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CNA 220-320-420 Radio Workshop

Radio Workshop is a hands-on application of Mass Communication coursework. While it does not have tests, quizzes, or homework, it has a classroom component that serves BOTH as radio station staff meeting time and as an instructor-guided setting for learning. Your learning will result from practical experience.

The Instructor/Advisor will guide your learning and development, and will provide advice and expertise in the issues and problems facing the station. The Instructor/Advisor should not preempt the day-to-day duties of operation and management of the station, but rather will serve as a facilitator and liaison to other entities within the college. The Instructor/Advisor must reserve the right, however, to make final decisions related to legal and regulatory requirements of the station.

CNA 162 -- Radio Production

The primary goal of the course is to give you hands-on experience using radio equipment and to develop your confidence and voice training as an announcer. Emphasis will be placed both on practical skills, and on understanding the dynamics of the radio industry. While you must know certain facts and terminology, much of your learning will result from the experience of creating radio productions. Both in classroom discussion and in assignments, you will apply what we have learned in class to analyzing audio production techniques. Portfolio submitted upon completion..

CNA 262 -- Writing for Mass Media

The ability to write effectively is a vital skill for media professionals, regardless of whether they are in news, entertainment, public relations, or advertising roles. The best way to learn to write is to write often. In this class emphasis will be placed both on the practical skill of writing, and on understanding the stylistic differences in various types of writing. While you must know certain facts and terminology, much of your learning will result from the experience of writing, both for assignments and in-class exercises. Much of your writing will be journalistic (news) in nature, but we will explore other types of mass media writing, as well. Portfolio submitted upon completion.

CNA 389 -- PhotoJournalism

I am teaching this for the first time in Spring 2007. It focuses on taking LOTS of photographs during the semester, many if not all of them availablel to The Wayne Stater for publication. We take a seminar-approach to dicsussing composition, lighting, "storytelling," and other elements of good photography. Portfolio submitted upon completion.

CNA 426 -- World Wide Web Development

This course is under revision, currently being replaced by the special topic class CNA 457 Web & Social Media Management. Eventually we expect that to become the name and subject matter of CNA 426.

CNA 453 -- Integrated Marketing Communication

Marketing Communication and Branding are undamental concepts in the media and corporate/organizational communication today. In addition to the practical skills you learn during this course, you will gain perspective and understanding that will allow you to be an effective part of a communication or marketing team, using branding and an integrated approach to marketing communication. This course will work in two tracks during the semester – the hands-on assignments you will complete, and the conceptual understanding of planning, implementation, and management of business/organizational communication programs.

EPS 300 -- Media Criticism: Science Fiction and Fantasy

This class, in the Educated Perspectives series, is the capstone of the General Education program as Wayne State College. It puts high emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills in the context of media criticism. Science fiction and Fantasy tests are used, promarily from the electronic media.