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JEM Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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The UTK One Stop Timetable of Classes, published several weeks prior to each semester, is the official notification of courses offered for a specific semester.

JREM 175 Principles & History of Journalism & Media

History of all media and overview of all media platforms. Students are introduced to theories and research in media and society. Students not only learn about the broad scope of journalism and media but will also gain experience with on-campus media.

Undergraduate

JREM 200 Media Writing

Students will learn how to work in a professional media environment. They will learn basic forms of writing for all media. Students will also be introduced to basic grammar, style, structure, media practices and technology. Students are introduced to AP Style for print and broadcast.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 or Public Relations 270.

Satisfies General Education Requirement (WC)

Undergraduate

JREM 230 Media Reporting

The process of covering a variety of news events and stories. Introduces students to general assignment, enterprise, and beat reporting and ethical journalism practices. Includes Internet-based research tools, interviewing, and other news gathering techniques. Students will need to have a laptop, a digital camera and audio and video recording devices. Students will submit stories in all platforms.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 200.

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JREM 250 Visual Communication

Lecture and project course providing students with the principles of visual communication. Students learn about visual elements for print, web, and video. Students are introduced to the technology they will need to become multimedia journalists. Students complete assignments in the Scripps Convergence Lab and other on-campus facilities.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 200.

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JREM 320 Media Promotions

Media promotions techniques and campaigns. Strategies for reaching audiences with media promotions. Students develop promotional messages and campaigns.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 250.

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JREM 333 Print/Web Editing

Methods and practice in judging news, editing copy, writing headlines and designing newspapers and magazines. Emphasis on precise word use and news display.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320

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JREM 336 Video Production

The basics of conceiving, writing, and producing multi-platform video programs. Includes both studio and field production. Introduction to non-linear editing.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 250.

Undergraduate

JREM 360 Electronic Media Performance

Development of vocal, visual and performance skills for announcers, interviewers, newscasters, and reporters.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 250

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JREM 365 Sports Broadcasting

Introduction to the skills needed to perform as a radio or TV sportscaster. Includes voice and diction training, interviewing athletes, radio and TV sports casting, and play-by-play techniques.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 250

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JREM 367 Mass Communication History

Development of the press and the role of mass communication in American history. Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, cable, satellite, and the Internet.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 200

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JREM 375 Sports Writing Across the Media

An introductory course in gathering, writing, and presenting sports news in a variety of formats, including print, photography, radio, television, and the web.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320

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JREM 380 Media Graphics

Principles and practice in the visual aspect of communication. Emphasis on graphic design, typography, illustration and photography, printing and production techniques and publication design.

(RE) Prerequisites: 250

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JREM 390 Photojournalism

Principles and practice of photography as a creative tool of communication. Basic camera technique, digital photography, historical and contemporary photojournalism.

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JREM 400 Mass Communication Law and Ethics

Emphasis on legal issues affecting print and electronic media, including libel, privacy, copyright, free press-fair trial, governmental regulations of advertising, electronic media, and public relations. Also includes ethical standards and practices.

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JREM 410 Media Ethics

(3 Credit Hours) Case studies of ethical issues in print, electronic, and online communication. Definitions of “good” and “ethical” communication –including image acquisition and presentation—in a democratic society. Study of the information/entertainment dilemma while investigating decision-making frameworks and standards for mass communication professionals.

Undergraduate

JREM 411 Electronic News Gathering

 Writing, reporting, shooting, editing, and producing for the electronic news media. Lecture and lab course providing students with experience as reporters/producers for a television and cable news program. Includes an overview of electronic news-gathering equipment, as well as non-linear video editing.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230

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JREM 412 Opinion Writing

Analysis of editorial positions and practices. Writing editorials/columns for newspapers, magazines, corporate publications, and electronic media (radio, television, cable, internet), with emphasis upon study and use of rhetorical devices and logic.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320

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JREM 414 Magazine and Feature Writing

(3 Credit Hours) Techniques of writing features and in-depth articles for mass circulation and specialized magazines or newspapers. Organizing and presenting material with attention to problems in areas such as business, science, agriculture, and the humanities. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320; and 333.

Satisfies General Education Requirement (WC)

Undergraduate

JREM 415 Magazine Industry Workshop (SCOOP)

(3 Credit Hours) Introduction to the magazine industry including management, design, writing, design, writing and editing, and interactivity. Analysis of print and electronic format magazines. Planning new products for the marketplace.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 414

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JREM 420 Media Sales

Problems and practices of newspaper, radio, television, cable, and internet advertising sales. Practical experience in radio and television sales. Use of ratings and new technology in sales presentations.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175

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JREM 422 Web Journalism

(3 Credit Hours) Lecture with project assignments. This course examines the web as a news medium, including current issues, problems and practices of web journalism, blogging, social networking, audience analysis, and web site critiques.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320

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JREM 430 Public Affairs Reporting

Reporting (including database reporting) and writing about courts, government, and public agencies. Event and issue-oriented journalism of politics and public affairs.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 230 or Public Relations 320

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JREM 436 Advanced Video Production

Students conceive and produce video programs using advanced techniques of field acquisition and non-linear editing.

(Re) Prerequisite(s): 336

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JREM 444 Journalism As Literature

Study of writers from the 17th century to the modern era whose works have endured as both journalism and literature. An emerging genre called literary journalism will be examined as a means of cultural reporting with a personal narrative style.

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)

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JREM 446 Advanced Projects in Visual Communication

Students will work individually or in groups on major projects using video, still photography or multimedia.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 436 or 490

Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite with consent of instructor

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JREM 450 Writing for Science and Medicine

(3 Credit Hours) Writing workshop to analyze examples of successful science writing and write series of articles for the general public based on scientific journals, news conference, technical meetings, and interviews.

(Same as Information Sciences 450)

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)

Undergraduate

JREM 451 Environmental Writing

(3 Credit Hours) Writing for news media (including the Internet) on such environmental issues as sprawl, forests, air pollution, energy, and invasive species. Students hear presentations from and interview experts in environmental science and reporting. Exemplary environmental writing is analyzed.

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)

Undergraduate

JREM 456 Science Writing As Literature

(3 Credit Hours) Survey of important writing for the general public across the spectrum of science, engineering, and medicine. Works by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen J. Gould, and Richard Selzer will be analyzed for literary qualities in a quest to understand why some science writing succeeds.

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)

Undergraduate

JREM 460 Electronic News Operations

(3 Credit Hours) Production of news programs for television, cable, and the internet. Advanced course in electronic news gathering, reporting, digital videography, non-linear editing, and producing. Computerized newsroom and studio are utilized.

(RE) Prerequisite(S): 411

Undergraduate

JREM 466 Media, Diversity & Society

This course examines theoretical approaches and practical issues regarding how social groups are represented in the mass media. Industry and alternative media efforts at addressing diversity are also explored.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175 and 200

Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite with consent of instructor.

Undergraduate

JREM 470 Cable, Multichannel, and Interactive Media

(3 Credit Hours) History, structure, and operations of cable television and other multichannel delivery systems (DBS, etc.). Development of digital interactive media as delivery systems (broadband Internet, cellular, WiFi, etc.) and their operations, potential as new media, and impact on media, audiences, and society. Economic, regulatory policy, programming, and management issues arising from the emergence of multiple delivery systems.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175

Undergraduate

JREM 475 Sports Writing

(3 Credit Hours) Writing sports stories, features, and columns. Sports writing is considered from the standpoint of sports reporters, sports information specialists, and others with an interest in writing about sports.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 375

Undergraduate

JREM 480 Broadcast Cable Programming

Programming practices in radio, television, and cable. Nature and types of programs. Radio formats and strategies. Acquiring and scheduling television and cable programs. Use of ratings in program decision-making. Program analysis and criticism.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 175

Undergraduate

JREM 490 Advanced Photojournalism

(3 Credit Hours) Advanced principles and methods of black-and-white photography. Introduction to color photography. News and feature photographs, photo essays.
(Re) Prerequisite(s): 390

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JREM 491 Foreign Study

(1-15 Credit Hours) Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum of 15 hours.
Comment(s): Approval of hours and topics by advisor required.

Undergraduate

JREM 492 Practicum

Part-time work and learning experience at a media-related enterprise (10-20 hours per week). Final written report required.

Grade Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours

Registration Restriction(s): Must be a Journalism and Electronic Media major; minimum student level – junior

Undergraduate

JREM 498 Internship

Full-time (30-40 hours per week) work experience in news, production, or sales and management with non-university professional organization. Educational experience beyond that available at the university. Final term paper.

Credit Restriction: No retroactive credit for previous work experience.

Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – senior.

Undergraduate

JREM 499 Media Business & Future of Journalism

Exposes students to broad media management issues; helps students understand the importance of the business side of journalism in addition to the quality of journalism; helps students understand how to balance those two concerns. Introduces students to issues related to media management relative to jobs and careers in media companies. Provides an overview of the future of journalism and media.

Registration Restriction(s): Journalism and Electronic Media major; minimum student level-senior.

Undergraduate