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  • JRN 103 - Introduction to Journalism
    Students are introduced to foundational journalism knowledge, issues and skills. Lecture topics include news judgement, professional identity, interviewing and research techniques, sourcing and story composition. Labs focus on the core skills of text-based reporting, including: lead writing; providing verified and relevant information; integrating quotes and adhering to the Canadian Press Style Guide. Students identify, describe, distinguish and critique examples of journalism on various platforms.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 4 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: JRN 104
  • JRN 104 - News Reporting Techniques
    Taught concurrently with Introduction to Journalism, this is an introduction to the elements that complement and sometimes lead textual news. Lectures emphasize why and how photos, audio and video work together. Tutorials introduce photojournalism composition, current social media practice for journalists and basic technique for recording audio leading to the assembly of multimedia journalism portfolios.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 1 hr. Tutorial: 2 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: JRN 103
  • JRN 105 - Multimedia News Reporting
    This reporting- and writing-intensive course, taught in tandem with Visualizing Facts, builds on reporting and writing skills developed in JRN 103. Students will prepare news stories for digital platforms, augmenting their written work with multimedia elements. Lectures emphasize the journalist's critical role in holding power to account in a democracy. Students will learn the fundamentals of media law and ethics.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 4 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 103
  • JRN 106 - Visualizing Facts
    Offered concurrently with Multimedia News Reporting, students will receive instruction and hands-on practice with basic numeracy and visual journalism tools for enhanced reporting and storytelling. Assignments in tutorials include analyzing and visualizing public data, basic video recording and editing techniques. Students will continue to receive guidance and feedback on their reporting portfolios.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 1 hr. Tutorial: 2 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 104
  • 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 121 and JRN 199 and JRN 124) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • 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 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 202
  • JRN 204 - Data Journalism
    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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 100 and JRN 120 and JRN 112) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
    Antirequisites: FCD 204
  • JRN 215 - 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 100 and JRN 121 and JRN 125) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
    Antirequisites: JRN 201
  • JRN 270 - Producing the News
    In this fast-paced course, students continue to build on essential journalism skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the modern multi-platform newsroom. From writing breaking news stories for the web, to creating higher-level infographics, to producing videos optimized for social media, students will be introduced to the latest digital tools while sharpening their news instincts and editorial judgement.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 4 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 105
    Co-Requisites: JRN 271
  • JRN 271 - Designing Journalism
    Taught concurrently with JRN 270: Producing the News, this course focuses on the technical delivery of many different multimedia treatments and presentation forms. Students will begin to create engaging user experiences for their audiences. Assignments include an exploration of HTML and website production, plus the journalistic use of interactive tools such as timelines maps and audio and video reports.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 1 hr. Tutorial: 2 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 106 and JRN 105
    Co-Requisites: JRN 270
  • JRN 272 - Feature Writing and Current Affairs
    In this course, students will use a variety of digital tools and multimedia storytelling techniques to create more in-depth, narrative-driven works of longform reporting. From shooting 360-degree panoramas to applying creative documentary-style approaches to video and audio, students can produce an immersive story experience that offers unique perspectives and innovative engagement to audiences.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 4 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 271
  • JRN 273 - Boosting Media Techniques
    This course builds upon the essential design, production and technical skills students learn in the first three semesters of the program. Topics include developing HTML customizations and parallax presentation websites, advanced documentary-style video and audio production and creating interactive graphics and data visualizations.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 1 hr. Tutorial: 2 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 271
  • JRN 302 - Magazine Editing Workshop
    Students will be introduced to the theory, context and best practices of print and online magazine editing. They will become adept at developing ideas, assigning and editing articles, shaping editorial mix, working with art directors and building audience. They will learn how and why editorial and business decisions are made. They will work with peers and guest experts to develop a detailed prospectus for a new magazine and associated offshoots (such as websites).
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 124 or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • JRN 304 - News Reporting 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • JRN 305 - Digital Reporting Workshop
    Students will report, edit and produce multimedia content for digital platforms. 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 digital skills using a mix of broadcast, visual, interactive and textual elements. (Replaces JRN 906.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • JRN 306 - Radio and Podcast 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • JRN 310 - Video 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • JRN 314 - Reporting for TV Workshop
    This is a studio course focused on best practices in video and television journalism. After several weeks of introduction to broadcast production, students will report, interview, write copy, and work on a wide range of short and long-form reports, as they line up newscasts that are relevant in the 21st century.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 125 or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • JRN 315 - Investigative Reporting
    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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 1 hr. Lab: 2 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • JRN 318 - Podcasting and Radio Basics
    Students learn the fundamental skills of radio/audio storytelling to produce news, features or podcasts. Students will learn how to record and edit audio, to write for broadcast, to produce factually-based stories and long-form programs.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • JRN 319 - Special Topics in Journalism Practice
    An upper-level elective offered by permanent faculty and visiting lecturers to allow students the chance to explore an element of journalistic practice. This might include new developments in interactive media, trends in print and visual storytelling or new broadcast technology.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 272 and JRN 273)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs. Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 272 and JRN 273) or (JRN 124 and JRN 112 and JRN 125)
  • JRN 344 - Making a Difference: How Journ. Matters
    Core journalistic concepts introduced in Semester 1 are revisited, but at a deeper, more nuanced level; media law and ethics concepts are also expanded on and reinforced. Journalism's obligation to, and role in, representing the diverse society it serves will be explored. Lectures will include guest appearances by leading journalism practitioners and other relevant professionals. Tutorials will focus on case studies and on understanding, describing and critiquing journalism.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or (JRN 120 and JRN 121)
    Antirequisites: JRN123
  • JRN 350 - Reporting on Indigenous Issues
    Journalism has influenced the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian peoples, including the story of colonialism, the residential school system, and reconciliation processes. Students will learn this context as well as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the way in which governments interact. Students will report on Indigenous issues, developing their cross-platform skills as well as networks of knowledge. Key will be the development of relationships with Indigenous communities.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125)
    Antirequisites: JRN 319, JRN 405
  • 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.)
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: NNS 400
  • 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.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: NNS 401
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: NNS 402, RTA 903 (formerly BDC 903)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: ENG 700, NNS 404
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
  • JRN 406 - Age of Spin: Journalism and PR
    This theoretical course will help students gain a better understanding of where public relations came from, how it operates in its modern context, and its effect on what journalists do. Special attention will be paid to the historical development of PR, its theoretical underpinnings, its long and tumultuous relationship with journalism and the future of PR in the age of digital media. It will address the imbalance between PR practitioners who know too much about how journalists work and, for the most part, journalists who are often willfully ignorant about the PR industry despite daily interactions.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 121
  • JRN 412 - Documentary Survey
    Students screen long-form documentaries ranging from classics from the last 50 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: NNS 412
  • 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. The course introduces students to reviewing different works of art. 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 500
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 502
  • 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 editorial 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 504
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 505
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 506
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 507
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: ENG 530, NNS 508
  • JRN 509 - Journalism and the Political Arena

    This course covers 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. Lectures, guest speakers and visits to Queen's Park, city hall and other relevant political institutions give students a close up look at politics in action. Assignments include hands-on reporting on political issues, class presentations and in-class exercises.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 509
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 510
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 112 and JRN 124 and JRN 125) or (JRN 270 and JRN 272)
    Antirequisites: NNS 512, RTA 233
  • JRN 525 - The Business of Journalism
    Students will examine the new forms of journalism that exploit the new technologies, including blogging and citizen journalism, and the strategies being used and developed to monetize them.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (JRN 103 and JRN 105) or JRN 120
    Antirequisites: NNS 525
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 314
  • JRN 801 - Advanced Podcasting and Radio Doc.
    This is an advanced laboratory course in the craft of planning and preparing podcasts and 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 documentary sound features that will vary in length, form, platform and technique.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs. Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
  • JRN 806 - Advanced Feature Writing
    Students target features to the Ryerson Review of Journalism or another Canadian magazine, developing their craft to put themselves in a position to work in the industry. They should already have some acquaintance with feature writing and literary journalism, but these principles will be taken to the next level of sophistication. Topics covered include query letters, source lists, research, interviews, reconstructions, scenes, details, dialogue, point of view, immersion, structure, and polishing. (Replaces JRN 54A/B.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 303
  • JRN 825 - Magazine Masthead I - Rye Review of Jour
    Students are responsible for all aspects of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, a multi?platform editorial brand that includes: an annual print edition; a website (rrj.ca) with podcasts, multimedia features, breaking news and more; plus a growing conference division. Student duties include idea generation, story assignment, reporting, editing, fact-checking but also branding and audience outreach. Students will serve in one or more editorial positions, contributing a variety of news and feature items.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 12 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 3
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 344 and one of (JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315)
    Co-Requisites: JRN 826
  • JRN 826 - Magazine MastheadII- Ryer. Review of Jour

    Students are responsible for all aspects of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, a multi-platform editorial brand that includes: an annual print edition; a website (rrj.ca) with podcasts, multimedia features, breaking news and more; plus a growing conference division. Student duties include idea generation, story assignment, reporting, editing, fact-checking but also branding and audience outreach. Students will serve in one or more editorial positions, contributing a variety of news and feature items.

    Weekly Contact: Lab: 12 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 3
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 344 and one of (JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315)
    Co-Requisites: JRN 825
  • JRN 840 - Journalism Capstone Project
    Integrating skills and concepts acquired earlier in the program, students execute a project that seeks to broaden journalism's scope and deepen understanding of its importance in society. In this self-directed project, students produce a work, in any medium, of journalism and/or critical reflection. Students will meet with one another and their instructor to share progress.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 344 and (JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315)
  • JRN 841 - Advanced Multimedia Journalism
    This advanced class builds on demonstrated reporting and storytelling skills and knowledge, with an emphasis on how news-based stories are conceived of, gathered and delivered in contemporary newsrooms. Research and delivery will rely on multimedia approaches and expertise gained in prior news or 'beat' courses, with an eye to publication in any platform of The Ryersonian. This course aims to sharpen story sense as it builds skills and provides opportunities for students to enhance portfolios. (Replaces JRN 805 and JRN 807.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314
  • JRN 842 - Building the Brand
    In this course, students learn to take control of their careers by creating unique personal brands and developing effective audience-building strategies. Students will apply marketing principles, digital content-building techniques and social media analytics towards the process of conceiving a personal brand. The coursework drives toward the launch of a professional-level, personally branded website that includes custom design features and specialized content for a target audience. (Replaces JRN 803 and JRN 316.)
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 344 and (JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315)
    Antirequisites: FCD 842
  • JRN 843 - Journalism Laboratory
    Journalism students will team up with upper-year students from computer-science and a range of other disciplines to solve complex problems presented by news industry companies and professionals, typically involving the integration of technology with an advanced understanding of journalistic practice. New approaches to media technology and disruptive business models will be studied and adapted in teams' work. The goal is to prepare students to play leadership roles in a rapidly transforming journalistic and technological environment.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs. Tutorial: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315
  • JRN 850 - Internship
    Internships in journalism and related industries take many forms and occur in many environments. Internships are available in newsrooms such as the CBC, CTV, and The Globe and Mail, as well as in organizations including The Huffington Post, Today's Parent, Opera Canada, TSN, and others, both in Canada and abroad. We also support students wishing to intern in digital marketing, content creation, publishing, and other industries that draw on the skills and knowledge gained in the program.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 12 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 2.5
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
  • JRN 851 - Newsroom masthead - The Ryersonian
    Students are responsible for all aspects of editorial operation in a daily newsroom, The Ryersonian, including story assignment, reporting, editing, production and distribution of stories. Students will be expected to serve in one or more editorial positions, contributing a variety of news and feature items for print, online, audio, video and/or TV productions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 12 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 3
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: JRN 344 and one of (JRN 302 or JRN 303 or JRN 304 or JRN 305 or JRN 306 or JRN 314 or JRN 315)
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Antirequisites: JRN 103, JRN 105
  • NNS 102 - Understanding Multimedia Journalism
    Students receive 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 103, JRN 105, JRN 120
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 215
  • NNS 344 - Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters
    This online course will explore vital and nuanced journalistic concepts, expanding understanding of journalism's ethical purposes and key issues in media law. The course will give special attention to journalism's role in representing and informing diverse Canadian communities. Readings, guest appearances, case studies and video clips will help students engage with varying insights and debates among journalism's practitioners, critics and advocates.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 123, NNS 123, JRN 344
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 400
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (NNS 101 or JRN 103) and JRN 104
    Antirequisites: JRN 401
  • NNS 402 - Theory in Journalism and Mass Communication
    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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 402
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 404
  • NNS 406 - Age of Spin: Journalism and PR
    This theoretical course will help students gain a better understanding of where public relations came from, how it operates in its modern context, and its effect on what journalists do. Special attention will be paid to the historical development of PR, its theoretical underpinnings, its long and tumultuous relationship with journalism and the future of PR in the age of digital media.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 406
  • NNS 410 - Queer Media
    This course will explore how sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity have been portrayed in the media, news and entertainment, both historically as well as in contemporary culture. The reasons and the implications for changes in the depiction of the LGBT community will also be explored. Do the media have the power to change public perception or are the changes in news coverage and the entertainment fields merely a reflection of changing cultural and public attitudes? Do these ever conflict, and if so, why?
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101 or (JRN 103 and JRN 105)
  • NNS 412 - Documentary Survey
    Students screen long-form documentaries ranging from classics from the last 50 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 412
  • NNS 419 - Journalism in Comedy
    Students will examine the role of satire in stimulating discussion of current events. From the 18th century writings of Jonathan Swift, to Charlie Hebdo cartoons and provocative TV monologues, satire has performed a similar function to journalism by holding institutions and powerful people to account. But the lines between satirical commentary and responsible reporting can be blurred. This course will explore what happens when comedy becomes a source of news and information.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101 or JRN 103
  • NNS 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. The course introduces students to reviewing different works of art. 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 500
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 502
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 504
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 505
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 506
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 507
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 508
  • NNS 509 - Journalism and the Political Arena
    This course covers 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 509
  • 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 510
  • NNS 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.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 512, RTA 233
  • NNS 525 - The Business of Journalism
    The traditional business models examined in NNS 101 are threatened by technological and demographic changes that are forcing a transformation of journalistic practice. Students will examine the new forms of journalism that exploit the new technologies, including blogging and citizen journalism, and the strategies being used and developed to monetize them.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: NNS 101
    Antirequisites: JRN 525