Special Topic Classes

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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Summer 2020

ADPR 491/891.002 | 3 credit hours | Online May 18 - July 10Social Intelligence

Every day millions of people across the globe discuss brands on social media, write reviews, post on reddit and YouTube and share their life experiences online. These online posts are key signifiers for businesses, brands and organizations to utilize social listening to track, analyze and respond to what's being said about them. Social listening allows businesses and organizations to track online sentiment, adjust strategies in real time, provide the best customer service, identify influencers, gain insight on their competitors and even find new sales leads. This course will equip you with the strategies and tools needed establish a social listening program to achieve business and organizational goals.

Faculty: Tyler Thomas

JGEN 184.800 | 3 credit hours | Online July 13 - August 13Introduction to Basic Photography/Videography

Apply theoretical information and develop practical skills in electronic media to communicate messages using visual and audio tools and techniques. Students will utilize electronic media to communicate visually and aurally. The course is designed to further develop the creative thought process through visual storytelling.

Faculty: Luis Peon-Casanova

JOMC 380.800 | 3 credit hours | Online July 13 - August 13Global News in the Age of Social Media

This course is an ACE 9 certified course available to all university students. It is an extremely current and relevant way for students to exhibit global awareness and knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue. Students will analyze the spread of verified information and misinformation about coronavirus from news organizations and social media. The class is also planned to include worldwide remote virtual video discussions with journalists.

Faculty: Gary Kebbel

JOMC 391.801 | 3 credit hours | Online July 13 - August 13Pandemics in Literature and Literary Journalism

This course allows students to take a course rooted in language and culture while learning about the pandemics in literature and literary journalism. Works include Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, Boccaccio's The Decameron, Albert Camus' The Plague, and various writers in contemporary media.

Faculty: Maria Marron

ADPR 491/891.800 | 3 credit hours | Online July 13 - August 13User Experience (UX) Research and Design

Combining UX Research and UX Design focuses on the creation of great interactions with owned media, specifically digital products. The course will connect design concepts with applied research methods. It connects the research methods courses to the Digital Insights and Analytics course.

Faculty: Adam Wagler

Fall 2020

ADPR 491.001 | 3 credit hours | MWF 12:30-1:20 p.m.Event Planning

Owned branded experiences are popping up everywhere. From conferences and trade shows to activations and on-site experiences, connecting with the consumer can provide a lasting experience in a physical space. Branded experiences can promote awareness, purchases and loyalty. This course will explore the purpose of an owned experience and experiential marketing. The students will explore the psychology and anatomy of experiential opportunities for brands. It will allow you to plan an end-to-end branded experience for a brand, while giving you the tools to critique them too. You will gain an understanding of pre-planning, logistics, budgeting, execution and post-event follow up for event planning that can be translated across industries.

Faculty: Kelli Britten

ADPR 491.002 | 3 credit hours | TR 3:30-4:45 p.m.Political Campaign Communication

Dive into the strategy and execution of a political campaign. Study the roles of campaign staff, hear from campaign experts, discuss/evaluate the current Presidential and Nebraska U.S. Senate campaigns. And then run your own campaigns. As a group, you’ll be assigned a fictional candidate for Congress, and you’ll have to play your own role as campaign staff. Simulate the activities of a campaign week-by-week, and develop the strategy that goes into each component. Gain an understanding for how the activities of a political campaign parallel the roles/activities for clients in a public relations, advertising or public affairs firm.

Faculty: Deb Fiddelke

JOMC 391.001 | 3 credit hours | TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.The Presidential Election and the Media

This course will examine Election 2020 from a media perspective -- traditional legacy media such as newspapers (online), radio and TV. It will also explore social media, and examine the rhetoric, campaigns, and semiotics of the election.

Faculty: Maria Marron

JOMC 491/891.001 | 3 credit hours | MW, 1:30-3:20 p.m.Reporting Climate Change

Apply to be a part of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' award-winning Depth Reporting program during Spring semester 2020 where you will explore the Earth's changing climate and what it means for our future. Telling this story will require an energetic team of writers, photographers, videographers, graphic artists, social media managers, web designers and data researchers. It will also require an additional group of students whose passion and fervor for the project will help make for a better world. Undergraduate and graduate majors from all UNL colleges are encouraged to apply

Faculty: Joe Starita

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Grad Only Fall 2020

JOMC 891.792 | 3 credit hours | Online Oct. 26 - Dec.18Social Media and the Digital Landscape

Social Media continues to transform and disrupt our digital world on a daily basis. A million new social media users are born every day and on average, people around the world spend 15 hours a week on social media. This course introduces students to the idea of social influence and how social media trends are changing the way information flows into our society. Through Socratic-based discussions, students will explore the impact of social media on global political and social change movements.

Preferred pre-requisites: Students will be required to critically, think, analyze and write at an advanced level so at least an introductory writing course is recommended, for example: English 150/151, ADPR 221, JOUR 200A or JOUR 200B. 

Faculty: Jemalyn Griffin
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