Loyola University Maryland

Messina

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.

Making of the Modern World: Europe (HS 101)

This course explores the history of Europe from 1500 to the present. Course topics include the Protestant Reformation and religious conflict, the Age of Exploration, the French and Industrial Revolutions, the two World Wars, and contemporary debates over immigration. The course understands Europe in a global context and we will pay particular attention to how Europeans constructed a particular story of themselves that justified colonial conquest abroad even as they called for liberty and equality back home.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Andrew Israel Ross received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2011. At Loyola, he offers courses in European history and the history of sexuality. His research focuses on sexual minorities in modern France and he recently published his first book, a history of female prostitution and male homosexuality in nineteenth-century Paris.

Mentor Biography

Mike Puma was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but has called Baltimore home for the last 18 years. He has worked at Loyola as a member of the Student Life office and since 2011, as the founding Co-Director of Messina. Mike is a member of Loyola's Phi Beta Kappa and OUT Loyola - Loyola's LGBTQ group for faculty, staff and administrators. He also is a facilitator for Step Up! Active Bystander training and Loyola's LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Program.

Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor.  The History course (HS 101) satisfies a core requirement for all students.

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7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first year was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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