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Spring 2012 Special Topics Courses Offer Students Real-World Experience

Four classes offered this spring semester allow students to dive into the field and get hands-on experience.

Jour 4171: Covering the Arts
Two sections of this class are offered (one at the Jungle Theater, the other at the Guthrie Theater). The course offers students the opportunity to learn about covering the arts and entertainment world. Attend shows and have class within the theater.

Class # 51155 (section one) meets Mon. & Fri., 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. with the Friday class meeting at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Class is taught by Dan Sullivan, former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times and Star Tribune.

Class # 59945 (section two) meets Tues. & Thurs., 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. with the Thursday class meeting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Class is taught by Camille LaFevre, a local arts reporter with twenty years experience and dance critic for Minnpost.com.

JOUR 4991: Entrepreneurial Journalism
Learn how to become a journalist with a business and a brand. Interpret beats and articles for multiple purposes and learn tricks of the trade for freelancing your work.

Class # 68854 meets 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Fri. Taught by Jack El-Hai, an independent journalist for more than 25 years who has published more than 500 articles and ten books.

JOUR 4991: Media in the Marketplace
Learn the business side of journalism and media publishing. Explore what it takes to keep a media business running and how to adapt to new business models. See all sides of news production, from advertising sales to producing.

Class # 69561 meets Tues. & Thurs. from 10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. and is taught by SJMC senior fellow J. Keith Moyer. As the former president and publisher of the Star Tribune, Moyer brings his years of experience to the classroom.


These courses offer a unique and insightful perspective on the journalism field and offer one-of-a-kind instruction and opportunities. Don't let these courses pass you by!