J 321F Reporting on City and County Government
You'll learn and apply basic beat reporting skills as you navigate city and county governments and report, research and write on issues and people at the local level.
J 322F Navigating State Government
Training and instruction in specialized reporting, research and writing skills as applicable to covering the state governments, especially the Texas Legislature (spring semester, odd-ending years).
J 322J Reporting Social Justice
Explore how to cover social justice issues such as poverty, inequality and disenfranchisement and the skills needed to research, report and write on people in underrepresented communities.
J 322P Reporting Public Issues
This skills class focuses on a wide range of topics important to communities, including food safety, the environment, health care, and parks and sports facilities. Learn how to cover a beat and produce such content as newsletters, deadline stories and in-depth features.
J 323F Education Reporting
You will learn how to cover school districts and higher education and produce stories that humanize the bureaucracy of public education and compellingly depict issues, structures and policies.
J 324F Business and Financial Reporting
You will learn how to conceptualize, source and prepare news reports on global financial markets, commercial transactions and company performance. The course is global; the U.S. is a subset of material covered. This is a hands-on course during which you produce multiple news packages for publication.
J 325F Covering Politics
This course emphasizes specialized research, reporting and writing skills to cover issues, candidates and campaigns. It also explores the profound impact that the digital revolution and social media are having on election campaign coverage.
J 326C Introduction to Coding for Journalists
Learn the tools and best practices of coding for digital newsrooms, creating online story forms and interactive news graphics.
J 326F Reporting Sports
Sports media have a major impact on our culture, economy, schools, health and aspirations. You will learn how to apply the basic skills and sensibility of journalism to the world of sports.
J 327D Reporting with Data
An investigation of the basics of computer-assisted reporting. Subjects include finding compelling data sets, cleaning and analyzing the contents and presenting the results online through stories, charts and maps.
J 328S Reporting en Español
Produce multimedia news stories in Spanish for a local audience.
J 330C Television Reporting
Basic television news gathering skills, including shooting and editing videotape, planning and executing visual storytelling, and writing and producing news packages. Students assist in the production of a television news program.
J 330J Advanced Photo Editing & Design (Maymester taught in Prague, Czech Republic)
Explores intensive photographic reportage and documentation using the camera as a tool of investigation and interaction. Emphasis on creation of photo stories, photo essays, and feature stories, with editing and page layout.
J 330L Community Life: Documented (Maymester taught in London)
This class offers an opportunity to advanced, intermediate and beginning students of videography to apprentice with an experienced documentary filmmaker. You will learn the steps essential to produce a high-quality, short documentary: identifying a subject, organizing the production, executing the scenes, writing the film and editing the final product.
J 331 Web Publishing
Advanced skills in web design and in publishing multimedia content. Emphasis on collaborative work in creating an ongoing web information product.
J 331D Intermediate Photo Communication
Learn intermediate-level photograph skills and techniques. Evaluate recent trends, visual design, and use of images in the media.
J 331G Audio Storytelling
Examination and practice of writing news for radio packages and podcast.
J 331M Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Learn how the digital revolution has disrupted the media industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurial, innovative initiatives. Study cases of successful media startups, and develop a startup project, using digital technologies and human-centered design. (Formerly J331F Entrepreneurial Journalism)
J 331N Digital Production/Analytics
Examine the digital publishing process, including planning, production, tracking, and marketing.
J 332D Web Production / Editing
Advanced multimedia editing and production techniques. Emphasis on news judgment, language use, editing of textual elements, and use of digital software for print and web publication.
J 332G Explanatory Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age
Examination of long-form journalism, from print to new forms of digital storytelling.
J 334G Advanced Visual Journalism: Video
Explores intensive video reportage and documentation using the camera as a tool of investigation and interaction. Emphasis on creation of video news and feature stories.
J 334N Oral History in Multimedia Storytelling
Instruction in the use of oral history to generate long-term archival material and short-term multimedia stories. Covers concepts and methods of gathering oral history; centering on U.S. Latinos; and ways to build a multimedia representation of the interview. (formerly J 334F Oral History as Journalism)
J 334S Place/Audio Storytelling
Learning how to find the essence of a specific location and tell its story. Audio recording/editing, infographics, and photographs will be the tools used.
J 335 Narrative Journalism
Students in Narrative Reporting will learn and practice techniques to report non-fiction stories with the tools of fiction, including scene and dialogue. Students will analyze exemplary pieces of narrative, from written form to documentary film, and report and write their own non-fiction narrative.
J 335F Magazine Writing
Learn how to pitch, report and write for magazines.
J 335J Mobile Programming for Journalism
Learn coding and other skills needed to design mobile news apps.
J 336D Graphic Design for Print and Online
Learn design for online and print storytelling. Subjects include design principles, visual perception, typography, manipulation of images and photographs and page design for media platforms.
J 336F Social Media Journalism
The role of journalism in emerging digital social networks, examining current and traditional theories about social media as a form of journalism. Practice in the use live chatting, tagging, geotagging, wikis, Twitter, Flickr and digital avatars as newsgathering techniques.
J 336J Lifestyle Journalism
Learn how to report and write about such subjects as travel, dining and cultural criticism.
J 336M Music Journalism (formerly Music Into Words)
Learn how to report and write about music and the music industry, especially in Austin, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World."
J 337F Long-Form Feature Writing
Advanced instruction in reporting and writing long-form narratives, including lessons in analyzing story-telling tools, strategies and techniques. The course also explores the similarities and differences in narrative strategies and techniques across different media platforms.
J 337J Writing for Online News Audiences
Learn tools and methods to write clean copy on a variety of topics on a short deadline. The course teaches students to take advantage of search engines, social media and story structure to reach digital audiences.
J 338F Advanced Visual Design
Advanced exploration of principles and processes of visual design, including design principles, visual perception, typography, image making, uses of color, printing techniques, and publication design.
J 339F Investigative Reporting
This skills course focuses on determining what an investigative story is, finding those stories and developing strategies and tactics in pursuing them.
J 339M Mobile Media Apps Development
Planning and building a mobile app for various journalism-related topics. (formerly J 339G Mobile News App Design)
J 339T Producing Documentary Sports Journalism (formerly Documentaries for Sports)
Applied skills in teams to produce one original documentary sports story. Emphasis placed on stories that transcend competition and explorelarger social issues, such as race, sex, gender, class, opportunity, community, and identity.
J 339T Photo Storytelling and Social Justice
J 340J Documentary Tradition in Latin America
Contemporary social, professional and intellectual concerns with the practice of journalism. Study of still photographic and video documentary work by Latin Americans about Latin America. Production of photographic essays on Latin American culture.
J 346F Reporting on the Environment
Instruction in and supervised fieldwork in environmental coverage. Issues to be covered include climate change, energy, air and water quality, and sustainability. Course is occasionally offered as a study abroad in Australia.
J 349F Reporting Public Health and Science
Specialty reporting to help news consumers understand complex health and medicine issues.
J 349T Reporting Consumer News
Reporting news from the perspective of American consumers.