Spring will bring new journalism courses

Autumn Lentz, Student Writer

Southeast Community College has offered an array of Journalism courses in the past. However, the spring quarter is bringing along a new assortment of online Journalism courses.

The Journalism courses to be offered in the spring quarter are Sports Journalism, Photojournalism, Advanced Reporting and Public Relations Techniques and Stragegies.
Led by course instructor Jay Stalder, Sports Journalism will be offered for the first time this Spring quarter.

Stalder boasts experience under his belt including the position as the general manager at KWBE, a Beatrice radio station, and as an instructor of Broadcasting courses at SCC, and he is currently distance learning designer for the college.

Photojournalism was a previously offered course; however, it is making the move to being available online in the spring.

SCC has the only Journalism program in the state of Nebraska to offer all online courses.
Journalism instructor Joshua Whitney was “pleasantly surprised how well things have gone” in the move to online courses, which has taken place over the last two years. He called it a “good move” for SCC making class availability easier on students.

“Traditionally, the journalism courses had only been offered on the Beatrice campus,” Whitney said, “but when we took the courses online, suddenly, many students who wanted to take the classes but didn’t want to travel an hour one way to do it signed up, and the classes have proved very popular ever since.”

Advanced Reporting will be offered again for the Spring quarter for the second quarter in a row. Though the course number has been taught before, the class itself has been revamped and transformed.

“For the current catalog, the whole program was revamped, and all of the advanced reporting classes [including Advanced Reporting] were changed considerably,” Whitney said.

Another class taught by Stalder, Public Relations Techniques and Strategies will also be offered in the spring.  The course focuses on solving public relations problems and preparing public relations materials.

Also available will be the core Journalism courses, Introduction to Mass Media and Media Writing.