Communication Courses Cover Wide Spectrum of Skills

Communication Courses Cover Wide Spectrum of Skills

In the fall of 2011, the Department of Communication at George Mason University offers students the opportunity to pursue education in various tracks of the discipline, ranging from reporting- and writing-focused political journalism and news editing to camera-focused video performance.

Students can also study the relationship between the American political system and the media in-depth.

Here are just a few of the department's offerings:

COMM 374-001: Political Journalism
Stephen Farnsworth
Monday, 3:00-5:45 p.m. Innovation Hall, Rooms 455A and 203 

The political journalism class is designed to help develop the interviewing and reporting skills of reporters who will be writing about candidates, elections and public policy. The course, which is being co-taught by C-Span's Steve Scully and will also include Purdue University, will give students a chance to interact with policy-makers and learn more about public policy matters at the local, state and national levels. The first half of each class will take place in the Innovation Hall GMU TV studio, located in room 455A.  

COMM 399-002: Advanced Video Performance and Writing
Susan Tomasovic
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-2:45 p.m. David King Hall, Room 1011B 

This course represents the second level in the video performance and writing series offered by the communication department. Students in this course will work together with the Office of Student Media to produce and deliver a regular television news broadcast through various student media outlets. Students will write international, national, sports, entertainment, local and campus news for broadcast and deliver it on-screen.

COMM 350-001: Mass Communication/Public Policy
Richard Craig
Monday & Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Krug Hall, Room 210

In the course, students will explore the relationship between the American media, the political system, and media's audience. The students will actively participate in observing and debating case studies related to ethics, policy and media. With recent developments in the entertainment and information landscape of mass communication, this class will make the information we explore relevant to current affairs in mass communication ownership, deployment and influence.