and cultural patterns and development. Origin, growth, shortcomings and achievements of media. Impact of society on the media and vice versa. (PUL 5, 4, 3)

J455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. Techniques for understanding, analyzing, and reporting on complex events and issues. Development and refinement of skills and techniques for writing news analyses, editorials and opinion articles. (PUL 2, 3, 1A)

J460 Topics Colloquium (1-3 cr.) P: Junior standing or above. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and material from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.

J463 Computerized Publication Design I (3 cr.) P: J200 and J210. This publishing design course incorporates typesetting, electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving. (PUL 3, 1A, 2)

J465 Computerized Publication Design II (3 cr.) P: J463. This publishing design course incorporates typesetting, electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving. (PUL 3, 1A, 2)

J470 Broadcast Media Analysis (3 cr.) Seminar on problems of communicating news through aural and visual channels. Application of communications theory to broadcast news and public affairs presentations. Study of effects of format, verbal content, nonverbal content, and presenter on communications process. (PUL 2, 1A, 3)

J475 Race, Gender and the Media (3 cr.) Survey and analysis of how news and entertainment media represent issues of race and gender. History of women and people of color as media professionals and media consumers. Discussion of contemporary problems and potential solutions. (PUL 5, 2, 4)

J492 Media Internship (S/F grading) (1 cr.) Prior approval of faculty member; journalism majors only. Supervised professional experience in communications media. May be repeated, but a student may take no more than three credit hours total of internship credit for the journalism degree. (PUL 3, 1A, 2)

J496 Foreign Study in Journalism (3-8 cr.) P: Consent of dean. Planning of research project during year preceding summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study.

J499 Honors Research in Journalism (1-3 cr.) Opportunity for independent reading, research, and experimentation on relevant issues in mass communications. Work with faculty member on individual basis. (PUL 1A, 2, 4)

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