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Mass Communication Courses

Last updated September 15, 2017

Mass Communication courses at Morningside

COMM 101 - Introduction to Mass Communication (4 credits)

Introduction to and the history of mass media, including radio, television, publishing, film, advertising, and print. Discussion of contemporary issues involving the mass media. 

COMM 204 - Audio Production for Radio and Web (4 credits)

Students produce projects designed to acquaint themselves with the genres, styles and production techniques of audio in various media, with particular attention to the radio industry. Live broadcasts on KMSC requires. 

COMM 207 - Video Production for Television and Web (4 credits)

The techniques of manipulating single-camera (film style) as well as multi-camera (live television style), lighting, sound, and non-linear, editing during pre-production, production, and post-production. 

COMM 208 - Fundamentals of Journalism for Print and the Web (4 credits)

Writing course with an emphasis on gathering, reporting, and presenting news in print and on the web. Introduction to the fundamentals of news writing across media; practice in organization, interviewing, and revision. 

COMM 244 - Topics in Mass Communication (4 credits)

Explores a variety of topics in media studies. Possible topics include documentary, literary journalism, history of mass media, and public opinion and propaganda. May be repeated if a different topic. 

COMM 260 - Sports Journalism and Broadcasting (4 credits)

Emphasis on radio play-by-play. Students also write and produce sports stories for broadcast, print, and the web. Also covers sports radio talk shows, and sports highlights segments. Participation in KMSC sports broadcasts and video webcasts required. 

COMM 264 - Media Practicum: Audio and Radio Production (2 credits)

Supervised hands-on experience with KMSC. Like weekly on-air shifts on the Morningside student radio station. May be repeated once. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits. 

COMM 265 - Media Practicum: Media Sales (2 credits)

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

COMM 267 - Media Practicum: Video and Television Production (2 credits)

Supervised hands-on experience with MCTV. Regular contributions to the student cable TV channel required. May be repeated once. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 268 - Media Practicum: News Writing and Reporting (2 credits)

Participation in the production of the campus newspaper. Students will utilize their reporting, writing, design and/or photographic skills. May be repeated once. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 269 - Media Practicum: New Media Production (2 credits)

Supervised hands-on experience developing and/or maintaining a Morningside College web site. May be repeated once. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 270 - Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting (2 credits)

Supervised hands-on experience with KMSC radio broadcasts and video web casts of Morningside athletic events. May be repeated once. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 300 - News and Feature Writing (4 credits)

Examination and practice in researching, organizing, writing and producing news and feature articles. Analysis of long–form journalism, literary journalism and criticism.

COMM 309 - Media Management (4 credits)

A comprehensive look at media management, including such topics as the basic schools of management theory; specific organizational structures for various media such as radio, TV, cable TV, newspaper, and Public Broadcasting; regulations governing media, broadcast sales, research and ratings; and employment opportunities in media.

COMM 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.

COMM 324 - Electronic Journalism (4 credits)

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

COMM 330 - Public Relations (4 credits)

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

COMM 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. Includes a major research project.

COMM 404 - Advanced Media Practicum: KMSC Department Head (2 credits)

A supervised leadership position at KMSC radio involving management of student staff and resources. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 405 - Advanced Media Practicum: Media Sales Management (2 credits)

Classroom instruction on 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).

COMM 407 - Advanced Media Practicum: MCTV Department Head (2 credits)

A supervised leadership position at MCTV involving management of student staff and resources. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 408 - Advanced Media Practicum: Collegian Reporter Editor (2 credits)

A supervised leadership position at the Collegian Reporter involving management of student staff and resources. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 409 - Advanced Media Practicum: New Media Production (2 credits)

Supervised development and maintenance of a Morningside College website using advanced web development tools. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 410 - Advanced Media Practicum: Sports Broadcasting Management (2 credits)

Supervised management of KMSC radio broadcasts and video web casts of Morningside athletic events. Students may take a maximum of 8 media practicum credits.

COMM 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.

COMM 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 work place.

COMM 435 - Mass Media Internship (2 credits)

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

COMM 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 work place.

COMM 444 - Topics in Mass Communication: Media Management (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. May be repeated if a different topic.

COMM 455 - Mass Communication Capstone Seminar (4 credits)

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

COMM 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.