Online Courses, Summer 2022

Course registration is now open for the first and second Summer 2022 terms.
This course covers the basic principles and practices of contemporary journalism. Students will explore the foundations of journalism, learn key skills involved in reporting and writing, and critically evaluate the role of journalism in democracies. Other topics include the changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of news, journalism ethics, key legal decisions involving the practice of journalism in the U.S. and analyzing and critiquing news content. (Gen. Ed. SB, DU)
 
Instructor: Kelsey Whipple
Introduction to Journalism
Journalism 201
07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022

In this course, students will become more discerning consumers of news. Students will use critical-thinking skills to determine what news sources are reliable in the digital world. Through readings, class discussions, and written assignments, students will deconstruct stories to determine those that are well-sourced and can be considered real news. Students will also discuss concepts such as objectivity, opinion, bias and fairness, and how all contribute to the mix of news reports in today's digital landscape.

Instructor: Steve Fox
News Literacy
Journalism 250
05/19/2022 to 07/01/2022

This course introduces students to the basic requirements of news writing and reporting, including interviewing, covering news events, speeches and press conferences, public records, and more. Students will complete a variety of in-class and outside reporting assignments in a journalistic style.

Prerequisite for matriculated UMass Amherst students: EngWrit 112. If you are not a regular UMass Amherst student and you would like to enroll in Journ 300, please contact the UMass CPE Records & Registration Office (413-545-3653 or regoff@uww.umass.edu) as soon as possible. 

This is a required course to earn the Certificate of Journalism.

Instructor: Maureen Turner
Newswriting and Reporting
Journalism 300
07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022

Basic training in writing editorials, columns and broadcast commentary with an emphasis on political and social policies. How to encourage the persuaded, nudge the neutral and discomfit the opposition. The ability to write quickly will be stressed. Several short (two-page) papers. Prerequisite: Journ 300 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Razvan Sibii
Opinion Writing
Journalism 392S
07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022

This course focuses on ethical journalism — no matter the medium—and its pivotal role in a democratic society. It aims to help those who plan to become journalists make ethical decisions and to help those who are consumers of the news recognize responsible journalism at a time when it is more important than ever to give voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable. Students will develop an ability to understand and evaluate the ethical decisions that journalists make every day and the consequences of those decisions. As journalism's role in society, its values, and its best practices are all undergoing radical transformations, students will become familiar with traditional codes of ethics in areas such as accuracy, fairness, diversity, sources, conflicts of interest and privacy. But the course also will emphasize the need for students to create their own systems of ethics – principles students have thought through and are always ready to apply, explain and defend.

Instructor: Razvan Sibii
Journalism Ethics
Journalism 460
05/19/2022 to 07/01/2022

Online Courses, Fall 2014

201 Introduction to Journalism (Whipple)

07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022
This course covers the basic principles and practices of contemporary journalism. Students will explore the foundations of journalism, learn key skills involved in reporting and writing, and critically evaluate the role of journalism in democracies. Other topics include the changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of news, journalism ethics, key legal decisions involving the practice of journalism in the U.S. and analyzing and critiquing news content. (Gen. Ed. SB, DU)
 

250 News Literacy (Fox)

05/19/2022 to 07/01/2022

In this course, students will become more discerning consumers of news. Students will use critical-thinking skills to determine what news sources are reliable in the digital world. Through readings, class discussions, and written assignments, students will deconstruct stories to determine those that are well-sourced and can be considered real news. Students will also discuss concepts such as objectivity, opinion, bias and fairness, and how all contribute to the mix of news reports in today's digital landscape.


300 Newswriting and Reporting (Turner)

07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022

This course introduces students to the basic requirements of news writing and reporting, including interviewing, covering news events, speeches and press conferences, public records, and more. Students will complete a variety of in-class and outside reporting assignments in a journalistic style.

Prerequisite for matriculated UMass Amherst students: EngWrit 112. If you are not a regular UMass Amherst student and you would like to enroll in Journ 300, please contact the UMass CPE Records & Registration Office (413-545-3653 or regoff@uww.umass.edu) as soon as possible. 

This is a required course to earn the Certificate of Journalism.


392S Opinion Writing (Sibii)

07/11/2022 to 08/19/2022

Basic training in writing editorials, columns and broadcast commentary with an emphasis on political and social policies. How to encourage the persuaded, nudge the neutral and discomfit the opposition. The ability to write quickly will be stressed. Several short (two-page) papers. Prerequisite: Journ 300 or permission of the instructor.


460 Journalism Ethics (Sibii)

05/19/2022 to 07/01/2022

This course focuses on ethical journalism — no matter the medium—and its pivotal role in a democratic society. It aims to help those who plan to become journalists make ethical decisions and to help those who are consumers of the news recognize responsible journalism at a time when it is more important than ever to give voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable. Students will develop an ability to understand and evaluate the ethical decisions that journalists make every day and the consequences of those decisions. As journalism's role in society, its values, and its best practices are all undergoing radical transformations, students will become familiar with traditional codes of ethics in areas such as accuracy, fairness, diversity, sources, conflicts of interest and privacy. But the course also will emphasize the need for students to create their own systems of ethics – principles students have thought through and are always ready to apply, explain and defend.