Sep 19, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Theater

  
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    THA 4910 - Independent Study


    This course gives the advanced student an opportunity to work on a special area of interest that is not possible through the standard curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission of instructor. The independent study contract must be approved, signed and submitted before the current semester’s registration period closes.

    Credits: 3

Electronic Journalism Arts

  
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    EJA 1010 - Introduction to Media Communication


    [Choice:SS] This course provides a broad-based introduction to the field of mass media communication. It includes basic analysis of the pervasive, manipulative, and influential nature of contemporary media communication. Students observe contemporary media and read criticism. Audio/visual materials supplement required readings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite or co-requisite is ENG 1051. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 1020 - Communications Technology


    This introductory course covers basic theory and utilization of video production equipment and focuses on skills in studio and field equipment, lighting, and audio. Students are expected to acquire knowledge of industry standards for video production. Students also study the technologies associated with utilizing video in formats such web and podcasting. The instruction includes a series of in-class laboratory sessions, which develop basic hands-on competencies.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 1221 - Person to Person


    A journalist’s most basic tool is the ability to successfully interact with news sources face-to-face while observing and evaluating the source’s information. This introductory course focuses on teaching journalism majors the basics of non-verbal communication, professionalism, and how to present themselves publicly, which includes appropriate speaking and social skills including E-mail and cell phone etiquette. A dress code will be enforced, extensive group work is mandatory, and students are required to participate in video lab exercises and evaluate each other’s work.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Writing competency at the level of ENG 1051 is expected. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2050 - Digital Image Acquisition


    This course teaches digital field-acquisition techniques for both still and video imaging. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of visual literacy and storytelling techniques while utilizing both digital media. Students will explore exposure control, focal length selection, and visual point of view, as well as file format choices and field acquisition equipment options. Students will develop techniques related to photographic event illustration as well as sequential shooting. Additionally, students will learn basic tungsten lighting and electronic flash usage.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is EJA 1010. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2051 - Aesthetics in Editing


    This course is designed to be an exploration of broadcast editing styles and techniques. Through the examination of the editing process, students will learn how to develop and enhance their visual communication skills. Course highlights include interpreting and establishing story pace, use of natural sound and incorporation of visual sequences for effective storytelling. Analysis of coursework in progress, as well as finished projects will provide students with real-time assessment of their work to date, and will also allow for individual goal setting for future assignments. Students will utilize Avid editing software, as they navigate through sample and self generated material to produce a DVD portfolio of their work.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Prerequisites are EJA 1010 and EJA 1020. There is a lab fee. This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 2050 and is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2130 - Local News Gathering


    This course introduces the skills of gathering and writing news for multiple platforms. Anchored to the specific geographic coverage area of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism, the instruction explores such topics as identifying stories and sources, the interviewing process, back-grounding, computer assisted and other basic news reporting & producing techniques that apply no matter the location.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ENG 1052, EJA 1010, EJA 1020 and ENG 2040, or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2135 - Studio Production


    This course covers the basics of studio production, including pre-production and post-production elements. This live production course introduces students to scripting and storyboarding as well as all production positions in the studio environment. .

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ENG 1051, EJA 1010, EJA 1020, and EJA 1221. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2145 - Art of the Interview


    This course prepares student journalists to ask direct and probing questions based on solid research. Students will practice audio and video recording techniques as they conduct weekly interviews designed to educate and engage audiences. At first they will edit interviews into short sound bites, and later will learn the art of more sustained conversation for live programs.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are EJA 1221, EJA 2130 or by permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2160 - History of Journalism


    [Choice:HU] This course views American history through the window of journalism, especially during times of war and social change. Beginning with the Civil War, and including media coverage of the current conflicts, readings examine the way journalists have influenced the way readers, listeners, and viewers respond to life-changing events on the national stage and in their local communities. Close attention is paid to evolving technology and the ever-changing definition of “objectivity.” Students will focus on historical turning points that tested the media’s role in a democracy. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ENG 1052. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2810 - VCCJ Practicum I - Editorial


    This course provides an introductory practicum in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism for students in the EJA editorial option and broadcast atmospheric sciences concentration. Students work “part-time” in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism as writers and reporters for the News 7 broadcast and NewsLINC website. Approximately 12 to 15 hours per week in the VCCJ newsroom are required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 2843. The prerequisites are EJA 1221, EJA 2135 and EJA 2130. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2820 - VCCJ Practicum I - News 7 Production


    This course provides an introductory technical practicum in LSC-TV News 7 for those in the visual option. Students support News 7 broadcasts as camera, audio, and video playback operators. Approximately 12 to 15 hours per week are required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are EJA 2135, EJA 2130, and EJA 1221. EJA 2843 is a co-requisite. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2825 - VCCJ Practicum I - Publication


    This course provides an introductory practicum in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism for students in the publication option. Students work for the NewsLINC website and its magazine-style print edition. Instruction covers writing and reporting in a multi-platform environment, along with graphic design components of publication. Approximately 12 to 15 hours per week in the VCCJ newsroom are required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is EJA 2130; EJA 1221 and EJA 2135 are strongly recommended. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 2830 - Sophomore Internship/Co-Op


    This course enables students of good standing and achievement in the second year of study to participate in introductory on-the-job work experience in media-related situations separate from the classroom. Students must apply for a co-op in advance, and must meet with their academic advisor for materials, applications forms, and procedural details. See also the section on cooperative education elsewhere in this catalog. All students applying for co-op placements in EJA must receive departmental approval of the co-op placement and plan. Students must have achieved a 3.0 GPA in a specific VCCJ option.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are sophomore standing and EJA 2810 for editorial or EJA 2820 for visual or EJA 2825 for publication.

    Credits: 1 to 6
  
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    EJA 2843 - Performance and Presentation I


    This course prepares students for both on-camera and off-camera experiences working as a well-oiled news team in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. In addition to expounding on the content in the introductory performance class, the students will also focus on shaping his or her own unique professional style. Wardrobe choices, script-writing, and recording quality voice-over packages will be highlighted. Students are required work in groups rotating roles within their mock teams to produce video and audio lab projects.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is EJA 1221. EJA majors in EJA 2810 or EJA 2820 or EJA 2825 must take this course concurrently. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 3030 - Law and Regulation


    This course traces the evolution of law and regulation affecting producers and consumers of news media beginning with the First Amendment. Readings combine theory with case studies. Classroom moot court sessions deepen understanding of landmark decisions. Students follow current Supreme Court cases as they unfold and explore the changing landscape of internet law and FCC rulings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is EJA 2130 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 3222 - Performance and Presentation II


    This course is for EJA students assigned to their second practicum at the Vermont Center for Community Journalism as video journalists. It offers weekly training opportunities both individually, and in group sessions in the preparation of and performance of live broadcasts and webcasts as well as field interviews and standups. This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 3810.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite for EJA majors is EJA 2843. For ATM majors, co-requisites are ATM-3331, ATM-4010, and previous completion of EJA 2843. On-camera wardrobe and appearance is prescribed by instructors. Qualified students will be selected by VCCJ and ATM faculty/staff from auditions in the previous semester or by special arrangement for transfer students. Registration is by permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 3810 - VCCJ Practicum II


    This course continues the experiential learning of Practicum I in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism for students in the Electronic Journalism Arts degree program. Students work in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism as a “one-person band,” or multimedia journalist, for the News 7 broadcast, NewsLINC website, and VCCJ print publication. Approximately 24 to 30 hours per week in the VCCJ newsroom are required. VCCJ multimedia journalists will predominately operate on the “nightside” of the news day. However, they may occasionally be assigned an additional dayside assignment. Field production appearance and demeanor is as prescribed by the faculty of record.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 3222. The prerequisite is EJA 2810, EJA 2820, or EJA 2825. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 6
  
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    EJA 3820 - Junior Internship/Co-op


    This course enables students of good standing and achievement in the third year of study to participate in introductory “on-the-job” work experience in media-related situations separate from the classroom. Students must apply for a co-op in advance, and must meet with their academic advisor for materials, application form, and procedural details. See also the section on cooperative education elsewhere in this catalog. All students applying for co-op placements in EJA must receive departmental approval of the co-op placement and plan. Students must have achieved a 3.0 GPA in a specific EJA option.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are sophomore standing and EJA 3810.

    Credits: 1 to 6
  
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    EJA 4020 - Issues and Ethics


    The instruction explores the role of community journalism in current national and international affairs, and the ethical dilemmas faced by practitioners. It examines the role of conflict, and the influence economics, technology and other industry elements have on the news reporting process.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is junior standing or permission. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 4100 - Web Producing - Content Management


    This course focuses on the web producing process as it pertains to journalism. Students will be actively involved in producing content and maintaining NewsLINC, our e-journalism platform. Basic HTML language, content management, and video for web elements are all part of this course.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is EJA 3810. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 4222 - Performance and Presentation III


    This performance practicum is designed for EJA students in the visual and editorial options assigned to Vermont Center for Community Journalism in their third practicum. Weekly individual critiques and regular workshops will be required as a means to keep a professional news team performing at its best. Topics will include voice coaching, make-up and dress for the camera, and developing an electronic presentation persona. EJA students in the publication option may take this course or substitute another course approved by the EJA faculty.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 2
  
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    EJA 4720 - Senior Seminar


    This seminar provides advanced small group learning and exploration in an area of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism program for ambitious students. The course focuses on student projects, and integrates previous course work and attention to future professional work. Assignments typical of this course assume academic maturity, self-motivation and organizational skills.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is senior standing or instructor permission. The course may be repeated once and may require a lab fee.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    EJA 4810 - VCCJ Practicum III - Editorial


    This practicum is for all interns at the Vermont Center for Community Journalism assigned as reporters, photographers, editors, anchors, or producers at the Center’s News 7 broadcast, NewsLINC website, and VCCJ print publication platforms. A minimum of 35 hours per week of on-site work at the VCCJ is required. The course requires a prescribed wardrobe. This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 4100 and EJA 4222.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are EJA 3810, EJA 3222, and permission of all instructors. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 6
  
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    EJA 4820 - VCCJ Practicum III - Visual


    This senior level practicum is for all LSC-TV interns assigned as News 7 photographers/ editors. Students who enroll in the practicum may also serve as technical directors and/or line directors for News 7 broadcasts. A minimum of 35 hours per week of on-site work at the LSC-TV broadcast facility is required. Field production appearance and demeanor is as prescribed by the faculty of record. This course may be repeated once. This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 4100 and EJA 4222.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are EJA 3810, EJA 3222, and permission of all instructors. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 6
  
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    EJA 4822 - Performance and Presentation IV


    This performance practicum is designed for visual and editorial students in the EJA Convergence Portfolio courses within the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. Weekly individual critiques and regular workshops will be required as a means to keep our professional news team performing at its best. Topics will include voice coaching, make-up and dress for the camera, and developing a portfolio for the post-graduate world. EJA students in ENG 4910 Portfolio/Thesis for the publication option can elect to take this course or substitute another course approved by the EJA faculty.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 2
  
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    EJA 4840 - Senior Internship


    This course enables students of advanced standing and achievement the opportunity to participate in “on-the-job” work experience in media-related situations separate from the classroom. Students must apply for a co-op in advance, and must meet with their academic advisor for materials, application form, and procedural details. See also the section on cooperative education elsewhere in this catalog. All students applying for co-op placements in EJA must receive departmental approval of the co-op placement and plan.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    VCCJ students applying for co-op placement must have successfully completed EJA 3810.

    Credits: 1 to 6
  
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    EJA 4850 - eJ Convergence Portfolio - I-Team


    This portfolio course applies investigative-reporting techniques to the online (converged) newsroom environment of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. Students produce in-depth, broadcast-quality reports with companion web-content through beat reporting, document research, and public meetings coverage. A minimum of 8 hours each week reporting beyond classroom meetings is required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are EJA 4810 and EJA 4222 or permission. This course must be taken concurrently with EJA 4822. The course may be taken concurrently with EJA 4810 by permission only. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 4851 - eJ Convergence Portfolio - Photojournalism


    This portfolio course allows students to explore and practice the art of photojournalism utilizing both the still and video mediums. Photographers develop visual storytelling techniques in the style and tradition of the National Press Photographers Association. Students enrolled in this class may also work with other students enrolled in the I-Team and/or ENG 4030 publication section of the class.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 4852 - NewsLINC Special Projects


    This course expands upon the VCCJ Practicum III, allowing students to focus on e-journalism. Students work for NewsLINC, the e-journalism platform, producing web-only content and anchoring (with permission) web only segments. Approximately 10-15 hours per week in NewsLINC is required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course is by permission only. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    EJA 4900 - Special Studies in Community Journalism


    This course provides an opportunity for advanced students to pursue topics of specific interest. Study contracts must be submitted to the department chair prior to registration.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 1 to 6
 

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