professor rebecca j. johnson

marshall university | college of arts and media | school of journalism and mass communications

  • Cover of Gone: Cleo's Misadventure, a book by Rebecca J. Johnson write books - gone: cleo's misadventure - the first in a series
  • A photo of Annie Bumblebee, a rescued dog who found her forever home with Rebecca Johnson. Annie is now a TDI certified therapy dog. Photo by Rebecca Johnson. make visits with annie bumblebee - my certified therapy dog
  • A photo of Rebecca Johnson with her husband and several of their rescued dogs. hang out with my spouse and our "rescued" canine family
  • A photo of Rosie, a rescued Beagle, who had a long and happy life with Rebecca Johnson who took this photo during a dog walk. take photos of dog rears as i'm always behind
  • A photo of a prickly pear fruit taken by Rebecca Johnson while on a trip to Arizona. go to the southwest desert as often as possible
  • A photo of driftwood taken by Rebecca Johnson on the beach at Hatteras, North Carolina. walk on beaches at every opportunity
  • A composite photo of a rainbow taken at Hatteras, North Carolina, by Rebecca Johnson. watch clouds and sunsets, and look for rainbows

courses i teach somewhat regularly

jmc 360 - digital imaging
Methods of taking and editing still and video digital images for print, broadcast, and online publications. (PR: JMC 241 or an equivalent graphics course for all students except broadcast journalism and radio-television majors.) - Fall and Spring semesters

jmc 400/500 - digital imaging 2
Advanced methods of storytelling using still and video digital images for print, broadcast and online publication. (PR: JMC 360, ART 315 or an equivalent course or experience.) - Irregularly offered

jmc 410/510 - magazine editorial practices
Methods of taking and editing still and video digital images for print, broadcast, and online publications. (PR: JMC 241 or an equivalent graphics course for all students except broadcast journalism and radio-television majors.) Fall semester of even years

jmc 461 - web strategies
Examination of web strategies in news and strategic communication contexts. Includes online media trends, content development, ethical issues and best practices. (PR: Junior standing) - Fall semester

jmc 462/562 - web design
Creative and practical aspects of typography, design and interactivity of online communications for the mass media. (PR: JMC 241) - Spring semester

jmc 465 - multimedia reporting
An advanced laboratory reporting class in which students, in teams and individually, produce multimedia stories including audio, video, still photos, text and graphics for publication. - Spring semester

jmc 641 - web/online strategies
Examination of Web/online strategies in news and strategic communication contexts. (Note: This course is taught online only.) - Fall semester

other courses i've taught
JMC 100 - Fundamentals of Journalistic Writing and Editing
JMC 102 - Information Gathering and Research
JMC 280-283 - Special Topics
JMC 201 - News Reporting I
JMC 230 - General Photography
JMC 301 - News Reporting II
JMC 304 - In-Depth Reporting
JMC 430/530 - Magazine Article Writing
JMC 471/571 - Magazine Practicum
JMC 608 - International Communications
FSC 605 - Forensics Digital Imaging
and Independent Studies



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Letter grades are based on the percentage of points received out of a total number of points possible. Grades will be determined on the following point percentage system: 92-100 A, 85-91 B, 77-84 C, 70-76 D, 0-69 F. You can review your grade standing at any time by checking your "My Grades" link in MUOnline. Tests, quizzes, exercises and assignments will be graded and returned to you as soon as practical--usually the next class meeting for on campus classes and within a week for online courses.

If you have 100% attendance, are punctual, meet deadlines and complete all work in an acceptable manner you should expect a grade of C; if you do the work well, a B; and if you do it really well, an A.

* The grade of A is awarded for outstanding work. Such work shows great initiative, resourcefulness and conscientious execution.
* The grade of B is awarded to excellent work that is clearly above average, reflects good choice of topic/subject and is something special.
* The grade of C is for average work that meets all assignment requirements and is accurate, neat and error free.
* The grade of D is for poor work that fails to meet requirements, and/or includes some errors and/or demonstrates carelessness, incompleteness or sloppiness.
* The grade of F is given for unacceptable work that is far short of requirements, is superficial, is late or shows minimal effort.

I include specific grading criteria in the syllabus for each course.

sojmc diversity

This statement affirms the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ commitment to an environment of teaching and learning, which recognizes and welcomes diversity of race, color, culture, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status and economic, political and ethnic backgrounds. Consistent with Marshall University’s dedication to this principle, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to developing the potential of all students by creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and fosters understanding in a multicultural, global community. The dean and faculty believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student population value differences and similarities among people and supports the mission of the organization. -- Adopted 12/01/2010

In addition, I am committed to full accessibility. If you need help, ask. Disabled Student Services may be found at Prichard Hall 117, 304.696.2271.


You, as future journalists, editors, strategic communications practitioners and managers are influencers and leaders of other people. Therefore, you must appreciate that talking across (and about) race, gender, class, geography, age, sexual orientation and other differences requires an awareness of those differences deeper perhaps than the average person possesses.

general info

During registration periods you must sign up for an appointment. At other times during the semester you may see me during my regular office hours.

Sign up for an advising appointment at least two days before your registration time. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside my office door (Communications Building 121A) usually a week prior to the beginning of registration.

Please come to your advising appointment with a proposed list of courses, a schedule work sheet, a course schedule and your JMC major course list (if you already have one). Do not ask to have your advising hold released until you have met with me.

If you are on academic probation you must also see the SOJMC Dean or Assistant Dean. If you are repeating a course for which you earned a D or F grade you must complete the appropriate form. These forms are available in the SOJMC office.

You must declare a minor before your 58th hour. You may, of course, declare one much earlier. If you wait too late in your academic career to declare a minor you may have to stay at Marshall for an additional semester or more to complete your minor requirements. Your minor must be outside the SOJMC.

You must request a graduation check by your 80th hour. This check is sometimes referred to as a "senior" check. However, it must be completed before your senior year to help ensure you graduate on time.

If you have questions or problems, please feel free to see me any time during the semester. My office hours are posted by my office door (Communications Building 121A).

I do not teach summer school and am seldom on campus during the summer months. If you need assistance between Spring and Fall terms call the JMC office (304) 696-2360.

sojmc portfolio requirement

Graduating seniors in SOJMC are required to submit a graduation portfolio. This portfolio will be submitted on a CD or DVD as a self-contained (not published) website using a template furnished by the SOJMC. The template is available for download in the Digital Imaging Lab (SH 331) and The Parthenon newsroom.

You will need to save work examples from classes and internships.

Ask for the current requirements and directions.

  • “Cleo's Misadventure”

    “Gone: Cleo’s Misadventure” is a fictional, sometimes tearful, and often humorous recounting of Cleo’s days on the road, told from Cleo’s point of view. It's the first in a series. The second should be published in 2014!

  • “Warrior Sparrow Press”

    So, the next time that you are reading one of those tiresome and tedious tomes endlessly churned out by the millions, take just a moment to gaze thoughtfully off into space, put your index finger to your lip and say to yourself, “I could be reading a Warrior Sparrow Press book!”

  • “K9Muse”

    My blog about dogs who inspire, and people who care about dogs who inspire. Check it out if your are dog person.


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