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This course will promote the idea of news literacy by exposing students to a wide variety of news sources across the media. Students will learn to make critical evaluations of news sources for accuracy and bias. The development of a reliable personal information system for gathering information and examining diverse points of view will be stressed.
Focus is on understanding and constructively dealing with conflict as it manifests itself in various settings. Students examine their own attitudes and values regarding conflict. Through experiential learning, including structured activities such as record-keeping, role play, and processing, students examine the rationale for conflict resolution and learn a variety of approaches and skills for dealing with those conflicts. Emphasis is placed on effective communication. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course combines theory and hands-on experience to teach the fundamentals of video production from conception to finished product. In addition to learning how to plan and script a variety of show formats, students will be introduced to and work with production equipment and techniques, producing individual and group exercises. Skill areas will include scripting, storyboarding, camera operation, floor direction, video switching, audio, and set design. Prerequisite: COM 124 or by advisement. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
Students will explore and gain experience preparing a variety of scripts for the electronic media, including commercials, promotions, public service announcements, examples of broadcast journalism, radio plays, and teleplays. In addition to formats, students will learn the elements of technical production needed to produce a viable media product as well as perform or produce their scripts in the appropriate medium. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course will offer honor students the opportunity to develop and hone their public speaking skills through research, analytical, critical, and practical exercises designed to explore the elements, the structure and the rhetoric of public speaking. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 171.
This is a performance course stressing basic techniques of reading aloud; the relationship of appreciation to interpretation; and the evaluation and analysis of selections from prose, poetry, and drama. A major emphasis of the course is on classroom performance and participation in a Readers Theater production. Prerequisite: COM 103 or COM 105 or by advisement.
The esthetics of the film is presented in this course. In order to provide students with an enriched experience in film watching, emphasis is on techniques used by a director. Students view and discuss selected films. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course introduces students to the process and techniques of journalism with a hands-on approach that will focus on the writing and editing of a variety of news stories and short features. While the emphasis will be an application to print media, photojournalism as well as internet and broadcast journalism will be explored. Members of the class act as the staff of the campus online newspaper and are expected to contribute articles to it as part of their course requirements. NOTE: An average of an additional 30 hours outside of class time is required to cover events, conduct interviews and get source material for stories. Prerequisites: COM 111 and ENG 102.
Students will explore the applications available for content and connection on the internet. Journalism skills and writing for online media are emphasized, along with design for digital media. Other topics covered include legal and ethical problems emerging in online media and media convergence. Prerequisites: COM 111 or student fulfilling requirements for the third semester of COM film track sequence.
In this course single camera digital videography and non-linear editing will be taught through a series of exercises resulting in a series of short films exploring both documentary and fiction genres. Prerequisite: COM 127 or permission of instructor; COM 131 recommended.