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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Media Writing (CM 201)

Students learn basic story writing skills that can be applied across communication fields, including journalism, digital media, public relations, and advertising. In this course, students explore what news is, how to interview effectively, and how to distinguish fact from opinion or fiction. Students learn how to tailor their messages in advertising campaigns, to social media platforms, and how to direct their messages to the media in press releases. Students are also introduced to some basic grammar rules in communication fields and explore some of the ethical issues facing news journalists, advertising executives, and public relations professionals today. Required for communication majors.

Faculty Biography

Professor April Newton is a Multimedia Journalism Lecturer in the Department of Communication. She is currently working on a PhD in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland, studying the experiences of women journalists in newsrooms of all kinds. Ms. Newton's areas of research and academic interest include media ethics, as well as intersectional experiences of media and in media creation.

Theology Matters (TH 201)

An introduction to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the history of Christianity, and the way these texts and traditions challenge, and are challenged by, the contemporary world.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Parker serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and leads the President’s Council on Equity and Inclusion. He works to address challenges around racism and diversity issues to help Loyola become the welcoming, inclusive Jesuit, Catholic university we aspire to be.

Mentor Biography

Leslie Chiles is the Program Director for Student Success Initiatives.

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This course pairing is restricted to students enrolled in the Ignatian Scholars Program.  CM 201 is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor. Students not majoring or minoring in Communication will receive elective credit for CM 201. TH 201 satisfies a core requirement for all students. 

 
 
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