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James Dyer

Assistant Professor & Chair of Journalism

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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JOUR 118. Graphic Design I. (1)

This course surveys the history, theory, and techniques of graphic design. Students learn the principles and techniques of contemporary design and image-making, using Mac platforms with Adobe CS software. ARTS; C. Cirone;

JOUR 119. Digital Photojournalism I. (1)

Includes fundamentals of composition, proper exposure, and image editing processes. Readings and discussions concerning journalistic ethics in the age of digital image manipulation. Students may provide a suitable digital camera, or the college will have cameras for rental. PhotoShop software will be used to edit photos, but this is not primarily a course to learn PhotoShop. Weekly photo assignments and group critiques of class work. This course focuses on both technical competence and conceptual creativity. ARTS; AC; Students may not receive credit for both JOUR 119 and ART 119; M. Godsil;

JOUR 123. The Centrality of Media. (1)

Media occupy an essential place in contemporary societies. Over the past two centuries they have become central to our economic, political, intellectual, cultural and personal lives, influencing virtually every type of social practice, processes of identity formation, and our common-sense understandings of the world. They are currently undergoing profound transformation in both technologies and corporate/institutional forms. This course seeks to provide tools for understanding media institutions and industries and becoming more empowered, self-aware and critical creators and consumers of media products. Students will employ a range of disciplinary lenses, including cultural studies, political economy, history, sociology, anthropology and critical theory. HSS; SA; J. Dyer;

JOUR 218. Graphic Design II. (1)

This course will further develop graphic design skills with a focus on complex design problems. Current design trends will be studied, and students will learn the history, contexts and theory of design concept. They will also complete comprehensive design projects. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 118 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ART 219; C. Cirone;

JOUR 220. Typography: Designing with Type. (1)

Although technology has provided the tools to enable everyone to manipulate letters and words, we are not critically aware of how to successfully organize and shape typographic form. Organizing letters onto a page (or screen) is an elemental task of design. This course will help students build the skills and understandings necessary for work in typographic design. Studio assignments, readings, and discussions will expose students to foundational problems and methods. Prerequisite(s): ART 110 or ART 112 or ART 115 or JOUR 118 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ART 220; T. Stedman;

JOUR 222. Media and Politics. (1)

This course introduces students to the role of the media - newspapers, television, magazines, Internet - and its effects on public opinion and public policy. Students will gain a working knowledge of how the media work and how they influence - and are influenced by - the political world, particularly during elections. The course explores theoretical foundations of political communication, including framing, agenda setting, agenda building and branding, and gives students a strong practical knowledge of how to scrutinize media messages to discern what is reliable, credible news and what is not. HSS; Cross Listing: PS 222; J. Dyer;

JOUR 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

JOUR 270. The Mind of the Journalist: Newswriting and Reporting. (1)

This course introduces print journalism through an exploration of its mindset and fundamental forms. Writing- and reporting-intensive, it involves regular assignments for publication about local issues and events, with readings and class discussion. Focusing on Galesburg as a microcosm of reporting anywhere, students form the Knox News Team, meet with city officials and business leaders, and cover stories ranging from recycling to law enforcement to the arts. Articles are regularly printed in local daily and weekly newspapers and on-line venues. Topics include: story research; interviewing and developing sources; covering standard news beats; style and structure of news stories; fact-checking; meeting deadlines; journalism and the law. HUM; Cross Listing: ENG 270; W; J. Dyer;

JOUR 272. Digital News: Information Gathering & Reporting for Print, Audio, Video, and the Web. (1)

This course teaches students to develop information-gathering skills needed for contemporary professional journalism. Students learn to report through interviewing and accessing public records. The class uses readings, lectures, discussions and writing labs to help students learn how to build stories and report them over multiple new media platforms, including emerging technology (blogging, photo/audio slide shows, digital presentations, video and tweeting). Instruction will include an emphasis on journalistic ethics and best practices. J. Dyer;

JOUR 275. Media Law and Ethics. (1)

This course provides a foundation in the fundamental principles of mass media law and the ethical and legal issues relating to journalism today. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand the media case studies. They should be able to articulate relevant ethical and legal issues that govern the appropriate conduct - or lack thereof - of journalists in these case studies. Finally, they should be able to anticipate how media laws and ethics may evolve in the future amid the rapid changes of technology. J. Dyer;

JOUR 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Journalism not covered in the usual curriculum. In the past these courses have included Interactive Journalism, Web-based Journalism, and Arts Criticism. Staff;

JOUR 345. Multimedia Journalism and Oral History. (1)

This course uses oral history and multimedia journalism to examine and record the history of various eras at Knox College and in Galesburg during the 1930s - 1980s. Students will learn how to locate and interview subjects - from alumni to former area residents - and then collectively compile and edit the historical interviews in the context of other interviews and historical documents from local and regional archives. The final multimedia project will be published online. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 270 or JOUR 272 or permission of the instructor.; J. Dyer;

JOUR 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

JOUR 349. Internship in Journalism. (1/2 or 1)

Internships in journalism are designed to give students practical, applied experience in an aspect of journalism related to their career interests. These internships are student-initiated and, in most cases, the internship site is identified by the student rather than the supervising faculty member. Part of the internship experience requires the student to produce written work that is evaluated by the Knox faculty member. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Staff;

JOUR 370. Feature Writing and Narrative Journalism. (1)

Students study the feature article, its distinguished history--including the birth of the Muckrakers at Knox College--and its alternative forms, including the underground press and "new journalism" beginning in the 1960s, narrative journalism, and online story-telling today. Students also produce professional quality feature stories, some in narrative journalism form, drawing on a broad range of communication skills, including critical thinking, reporting, research, writing and edition. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 270 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 370; W; Staff;

JOUR 371. In-Depth Reporting. (1)

Passionate, fact-based investigative news stories can have a profound impact on society, as the history of McClure's Magazine and the Muckrakers demonstrates. In this course, students work in teams on locally based topics of national significance to produce a substantial investigative story of publishable quality. Students confer with subject-area mentors who provide guidance in research and understanding the technical, scientific or other specialized issues involved. The course involves substantial background research and interviewing, in addition to writing a major investigative feature story. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 270 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENG 371; W; J. Dyer;

JOUR 374. Topics in Investigative Journalism. (1)

Topics vary from term to term as does the media platform in which the story or stories are told. Cross Listing: ENG 394; Staff;

JOUR 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Journalism not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

JOUR 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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