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 2019

Journalism Practicum Course Cluster

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

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 2019

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. Codes: W, SS (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2019

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. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2019

Capstone Course

This course is open only to Certificate students, for whom it is required. This course will next be offered in the Fall, 2019.

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 2019

Elective Courses Fall 2019

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


Environmental Journalism

In this writing-intensive course, students will learn to deploy journalistic tools and scientific literacy to write well and accurately about environmental issues. This course will coach students on how to craft fact-based, fair and engaging articles. It will also give students tools for judging the credibility of scientific claims in environmental debates, including disputes over gentically modified food crops and climate change. Students will receive coaching on how to detect manipulation and distortion from corporations, governments and political activists. These are skills vital to good non-fiction storytelling published on any platform. R, W (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2019

PJMS 290S-10

The Art of Profile Writing

By exploring one of the most popular and useful formats in journalism—the profile—students in this course will learn to report, write, workshop, and revise a profile of their own. Readings will be newspaper (New York Times, Washington Post) and magazine (New Yorker, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, WIRED) profiles of actors, artists, athletes, scientists, lawyers, activists, politicians, and a wide array of “ordinary” people who found themselves in extraordinary situations. Class discussions will focus on interviewing techniques, the ethics of the writer/subject relationship, narrative structure, and how best to unravel the mysteries of human motivation. No reporting experience required, but a willingness to talk to strangers is always a plus. (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2019

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 2019

PJMS 397S-01, PUBPOL 397S-01

Advanced Reporting

Durham government and community reporting course for students with experience in journalism. For the fall semester, students will explore issues of criminal justice in the United States by covering the Durham County courthouse. Students will publish news and feature articles in The 9th Street Journal. Prerequisites: Policy, Journalism and Media Studies 364S and 367S. Students with journalism experience who do not meet these two prerequisites may contact the instructor for permission to enroll. W (Course originated in PJMS)

Fall 2019

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 2019

CULANTH 170, ICS 169, LINGUIST 170, SOCIOL 160, VMS 170

Advertising and Society: Global Perspective

History and development of commercial advertising; advertising as a reflector and/or creator of social and cultural values; advertisements as cultural myths; effects on children, women, and ethnic minorities; advertising and language; relation to political and economic structure; and advertising and world culture. Emphasis on American society complemented by case studies of advertising in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Western Europe, and selected other countries. (CCI) (SS)

Fall 2019

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 2019


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 2019

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 2019


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 2019

DOCST 215S-01, ARTVIS 216S-01

Documentary Photography and the Southern Culture Landscape

Emphasis on the tradition and practice of documentary photography as a way of seeing and interpreting cultural life. The techniques of color and black-and-white photography - exposure, development, and printing - diverse ways of representing the cultural landscape of the region through photographic imagery. The role issues such as objectivity, clarity, politics, memory, autobiography, and local culture play in the making and dissemination of photographs. (CCI)) (ALP) Instructor Consent

Fall 2019

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 2019

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 2019


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 2019

ISS 112-01

The Googlization of Knowledge: Information, Ethics, and Technology

Google has altered the way we see the world and ourselves. Its biases, valuing popularity over accuracy, affect how we value information and navigate news and ideas. This course examines information from different angles within the context of social justice, open access to information, and how the Internet and Google affect our lives. Themes include knowledge as a public good, Internet policies, data and visual literacies, social media, and artificial intelligence. Hands-on work researching how technology affects the access, understanding, and reliability of information in students’ lives. Analysis, discussions, and reflection assignments with ongoing application to team-based projects. EI, R, STS, SS

Fall 2019

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ISS 214S, LIT 317-01, AMI 204S-01, VMS 328S-01

Media Theory

Introduction to the material and technical infrastructure that informs and constrains the production and dissemination of knowledge. Exploration of cultural impact of technical media from writing to the internet. Combines historical and theoretical discussion with hands-on experimentation with various media, including the codex book, phonography and sound registration technology, photography, cinematography, video, virtual reality, digital computation, and the internet. (STS)

Fall 2019

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 2019

ISS 366L-01, VMS 366L-01

Data Visualization

Combination of lectures, labs, and workshops on the theories and practices of data visualization, focused on creative applications of advanced tools and software, including introduction to data scraping, data cleaning, and elementary coding. Students will use innovative strategies to develop new databases with imperfect information, combining qualitative and quantitative data on the interface of the humanities and the social sciences. Individual and collaborative research projects will combine qualitative and quantitative analysis with weekly feedback and assessment

Fall 2019

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 2019


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 2019


Political Communication in a Changing Media Environment

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 2019