0701701 News Writing & Editing
This course teaches students foundational concepts and frequent practice of journalism techniques, including research from secondary sources, editing and construction of the narrative, writing in a variety of news and public affairs formats, including breaking news, feature stories, and profiles. Student will also learn about ideals of public service, integrity, commitment to the welfare of the disadvantaged and the practical application of ethical concepts and best practices.
0701702 Reporting & Interviewing
This course teaches students a combination of journalism techniques that will help them build a story for various news sources. This course also introduces students to the practical side of news writing and reporting while exposing students to the process of applying ethical concepts to their work. Students will learn to think like a professional reporter, specifically incorporating the following values in their work: independence form faction and centers of power; truth-seeking;; accuracy; perspective; and the commitment to accurately portray the lives, opinions and desires of the previously-unheard members of society. Students will also learn how to propose stories in a timely, tightly-focused manner, based on pre-reporting and knowledge; and incorporate new or innovative perspectives and sources in story structure. Finally, they will learn how to gather information, by conducting long and short interviews; locating and consulting appropriate experts; finding and using data; consulting and using documents; and assessing the reliability of sources.
0701703 Digital Media I
This class introduces students to the basics of proper use of digital and new media production. It will teach students how to use the latest digital technologies and applications to record, edit, package and publish their news stories online, both to an individual blog and to a common class web site. The skills students will learn include proper use of digital media equipment, including digital SLR cameras, portable digital radio equipment, digital prosumer camcorders, and related accessories, and posting blogs, basic editing and online publishing of audio and video, editing and publishing of digital photos, designing proper presentations, and other online applications. This course is 20% instruction/lecturing and 80% hands-on/application. Students must allocate substantial time every week to go out to the field and gather/record information and edit/publish it in the studios and newsrooms.
0701704 Media Law & Ethics
This course considers the laws that affect journalists and the media in Jordan. It introduces students to the national justice system, including the court structure; examines the democratic principles of freedom of expression, freedom of the media and transparency; and looks at regulatory mechanisms for the media and the various laws and international instruments that limit or enable journalists’ freedom of expression. The first eight weeks are devoted to Jordanian laws. The second eight weeks focus on regional and international laws. The aims of the ethics component of this course are to introduce students to the common ethical frameworks within which journalists practice, to help students develop an awareness of ethical dilemmas they may face and to enable them to assess and discuss them.
0701705 Topical Issues in Jordan and the Middle East
The purpose of the course is to supply students with sufficient knowledge to report on and critically discuss core issues impacting regional politics and the public, and thus to facilitate objective reporting. Core issues will be regional issues, social issues, business/economy, and environmental issues in Jordan and the Middle East.
Reporting & Writing
To further develop the journalistic skills acquired in News Writing & Editing and Reporting & Interviewing, to enable students to operate independently and with confidence in a professional journalism environment and to prepare students to produce an extended piece of journalism in the Capstone Project.
Longer, more complex story structures, including feature writing, opinion writing and an introduction to narrative writing and magazine writing, investigative techniques, developing the non-news story, the use of quotes and anecdotes, the use of graphics, photography and illustration to support long-form writing and reporting
Radio news values, understanding audiences, what makes ‘good’ radio, newsroom and radio station roles, acoustics, writing for the ear (radio news and features), interviewing and reporting for broadcast, presentation skills, editing and production techniques, using sound creatively, operating a studio desk and appropriate ancillary equipment, working effectively in a radio newsroom environment
An introduction to field video production techniques, including shooting, lighting and sound recording for interviews, press conferences, breaking news and illustrative footage, posting video online for social networking and Web TV, basic video editing using digital software, on-camera reporting techniques, narration and voice-over video, writing to pictures, and to become familiar with a television news studio program,
0701708 Digital Media II
This class covers advanced digital and new media production skills. It teaches students how to use record, edit, package and publish professional-quality news stories online, both to an individual blog and to a common class web site. The skills students learn include advanced use of professional digital media equipment, (photo, video and audio), advanced photo, video and audio editing, Flash multimedia production and other advanced digital applications. This course is 20% instruction/lecturing and 80% hands-on/application. Students must allocate substantial time every week to go out to the field and gather/record information and edit/publish it in the studios and newsrooms.
0701709 Research Methods and Computer Assisted Research
This course has two main aims: to train students on critically analyzing and reporting science-based stories and effectively use research methods and instruments (especially interviews) as basic tools for investigative reporting. The course introduces students to research concepts and logic, and techniques of data collection, including the mining of databases. The course informs students about the logic, concepts and conduct of research, so they can find, read, understand, critique and write about scientific studies in their daily work as journalists, and use research techniques in investigative reporting. The students also get exposed to the logic of scientific investigation, different research methods and effective ways to read and report on basic statistics. Topics covered include effective searching for information in databases and libraries; reporting and evaluation of various forms of knowledge and publications; effective use of research methods and instruments in investigative reporting; accurate interpretation and reporting of scientific findings.
0701710 Specialized Reporting
The aims of this course are to help students develop greater expertise and ease in covering specific, subjects of great importance to the region, and to give students a strong, fundamental understanding of these subjects, preparing them to act as interlocutors between the “expert community” and the public. Students will produce four in-depth works of journalism which demonstrate their ability to absorb, understand, extrapolate, edit and structure information drawn from specified sources, including government and NGO reports, corporate information, scientific and demographic studies and their own reporting and interviewing of experts. Topic covered will include energy and natural resources issues; international and regional relations; social structure and demography; business and economics.
0701711 Public Policy & Public Affairs in Jordan and the Arab World
This course deals with the political system of Jordan and the region, the nature of public administration, as activity and as discipline, and public finance. The course aims to arm students with the knowledge that will allow them to report on political systems, public administration, public affairs and public finance. Students are expected to develop an understanding and sense of appreciation for the role of public administration, in historical perspective and in contemporary society. It also deals with the use of the public budget as an instrument of fiscal policy and the management of public resources. The course will familiarize students with national budget development, how priorities are set and how economies are planned to produce specific results.
0701801 Capstone Project
The Capstone Project aims at engaging the students in journalistic practice, leading to the production of a research or media project (print, video or audio), at a high professional level, in which theory and field work are integrated. The project will be based on the skills and knowledge gained during the program. The project will be presented to a panel of judges, comprising members of JMI's faculty and specialists.