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College of Journalism & Mass Communications Special Topics Classes

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Special topic courses are new or emerging classes offered for three credit hours during a regular academic session - fall, spring or summer semesters.

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Spring 2023

ADPR 491/891.701 | 3 credit hoursSocial Media Data Mining and AnalysisONLINE

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Social media provides a wealth of data that can generate invaluable insights for journalists, advertising professionals and public relations practitioners. While professional social media monitoring tools are available, they are often expensive and inaccessible to small businesses or organizations. Luckily, many social media companies share public data we can harvest for free. This class teaches you methods to harvest social media data with R and Python, analyze these data and identify actionable insights from social media data mining.

*Students should have a basic understanding of statistics (such as measures of central tendency and dispersion) and be familiar with social media.

Faculty: Bryan Wang

SPMC 391.001 | 3 credit hoursTelevision Sports ReportingTR 9:30am-10:45am

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Producing sports stories and information through a variety of sources, including television, social media and on the web.

*This section is for ADPR/SPMC/JOUR majors only. BRDC majors should enroll in BRDC 376.001

Prerequisites: JOMC 101, JOMC 130-134, JOUR 200A with a C or higher; ADPR 151, ADPR 221, ADPR 283 or BRDC 227, BRDC 269, BRDC 260 or SPMC 150, 250 or JOUR 200B with a C or higher

Faculty: Bill Doleman

BRDC 391.001 | 3 credit hoursAdvanced Audio Content CreationTR 9:30am-10:45am

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Advanced Audio Content Creation is designed to facilitate growth in audio theory, performance and production. Learn advanced skills in audio production including refined use of the voice, digital editing, use of sound effects, complex music editing, writing and audio content creation planning for a variety of audio platforms.

Prerequisites: JOMC 101, JOMC 130-134, JOUR 200A with a C or higher; ADPR 151, ADPR 221, ADPR 283 or BRDC 227, BRDC 269, BRDC 260 or SPMC 150, 250 or JOUR 200B with a C or higher

Faculty: Kaci Richter

SPMC 391.003/JOUR 391.003 | 3 credit hoursSports PhotojournalismTR 2pm-3:15pm

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

This course will focus on capturing great storytelling moments of organized and competitive sports for the editorial market. Topics covered in the course will include how to prepare to cover an event, equipment needs, pregame and postgame workflow, editing on deadline and working as a team for complete coverage of a sporting event. Understand the strategies involved with covering sporting events as an individual photographer or as part of a team of photographers.

    • Capture and understand the distinction between sports action, sports feature, dejection photos, jubilation photos and sports picture stories.
    • Understand the in-depth processes involved with shooting, editing and submitting
    • storytelling photographs on tight deadline from sporting events.
    • Utilize skills to light sporting venues with large and small strobes and the ability to set up and use remote cameras.
    • Add more in-depth and quality sports photos that will help round out a student’s photojournalism portfolio.

Preferred prerequisites: JOMC 130s completed or DSLR camera proficiency.

Faculty: Shoun Hill

BRDC 391.002 | 3 credit hoursAdvanced VideographyTR 2pm-3:15pm

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Audiences watch an average of 16 hours of online video content weekly. Advanced Videography focuses on the use of current industry and experimental techniques in video editing and production. Learn advanced skills to improve the quality of your video production. This includes concepting ideas, storyboarding, video content creation planning for a variety of video platforms, live streaming, video editing techniques, postproduction effects, working with audio, and editing 360 video.

Prerequisites: JOMC 101, JOMC 130-134, JOUR 200A with a C or higher; ADPR 151, ADPR 221, ADPR 283 or BRDC 227, BRDC 269, BRDC 260 or SPMC 150, 250 or JOUR 200B with a C or higher

Faculty: TBD

JOUR 391.001 | 3 credit hoursNews Literacy: Trusting news in hyper-polarized eraTR 3:30pm-4:45pm

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Seventy-four percent of Americans can't tell the difference between real news and fake news-between fact and opinion according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. Nearly seven in 10 Americans said they worry about fake news being used as "a weapon." Almost two-thirds (63 percent) said the average person does not know how to tell good journalism from rumor or falsehoods. (Source: Pew Research Center) In the U.S. and abroad, anxiety over misinformation has increased alongside political polarization and growing fragmentation of the media. Faith in expertise and institutions has declined, cynicism has risen, and citizens are becoming their own information curators. All of these trends are fundamentally changing the way people arrive at the kind of informed opinions that can drive effective governance and political compromise. In this class, you'll learn how to detect and measure the bias, accuracy, and reliability of news stories you read, hear and watch every day.

Faculty: Barney McCoy

ADPR 491/891.001 | 3 credit hoursDigital Motion GraphicsR 5:30pm-8:20pm

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Creating digital motion graphics and animation using compositing and animation software. Covers project creation, techniques, workflow management, and related post-production work.

*This section is for ADPR/SPMC/JOUR majors only. BRDC majors should enroll in BRDC 433/833.001

Contact your adviser with questions
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Andrea Gaghagen
Assistant Director of Advising
402-472-3074
agaghagen@unl.edu

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Anne McConkey
Academic Adviser
402-472-3041
anne.mcconkey@unl.edu

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Bridgett Grant
Academic Adviser
402-472-3042
bgrant2@unl.edu

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Karez Hassan
Academic Adviser
402-472-9853
karezhassan@unl.edu