Mass Communication Courses (COMM)

  1. 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
  2. 204 Audio Production for Radio and the Web
  3. 207 Video Production for Television and the Web
  4. 208 Fundamentals of Journalism for Print and the Web
  5. 244 Topics in Mass Communication
  6. 245 Media Management
  7. 260 Sports Journalism and Broadcasting
  8. 264 Media Practicum: Audio and Radio Production
  9. 265 Media Practicum: Media Sales
  10. 267 Media Practicum: Video and Television Production
  11. 268 Media Practicum: News Writing and Reporting
  12. 269 Media Practicum: New Media Production
  13. 270 Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting
  14. 300 News and Feature Writing
  15. 307 Advanced Video Production
  16. 311 Law of Mass Communication
  17. 324 Electronic Journalism
  18. 330 Public Relations
  19. 395 Seminar in Media, Politics and Democracy
  20. 404 Advanced Media Practicum: KMSC Department Head
  21. 405 Advanced Media Practicum: Media Sales Management
  22. 407 Advanced Media Practicum: MCT Department Head
  23. 408 Advanced Media Practicum: Collegian Reporter Editor
  24. 409 Advanced Media Practicum: New Media Production
  25. 410 Advanced Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting Management
  26. 430 Senior Thesis
  27. 434 Corporate Communication Internship
  28. 435 Mass Media Internship
  29. 436 New Media Production Internship
  30. 444 Topics in Mass Communication
  31. 455 Mass Communication Capstone Seminar
  32. 480 Preceptorship in Mass Communication

101 Introduction to Mass Communication

4 Credits

Introduces students to the history of mass media with a discussion of issues involved in the media.

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204 Audio Production for Radio and the Web

4 Credits

Students produce projects to help learn production techniques of audio in various media. Live broadcasts on KMSC are required.

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207 Video Production for Television and the Web

4 Credits

This course teaches students the techniques of manipulating single-camera (film style) as well as multi-camera (live television style), lighting, sound and editing during pre-production, production and post-production.

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208 Fundamentals of Journalism for Print and the Web

4 Credits

A writing course that teaches students how to gather, report and present news in print and on the web while also giving an introduction to the fundamentals of news writing across media.

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244 Topics in Mass Communication

4 Credits

This class explores a variety of topics in media studies. Possible topics include Documentary, Literary Journalism, History of Mass Media and Public Opinion and Propaganda. Students may repeat the class if a different topic is chosen.

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245 Media Management

4 Credits

Media Management offers a comprehensive look at media management including such topics as the basic schools of management theory, specific organizational structures for various media, regulations governing media, broadcast sales, research and ratings, and employment opportunities in media.

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260 Sports Journalism and Broadcasting

4 Credits

With an emphasis on radio play-by-play, students will also write and produce sports stories for broadcast, print and the web. The course also covers sports radio talk shows and highlights segments. Participation on KMSC sports broadcasts and video webcasts required.

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264 Media Practicum: Audio and Radio Production

2 Credits

This practicum gives students a supervised hands-on experience with KMSC. Live weekly on-air shifts on the Morningside student radio station are required.

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265 Media Practicum: Media Sales

2 Credits

Students are given classroom instruction with hands-on practical experience in media sales. Students work individually and in small groups to sell advertising (non-commercial) for Morningside’s student media (Collegian Reporter, KMSC, MCTV).

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267 Media Practicum: Video and Television Production

2 Credits

Students are given supervised hands-on experience with MCTV. Regular contributions to the student cable TV channel are required.

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268 Media Practicum: News Writing and Reporting

2 Credits

This practicum allows students to participate in the production of the campus newspaper. Students will utilize their reporting, writing, design and/or photographic skills.

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269 Media Practicum: New Media Production

2 Credits

Students experience a hands-on opportunity of developing and/or maintaining a Morningside College web site in this practicum.

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270 Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting

2 Credits

This practicum puts students in charge of KMSC radio broadcasts and video webcasts of Morningside athletic events.

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300 News and Feature Writing

4 Credits

In News and Feature Writing, students examine and practice researching, organizing, writing and producing news and feature articles. The course provides analysis of long-form journalism, literary journalism and criticism.

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307 Advanced Video Production

4 Credits

A project oriented course making extensive use of video cameras and sophisticated video production software. Projects include television advertisements, public service announcements, news packages, instructional videos, documentaries and short films.

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311 Law of Mass Communication

4 Credits

Study of First Amendment issues, including libel and privacy. The course develops an important area of knowledge for persons planning careers in mass communication, but will also be of interest to media consumers because of the role law plays in shaping media content.

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324 Electronic Journalism

4 Credits

An introduction to producing news stories and features for radio, television and the web. Live newscasts on KMSC are required.

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330 Public Relations

4 Credits

Principles and practice of public relations in commercial and non-commercial fields; publicity and promotion campaigns emphasized.

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395 Seminar in Media, Politics and Democracy

4 Credits

Explores the intersections of democratic theory and media theory in the context of media coverage of electoral politics.

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404 Advanced Media Practicum: KMSC Department Head

2 Credits

A supervised leadership position at KMSC radio involving management of student staff and resources.

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405 Advanced Media Practicum: Media Sales Management

2 Credits

Classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience in media sales management. Students help lead and work with other students individually and in small groups to sell advertising and underwriting (non-commercial advertising) for Morningside student media (Collegian Reporter, KMSC and MCTV).

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407 Advanced Media Practicum: MCT Department Head

2 Credits

A supervised leadership position at MCTV involving management of student staff and resources.

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408 Advanced Media Practicum: Collegian Reporter Editor

2 Credits

A supervised leadership position at the Collegian Reporter involving management of student staff and resources.

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409 Advanced Media Practicum: New Media Production

2 Credits

Supervised development and maintenance of a Morningside College web site using advanced web development tools.

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410 Advanced Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting Management

2 Credits

Supervised management of KMSC radio broadcasts and video webcasts of Morningside athletic events.

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430 Senior Thesis

2 Credits

A directed course of study to demonstrate the advanced student's proficiency in an area of media criticism agreed upon by the student and the instructor. Topics may come from any area of mass communication, or be combined with production work.

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434 Corporate Communication Internship

2 Credits

A supervised work experience in public relations which allows students to bring together theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the classroom with practical experiences in the workplace.

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435 Mass Media Internship

2 Credits

A supervised work experience in electronic media which allows students to bring together theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the classroom with practical experiences in the workplace.

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436 New Media Production Internship

2 Credits

A supervised work experience in new media that allows students to combine theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the classroom with practical experiences in the workplace.

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444 Topics in Mass Communication

4 Credits

Explores a variety of topics in media studies. Possible topics include Documentary, Literary Journalism, History of the Mass Media and Public Opinion and Propaganda.

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455 Mass Communication Capstone Seminar

4 Credits

Topic-oriented seminar. Students will synthesize and apply what they have learned in the mass communication curriculum and demonstrate their communication competence.

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480 Preceptorship in Mass Communication

4 Credits

In this course, a student assists faculty in teaching and conducting research in preparation for future graduate work. Includes tutoring, proctoring, course planning and preparation.

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