Com students will have the following Option Courses available for Spring 2018:
Com 442 Non-Profit Communications (Instructor Approval Required)
Not-for-profit and community-based organizations rely on strategic digital communication to create positive social change. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of communication theories and practices while conducting research projects with local organizations through the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative. Those who complete this course will know how to apply a variety of social media theories and practices to help organizations achieve their communication goals. Students in the course will actively participate as a member of a project team to complete projects with clients in the Greater Philadelphia area and, from time to time, beyond. Local travel is required.
Com 473 D01 Crime, Justice and The Media
This course looks at media narratives of crime and justice. We study how those narratives have impacted sentencing, incarceration and law. We will then produce new narratives, stories of redemption, through interviews with men and women who had served life-without-parole sentences and recently returned home. The course includes substantial work outside of class, including at least one trip to Graterford prison to talk to men serving life sentences. Media production experience will be helpful, but is not required.
Com 473 D02 Social Media and Participatory Culture
In Social Media and Participatory Culture, we will consider how people have used social media to subvert civil and corporate institutions and protest against perceived injustices. We will see how those same institutions have tried to leverage social media to engage in surveillance and manipulation. And we will see how people are using participatory culture to persist against those attempts.
Com 473 D03 Podcast Production
In this course, students will focus on producing podcasts, from understanding form and genre to techniques in working with digital sound production. Students will learn advanced audio recording and post-processing techniques and tools, integrate music, write and revise scripts, publish and promote their work digitally, learn and practice interviewing techniques, and work collaboratively to create a cohesive series. Previous experience working with audio recording and editing will be helpful, though it is not a prerequisite.
Eng 350 Advanced Tools for News Writing
This is an upper-level reporting class that teaches students practical skills for real world journalism, whether that’s emailing a source for an interview, filing a FOIA request, pulling police/ courts documents or distilling an academic report into 300 words for a quick web post. It’s ideally for college students who have serious potential but have little idea how to develop a story idea and do the reporting needed to nail it down in this fast paced journalism landscape. Bottom line, this course focuses on where to find and how to use resources that allow students to work at the fast pace necessary to succeed in digital journalism. It builds on some of those skills taught in other courses at St. Joseph’s, while adding new ones and illustrating how to use them every day in a real-world modern newsroom.