The Journalism Program at NCC

If you’re considering a career in journalism or professional writing, NCC offers a spectrum of courses to launch you on the path to a job in communication. Below is the lineup of courses for fall along with a brief description of each.

For information, contact Rob Hays, program coordinator for Journalism, Media & Professional Writing, at rhays@nullnorthampton.edu.

JOUR 101 – Journalism and Society (3 credits)

History and current climate of journalism in America; ethical problems in the practice of journalism using a case study approach; principal public criticism of news media, roles and functions of journalism in a multicultural society. Also available through Online Learning. Core: AH.

JOUR101-01 Journalism and Society Kindel, Sharen;  MWF 10:00-10:50AM; MAIN Campus, College Center, Room 169

JOUR101-02 Journalism and Society Hays, Robert;  TR 09:30-10:45AM; MAIN Campus, College Center, Room 160

JOUR101-WA Journalism and Society Chiles, Eric;  DIST Campus, Web-based/Internet

JOUR101-VA (LATE START) Journalism and Society Kindel, Sharen; DIST Campus, Web-based/Internet

JOUR 102 – News Editing (3 credits)

In this course, students will edit copy, write headlines and caption photos. They will become familiar with news values, libel law and ethical problems in the management of news. Also available through Online Learning.

JOUR102-01 News Editing Hays, Robert;  MWF 01:00-01:50PM; MAIN Campus, College Center, Room 135

JOUR 104 – Media Publication (4 credits)

This course will introduce students to visual communication through web and digital publishing, including the use of a website content management system, desktop publishing software application, and image-editing software.

JOUR104-01 Media Publication Hendricks, Gayle;  TR 02:30-05:20PM; MAIN Campus, Communications Hall, Room 108

JOUR 201G – Feature Writing (3 credits)

This course covers the fundamentals of feature writing, including finding story ideas, conducting research and interviews, and developing strong storytelling skills using an array of strategies, techniques and tools to engage an audience. Formerly ENGL105. Prereq. – ENGL101. Also available through Online Learning.

Prerequisite: ENGL101.

JOUR201G-WA Feature Writing

Hays, Robert; DIST Campus, Web-based/Internet

JOUR 204 – Newswriting (3 credits)

Fundamentals of newswriting and news gathering; finding stories, covering community events, interviews and beat reporting; news values, legal and ethical issues. Formerly ENGL103. Pre- or coreq. – ENGL101. Also available through Online Learning.

Corequisite: ENGL101.

JOUR204-01 Newswriting Hays, Robert; TR 12:30-01:45PM; MAIN Campus, College Center, Room 135

JOUR 210 – Journalism Practicum (1 credit)

Students in this course will work on the print and web versions of the student newspaper, acting in various capacities that may include reporting, editing, blogging, designing layouts, and supervising staff. This course may be taken three times for credit. Prereq. – JOUR102.

Prerequisite: JOUR102.

JOUR210-01 Journalism Practicum Chiles, Eric; R 03:30-04:20PM; MAIN Campus, Penn Hall, Room 106

JOUR 203G – Writing for Public Relations (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the principles of public relations and marketing communications, applying journalistic style to the preparation of position papers, backgrounders, fact sheets, biographical sketches and news releases. Prereq.- JOUR101, JOUR103 (for Journalism majors) or ENGL101 (for other majors). Also available through Online Learning. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: JOUR101 and JOUR103 for Journalism majors or ENGL101 for other majors.