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JRN 498: Journalism Capstone / QNN

For 10 weeks of the semester, students work together to produce a newscast from start to finish to emulate a “real life” TV newsroom.

  • A sample newscast from Sept. 24, 2020 is posted here.
  • QNN Newscasts going back to 2012 are posted here.
  • In 2018, QNN student Kerry Golden presented on QNN to a meeting of the School of Communications Advisory Board. The video of the presentation here provides a great overview of what students do each week to get the newscast on the air.

JRN 280: The Art of the Podcast

Students produce podcasts in different styles and on different topics nearly each week. Below are some samples of various shows.

  • Why Can’t New Jersey Drivers Pump Their Own Gas? (This “explanatory” podcast won first-place in the Communications contest in Quinnipiac’s 13th annual Writing in the Disciplines Undergraduate Student Writing Contest.)
  • Overcoming Addiction (This assignment was to do an in-depth interview with someone, and then tell their story in the style of This American Life.)
  • History of the Ballet Slipper (This assignment was to investigate the history of a common object and tell that story using music, sound, interviews, etc.)
  • Three Little Pigs (This assignment was to re-tell a classic fairy tale using music, sound and creative voicing.)
  • What’s the Grossest Thing You’ve Ever Eaten? (This assignment was to interview several people and ask them the same simple question, then edit the responses down in an entertaining show.)
  • The Jersey Devil (This assignment was to re-tell a classic myth using music, sound and creative voicing.)
  • Miracle on Ice (This assignment was to re-tell a classic legend using music, sound and creative voicing)
  • Migrant Mother Picture Story (This assignment was to describe an iconic image using just descriptive writing, music and sound effects.)
  • History of Sesame Street (This assignment was to investigate the history of something and tell that story using music, sound, interviews, etc.)
  • Audio Diary (This assignment was to record a “day in the life” during the pandemic)
  • History of Nutella (This assignment was to investigate the history of something and tell that story using music, sound, interviews, etc.)
  • “Based in Beantown” Show Pilot (This assignment was to do a show pilot of a podcast based on everything learned over the course of the semester.)

JRN 291: Reporting for Television 1

Students report and produce four off-campus news PKGs in this course. Samples of student work are below.

JRN 263: Broadcast News Writing

Students report, write and produce radio and TV newscasts as part of this class, in order to simulate real-life newsrooms. Samples of student work are below.

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