JOUR 290 – Intro to Media Design (Non Majors)
Taught by Prof. Susan Mango Curtis
This is an undergraduate class that explores the fundamental tools of design, typographic contrast and color theory. You will analyze current approaches to newspaper, magazine, web and mobile design. We will discuss how planning, and developing visual communication contribute to better design product. Design is approach through writing and editing as a single process in which the written and visual aspects of journalism are given equal attention. Everyone is expected to take their project to a creative and highly innovative solution. This is achieved by following guidelines of good design process and spending the necessary time on each project. This forces you to think beyond the obvious and develop your ability to generate ideas. All students are expected to present and defend their design solutions to the class. This course is divided into lectures, research, sketching, computer lab time, and critiques.
JOUR 390-0 – Special Topics
“Bilingual reporting and storytelling”
Taught by Prof. Mei-Ling Hopgood
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12pm-1:50pm
This bilingual course immerses students in Chicago’s vibrant Latino community, and requires them to write and produce multimedia stories and communications in Spanish and English. This course is designed to empower students to tell the stories of Latin Americans in the United States, as well as in Latin America, and reach these important audiences in the languages that they use daily.
“The Bloomberg Way”
Taught by Prof. Matthew Winkler
This course, taught by Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Matthew Winkler, will focus on the principles of reporting, writing and applied business and economic knowledge that helped transform Bloomberg News over the last quarter century. The class will develop an individual’s reporting skills, offering the opportunity to work with Bloomberg reporters and editors and will include visits to the company’s office in Chicago. Students will additionally learn to demonstrate that the story of the economy, business and markets is recorded best when the focus is on the greatest diversity of participants.
Students are asked to apply for a spot in this course. Here is the application link: http://goo.gl/forms/qBke4guHIy
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30-4:20
Each quarter, multidisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and professionals come together to collaborate in the Knight Lab to produce cutting-edge digital work, research, thought—innovating across every part of the media-making process. The Student Lab places journalism and computer science students together on teams to work on an important problem for the future of media, rapidly moving beyond conversation and hypothesis to well-reasoned action during the quarter. Each project is scoped for a single quarter but students are encouraged to join the lab for multiple quarters. Students will work closely with faculty and professional mentors along the way. Our process combines research, design thinking, building, user testing, critical and analytical work, storytelling, cutting-edge technology, and experimentation—often within the confines of a single, specific problem. Come to learn, experiment, and create the future of media with us.
“Native American Environmental Issues and the Media”
Taught by Prof. Patty Loew
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-11:50am
Native American Environmental Issues and the Media introduces students to indigenous issues, such as treaty-based hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; air and water quality issues; mining; land-to-trust issues; and sacred sites. These issues have contributed to tension between Native and non-Native communities and have become the subject of news reports, in both mainstream and tribal media. We will focus on how the media cover these issues and how that coverage contributes to the formation of public opinion and public policy. Students will read and analyze newspaper and on-line news reports and view and critique broadcast news stories and documentaries about Native environmental topics.