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Whitt, Jan

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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  • CAMW 4001 - Seminar on the American West
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary capstone seminar for the Western American Studies certificate program. Applies a selected natural science, social science, or humanities topic to the American West and addresses how westerners can make and sustain viable landscapes and communities. Recommended prerequisite: CAMW 2001 and completion of Western American Studies certificate electives.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • JRNL 2000 - Writing for the Media
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces students to writing news for a range of news media platforms, including print / online, broadcast, social media and more, and teaches them how to use the appropriate grammar and style conventions for those media types. Also introduces students to various types of stories, from breaking news to features to profiles, and to basic reporting skills. Students encouraged to take concurrently with JRNL 2001.
  • JRNL 3241 - History of Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Explores the foundations of journalism practice in a historical context. Students study the evolution of the news industry and analyze examples of contemporary broadcasting, photography, online and print media in light of the past.
  • JRNL 4011 - Principles of Media Relations
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Provides students with information about the ethics, history and practice of media relations (community affairs, community relations, customer relations, government relations, industry relations, internal communications, public relations, press agentry, public affairs, publicity, etc.). Introduces students from multiple academic disciplines to the genres of writing required for a media relations career.
  • JRNL 4311 - Literary Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the telling of nonfiction stories through the techniques of fiction, through study of American literary journalists, from the New Journalism of the 1960s through current longform narrative multimedia. Students will read and analyze narrative nonfiction from several periods of American history in order to expand their own storytelling repertoire. The class will emphasize in-depth reporting for narrative, character and scene development, narrative arc and structure and the use of dialogue. They will also explore the particular ethical dilemmas faced by writers of creative nonfiction. Same as JRNL 5311.
  • JRNL 4802 - Feature Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides practice in writing freelance articles. Considers types, sources, methods, titles, illustrations, and freelance markets. Students submit work for publication. Same as JRNL 5802.
  • JRNL 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020
  • JRNL 6321 - Literary Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies the contributions of American literary journalists from Sara Davidson, Joan Didion, Normal Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe; to established writers of nonfiction, including Annie Dillard, Jon Krakauer, Jane Kramer, Adrian Nichole LeBlanc and Terry Tempest Williams; to the newest wave of long-form journalists. Explores the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction and the literary techniques that distinguish creative nonfiction and literary journalism from other reportorial and storytelling forms. Formerly JRNL 6321. Same as JRNL 4311.


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