Online Courses, Summer 2014

Registration for both summer sessions is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions about summer classes.

Session 1, May 19 to June 27


Going Global: Changes in International Journalism
Journalism 310
May 19, 2014 - June 27, 2014

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The idea of a "Third World," a world in which at least 70% of the people of the world now live, was conceived in the West and remains largely a Western concept. The unity and most of the qualities assigned to the Third World have also been largely Western. In this course we will examine the ways in which the Third World is represented by Western media. And using an anthropological and political economy approach we will deconstruct the propaganda used to continue the imbalance in the flow of information between these worlds. 

Instructor: Shaheen Pasha

Food Writing
Journalism 391J
May 19, 2014 - June 27, 2014

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Students will learn how to write about food and food culture from farm to table, from restaurant reviews to receipes to long-form magazine pieces.

Instructor: Carol Connare

Sports in Film, Journalism & Literature
Journalism 428
May 19, 2014 - June 27, 2014

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The subject of athletic endeavors has long been the source of inspiration for journalists, novelists and filmmakers. This course will explore examples of sports narratives in words and images, across generations, media and different types of sports.

Instructor: Steve Fox

Magazine Writing
Journalism 492M
May 19, 2014 - June 27, 2014

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In this class, students will develop a variety of skills necessary for undertaking writing feature stories and getting them published. Students will learn to identify strong story ideas, query magazine editors, and turn ideas into finished products ready for submission. Students will examine published feature stories for style and slant, voice and technique, but the primary emphasis will be on student writing. Works in progress will be discussed within a constructive workshop format.

Instructor: Connie Griffin


Session 2, July 7 to August 15


Newswriting and Reporting
Journalism 300
July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014

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Journalism 300 introduces students to basic reporting and newswriting skills, including interviewing, researching public records, fact-checking and much more. This class includes numerous reporting and writing assignments.

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

Instructor: B.J. Roche

Travel Writing
Journalism 391T
July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014

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From excurstions far into the jungles of South America to a 48-hour exploration of local art and cuisine, good travel journalism brings the world into our living rooms. In this class, students will focus on unearthing hidden gems in their town or nearby places that they've passed a hundred times but have never entered. Students will learn about the full spectrum of travel journalism, including memoir, essay, blogs and guidebooks. Students will also work to strengthen their use of observation, description, structure, personal voice and angles in pursuing stories.

Instructor: Russ Juskalian

Writing for Public Relations
Journalism 392P
July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014

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Public relations writing requires a narrative arc and good storytelling in which essential information gets delivered, along with a feeling of positive connection to an organization.  Students in this course will learn how to translate an institutional mission statement in to various narratives.  They will learn how to gather information in a a complex environment, and how to evaluate that information according to constituency needs.  Numerous writing projects will be required.

Instructor: Barbara "Lee" Wicks

Journalism Ethics
Journalism 460
July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014

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This course will develop an understanding of the ethical questions raised by media coverage in a democratic society at a time of focus on profit over news values and on entertainment over substance.  Issues discussed will include: accuracy and fairness, diversity, conflicts of interest, privacy, deception, relationships with sources and photojournalism. Students will also learn to identify news values– or lack of them– both as professionals and as consumers.

This is one of two foundation courses for the Certificate of Journalism.

Instructor: Razvan Sibii


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Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376