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HOME COURSES Journalism (JLS, JRN, NNS)

Journalism (JLS, JRN, NNS)
JLS 600 The History of Journalism
This course studies the evolution of journalism from 1600 to the present. It examines the various forms that news took at different periods and in different places; how news influenced culture and was influenced by it, as well as by changing technology, business organization, and markets; how different audiences used and responded to news; and how the producers of news understood their work in relation to their society, their audiences, their employers and their peers.
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Lect: 3 hrs.
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 100 Info and Visual Resources for Journalists
This course teaches core ideas for the gathering and dissemination of information, while introducing students to the application of these ideas through specific skills which may include: photography, Geographic Information Science (GIS), and the use of databases/spreadsheets. Special attention will be given to increasing students' visual literacy and communication abilities. (Formerly JRN 113.)
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 4 hrs.
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 112 Introduction to Online Journalism
Students are introduced to the opportunities that the Internet offers for journalism, and try several forms of online reporting, including breaking news, blogging and repurposing of print and broadcast material. The course introduces the challenges and opportunities of this evolving medium, including consideration of the factors driving the changes, examples of web journalism, and the techniques used in reporting for the web.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 4 hrs.
Prerequisites: (JRN 19B or JRN 121) and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 120 The Culture of News
An introduction to the core values of journalism and the fundamental tools of reporting. Students learn the basics of news judgment, research, reporting and writing, including interviewing techniques, verification methods, lead writing, and story organization. They come to understand fundamental ethical considerations and essential reporting tools through news writing assignments and reporting exercises. They learn how to place and evaluate this work in the context of the business and professional environment in which journalists operate. The course also examines the role of journalism in society, changing technologies that affect journalism, and changing public perceptions of the news media.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 4 hrs.
Corequisite: JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 121 Introduction to Reporting
This course continues to emphasize the core values of all journalism and build upon the fundamentals of writing and reporting introduced in JRN 120. Interviewing is a special component along with learning how institutions, such as the courts, work in a democratic society. The course introduces different forms of writing (news and features) that require an understanding of the basic tools of reporting. Students continue to develop their skills through writing assignments in class and on the street. (Offered in Winter term only.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 120
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 3
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JRN 123 Ethics and Law in the Practice of Journalism
This course prepares students for many of the ethical problems they will encounter as professionals and introduces them to the legal framework in which journalism is practised. Legal themes include defamation, contempt of court, search and seizure, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Ethical themes include fairness, conflict of interest, plagiarism and fabrication, protection of sources. Other considerations will include respect for privacy and freedom of expression. Best practices and guidelines for conduct are introduced, but students are also introduced to philosophical concepts and tools that can aid everyday decision-making. Practising journalists and media lawyers will help students gain command of these various and intersecting issues.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: PHL 800
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 124 Elements of Feature Writing
This course introduces the basic elements of the feature writing form. It focuses on teaching research and interviewing skills that produce vivid, original stories that are anchored in dialogue, description, and telling details that reveal character and point of view - articles that go deeper than news reporting to explore the essence and context of events. The course also introduces the magazine medium, while providing core values that apply to feature writing for newspapers and documentary broadcast journalism. Classroom exercises and assignments will focus on bibliographic research, substantial interviewing, analysis of 'why' and 'how' questions, and a writing style that rests on clarity, brevity, and variety.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 4 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 3
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JRN 125 Introduction to Video and TV Journalism
This studio course introduces the values and techniques of video and television journalism. Students learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the medium, and the always changing news values that underscore the ethical and content choices made in newsrooms. In addition to offering a strong empirical grounding, the course emphasizes specific skills, including writing and newsgathering: knowing what is to be said, why it is important and how to write it for video and broadcast. Students will be responsible for mastering the basic technical and editorial skills of broadcast journalism. They will put these skills to use in a newsroom setting. (Replaces JRN 200.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 4
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JRN 199 Grammar
This mandatory course for journalism students is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students write a grammar placement test, and those who do not attain 75 per cent for it attend a mandatory tutorial and have two additional opportunities to attain the required mark. This course must be successfully completed before continuing to second-year journalism courses.
Lab: 1 hr.
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 201 Introductory Photojournalism
Building on the Information and Visual Resources course, students will report news stories using still photography. Students will investigate the ethical and social aspects of photojournalism while developing basic technical skills of composition and editing.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 100 and JRN 121
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 202 Editing Essentials
Editors make decisions about what journalists say and how they say it. Students will explore the selection and presentation of ideas through text and image, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of editing text including such issues as consistency of style, grammar, syntax, proofreading disciplines and production practices. The art of headline and other display writing is also introduced and practised. Appropriate for a range of media. (Replaces first half of JRN 51A/B.)
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 203 Page Design for Print Media
This course will introduce students to the physical presentation of text and images in newspapers, magazines and other print media. It will cover basic principles of design; visual approaches to storytelling; typography and the use of display text; selection, cropping and use of photographs; designing information graphics; and physically making up pages with industry-standard software. The emphasis will be on designing and laying out stories and pages in accordance with the principles discussed. (Replaces second half of JRN 51A/B.)
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 202
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 204 Infographics
Students benefit from visual news research in order to tell stories using static and animated graphics for print, broadcast and online media. As well as learning the technical and compositional skills necessary, students will be introduced to ways in which people synthesize visual information.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 100
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 302 Magazine Editing
This intensive course focuses on achieving the full range of professional skills required of magazine editors. You will be introduced to the theory, context and best practices of print and online magazine editing. You'll become adept at developing ideas, assigning and editing articles, shaping editorial mix, working with art directors, writing display copy, attracting and retaining good writers, and more. In order to better understand how and why editorial and business decisions are made, you will also work with peers and guest experts to develop a detailed prospectus for a new magazine and associated offshoots (such as its web site).
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 202 and JRN 317
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 303 Feature Reporting Workshop
Students develop their understanding of the nonfiction writer's craft by developing story ideas and appreciating and applying story-telling techniques to longer forms of feature writing. They deepen their experience with descriptive and explanatory writing, and are required to conduct research and analysis to standards rigorous enough to prepare them for the professional-level reporting required in graduating year. They master the basics of narrative structure and are encouraged to experiment with story approach, writer's voice, pacing, and phrasing. (Replaces JRN 56A/B.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 124
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 304 Reporting for Newspapers Workshop
Newspaper reporters 'work the ER' of journalism. Before others, they see trends emerge, isolate stories that must be told and capture the pulse of what's happening. A reporter who can identify, report and write a front-page story can set the local or even national news agenda. By the end of the semester, students will be able to generate better story ideas and will have honed their newsgathering and writing by doing hands-on assignments. (Replaces JRN 53A/B.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 305 Online Reporting Workshop
Students will report, edit and produce multimedia content for the school's online news website. As part of their practice, they will be immersed in theories, skills and techniques central to reporting breaking and longer-form news. Special attention will be given to developing online skills using a mix of broadcast, visual, interactive and textual elements. (Replaces JRN 906.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 112
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 306 Reporting for Radio Workshop
In this course, students produce a weekly radio news and current affairs program. They will learn the basics of radio writing, recording, audio editing, reporting, news-gathering, performance and production, as well as more advanced skills in live interviewing, feature production and short documentaries.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 310 TV Production Techniques
This course introduces students to the techniques and technology used in professional television production. Included is the examination of video and audio recording equipment, lighting, television studio operations including directing and on-camera performance, and the use of digital editing and graphic creation systems. Students will become competent in shooting interviews and visual storytelling by enhancing technical, artistic and practical skills. These competencies can be applied to the production of video news reports, documentaries and features for television and the Internet.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 125
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 314 Reporting for TV Workshop
This is a studio course, building on the theories and skills learned in Introduction to Television. Students will be required to write copy, line up newscasts, report on air, and edit and script tape reports, while producing newscasts. Students will also begin to incorporate long-form interviews and current affairs features into their broadcasts as they continue to explore the world of television journalism. (Replaces JRN 50A/B.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 125
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 315 Advanced Research Methods for Journalists
Senior students explore the world of specialized investigative reporting, using tools such as complex public record-searching, spreadsheet analysis and advanced Internet search techniques. They complete a complex reporting project using a variety of methods. (Replaces JRN 802.)
Lect: 3 hrs./Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314, Antirequisite: JRN 802
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 316 The Freelance Career
Students learn how to conceive, market and execute story ideas effectively and efficiently, supplying quality journalism content for a variety of media organizations while managing a small business. The course provides an understanding of how editors work and cultivates a practice of analysing target media. Assignments include query letters and other forms of pitches as well as achievable reporting assignments. Assessment recognizes marketing ability, and the ability to work with editorial feedback, as well as speed and rigour of reporting and writing. (Replaces JRN 803.)
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 317 Exactly So: The Challenge of Precision
Students build on their understanding of the discipline of verification that lies at the heart of all responsible journalism. They do so by learning formal methods of fact-checking as well as being introduced to social science methods. Students in this course will fact-check randomly selected reporting assignments submitted for courses throughout the journalism program.
Lect: 1 hr./Lab: 2 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 318 Basics of Radio Reporting
This course introduces the fundamental skills of radio production and reporting for newscasts. Students will learn how to record and edit audio, to write for broadcast and to produce and perform short news stories.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 319 Special Topics in Journalism Practice
An upper-level elective that permanent faculty and visiting lecturers will offer to allow students the chance to explore further an element of journalistic practice. This might include new developments in interactive media, trends in print and visual storytelling, or new broadcast technology.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 121 and JRN 199
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 320 Innovation Workshop
In this course, students will systematically explore and practise new and experimental approaches to journalism. New approaches to the business of journalism (such as web-based startups or new revenue models for established organizations) will also be studied. The goal is to prepare students to thrive in the rapidly changing journalistic environment they will enter after graduation.
Lect: 1 hr./Lab: 2 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 112
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 400 Critical Issues in Journalism
This course takes a close look at some of the larger issues that journalists face in their day-to-day work. The list of issues includes, but is not limited to: diversity of race, gender, sexuality and religion in newsroom makeup and story coverage; the changing landscape of news media in the digital age and the revolving notion of who is a journalist in the world of bloggers and citizen journalists; the relationship between journalism and public relations; and the role of news media as a watchdog of democracy. (Replaces JRN 301.)
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 401 History of Journalism
This course studies the evolution of journalism from 1600 to the present. It examines the various forms that news took at different periods and in different places; how news influenced culture and was influenced by it, as well as by changing technology, business organization, and markets; how different audiences used and responded to news; and how the producers of news understood their work in relation to their society, their audiences, their employers and their peers.
Lect: 1 hr./Lab: 2 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 402 Theory in Journalism and Mass Communications
This survey course introduces students to theoretical perspectives in mass communications and journalism, and enables students to situate their work as journalists within a broader perspective of research and theory. Through readings, lectures and discussion, students are introduced to the works of communications theorists with special consideration of the application of their ideas to the purpose, impact and challenges of Canadian journalism.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 403 Journalism and Ideas
Journalism is not exclusively about news, sources, interviewing, researching and fact checking; it also explodes new ideas into the world. This course examines how journalists and media have packaged new concepts for wide audience dissemination. Using examples, students investigate the possibility that journalism itself is a strikingly efficient cultural tool that spreads ideas quickly - ideas that often mutate as they are being mediated.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 404 Journalism's Best
Students examine the work of outstanding journalists in broadcast, newspapers, magazines and online through readings, lectures, videos, tapes and discussions. Students examine why certain pieces stand out in the context of their time and place.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: ENG 700
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 405 Special Topics in Journalism Theory
An upper-level, 'timely' elective that permanent faculty and visiting lecturers will develop and offer in response to media issues arising from year to year. Details of current offerings are available from the School of Journalism.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 412 Documentary Survey
Students screen a number of long-form documentaries ranging from classics from the last fifty years to contemporary productions. Students come to understand how the conventions of documentary storytelling have changed over the decades. They explore issues of "voice", stylistic and narrative conventions, shooting and editing styles, and other aspects of documentary.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 120 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 500 Journalism and the Arts
An opportunity for students to explore reporting on culture of all kinds, including policies, personalities and performances, and to gain insight into the relationship between journalism and cultural production. Students will be enrolled in sections with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring to the course, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 501 Sampling the Beats
Students will explore beat reporting at an intermediate level. The list of beats to be examined may include, but is not limited to, courts, business, politics, sports, education, health/science and the arts. Some opinion writing will be included in this course. Students who don't know what type of news they will cover in the future will benefit from this beat experience and exposure to different specialties.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 502 Journalism and the World of Business
Students learn how businesses behave and how journalists assess their performance, through investigative reporting, interpreting key financial documents, probing a business's performance, practices and challenges, and narrating a company's fundamental drama. The role of the business reporter and his or her relationship with sources will be analyzed.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314, Antirequisite: NNS 502
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 503 Critical and Opinion Writing
For students who aspire to write opinion pieces, this course will offer instruction in a variety of forms and types of critical journalism, including arts reviewing and column writing, drawing on examples across forms of media. As in all 'beat' or specialty courses, classes may include readings, guest speakers and field practice with the potential for cross-media assignments.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 504 Fashion Journalism
Students learn how journalists cover the world of fashion - a creative and provocative specialty which combines aspects of business and cultural reporting. The course covers both understanding how these journalists do their work and analyzing the relationship between the fashion business and the practice of journalism. Students will be enrolled in sections with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring to the course, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 505 Health and Science Journalism
Using current debates in the health and science fields, students learn how to bridge the gap between scientific jargon and readers or audiences. They address the importance of evaluating claims and explore techniques for communicating complex ideas. Students will be enrolled in sections with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring to the course, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 506 International Journalism
This course examines the history and practice of the journalism of global affairs. Topics covered include foreign and war correspondence; reporting on international organizations, development issues and natural disasters; and techniques for reporting in remote or unfamiliar surroundings. The practice of journalism is situated in the context of broader international political, economic and military trends. Students examine the challenges faced by journalists who report on global events, including attempts to control the flow of information and the rapid evolution of newsgathering technology.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 507 Justice and the Courts
This course covers the context, professional values and disciplines of court and legal reporting at all levels. Classes may include readings, guest speakers and field practice with the potential for cross-media assignments.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314, Antirequisite: NNS 507
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 508 Literary Journalism
For the purpose of this course, literary journalism will be defined in the following way: journalism as literature, not journalism about literature. By this we mean the liberal application of the techniques of fiction to deeply reported journalistic stories. Emphasis will be placed on concepts such as scenes, reconstructions, details, point of view, dialogue, immersion reporting, voice, structure and the ethical stance of the literary journalist.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: ENG 530
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 509 Journalism and the Political Arena
How governments work at the local, provincial and national levels, and how journalists can cover them effectively. The watchdog role of the media, the mechanics of government and the relationship between journalists and politicians are explored. While sharing a common lecture, students will be enrolled in labs with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 510 Reporting Religion
This course will introduce students to the practical and social aspects of religious representation. Among the practical topics to be discussed: how to spot a religion story, how to cover familiar and new religions, dealing with the 'hot button' issues and how to find religious experts. Issues to be explored include media use by religious groups, the role of the media in globalized religion and the importance of representation to the negotiation of religious and civil spheres. Assignments include reporting projects, which may be submitted in a variety of media.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314, Antirequisite: NNS 510
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 511 News They Can Use
This course will provide instruction and experience in journalism that is directed to helping people meet practical needs. Recognizing that today's media exhibit an ever-growing focus on and demand for service journalism, instruction and assignments will cover the specific techniques of detailed reporting and crisp, clear explanatory writing. Subject matter may range from dog-training to decorating, from beauty tips to ballroom dancing, from health hazards to hardware how-to.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 512 Reporting Sports
An introduction to working the beat in sports journalism, including developing sources and story ideas and maintaining a reporter's independence from the pressures of commercial sport and home-team cheerleading. The impact of deadlines on sports journalism and sports writing, and an examination of what constitutes excellence in sports reporting will be discussed. Students will be enrolled in sections with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring to the course, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or NNS 101
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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JRN 800 TV Documentary
This is a laboratory course in documentary production. The emphasis is on effective storytelling through the medium of the television documentary. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the audiovisual and written elements of a documentary. Students will form production teams that will plan, write, shoot, and edit documentaries. A significant amount of work will be done outside of class time.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 310 and JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 801 Radio Documentary
This is an advanced laboratory course in the craft of planning and preparing radio documentaries. Attention is given in the classroom to the technical, editorial, ethical, and artistic issues that are involved in documentary production. Students then go into the field and assemble a variety of radio documentaries that will vary in length, form and technique.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 306 or [JRN 318 and (JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 314)]
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 805 Senior Reporting
Building on the skills and techniques acquired in earlier reporting courses, students will explore the challenges of beat reporting in a competitive environment, producing breaking news, features and special investigations to be published in the School of Journalism's newspaper, the Ryersonian, and elsewhere.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 806 Advanced Feature Writing
Students come to grips with the nonfiction writer's craft at a professional level, including in-depth investigation of an original subject, and conceiving, reporting and writing at least the first draft of a feature story for the Ryerson Review of Journalism or another publication. To merit publication in the Review, students are expected to continue reporting and rewriting during the following term in collaboration with editors and a fact-checker. (Replaces JRN 54A/B.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 303
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 807 Advanced Photojournalism
Students hone skills learned in the Intro to Photojournalism course, with the option to contribute to the school's print, magazine and online mastheads. The opportunity to explore photo essays as well as spot and feature news photography may be available. Students are expected to provide their own camera. Check with the school for specifications.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 201
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 808 Magazine Production
Having planned and assigned the next issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, the Magazine Masthead team now moves on to produce it. In addition to completing their Masthead responsibilities, all students perform fact-checking, display-copywriting and copy-editing tasks, in addition to collaborating with contract designers. Students also plan for the magazine's public launch, which heralds the appearance of the Review on newsstands and in newsrooms across Canada.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 950
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 850 Internship
For six weeks students become part of a working newsroom at a newspaper, magazine, broadcast or online organization, where they will research, report and write for publication or broadcast. This experiential learning opportunity is strongly recommended for students pursuing careers in the industry. (Replaces JRN 410 or JRN 413 or JRN 414.)
Lab: 12 hrs.
Departmental consent required
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2.5
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JRN 910 Integrated Masthead
Final-year students work on the School of Journalism's editorial products. Students are responsible for all aspects of editorial operation, including story assignment, reporting of stories, editing and production. Students will be expected to serve in one or more editorial positions, contributing a variety of items for print, online, audio, video and/or TV productions. Enrolment in this course may require an interview.
Lab: 12 hrs.
Prerequisites: JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 2
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JRN 950 Magazine Masthead
Senior students learn how consumer magazines work by producing one, taking on both editorial and business staff roles at the Ryerson Review of Journalism. They lay the groundwork for the next edition of this internationally respected publication, which takes a critical look at the practice of journalism in Canada. The features published in the Review are assigned to students in the Advanced Feature Writing course; in addition, staff plans the visual look of the magazine, assigns photography and illustration, and contributes features to the magazine's web version, www.rrj.ca, as well as shorter pieces to the magazine itself. Enrolment in this course may require an interview. (Replaces JRN 90A/B.)
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 302 or JRN 303
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 2
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NNS 101 Introduction to News Studies
Students are introduced to core values of journalism, the community of practice in which journalists operate, the essence of a basic news story, and the fundamental tools that reporters, editors and producers use. The course also examines the context of journalism practice: the role of journalism in society, changing technologies that affect journalism and changing public perceptions of the news media. In addition to learning about these things in theory, students will complete a small number of basic news writing assignments.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Antirequisite: JRN 120
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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NNS 102 Understanding Multimedia Journalism
Students receive an elementary grounding in basic disciplines involved in using sound and pictures to tell nonfiction stories. Trends in modern multimedia journalism will be described, including the use of various digital platforms and social media. Students will emerge with a theoretical understanding of the interplay of various media in the news business today, and each student will also complete at least one basic reporting assignment using audio, video, and/or still photography, as well as text.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisites: JRN 112, JRN 125
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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NNS 103 Basics of Photojournalism
This course teaches core ideas for understanding the gathering and dissemination of information through photography. Special attention will be given to increasing students' visual literacy. In addition to developing a nuanced understanding of the purpose, values, ethics and context of photojournalism, students will learn basic technical skills of composition and editing. Students taking this course must provide their own digital camera.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Anitrequisites: JRN 100, JRN 201
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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NNS 502 Journalism and the World of Business
Students learn how businesses behave and how journalists assess their performance, through investigative reporting, interpreting key financial documents, probing a business's performance, practices and challenges, and narrating a company's fundamental drama. The role of the business reporter and his or her relationship with sources will be analyzed.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: JRN 502
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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NNS 507 Justice and the Courts
This course covers the context, professional values and basic disciplines of court and legal reporting at all levels. Assignments may include assessment of works in this field of journalism and their context.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: JRN 507
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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NNS 510 Reporting Religion
This course will introduce students to the context, professional values and basic disciplines of religious representation by news media. Among the practical topics to be discussed: how to spot a religion story, how to cover familiar and new religions, dealing with the 'hot button' issues and how reporters find religious experts. Issues to be explored include media use by religious groups, the role of the media in globalized religion and the importance of representation to the negotiation of religious and civil spheres. Assignments may include assessment of works in this field of journalism and their context.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: JRN 120 or NNS 101, Antirequisite: JRN 510
Course Weight: 1.00
Billing Units: 1
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