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“Town Hall” Meetings on the New JCM Curriculum

From JCM Department Chair, Cory Armstrong:

All JCM majors are invited to two Town Hall meetings to learn more about our JCM curriculum changes:

JCM Town Hall meetings:

  • Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. in 118 Graves Hall
  • Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. in 216 Phifer Hall

As many of you know, the Departments of Journalism and Telecommunication & Film have merged into a new Department of Journalism & Creative Media. As of Fall 2017, we will have new and revised courses, all under the new JCM prefix.

While some of the names, numbers, and content of our traditional courses have been revised, all of the active courses under the former departments are still available to ensure you can graduate on time. More than 12 new courses are being offered in areas such as: global media systems, sports communication, and film and media theory. All courses in the department will transition from “JN” and “TCF” to “JCM” in Fall 2017.

You can choose to stay in your current major or transition to one of the modified majors, described below. Advisors will work with you to make these decisions and ensure your continued progress. We recommend that those who have already taken JN 311, TCF 286 or TCF 201 not switch to the revised majors.

The creative media major looks at the film and television industry, examining how to write, produce, edit and critique fictional and non-fictional material. Students will learn to shoot and edit video, produce films, write scripts and examine storytelling and how it influences culture and society.

The news media major focuses on gathering, analyzing and communicating meaningful information. Students will focus their storytelling studies on news and informational media studies through various media platforms. They will learn writing, broadcasting and web design and will conduct in-depth investigations.

These majors better reflect the digital technologies and concepts that have become the norm of our media landscape. While students in both majors will be able to select electives that match their areas of interest across the entire department, students in the creative media major will be able to apply for a concentration in production (with limited admission) and students in the news media major can elect to complete a concentration in sports media (open to all interested).

A brief overview of the JCM courses and proposed pathways for those interested in various career paths can be found here: Please note that all course titles are tentative pending official university approval. Course equivalency documents will be available soon.

If you are interested in learning more about our curriculum and course changes, please plan to attend one of our JCM Town Hall meetings.

This is a thrilling time for us in JCM and we’re looking forward to this new endeavor.

New JCM Curriculum Announced

The newly merged Department of Journalism and Creative Media allows students to immerse themselves into any aspect of storytelling. From the written word to short-film production, students may focus on their individual areas of interest in our new curriculum, will be available as of fall semester, 2017.

Details about the courses students should take for specific interest areas within the JCM major are now available.

Please click here for further information.


Chair of JCM Department Named: Cory Armstrong

Cory Armstrong, professor and director of the Mayborn School of Journalism, at the University of North Texas, has accepted the position of chair of UA’s newly merged Department of Journalism and Creative Media.

She will begin her appointment July 15, 2016.

According to her UNT faculty information page:

“Armstrong is the editor of the book Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground, and her research has focused on race, gender, class and media. Armstrong participated in the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy and is active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, where she serves on the Standing Committee on Research.

She is associate editor for Mass Communication & Society, is on the Newspaper Research Journal editorial board and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

She earned her Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

Spring 2013 Course: TCF at Sundance



There are FOUR different enrollment options for this course:

  • TCF 444: Film Festivals & Indie Cinema: Theory and Praxis* (3 credits/Warner) * This does not include travel / no application
  • TCF 444: Film Festivals – Including Sundance Travel Option (3 credits/Warner)
  • TCF 544: Film Festivals – Including Sundance Travel Option (3 credits/Warner)
  • TCF 380: Sundance Travel Course Only (1 credit/Raimist)

We will take 10 students to Sundance Film Festival from January 23-27, 2013


Take a peek at what Sundance Film Festival has to offer:

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  •      Students will strengthen their verbal interpersonal communication skills as they present themselves to media professionals and practice networking in this highly industry-oriented environment.
  •      Students will identify and describe careers outside of the traditional creative jobs commonly associated with the film industry (writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor).
  •       To reinforce this activity the students will break down the skill set of these professions and determine what skills they already have and what skills they will need for employment.
  •       Students will assess and evaluate how the film industry works day-to-day by conducting small ethnographies of Sundance.
  •      Students will collaborate on a creative project that breaks down and illustrates an aspect of industry culture they will use to explain to students who have not attended the Festival.
  •      Students will learn and practice using film industry jargon both by being exposed to the environment and also by reading the daily industry trade magazines and newsletters.

APPLICATION for ENROLLMENT CONSIDERATION – please fill out the application pdf

Please handwrite your application, OR, you may ANNOTATE in Preview (mac) or in Adobe, or you can try, but DO NOT attempt to crack the pdf and make a messy word doc. Thank you!

 The Fine Print: This is a five-day faculty-led study/travel opportunity for UA students to attend Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with TCF faculty Dr. Rachel Raimist and Dr. Kristen Warner.

This course is open to any UA undergraduate or graduate student, but enrollment priority is given to students who also enroll in TCF 444/544: Film Festivals and Indie Cinema: Theory and Praxis (3 credits), taught by Dr. Kristen Warner. If students opt to not enroll in Dr. Warner’s film festival course, they must take TCF 380 (1 credit) with Dr. Raimist.

The Rationale: Sundance is a premiere global independent film festival where hundreds of films that vary in genre, form and style are screened for 10 days in the town of Park City, Utah–just 30 minutes east of Salt Lake City. However, the Festival is not only famous because of the films it exhibits but also because it is the place where much of the business of show occurs. All of the components of filmmaking happen at Sundance: the marketing, the promotion, and the selling of movies. Sundance also affords students an opportunity to experience the global film industry all in one place because for 10 days Holllywood descends upon this small town in Utah. For our purposes, this translates to affording students the opportunity to network and to gain contacts that may help them build their careers once they graduate. As pass holders, our students will be granted exclusive access to industry insiders as well as the Festival staff. These interactions will allow students to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to a professional environment where they will be expected to present themselves as soon-to-be industry colleagues. Further, we want our students to recognize the plethora of occupations within the film industry outside of the traditional six (writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor) that are commonly considered. To this end, we will have them each identify and explain five different industry career opportunities and meet professionals who do work they’ve researched.

For Students in TCF 444 non-Sundance Travel Option: For those not physically attending the festival, students will need to participate virtually by accessing the Sundance website and watching the online films made available and reading industry trade blogs that discuss what’s happening in the Sundance marketplace. Students will need to write a paper that incorporates things discussed in class sessions that relate to the Sundance brand.

For more information, please email: Dr. Warner at kwarner[at]ua[dot]edu


TCF CASTING CALL (senior films)

Friday, November 18

10 am to 2 pm

180 Reese Phifer Hall on the UA campus

We are casting women and men

in 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s…

and have a couple roles for kids ages 8 to 12.

Senior films will be shooting in Jan and Feb.