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 2018

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

News Writing and Reporting

The goal of this course is to inspire you to participate in journalism by teaching the basic skills of reporting and news writing. You’ll learn how to report, conduct interviews and distill your reporting into engaging news articles and features. You’ll learn about great writing by reading great examples from news publications and magazines. Much of the learning will come from you figuring things out on your own. You’ll report and write, the only way to really develop good journalism skills. By the end of the semester, you’ll be a better writer who is able to compose news stories and craft a compelling profile. You’ll also have a deeper understanding of journalism’s vital role in our democracy. Codes: R, W, SS. NOTE: Consent not required. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2018

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

Magazine Journalism

Storytelling techniques of magazine journalism; reporting and writing strategies; historical and contemporary writing for magazines in print and digital formats. Students develop experience in different kinds of magazine writing. Approved as a practicum course required for the Policy, Journalism and Media Studies certificate. Course taught by David A. Graham, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Bronwen Dickey, contributing editor at The Oxford American. Codes: W, SS (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2018

PJMS 365S-01, PUBPOL 365S, VMS 305S, AMI 366S, DOCST 367S

Video Journalism

Theories and concepts of television broadcasting; writing and editing for electronic media; issues of production. Codes: ALP, SS. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2018

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 2018

Elective courses offered Fall 2018

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 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 2018


Watchdog Reporting in Politics

Focus on fundamental reporting and writing techniques to cover political news. Review and use public documents and data tools to scrutinize the records, veracity and finances of politicians and government officials. Discussions with guest speakers explore ethical issues, such as the boundaries of a public official's private conduct and how politicians and those who report about them misinterpret and misrepresent facts. Covers related editorial skills, including ways to set aside personal biases to cover political issues fairly. Skills developed, including the use of editorial style guidelines, have wide application in journalism and public policy communication. Codes: EI, W (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2018

PJMS 375-01 PUBPOL 343

Journalism in the Age of Data

Teaches the tools and techniques used by investigative journalists to acquire and analyze data in order to discover story ideas and draw and evaluate conclusions about politicians, public policy, broader behavior of public institutions. Students should have basic familiarity with journalism concepts, but no specific technical or mathematical skills 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) Codes: STS, SS (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2018

AMES 435S, POLSCI 435S, ISS 435S

Chinese Media & Pop Culture

Examines contemporary Chinese media traditional news press, radio and TV, new media such as the internet and social media, and popular culture, including cinema, popular music and fashions. Uses cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and comparative approach. Focuses on how China views itself and constructs its global images, and how the world views China through media and popular culture. Primary objective is to understand political, ideological, and social changes since the Reform Era that began in 1978. No foreign language prerequisites are required. CCI, SS

Fall 2018

AMI 357S, ISS 248S, DOCST 288S

Editing for Film and Video

Theory and practice of film and video editing techniques. Exploration of traditional film cutting as well as digital non-linear editing. Exercises in narrative, documentary and experimental approaches to structuring moving image materials. (ALP)

Fall 2018


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 2018

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 2018


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 2018

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 2018

EDUC 220, AAS 232, SOCIOL 202

Race, Power, and Identity: From Ali to Kaepernick

Exploration of historic and contemporary psycho-social and socio-cultural aspects of the African American sport experience. Examination of research that addresses the effect of physical differences, racial stereotyping, identity development, gender issues, and social influences on African American sport participation patterns. Analysis of sport as a microcosm of society with an emphasis on examining associated educational and societal issues. Codes: CCI, EI, R, SS

Fall 2018


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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018


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 2018


Public Opinion

Examines nature and role of public opinion in American democracy, providing broad-based introduction to dynamics of citizens' social and political attitudes in contemporary United States. Goal of course is to help students arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of forces that shape beliefs, attitudes, and opinions of American public, the means by which those views are publicly expressed, and the influence of those opinions on policy outcomes. (EI) (SS)

Fall 2018