Welcome to Jour 3900 for Spring 2017!

****Change in the schedule: Homework assignments for 2/17 and 2/24 have swapped places. Please check the tentative schedule here ******

WELCOME to the fascinating world of digital media production. We live in a rapidly changing information environment, and this course will help you navigate the maelstrom, and help you master the basic principles of digital publishing and production.

For those who aspire to work in the field of digital production, remember knowledge is power! It is critical that you grasp the basic principles, the key terms, and the organizing structures of digital production, web delivery and social media if you want to succeed in the field. The course material is designed to serve as a strong foundation upon which you will build. If you can master these topics and themes, you will be able to accrue new knowledge, experience and skills, all of which will be crucial to your success in this complex industry.

You can set up an appointment to meet or contact me by email if you have any questions or concerns about this course, your program or your career possibilities. ***Email is the most immediate way to reach me.  Please put your name and course number (3900) in the subject field of any email.


  • I am here to help you succeed in grasping and mastering the basic principles of digital production and to help you move on to the next level. You will learn how to shoot, select and arrange original video and audio materials as well as how utilize the strengths of web delivery and social media as a system for presenting information.
  • You will learn how to use tools and apply technologies which are  appropriate for the various communication platforms in order to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Through hands-on digital publishing and production exercises, you will come to understand concepts and apply theories appropriate in the presentation of images and information in various platforms.
  • Since we will be exploring different communication platforms, it is also important that you be able to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the various platforms, audiences and the purposes they serve.

You will have access to recently updated electronic field production cameras and a state of the art editing lab. All essential principles, techniques, and platforms will be introduced in the course of the semester.

This course will cover all the basics–the tools, techniques and platforms of digital production. But nothing is more important than the discipline you will need in this class and in the field, and eventually in the industry.

This is a project-based, collaborative, hands-on class.  Teamwork and cooperation will be essential. Attendance is mandatory. The work we do in our lab cannot be made up.

You will learn how to shoot video on Canon Vixia HD cameras. You will also master basic editing on state of the art iMac computers utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro software. You will have 24/7 access to the editing lab (with the exception of a few times when classes are scheduled there).

Through lectures, demonstrations, presentations, assigned critiques, lab exercises, readings, productions, and screenings, you will gain the knowledge needed to complete digital projects and reach the next level of digital production  In addition to learning essential technical skills you will sharpen your media literacy as you critique the strengths and weaknesses of other digital publications and productions.

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