ENG 463 Literary Journalism COM Option Course Description

ENG 463—Literary Journalism  MWF 10:10 – 11 a.m.

In this course we will read seminal works in the field of literary journalism in the United States, starting with Nellie Bly, who, in 1887, feigned insanity to get herself committed to a mental institution in New York in order to explore conditions there.  We’ll continue our march toward the present, lingering in the middle of the 20th century with the infamous New Journalists: Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thomson, and Tom Wolfe.   We’ll end in the present with writers like Ted Conover, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Raffi Khatchadourian, and Sarah Stillman.  Our reading explorations will help us to investigate the various craft elements that literary journalists employ as well as ponder the larger ethical questions that the genre of literary journalism prompts us to ask, questions that are linked to the author’s role in and access to the story, to immersion reporting practices, and to the pursuit of objectivity.  Additionally, and significantly, you will try your hand at immersion reporting and writing, completing a number of literary journalism outtakes based on individual and group reporting exercises. For your major project for the course, you may choose to write a scholarly essay or a longer work of literary journalism.  This course counts as a Writing Track course for the English Major/Minor, a Journalism course for the Journalism Minor, and a Communication Studies Elective for the Communication Studies Major/Minor

LIN 270 Social Media Discourse, ILC Option Course Description

LIN 270 Social Media Discourse, Jennifer Ewald, TR 2:00-3:15 

The focus of this course is on understanding and investigating linguistic aspects of electronic social media such as email, texting, Twitter, Facebook, etc. This course has two goals: (1) to analyze everyday social media discourse from a linguistic perspective and (2) to learn how to conduct linguistic research in the context of a student-designed investigation on some type of social media discourse. To that end, we will examine previous research in related areas and students will conduct an original research project based on a selected context of social media discourse. This course satisfies an ILC for COM majors.

Hawk Career Network Series

The Hawk Career Network Series – Marketing & Communications event will take place on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Doyle Banquet Hall.

Alumni and other professionals will be representing corporate and nonprofit communications, advertising, marketing, and sales roles. Many organizations are recruiting; all are available to provide advice and insight:

92.5 XTU / Wired 96.5 CBS Radio Philadelphia
AdMed, Inc.
American Diabetes Association
American Friends Service Committee
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dune Medical Devices
Enterprise Holdings
Harmelin Media
LearnWell Center for High Performance
Mary Kay Cosmetics
NPS Pharmaceuticals
Philabundance, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News
Projectline Inc.
Recollective Records
Red Tettemer O’Connell & Partners
Tag Worldwide
Teach For America
The Hershey Company
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design
The Merz Group
Vector Marketing
Voveo Marketing Group
WL Gore and Associates

Students may RSVP via SJUcareers by following these steps:
1. Visit .
2. Login to your SJUcareers account. (Email if you
have any issues).
3. Click on RSVP to Career Events.
4. Find the event and click on the RSVP button.

This event is open to all students. The evening will be informal and
professional dress is encouraged but not required. Refreshments will be
served throughout the evening.

WXPN Social Media Internship

Position Summary: WXPN is seeking a Social Media intern to assist with our social media marketing efforts. Interns are expected to have experience with most social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.) on at least a personal level (use in a professional setting preferred). You must be able to think strategically and see how social media fits into the overall WXPN brand, including World Cafe and The Key. Interns must be able to assist in formulating social media plans (once ample information is provided), and then carry them out (both independently and in collaboration). You must be able to measure and document the impact of social media, and then suggest action-steps to increase engagement.

Hours: 10-12 hours/week; days & times flexible based on student availability.

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WMGK Internship Opportunity

The John DeBella Show on WMGK is always on the lookout for interns who are eager to learn about the show, the station, and the business.

Interns will be asked to arrive at 5:30am and be with us until 9:30am Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities include:

–          Show Preparation and News Gathering

–          Call Screening

–          Listener interaction

–          Assistance with in-studio and telephone guests

–          The many variables that occur in the day-to-day execution of a morning radio program

Anyone who is interested should send a cover letter and resume to Rob Calvert at:

Intersession Courses 2015

COM 372 Web Design, Andrew Famiglietti, MTWRF, 5:00-8:30; S, 9:00-12:30 

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of web design and development. Students will learn about web technologies and standards while building accessible and usable web sites. No previous experience is necessary, and the course will center on beginner/intermediate aspects of web design and markup languages–specifically, HyperText Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3). Readings will focus on the Web’s architecture and its history, the basics of site development, and current conversations about best practices (such as responsive design, grid systems, user experience, digital video, and mobile technologies). Students will study web technologies and apply best practices to their own goals or interests–creating, for example, a personal web portfolio or a basic client project–while developing a rhetorical and technological understanding of web-based communication.


COM 465 Bear Witness: War Past &Present, Mike Lyons, MTWRF, 11:15-2:45; S, 11:15-2:15 (This is a hybrid online/in-person course. It meets on campus)

For most of us the visual experience of war comes from images. We will likely never see war first-hand so photographs, movies, video games and graphic novels help shape our collective understanding and memory of armed conflict. This course will investigate images of war from the United States, Iran, Spain, Rwanda, both World Wars, the war in Vietnam and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will examine photographs, films and video games and discuss the dual purpose of war images – as pieces of art and as the documentation of an event.

Advising Sessions for Spring 2015

We will be hosting group advising sessions during free periods for majors and minors. These are organized based on your class status. At these meetings faculty members will be around to answer your questions about COM classes, you can preview the schedule of classes, and perhaps most importantly get your PINs.

Juniors/Seniors: October 21st. Free Period. 11:00-12:00 In Merion Hall 174.

Sophomores: October 28th. Free Period. 11:00-12:00. Location TBA.

First Years: These take place as part of your COM 200 section. If you are a first year without a COM 200 section see your advisor.

Digital Marketing and Social Content Internship- Live Nation Philadelphia

The Live Nation Philly marketing department is looking for a highly motivated, creative sophomore or junior who possesses strong written & communication skills as well as a passion for the music industry. At minimum, the candidate should also posses basic graphic design skills. This internship can be used for college credit or possible stipend per semester.

Job Description: 

Assist the digital media aspect of concert marketing including but not limited to: managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc.), finding interesting & dynamic online content (videos, photos, articles, etc.), writing copy, graphic design, updating websites.

General office duties such as filing, organizing invoices, etc. also apply.

In addition to general office hours, candidates will need to be available on some nights and weekends. Candidates must have a car or an easy way to get to Bala Cynwyd and venues around the city

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Registration for Spring 2015

Communications Majors and Minors it is that time of year again, where faculty need to make a schedule of what courses we should offer you in the Spring. In an effort to best meet all of your needs please fill out this form. This should only take 5 minutes and, will make it much more likely that we offer the classes and number of sections you need. This only asks about COM courses so no need to know everything you want for the Spring, just what you want for COM courses. There is even a section for COM option courses so tell us if you want a civic journalism class from Mike, more Web Design etc. If enough students request a class and indicate they will take it, we will do everything we can to offer it. But the first step is filling out this form, so do this BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 3rd so we can make the best schedule.