New Media Journalism Course Descriptions

MEA 100 – Mass Media and Society
3.0 units |  UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
C-ID JOUR 100

Surveys mass communication by examining the interrelationships between media and society, and by defining the history, structures, trends and technologies of mass media content, including print, radio, television, film, digital media and the internet.

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MEA 103 – Exploring Contemporary Television
3.0 units |  CSU 54.00 hours lecture

Recommend Preparation: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H
Examines the contemporary American Television programming genre and analyzes the industry from a variety of perspectives including social, cultural, political, historical and economic.

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MEA 110 – Writing for Journalism and New Media
3.0 units |  CSU 54.00 hours lecture
C-ID JOUR 110

Recommend Preparation: ENGL-091
Introduces language and style as it applies to print, broadcast and new media journalism.


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MEA 111 – Exploring Video Field Production
2.0 units |  CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 27.00 hours lab

Introduces the theory, terminology, operation and aesthetics of field video production, including direction, camera operation, portable lighting, audio, and video recording equipment for on location multimedia production.

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MEA 112 – Exploring Video Studio Production
2.0 units |  CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 27.00 hours lab

Presents the theory and technology of video studio production, including lighting, camera, switcher, special effects, microphones, audio mixer, and videotape recorders including the production process from script to screen through a variety of in-class studio projects.

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MEA 119 – Announcing and Media Performance
3.0 units |  CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab

Introduces the theory and practice of broadcast announcing, emphasizing interpretation of copy and pronunciation. Students learn how to develop an “on-air personality” through vocal delivery, eye contact, and body language, as well as the practical use of audio equipment and ad-libbing.


MEA 125 – News Reporting and Anchoring
3.0 units |  CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab

Recommended Preparation: MEA-110
Presents beginning instruction and practice in new media creation and television production including newsgathering, writing, field camera operation, oncamera reporting, and editing.


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MEA 210 – Intermediate News Reporting/Writing
3.0 units |  CSU 54.00 hours lecture
C-ID JOUR 210

Recommend Preparation: MEA-110
Focuses on coverage of public affairs beats, including local and regional government, police, courts, and school and city boards. Emphasizes both on- and off-campus reporting and writing/news presentation for a variety of news purposes and through multiple platforms.

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MEA 215 – Photojournalism and News Photography
3.0 units |  CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
C-ID JOUR 160

Prerequisite: MEA-120 or PHOTO-150 or PHOTO-155 or PHOTO-160
Introduces contemporary photojournalism and news photography through applications of theory and concepts of visual communication to digital photographic processes to produce news stories, photographic series, and photo-essays. Note: It is recommended that students have access to a Digital SLR camera with manual exposure and interchangeable lenses. (Same as PHOTO-215)


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MEA 225 – News Media Production
3.0 units |  CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
C-ID JOUR 130

Recommended Preparation: MEA-125
Presents advanced instruction and practicum in new media creation, and television production including newsgathering, on-air reporting, studio operation, and written content for online publication, “Cougar News”.

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MEA 230 – Online Production and New Media Management
3.0 units |  CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab

Prerequisite: MEA-225
Capstone course emphasizing practice in supervising and managing student produced online content for cougarnews.com including news, entertainment, features and sports.
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