School of Media & Strategic Communications

Multimedia Journalism Courses


MMJ 3153 Fundamentals of Audio and Video Production. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 and MC 2023 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a minimum grade of 75 on Language Proficiency Exam. Theory and practice of basic audio and video production techniques leading to later applications in radio, television and multimedia production.

MMJ 3263 Reporting. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 and MC 2023 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a minimum grade of 5 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Introduces the basic sources, documents and reporting techniques needed to cover typical government beats. Real-world assignments provide practical experience reporting and writing on deadline across media platforms such as print, broadcast and Web. News judgment as well as interviewing, time-management and writing skills will be addressed. Gathering news in an ethical manner and telling substantive, multimedia stories that encompass the community’s diversity are emphasized.

MMJ 3293 Information Graphics. Prerequisite(s): 3263 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Using computer-designed charts, maps, graphs, diagrams and other visual representations of information to tell the news. Combines theories of nonverbal communication and practical application. Includes the basic design concepts and techniques for creating TV and video graphics.

MMJ 3313 Editing in a Multimedia Environment. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3263 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Principles and practice in editing copy for print, broadcast and Web, selecting pictures and video and writing headlines, cutlines, blurbs, teases and promos. Strong emphasis placed on language usage and ethical decision-making.

MMJ 3553 Advanced Reporting. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3153 with grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment; 3263 with “C” or better; and minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Broadcast news writing and reporting techniques with an emphasis on producing multimedia stories. Provides practical experience reporting breaking news for webcasts and radio.

MMJ 3623 Internet Communication. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 2003 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Theoretical and practical understanding of how the Internet is changing the way mass media and media-related organizations communicate with audiences.

MMJ 3773 Voice Production and Performance. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 and MC 2023 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Covers the physical aspects of voice production and how to train and maintain the voice for effective communication. Students will improve their interviewing skills and become more effective communicators, with emphasis on conducting live interviews, ad-libbing and working with a teleprompter.

MMJ 3823 Photography I. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Expression of visual communications through photography. Creating and producing photographs using digital equipment and understanding lenses, exposures, color and composition. Manipulation, color and tone correction of photography using photo-editing software. For students who want an elementary understanding of photography or to prepare for advanced work in photography or photojournalism.

MMJ 3873 Audio Production. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3153 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language  Proficiency Exam. Prepares stduents to work in radio and internet audio production and imaging. Students prepare and present materials in a broadcasting situation.

MMJ 3900 Multimedia Journalism Internship. 1-3 credits, max 3. Prerequisite(s): 3153 or 3263 with a grade of “C” or better and consent of instructor; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Internship practice for qualified multimedia journalism students who wish creative communications experience beyond that available in the classroom.

MMJ 3913 Field Production. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3153 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Video production techniques, including camera, audio, lighting, staging, producing, post production, graphics and on-camera performance. Project-driven and emulates actual client-based productions. Emphasizes constant planning and evaluation of productions.

MMJ 3943 Photojournalism. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Theory and practice in the digital techniques of photojournalism. Intermediate concepts of lighting, composition, action and storytelling via digital photography. A basic understanding of photography and photo developing necessary. Must have access to 35mm single reflex or digital camera.

MMJ 4093 Extreme Digital Persuasion. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3913 with a grade of “B” or better and instructor approval. Broadcast post-production techniques at an advanced level utilizing AfterEffects, Adobe CS3/4, Final Cut Pro Studio, Dreamweaver, and others. Special topics/projects in areas such as commercial productions, corporate communication productions, political digital media, web & broadcast, and topical productions. This course has been designed to be project driven and to emulate actual client based productions.

MMJ 4243 Programs and Audiences. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 with a grade “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Audience analysis, proper construction of programs for greatest appeal and use of appeals to attract the desired audience. Program types, rating systems, program selection and audience attention. Design and discussion of programs to reach specific audiences.

MMJ 4313 Public Affairs Reporting. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3263 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Reporting techniques empowering journalists to fulfill their watchdog role in a democracy. Practical experience in accurately reporting and writing on deadline. Focus on a multimedia mindset to tell the news of government through people. Emphasizes importance of human diversity and cultivating sources ethically. Stresses the use of government documents.

MMJ 4393 Computer-Assisted Journalism. Prerequisite(s): 3263 with a grade “C” or better, minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam; STAT 2013 or STAT 2023 or STAT 2053. Provides practical experience using the computer as a tool in news-gathering and data analysis. Explains how to interpret statistics and use mathematical relationships to inform the public. Assignments include finding information on the Internet, analyzing data using a spreadsheet, and downloading and analyzing data from the World Wide Web. Students create databases and learn how to use a database manager and basic computer programming language to ask questions of data.

MMJ 4413 Advanced Reporting and Writing. Prerequisite(s): 4313 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Enhancement of writing style and reporting techniques; evaluation of sources and polling practices, and investigative coverage of newsmakers and events.

MMJ 4423 Design for a Converged News Media. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3293 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Design principles, techniques and practices for a converging media. Includes photo editing and introduction to type for print and online. Emphasizes ethical decision-making in content selection and placement.

MMJ 4433 Feature Writing for Newspaper and Magazine. Prerequisite(s): 15 credit hours of English or journalism course work. Newspaper features and special articles for general circulation magazines, business and trade journals; sources, materials, markets and other factors pertinent to nonfiction writing.

MMJ 4540 Specialized Multimedia Journalism Applications. 3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 3153 or 3263 with a grade of “C” or better and consent of department; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Professional journalism at an advanced level. Special topics in areas such as announcing, performance, political, business and investigative reporting; advanced layout and design or audio production; feature, column and editorial writing. Course content varies by semester. Meets with MC 5540. No credit for students in MC 5540.

MMJ 4553 Newscast Production. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3553 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Advanced broadcast news writing with emphasis on techniques of feature and in-depth reporting for radio, television and cable television. Students work up to two full-time days per semester producing OSU cable news show and serve as writers and anchors

MMJ 4573 Broadcast Documentary. Prerequisite(s): 3553 and 3913 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Student-written and produced broadcast and cablecast minidocumentaries; analysis of selected programs.

MMJ 4753 Media and Elections. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 and MC 2023 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a, minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Examination of media’s role in the political process with primary emphasis on print and broadcast journalism practices. Meets with MC 5753. No credit for students with credit in MC 5753.

MMJ 4773 Censorship. Prerequisite(s): MC 2003 and MC 2023 with a grade of “C” or better in both; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. A critical examination of historical and contemporary occurrences of censorship from legal, philosophical, political, religious and sociological perspectives. The course will explore the definition of censorship, the common elements found in all forms of censorship, the rationalizations and justifications for censorship, and the consequences and unintended results of censorship. No credit for students with credit in MC 5773. (Same course as MC 5773).

MMJ 4863 Managing Multimedia News Outlets. Prerequisite(s): 3263 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Basic issues, concepts, operational procedures and strategies associated with effectively managing media corporations. Examines management operations related to media convergence. Emphasis is placed on making ethical decisions and administrative choices in staffing and content that reflect a community’s diversity. No credit for students with credit in MC 5863. (Same course as MC 5863).

MMJ 4953 Advanced Production Practices. Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3913 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Advanced professional television production. Student-produced and directed television programs, including “specials,” for distribution on cable or other professional media.

MMJ 4960 Live Field Production. 3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 3153 with a grade of “C” or better; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam or consent of instructor. Develop a live, in-the-field production from writing a program proposal to an actual live broadcast. Students determine what equipment is needed; conduct a site survey to develop a location plot for the site; determine the best location for the cameras and master control area; write a facilities request; and create scripts for the pre-parade show and the Homecoming parade broadcast. Students also learn proper techniques of in-the-field videography, switching (live editing), and audio.

MMJ 4970 OStateReport.

MMJ 4973 Multimedia Journalism Capstone. Prerequisite(s): 4313 or 4423 or 4953 with a grade of “C” or better in each; and a minimum grade of 75 on the Language Proficiency Exam. Separate, concurrent lectures teach advanced principles and techniques to students specializing in reporting, design or broadcast production. Students from each lecture section come together as teams to create multimedia news products.