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Course Descriptions

  • JOUR 120: Introduction to Journalism
    Introduction to Journalism presents students with the skills and information that are essential for reliable, accurate, and independent news reporting. This course addresses the fundamental skills associated with journalistic writing, and presents students with the essential issues facing journalism today. In addition to writing, this course addresses the laws, ethics, and fundamentals of news literacy, with a keen focus on the critical thinking skills required for news judgment.
  • JOUR 200: Journalism Practicum: The Stentor
    This practicum gives students an opportunity to earn Lake Forest College credit by working for the campus newspaper: The Stentor. Students who enroll in this course will work for the Stentor as editors, reporters, or columnists (or other jobs suggested by the Stentor advisor). The course will be graded on a P/F basis only. Students will qualify for credit in this course if they complete 40 hours of work per semester. JOUR 200 counts for .25 credits per semester of enrollment. The course is overseen by the faculty advisor for The Stentor, who will arrange for grade/credit assignments in consultation with the chair of the Communication Department. Only one full credit (four semesters of JOUR 200) may be counted toward Lake Forest College graduation. No prerequisites.
  • JOUR 245: Music Journalism in the Digital Age
    If you plan on spending time this summer at music festivals and concerts or updating your favorite playlists, this course will teach you how to transform your passion for music into quality journalism. In this class, you will learn how to write album reviews and how to compose feature stories and essays about music. You will also learn how to interview recording artists, how to maintain an appealing blog about music, and how to research and pitch ideas for articles to editors. The class will also read journalism by acclaimed music writers and meet up with a couple working critics during class. This is a course for absolute beginners or anyone with some experience writing reviews or news articles. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: ENGL 247
  • JOUR 320: Advanced Journalism
    Though we have recently seen dramatic changes in how news consumers receive their news, what has not changed is the need for solid reporting and writing skills. This course gives students the opportunity to learn the intricacies of specific types of journalistic writing, including news, feature, sport, investigative/in-depth, opinion and review writing. Advanced Journalism also introduces students to techniques relating to journalistic style and editing. Using the fundamentals taught in Introduction to Journalism (Communication 120), students in Advanced Journalism write stories and opinion pieces to be used in the editorial production of student media at Lake Forest College. Prerequisite: JOUR 120 or COMM 120.