Summer ’16 Course Options

Registration for summer ’16 is currently ongoing and I wanted to remind you that we are offering a good mix of distance learning and on-campus course options. I encourage you to check out the course descriptions below and to consult with your academic advisor should you have any questions regarding which course(s) are most appropriate for you to pursue.


Summer Session I: May 18-June 22

JRNL 011 – News Writing and Reporting (CRN 60187)
Distance Learning – Professor Carol Fletcher

Defining news and its importance in a democratic society; structure of news-gathering process; the elements of news; introduction to basic news reporting and writing for the Web, print and broadcast; use of the Internet as a reporting and research tool; accuracy and fairness as journalistic imperatives. Outside community research and reporting time is required. Prerequisite: A passing grade on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam

JRNL 059 – Information Design (CRN 60189)
Distance Learning – Professor Russell Chun

Understanding effective information design and acquiring graphical literacy are essential for successful communication, whether for the news, education, or advocacy. This course examines the burgeoning use of data visualizations, infographics, and innovative visual explanations in modern communication. Students will gain an understanding of the conceptual framework and the practical skills to research and create compelling explanatory charts, diagrams, maps, and other displays of information. Prerequisite: JRNL 011 or PR 100

JRNL 115 – Advanced Social Media (CRN 60308)
Distance Learning – Professor Kelly Fincham

This course will explore advanced theories and concepts in social media and apply these to journalism practice. Social media has significantly altered the process and practice of journalism in the Web 2.0 world. Information is now available to everyone, everywhere, all the time, and this has transformed news gathering and reporting. Journalism itself has moved from a one-to-many model to a many-to-many model, which means many more people are involved in the production of news. Ethics, accuracy, sourcing and verification are important issues in social media and this course will explore these topics in depth during the semester. Prerequisites: JRNL 010 and JRNL 011

JRNL 180X – Great American Journalists (CRN 60299)
MTW 11:15-2:25pm – Professor Carol Fletcher

This special topics course will lead students to a deeper appreciation of the journalistic legacy in which today’s reporters operate. Through film, readings and photography, students will learn about the lives of influential and controversial journalists from Ida Wells and Edward R Morrow to Hunter Thompson and John Stewart, sample their work and explore how it intersected with contemporary social and political issues. The course will look at such diverse figures as W.E.B. Dubois, Ernie Pyle, H.L. Mencken, Margaret Bourke-White, John Hersey, Rachel Carson, Gloria Steinham, Truman Capote, Jacob Riis, Woodward and Bernstein, and Seymour Hersh. Students will do archival research through the Newseum’s online resources. Prerequisite: None

MASS 001 – Mass Media: History and Development (CRN 60191)
Distance Learning – Professor Mary Ann Allison

A survey course, from colonial times to the present, emphasizes the social and political roles of the media–against a historical background and against evolving changes in society. An international and cross-cultural approach is used to examine the contributions made by media pioneers in different parts of the world. Prerequisite: None

RTVF 001 – Foundations of Radio, Television, Film & New Media (CRN 60192)
TU/W/TH 1:00-3:40pm – Professor Mario Murillo

This interdisciplinary course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of how radio, television, film, and new media communicate ideas. Through a study of perceptual principles, graphic design, photography, radio and sound, film, television, and the Web, students explore the underlying forms and processes of media. The development of a critical vocabulary and an analytical perspective, and the opportunity to create various media projects provide students with the background to pursue further studies in mediated communication. Prerequisite: None

RTVF 107 – Cinematography and Lighting for Film
TU/W/TH 12:00-3:00pm – Professor George Nicholas

This course combines the theoretical and practical elements of cinematography and lighting. While learning the techniques of studio and location lighting, students also study historical and contemporary trends and styles. Students learn how to visualize the script and light for the actors. Film emulsions, exposure, filters, camera placement, composition, movement, and continuity will be covered. Emphasis is placed on the importance of light to telling a story. Practical tests and scenes are shot on 16mm film stocks. Prerequisite: RTVF 027

RTVF 110 – Introduction to Screenwriting (CRN 60194)
Distance Learning – Professor William Jennings

This course introduces students to the basic principles of telling stories for the screen with an emphasis on concept development and the crafting of original ideas, as well as the structural foundations of premise, character and plot. Students will learn formatting, treatment writing, and become familiar with industry-standard scriptwriting programs. The course will culminate in the completion of a polished short screenplay. Prerequisite: RTVF 010

RTVF 180C – Breaking Down Breaking Bad (CRN 60331)
TU/W 10:00-1:10pm – Professor Carlo Gennarelli

Through screenings, lectures, and readings students will critically analyze the complex narrative and innovative production of this acclaimed and influential television series. Prerequisite: None


Summer Session II: June 27-August 1

JRNL 050 – Feature and Magazine Writing (CRN 70247)
Distance Learning – Professor Carol Fletcher

Writing and reporting of feature news stories for print and the Web with special emphasis on stories intended for magazine publication. Prerequisite: JRNL 013 or permission of instructor

MASS 001 – Mass Media: History and Development (CRN 70127)
M/TU/W/TH 10:45-1:10pm – Professor Richard Bambrick

A survey course, from colonial times to the present, emphasizes the social and political roles of the media–against a historical background and against evolving changes in society. An international and cross-cultural approach is used to examine the contributions made by media pioneers in different parts of the world. Prerequisite: None

RTVF 148 – Producing the Motion Picture (CRN 70129)
Distance Learning – Professor William Jennings

This course is an examination of the methods and procedures for producing a professional motion picture. It focuses on all phases of the process, including financing, development, pre-production, production, post production, distribution and marketing. Students learn the principles and methods involved in screenplay evaluation, budgeting, creation of standard deal memos, negotiating union and non-union contracts, producing standard industry paperwork and accounting procedures. Students also explore strategies and parameters for negotiating foreign and domestic theatrical distribution, cable, Internet, music, DVD and auxiliary rights. Not for liberal arts credit. Prerequisite: RTVF 010


Summer Session III: August 3-23

JRNL 001 – Media Ethics (CRN 80041)
M/TU/W/TH 10:10-1:10pm – Professor Richard Bambrick

This course offers an examination of the fundamental ethical principles of media essential to democratic self-government. As media become ever more central to civil society and community, the ways in which messages frame issues are more directly related to individual values, beliefs and world views. Students need not arrive at the same set of moral principles, but they are encouraged to develop the moral reasoning and acuity necessary to arrive at a coherent and consistent moral framework. The course involves extensive use of case studies in addition to primary and secondary readings in the history, principles and practices of media as seen through journalism, public relations and general media. Prerequisite: None

PR 102 – Public Relations Research Methods and Assessment (CRN 80042)
Distance Learning – Professor Kara Alaimo

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the importance of research in developing public relations strategies. Students gain an understanding of probability sampling, research methodologies, data gathering and report writing. Assessment of tools and responses, communicating findings and applying results is stressed. Prerequisite: PR 100

PR 112 – Theories of Global PR and the International Media (CRN 80074)
Distance Learning – Professor Kara Alaimo

This course focuses on theories of global public relations.  Students examine global theories of the role of public relations in society, including the European theory of reflective public relations, Latin American theories of social responsibility, and African communitarian theories.  They will critically evaluate how the media operates and differs in regions and countries around the world. Prerequisite: PR 100