Media, Journalism & Film

Classes

MJFC 100 : Fundamentals of Journalism

Students learn writing rules and styles unique to journalism with a focus on Associated Press Stylebook, Yahoo! Style Guide, grammar, punctuation and mathematics for journalists. Students must pass this course to continue in the journalism program.

Credits

1

MJFC 200 : Introduction to Media Production

This course is designed to introduce and test the student on video camera operation, basic lighting, basic audio, video editing and script format. Video projects will be uploaded to our website. A class internship at glasshouseradio.com is required. A three-minute video project and a two-minute audio project are included in the final class projects.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SCOM 120 Digital Media Literacy and sophomore standing.

MJFC 201 : Multimedia Storytelling

This course emphasizes reporting, writing and editing skills—the foundations of storytelling across media platforms. Students explore the techniques used to research and report complex social, political and economic issues with a focus on education, zoning and development, crime, courts and government operations. Students cover news beats and produce publishable content.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 101 Intro to Mass Comm, MJFC 200 Intro to Media Production.

MJFC 202 : Visual Communication

Students gather information in pictures, video and audio for presentation in multimedia journalism projects. Students use a variety of open source and proprietary software to edit images and sound to create and upload packages to the Web.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 200 Intro to Media Production.

MJFC 211 : Announcing and Interviewing

This lecture-laboratory course provides students with an understanding of the techniques and skills for producing effective audio for broadcast. Students learn to perform scripts for news, features, commercials and entertainment programming that can be aired on radio and/or the Internet. In pre-production and planning, production and post-production, students learn how to use the voice through the microphone, produce compelling audio interviews and create audio dramas. The course also explores radio broadcasting and production voiceover opportunities. Productions with exceptional broadcast quality may be published through the Howard University Radio Network.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 200 Intro to Media Production.

MJFC 220 : Media Production II

Theory and practice of the basic principles governing the disciplines of video and film. The primary concern of the course will be to understand photo-optics, the photochemical process and the television studio through exposing students to a variety of problem-solving exercises.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SCOM 120 Digital Media Literacy, MJFC 101 Introduction to Mass Communications, MJFC 200 Introduction to Media Production.

MJFC 221 : Contemporary Topics: Race, Gender and Media

Race, gender and class are socially and culturally constructed and represented in media. As an introduction, this course examines the mass media as economic and cultural institutions that shape our social identities and are shaped by them. This is accomplished through analyses of popular mass media including film and television. Some attention will be paid to media producers and the media audience. Using the techniques of reviewing personal experience, reconstructing knowledge and conducting media assessments, this course is designed to stimulate critical thinking and thoughtful discussion.

Credits

3

MJFC 222 : Documentary Film Critique

This course offers a general survey of the history of American documentaries and teaches students to critically examine the modes, styles, elements, processes and techniques of documentary storytelling. It explores what is documentary as well as ethical and legal considerations for the genre. It examines varieties of approaches adopted by non-fiction filmmakers engaged in producing social documentaries focused on diverse political, economic, cultural, racial, social, personal, and historical attributes and topics.

Credits

3

MJFC 300 : Co-Curricular Journalism

Students gain supervised, hands-on experience at one of the following Howard University media outlets: WHUT-TV, Howard University News Service (www.hunewsservice.com), 101 Magazine (www.101Magazine.net), the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and the Howard University Radio Network.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling.

MJFC 301 : Co-Curricular Audi

Students gain supervised, hands-on experience at one of the following Howard University media outlets, the Howard University Radio Network, including but not limited to WHBC 96.3 HD3 and glasshouseradio.com; HUNewsService.com; and 101Magazine.net.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

none

MJFC 302 : Co-Curricular TV/Film

Students gain supervised, hands-on experience at one of the following Howard University media outlets: WHUT-TV and the Howard University Radio Network, which includes WHUR-Radio 96.3 HD1, WHUR-World 96.3 HD2, WHBC 96.3 HD3, glasshouseradio.com, H.U.R. VOICES Sirius XM Channel 141 and HBCU Sirius XM Channel 142.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 220 Media Production II.

MJFC 310 : Multicultural Media History

The political, social and economic history of media in the United States. Emphasis placed on technological, institutional and programmatic development, and their mutual influence on world culture.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 101 Intro to Mass Communications and sophomore standing

MJFC 311 : Interactive Editing

Students master the essentials of editing across media platforms as well as critical thinking, research, conceptual skills along with search engine optimization. Course includes traditional copy editing as well as text editing for broadcast.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling.

MJFC 312 : Digital Design

This course introduces students to the principles of layout, design and production of newspapers, magazines, websites and other digital media. Students develop a discerning eye for good design and a competency in graphic communication through use of appropriate professional design software to create a portfolio of your best work.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 311 Interactive Editing.

MJFC 313 : Public Affairs Reporting

Students explore how the federal, state and local governments work and their impact on communities. Students cover beats and report on public affairs issues, taking advantage of Howard University’s setting in Washington, D.C.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling.

MJFC 314 : Computational Journalism

Students focus on data-driven reporting and obtaining, manipulating and analyzing electronic information for journalism projects. The class is designed for collaboration between journalism, computer science, information systems and engineering students.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling or permission of the instructor.

MJFC 315 : Special Topics in Journalism

Specialized reporting course. Offerings change from semester to semester and include Sports Reporting, International Reporting, Critical Writing, Advanced Photojournalism, Business Reporting, and Science, Technical, Environmental and Medical (STEM) Reporting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling.

MJFC 316 : Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities

Students produce in-depth content packages with a focus on underserved communities in the Washington, D.C., area. Incorporates team teaching. The course is a prerequisite for Senior Capstone: Undergraduate Thesis courses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 201 Multimedia Storytelling.

MJFC 317 : Broadcast News Production

Students learn to be a producer—the decision maker behind newscasts. The producer coordinates all of the elements (story meetings, video, scripts) to get his/her product on the air and meet deadline. This includes managing other students while working with constructive criticism from instructors. Students are evaluated on news judgment, creativity, quality of product, management abilities and professionalism.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities.

MJFC 318 : Media Programming

Survey of radio and television programs and on-the-air presentations, using advanced techniques in psychological and sociological principles of programming.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 310 Multicultural Media History.

MJFC 330 : Multimedia Audio Production

This course provides students with basic knowledge of radio/audio storytelling and production techniques via practical experience for broadcast and Internet. Students work on projects designed to develop skills in audio writing, recording, editing, mixing and mastering techniques using digital audio software. The course also focuses on the science of sound and the history and business of radio. Exceptional productions of high quality will be published through the Howard University Radio Network.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 200 Intro to Media Production. Audio majors are also required to take MJFC 211 Announcing and Interviewing.

MJFC 331 : Audio for TV &Film

This production course focuses on the techniques of recording sound for film and television and the post-production processes necessary to create the soundtrack. Students use microphones, separate digital audio recorders and digital audio software to capture sound on location and in studio. Working in teams, students cooperate to produce creative projects that build and/or enhance audio production skills. In pre-production, production and post-production, students develop an understanding of audio responsibilities for visual media; become familiar with the legal and ethical issues facing the industry and explore the effective use of sound to help tell a story.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 200 Intro to Media Production.

MJFC 340 : Scriptwriting

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of film, radio and television scriptwriting. The course will focus on character development, story outlines, treatments and narrative script formats for the web, film, television and radio as well as commercials for radio and television. Students will finish the course with a short film script, webisode or 30 pages of a television pilot.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 200 Introduction to Media Production.

MJFC 341 : Non-Linear Video Editing

Editing theory and history; advanced proficiency in Final Cut Pro; post-production, from assembly to final mix.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 220 Media Production II.

MJFC 342 : Videography

An intermediate course in video, studio and field production, operations and techniques, editing and mixing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 220 Media Production II.

MJFC 343 : Cinematography

Study of the basic principles governing the discipline of cinematography and the development of technical skills. Fall only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 220 Media Production II.

MJFC 344 : TV Directing

An intermediate course in video, studio and field production, operations and techniques, editing and mixing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 342 Videography.

MJFC 345 : Film Directing

Students produce short narrative or documentary film projects to strengthen knowledge of the production process and practices in the chosen genre. Each student is responsible for breaking down the physical elements into playable steps with actors or producible steps for documentary film work. Class projects must demonstrate application of theoretical and artistic principles, unified into an organized system of visual and aural expressions.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 343 Cinematography.

MJFC 346 : Film Analysis

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental elements of video and filmmaking, and to analyze how those elements are used together to create meaning.

Credits

3

MJFC 347 : Producing for TV &Film

This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop their ability to work as a creative producer in the independent film and television production sector, while furnishing the student with some key skills for obtaining employment in the film and television industry in a production capacity.

Credits

3

MJFC 400 : Magazine Writing

Students learn the theory and practice of writing long-form journalism, short gazette items and interactive narratives for digital and print magazines. Coursework includes regular critiques of published examples by student and professional journalists. Students also serve as reporter/producers for 101 Magazine (www.101magazine.net).

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities or permission of the instructor.

MJFC 401 : Media Management

An examination of the functions performed in various departments of news media companies—broadcast, digital, print and combinations of the three—and how these functions affect the operation of a business enterprise. The course introduces students to the economic and structural factors that influence media operations and practices. It also covers management problems.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities.

MJFC 402 : Magazine Publishing

The interdisciplinary course exposes students to the practice and theory in publishing a magazine across platforms. Students learn about the interactions between newsroom and business departments by studying established companies as well as serving in various roles for 101 Magazine, including business development, strategic planning, editorial and interactive content, design, advertising, circulation, production and public relations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities or permission of the instructor.

MJFC 410 : Audio Engineering

Students explore the theoretical fundamentals of acoustics, electronics, synthesis, sound design in and for music production and digital audio recordings. Along with building vital academic proficiency, students acquire a strong foundation in the use of a digital audio workstation in a music production setting. Students will begin to develop and apply practical skills relating to studio construction, microphones, microphone placement, mixing consoles, recording and signal processors. Audio engineering involves an introduction to software-based recording systems with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

senior standing and MJFC 330 Multimedia Audio Production.

MJFC 420 : Documentary Film Production

This course is designed to engage the student in the actual conceptualization, planning and development, and execution of a short social documentary. Class will be conducted as a workshop, seminar and mentoring sessions on concept development, research, production and post-production for documentary as students pursue topics of interest to them. Because it will deal with the interpretation and translation of actualities of the real world into the medium of documentary television, this course is intended to carry the student through the rigors of production for documentary based on sound research.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 342 Videography, MJFC 343 Cinematography, MJFC 330 Advanced Audio or MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities.

MJFC 421 : Blacks in Film

A survey of the history of the image of African Americans in film. Students will analyze the impact that these stereotypes have on society and on Blacks’ self-concept. The course will also examine the ways in which the images of Black people have changed (or been perpetuated) when rendered by African American filmmakers. Spring only.

Credits

3

MJFC 423 : Advanced Scriptwriting

This course is designed for the advanced undergraduate student who has completed the required undergraduate Scriptwriting course. The student must present in class the first act of a feature-length screenplay or 30 pages of a pilot for a television series. An intense concentrated effort will focus on completing a first draft of the student’s three-act screenplay or teleplay.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 340 Scriptwriting.

MJFC 430-435 : Directed Studies: Journalism

Independent research or study, designed to help students pursue interests not served in formal courses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior standing and faculty/department permission.

MJFC 436-440 : Directed Studies: Audio

Independent research or study, designed to help students pursue interests not served in formal courses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior standing and faculty/department permission.

MJFC 441-455 : Directed Studies: TV and Film

Independent research or study, designed to help students pursue interests not served in formal courses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior standing and faculty/department permission.

MJFC 456 : Practicum-Internship: Journalism

Continued ongoing work within the student’s chosen area of journalism involving placement in a professional setting in a supervised internship.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities and senior standing.

MJFC 457 : Practicum-Internship: Audio

Continued ongoing work within the student’s chosen area of audio involving placement in a professional setting in a supervised internship.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 330 Multimedia Audio Production, senior standing.

MJFC 458 : Practicum-Internship: TV

Continued ongoing work within the student’s chosen area of television involving placement in a professional setting in a supervised internship.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 344 TV Directing, senior standing.

MJFC 459 : Practicum-Internship: Film

Continued ongoing work within the student’s chosen film area involving placement in a professional setting in a supervised internship.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MJFC 345 Film Directing, senior standing.

MJFC 460 : Undergraduate Thesis: Journalism I (Senior Capstone)

Required of all journalism majors. Students produce content for broadcast and online platforms. Before graduation, students must also complete a project related to their minors—and ideally another project in their foreign languages—in this or earlier courses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MJFC 316 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities.

MJFC 462 : Undergraduate Thesis: Advanced Audio Production I

An advanced study of production methods with an emphasis on studio training in producing multimedia and complete radio programs. Students learn advanced mixing and mastering techniques while creating projects with experimental audio. In-depth study and application of effects processing, dynamics processing, analogue routing and mixing, and mastering are studied. During various critical listening assignments, students will be required to write analysis and commentary. Students will be expected to produce an audio electronic portfolio that contains completed productions including audio for film, radio (commercial and non commercial) and multimedia audio for the web (podcasts, SoundSlides).

Credits

3

Prerequisites

senior standing, MJFC 330 Media Audio Production and MJFC 340 Scriptwriting.

MJFC 463 : Undergraduate Thesis: Advanced Audio Production II

A more intensive Capstone course that substitutes for MJFC 462 and one, three-credit MJFC elective.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

special permission, senior standing, MJFC 330 Multimedia Audio Production, MJFC 340 Scriptwriting, MJFC 457 Audio Practicum.

MJFC 464 : Undergraduate Thesis: Advanced TV Production I

Independent study of advanced production techniques and principles, during which the student produces a major video product or studio production. The course will also broaden skills to include single camera production to facilitate the development of narrative television programs for broadcast and online distribution. Emphasis will be on taking creative program concepts from mind to screen with the technical mastery of equipment and facilities.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MJFC 344 TV Directing.

MJFC 466 : Undergraduate Thesis: Advanced Film Directing I

The focus of this course is to engage students with the technical as well as creative process of directing for film. On a very advanced level, students will learn how to interpret a classic literary drama by further translating such manuscripts into the medium of motion pictures.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MJFC 345 Film Directing.

MJFC 467 : Undergraduate Thesis: Advanced Film Directing II

The focus of this course is to engage students with the technical as well as creative process of directing for film. On a very advanced level, students will learn how to interpret a classic literary drama by further translating such manuscripts into the medium of motion pictures.

Credits

5

Prerequisites

special permission and MJFC 345 Film Directing.