New topics courses for fall 2016

Need an interesting elective next fall. Check our journalism’s four new topics courses. Note that they all have the same number because they are all topics courses. Check course listings for the CRN.

JRNL 3305: Press Secretaries, Politics and the 2016 Campaign 

• John Guilfoil

Who’s that standing next to the candidate? Why are press secretaries so vital for a politician or a politician campaign? What role does the press have in a candidate’s rise and fall? And where did Donald Trump come from? These questions and more as you delve into the world of political public relations.

JRNL 3305: Climate Change Communication, Energy Politics, and Journalism

• Prof. Matt Nisbet

Climate Change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century—for journalists , advocates and citizens.   This course introduces students to research and professional best practices for effectively communicating about and reporting on climate change, energy politics, and related debates. Students learn about and analyze international, national, and local controversies over extreme weather and natural disasters; renewable energy, natural gas “fracking” and nuclear power; climate change and economic growth; and climate science denial, to name a few topics. Activities include class debates, strategic analysis and role-playing, short research papers, writing and producing content for a course blog, pitching freelance articles and commentaries, guest speakers, and Boston-area lectures and events.

JRNL 3305:  What’s the Big idea?

• Prof. Jeff Howe

What are the forces that are going to shape our future and how do we cover them? Will drones usher in an age of ubiquitous warfare? Will we soon reintroduce the Wooly Mammoth and other extinct species? Could we be one of the last generations of human to suffer from senescence, or aging? Just a few years ago any one of these scenarios would have sounded like a science fiction plot. But given the rapidly increasing pace of technological change, they’re now well within the realm of possibility. This course examines 7 breakthroughs that could shape our “faster future,” and the implications they have for all of us.


Prof Mike Beaudet

The Newsroom immerses students in a real-life television newsroom experience. The course exposes students to all aspects of  TV news production: from behind- the-scenes to in front of the camera and everything in between.

Here’s your chance to be an integral part of a newsroom team, working as reporters, anchors, videographers, and editors gathering content to produce a Northeastern newscast covering news on campus and beyond.

Need a place to study, relax or charge your phone?

Check out the School of Journalism’s Student Lounge and Newsroom in Holmes Hall. The Newsroom, 157 Holmes Hall, is equipped with Macs with the latest software. The Student Lounge is in 138 Holmes Hall.

IMG_0037_2The Student Lounge, directly across from the newsroom, is a comfortable place to study, get caught up on the latest news or just relax before or after your class.

Both areas are great places to recharge phones and laptops. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.