Core Course: News as a Moral Battleground

This course is open to all students, but is required for Certificate students.

PJMS 371, PUBPOL 371, ETHICS 259

News as a Moral Battleground

Ethical inquiry into journalism traditions and their effects on public discourse. Issues include accuracy, transparency, conflicts of interest and fairness. Examines the role of the news media in holding the government accountable to the public for policies and actions. Professor Bennett, who teaches the course in the fall, focuses on a key area of tension between the media and the state: the reporting of national security secrets. Professor Adair, who teaches the course in the spring, focuses on trust in the media using episodes of plagiarism and fabrication as case studies. Instructors: Adair (spring) or Bennett (fall). Codes: EI, R, W, SS.(Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

Journalism Practicum Course Cluster

The following courses are open to all undergraduates, but Certificate students must take at least one:

PJMS 367S-01, PUBPOL 367S-01, VMS 307S-01

News Writing and Reporting

Seminar on reporting and writing news and feature stories for newspapers. Students required to produce actual news stories every week, based on original reporting and writing, including interviews, use of the Internet and electronic databases, public records, and written publications. Written assignments critiqued in class; final project. Instructor consent required. Codes: R, W, SS. Taught in the Fall by Professor Adair, and Spring by Professor Rogerson. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

PJMS 366S-01, DOCST 356S, PUBPOL 366S, VMS 306S

Magazine Journalism

Storytelling techniques of magazine journalism; historical and contemporary writing for magazines; and visual impact in print. Students develop experience in different kinds of magazine writing. Codes: W, SS (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

Capstone Course

This course is open only to Certificate students, for whom it is required.

PJMS 410-01

Policy Journalism and Media Studies Capstone Course

Capstone course for the Policy Journalism and Media Studies certificate. Course to be taken after the student completes an internship in a media organization. Designed to integrate student's practical experience with the more conceptual and theoretical knowledge gleaned from the classroom. Students meet in formal course setting to discuss what they have learned, present examples of the work they have accomplished culminating in a research paper. Course requirements include writing a major research paper that synthesizes ideas and concepts learned in coursework with the internship's practical experience and a class presentation about the student's internship. Instructor consent required. Codes: R, SS. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

Elective courses offered Fall 2017

These courses are open to all undergraduates. Certificate students must take at least 3. (If you find a course you think could be included in this list, please let us know. Contact

PJMS 290S-10

Watchdog Reporting in Politics

Political journalists need to do more than report on polls and offer punditry. At its best, the press plays a vital role in politics, holding elected officials accountable for their words and campaign promises. This course is open to both experienced journalism students as well as people who are new to news writing and reporting. It will focus on fundamental reporting techniques and resources. We will review and use the public documents and data tools that journalists rely on to scrutinize the records, veracity and finances of politicians and government officials. Our class discussions and guest speakers will help us explore contextual and ethical issues, such as the boundaries of a public official's private conduct and the ways that politicians - and sometimes those who cover them - misinterpret and misrepresent factual information. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

PJMS 290S-20

Journalism in the Age of Data

From coverage of everything from state-level environmental policy to international terrorism, data has never been as important to quality enterprise journalism as it is right now. Data literacy has become an essential part of holding leaders accountable, and that skill properly wielded can aid in a journalist’s ability to tell important stories that impact his or her community. Through an in-depth examination of the most current tools, techniques and reporting of the world’s top investigative journalists, this class will provide the means to acquire, analyze and interview data to discover story ideas and draw conclusions about the inner workings and far-reaching effects of public policy. In addition to learning the practical uses of spreadsheet software, relational databases and programming for problem-solving, students will also discuss and consider the limitations of data and the importance of writing clear, understandable methodologies for audiences and editors. Although students should have some familiarity with basic journalism concepts, no specific technical or mathematical skills are required. Taught by two working journalists: Jeremy Bowers (Senior Editor for News Applications, New York Times) and Tyler Dukes (Public Records Reporter, WRAL and returning Nieman Fellow) (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

PJMS 290S-30, PUBPOL 290S-30

The City Beat, Reporting Durham: Strategies for reporting on local government

This experiential course on news coverage of local communities uses Durham as a focal point. Students explore how Durham city, county government and associated boards and commissions operate and public policy decisions are made. They report and write breaking news, feature articles and enterprise stories from Durham City Council, County Commissioners, School Board, Police departments, and community-wide events. Students learn, and apply through reporting and writing, N.C. Public Records and Open Meetings Law. They will need to consider ethical challenges reporters face when covering local communities. Students also engage social media for sourcing and promoting reporting. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

PJMS 290T-01, 02, 03; PUBPOL 291T-01, 02, 03

OP-ED Persuasive Writing

Covers the structure, tone, and technique of a persuasive opinion column. By the end of the course, every student will have produced and workshopped three op-ed length submissions. The 2017 Egan Visiting Professor, Megan McArdle, will teach the course. McArdle is a Washington-based writer specializing in the intersection between business, economics, and public policy. She writes the Bloomberg View column and blog, and her work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, Businessweek and many other outlets. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

PJMS 369S-01, DOCST 369S-01

Advanced Multimedia Production

This advanced production seminar encourages creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Students will work in two-person teams to pitch stories, film interviews and b-roll, write scripts, and edit feature stories (under 3 minutes) about innovators and entrepreneurs at Duke and in the Triangle community. Conversations in the classroom with a diverse group of guest speakers, including a variety of entrepreneurs and media professionals, will provide valuable mentoring, reflection, and career opportunities for students. Students will develop a professional portfolio through our partnership with Duke Student Broadcasting. Prior experience in multimedia production is suggested. (STS) (ALP) (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2017

AMES 329S, RELIGION 379S, ICS 331S, AMI 342S, VMS 342S

Islamic Media

How contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. How technologies new and old circulate the Word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. How Islamic media transform the social and political landscape, as well as the way we see/ feel/ and perceive the world. How religion has been intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. How this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Film, video, digital media, satellite television, social media, print media, audiocassettes, radio, music. (CCI) (ALP) (CZ)

Fall 2017


Public Policy Video

Documentary film course focusing on the production of advocacy videos for social change. Covers methods and traditions of community organizing, introduces knowledge and skill sets needed to make effective videos for grassroots organizations, and explores how video is integrated into organizing strategies to achieve better results. Includes instructor-supervised fieldwork with community partner organization; student groups will research, write, direct, and produce a class video for a campaign to improve educational and economic opportunities in Durham's low-income communities. (CCI) (ALP) (SS)

Fall 2017

  • Bruce Orenstein
DOCST 272S, AMI 336S, PUBPOL 228S, I&E 272S

Documentary and Policy

Examines documentaries as catalysts for change in local, state, and federal laws and regulations, with special attention to relationships between film and organizations with political influence. Looks at how documentaries have altered public sentiment and political outcomes. Uses case studies of documentary films (essay-style, journalistic, information-driven films; narrative, story-driven films; propaganda; art films; and hybrids of all of the above). Explores the question of how a film achieves influence: for example, with a high-profile theatrical and/or television release, by utilization as an educational tool, or by 'going viral' to become part of a public conversation. (ALP)

Fall 2017


The Documentary Experience: A Video Approach

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final project. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. (R) (ALP) (SS)

Fall 2017

DOCST 110S-01, HISTORY 126S-01

Introduction to Oral History

Introductory oral history fieldwork seminar. Oral history theory and methodology, including debates within the discipline. Components and problems of oral history interviewing as well as different kinds of oral history writing. (R) (CZ)

Fall 2017


Introduction to Audio Documentary

Recording techniques and audio mixing on digital editing software for the production of audio (radio) documentaries. Various approaches to audio documentary work, from the journalistic to the personal; use of fieldwork to explore cultural differences. Stories told through audio, using National Public Radio-style form, focusing on a particular social concern such as war and peace, death and dying, civil rights. (R) (ALP)

Fall 2017

DOCST 290S-05, PJMS 290S-05, PUBPOL 290S-05

Social Science Radio Workshop

During this special topics course, we will discuss the place of public media in the U.S. broadcast landscape and develop skills in actual production of social science stories featuring Duke University research. Students will have an opportunity to work on The Measure of Everyday Life, a weekly public radio show that attempts to address this gap. Locally produced at Durham’s WNCU and hosted by Duke adjunct faculty member Dr. Brian Southwell, the show offers a laboratory for storytelling about social science. The show airs on Sunday nights in the Raleigh-Durham market and people around the world download archived episodes online (via iTunes, iHeartRadio, or

Fall 2017


Writing American Politics

Reading and writing intensive seminar focused on documentary works that document and discuss US politics and political movements. Engage and analyze historical and contemporary documentary media on the Populist movement, the long civil rights movement, the modern women's movement, Black Lives Matter, Moral Mondays, and other social movements, as well as US elections and significant figures in US politics. Emphasis on 20th century. Course materials include historical writings, journalism, memoir, fiction, music, and film. Guided research on a US political phenomenon resulting in a 20-page final paper. (EI) (R) (W) (CZ) (SS)

Fall 2017


Duke in NY: The Business of Art and Media

Duke in New York. The changes experienced by print and visual media (book publishing, magazines, newspapers, TV, films, theatre, advertising) in the twenty-first century in how art and business can, and often must, be done and in how they interact with society. Examinations through readings (including selected case histories) and guest speakers of how technology and technological change affect art and society today. Satisfies Area III requirement for English majors.

Fall 2017

I&E 250-01, ISS 250-01, VMS 249-01

Building Global Audiences

Marketing and publicity are so important to audience building that, 20 years ago, expanding beyond local audiences usually couldn’t be accomplished without huge advertising budgets. However, thanks to the Internet, you can build a global audience from your dorm room. This class explores how. Learn about social media, search engine optimization, virality, content marketing, growth hacking, and other digital audience building strategies. They’re difficult to learn and time consuming to execute, so expect to struggle. We’ll learn as much from our failures as we will from our successes as we discover what it takes to cultivate global awareness for an idea without ever leaving Durham. (STS) Instructor consent.

Fall 2017

ISS 240L-03, VMS 288L-03, AMI 325L-03

Fundamentals of Web-Based Multimedia Communications

Laboratory version of Information Science and Information Studies 240. Multimedia information systems, including presentation media, hypermedia, graphics, animation, sound, video, and integrated authoring techniques; underlying technologies that make them possible. Practice in the design innovation, programming, and assessment of web-based digital multimedia information systems. Intended for students in non-technical disciplines. Course has lab. (R) (ALP) (QS) Instructor consent required.

Fall 2017

LIT 302-01, AMES 302S, AMI 3085S, GSF 320S, ISS 302S, VMS 349S

Hashtags Memes, Digital Tribes

Tracks digital life and creative expression of groups online in a close study of images, captions and hyperlinked tags. Examines rituals, symbols and cultural patterns that structure everyday life of digital tribes online and investigates impact of digital and social media (Twitter, Instagram Facebook, Periscope) on the constitution of communities online and offline. Studying varied array of digital tribes: tribes of the deaf, of oil rig workers, of Hindu worshipers, of prison wives and laptop entrepreneurs, students learn about underlying myths, rituals, and cultural symbols that connect groups of people online. (CCI) (EI) (STS) (ALP) (CZ)

Fall 2017

LIT 320S-01, AAAS 247S, ICS 320S, AMI 246S, LATAMER 320S, ISS 323S, VMS 323S

Social Movements and Social Media

Examines uses and abuses of social media by social movements. Interested in a broader historical study of mediating technologies and oppositional public sphere, course considers the uses of cameras, phones, cassette players, radio, and social media platforms, but also books, bodies, art, fashion, and automobiles as oppositional technologies. Studies political and ethical uses of technologies in social unrest. Investigates impact of technologies on social movements and social transformations in contemporary history. Student driven case studies will highlight contemporary engagement with social media by networked social movements. (CCI) (EI) (STS) (ALP) (CZ)

Fall 2017


Sports Media

Examine the production and consumption of information through various media forms and the impact it has on influencing and shaping the sports industry. Topics include content development and delivery through television, radio, newspaper, and the internet, image shaping through the media, regulatory issues, intellectual property and content, market coverage and current hot topics.

Fall 2017


Political Communication in a Changing Media

Examination of interaction between citizens, media and political actors in today's fragmented information environment. Topics include evolution of political communication and media, emergence of new communication technologies, changes in campaign communication strategy, nature of news, theories of attitude formation and change, and role of political communications in campaigns and elections. Focus on implications of changing information environment for political communication strategies and for citizen knowledge and engagement in democratic process. (R) (SS)

Fall 2017