Tag: Karolis Zukauskas

Morton Offers New Journalism Course

By Collegian Staff

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This Spring, Morton College will offer a course in Journalism (JRN 101-H1). The course will work intimately with The Morton Collegian to offer students not only training in covering events and generating copy, but also an outlet for their work, and a permanent place for them to begin developing an internet presence.

The instructor for the course is Morton Collegian’s faculty advisor, Mr. Karolis Zukauskas.

JRN 101 is primarily a critical thinking course, a media consumption course, and its goal is to prepare a student to think like a freelancer.

Mr. Zukauskas has taught English and Humanities at Morton College since 2003. He has a Masters degree in writing from Columbia University in New York, has worked as a teacher and writer in four different countries (Austria, Cuba, Lithuania and the USA), has published two novels, is about to publish a memoir, and he worked for two years as an contributing editor and content provider at The Good Men Project.

We asked him the magic question. Why should someone study journalism when it seems the profession is in decline?

“I don’t feel the profession is in decline,” he said. “Media companies are struggling to generate revenue, and the old-school model of print journalism is under serious threat. However, new models are evolving, faster than a lot of students are gathering, and there’s a great demand for professionals able to gather, process, compress and articulate information. Those professionals may not end up working for media companies. Some might end up becoming their own media company.

Journalism students may not end up working for media companies. Some might end up becoming their own media company.

“There’s a difference,” he continued, “between majoring in Journalism and taking an introductory journalism course. If we’re only thinking about money, we can rest assured that all skills are marketable, and skilled thinkers and communicators are in enormous demand. The course is certainly designed for someone interested in attending a J-school. However, it’s primarily a critical thinking course, a media consumption course, and its goal is to prepare a student to think like a freelancer while communicating with eloquence.”

The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30-1:45. It starts January 16th. For more info, contact the Office of Admissions and Records.

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Work for The Collegian

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Are you considering a career in media, or do you simply want to express yourself and learn how a contemporary online magazine works? Gain this experience at The Collegian, Morton’s student-run paper.

The Collegian is currently hiring editors, reporters and photographers. At least two positions are paid. Other positions might become paid as the paper’s readership grows.

Candidates should be self-motivated, possess outstanding writing and communication skills, and they should be able to meet deadlines and work as members of a team. To be considered, candidates must be currently enrolled at Morton College. Ideal team members will have at least two semesters of experience studying at Morton College.

For more information, please contact Karolis Zukauskas, the Collegian adviser.

 

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New Online Class: Survey of Film History

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By Collegian Staff

Morton College will this summer offer a new online class: Humanities 153, Survey of the History of Film.

This class satisfies most Humanities requirements. It is traditionally offered in a discussion and lecture format in the Spring. Professor Karolis Zukauskas (known by most students as Mr. Z) has been teaching it since 2006. This summer he’ll be leading the online version. The course will be available online only during the summers.

“In the summer, an online format can offer working students or students with children the ability to pace themselves in a more flexible way.”

Summer classes are taught over 8 weeks instead of the usual 16. While they offer convenience, they can also make time-management challenging, particularly because the meetings come in 3-6 hour “chunks” of class time.

“In the summer, an online format can offer working students or students with children the ability to pace themselves in a more flexible way,” Zukauskas said. “In an online film class, students can do all the homework on a computer, including watching the films. They don’t have to commute to campus at all, and the material costs for the course are low.”

The Survey looks at film from a chronological perspective, beginning with silent films and culminating with digital animation. As part of assignments, students will view classics like Casablanca, The Great Train Robbery and Blade Runner. Also on the syllabus are controversial works like Full Metal Jacket, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Her.

To register for this class, speak to your advisor. If you have questions, you can e-mail Mr. Zukauskas.

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Take a Course in Berlin This May and June

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By Marcela Ruiz

The deadline to finalize payment for this summer’s Humanities 150 in Berlin is February 15,2017.

This will be Morton College’s first time in Berlin, Germany. The program was created in partnership with Walking Tree Travel and is part of the Humanities 150 credit course. It is open to all members of the Morton College district who have a GED or high school diploma.

Students will experience Berlin as locals while they survey various forms of art.

The journey is scheduled to last 15-days, from May 28th to June 11th 2017.  Students will experience Berlin as locals, but as students they will survey various forms of art, from painting and sculpture to architecture, photography, fine art, performance art and music. The trip includes entrance to the city’s best museums, a concert and several tours, including afternoons at the Bauhaus archives and the KW Institute. The course requires a novel, Pavel and I by Dan Vyleta, and a film, Wim Wenders’ The Wings of Desire.

For more information about the program, contact Marlena Avalos-Thompson or visit the information page on Walking Tree Travel.

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