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JRN-101 Media & Society

This course examines the ways that the media participates in shaping social reality. Students will analyze and interpret the roles of the media in a democratic society in regard to a variety of cultural, political and economic problems.


Past Courses

JRN 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
A study of the techniques and effects of mass media in modern society; an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between the citizen and information sources. Press, radio, TV, film, and other sources analyzed from historical, technical, ethical, and potential viewpoints.


The Business of Television

An examination of the changes in Radio and Television broadcasting from sales and promotions, regulation, programming, community radio,

public access cable telelvision, radio and television news and Internet convergence.

This course served as a bridge from JRN 100, to JRN 235.

Introduction to Sportswriting

A course designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of covering sports for print and the Internet. Subjects covered included beat reporting, columns, pregame and game coverage, interviews, press conferences,

features/sidebar stories and deadline pressure.

History of Sports Journalism

An investigation of sports journalism and its history, particularly of major league spectator sports and discussion of issues in various media including newspapers, radio, television and Internet.

Subjects reviewed included writers from Grantland Rice to David Halberstam, the introduction of electronic media to major league sports,

the emergence of the Internet and ethics.

 Also reviewed were significant sports stories in American culture including the boxing matches of Joe Lewis and Max Schmelling, the 1936 Olympics, Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB "color line" , Title IX and the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs match.


Comm 175  Introduction to Communication Studies
A survey of the basic principles and theories of communication applied to the following contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, mass media, and online communication.

At WVU: 1998-2000


Journalism 1 Introduction to Mass Communication.

The role of mass communication in developing political, social, and economic fabrics of a democratic society, including the organization and function of newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and other principal media, including the role of advertising and public relations.



Broadcast News 117 Introduction to Broadcasting.

Survey of the broadcasting industry from the perspective of broadcast journalism, including historical development, federal regulation, industry codes, professional responsibilities, broadcasting research, and contemporary developments including cablevision.


News Editorial 227. History of Journalism.

Development of media from seventeenth-century England and the American colonies; great names in journalism; freedom of the press and its implications for and impact on the nation.

       JRL 1 class taking first quiz of the semester, January 1999.

Marc Ryan

Media Arts Center

Room 120



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