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Michael J. O'Donnell

Associate Professor
Degree
B.A., Central College
M.S., Iowa State University
Office
OEC 119D
Phone
(651) 962-5281
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5281
Mail
Mail 5013
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Courses:

Prof. O’Donnell, who came to St. Thomas in 1999, has taught a wide range of course, including Introduction to Communication and Journalism I, Visual Communication, Writing and Designing for the Web, Design Concepts in Communication, Magazine Writing, and Editing. 

Scholarship and service:

Professor O'Donnell is co-author of The Editor's Toolbox (Iowa State University Press), a textbook on editing with Buck Ryan of the University of Kentucky.  He has presented sessions for the National Student Press Association workshop, refereed conference papers for the Visual Communications Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and consulted on scholastic journalism with the St. Paul Academy-Summit School.

Professional experience:

Twenty-five years as a sports reporter, editor and page designer at papers such as the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa.

At UST:

Professor O'Donnell has served as the chair of the Communication and Journalism department in 2016-2018.

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21470 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. O'Donnell

Schedule Details

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COJO 480 - 03 Communication Ethics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 212

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 212

Course Registration Number:

20914 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. O'Donnell

This capstone seminar for graduating seniors explores ethical issues that confront communication professionals and audiences. Students explore theoretical perspectives on communication ethics, work from case studies to understand professional ethical standards, discuss current ethical issues in communication, work in teams to perfect oral and written ethical analysis skills, and write an individual thesis paper. Prerequisites: graduating seniors only and permission of department chair

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Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JOUR 111 - 04 Intro to Mass Media (LLC) M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 303

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OEC 303

Course Registration Number:

46494 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. O'Donnell

This course will introduce the student to mass media, including news media, social media and entertainment media. The course examines the mass media as cultural industries. Students will consider how the mass media shape and are shaped by society, the history of particular media, current research and media trends. Students will be expected to obtain an understanding of how print, broadcast, social, film and other media work, as well as a sense of their influence. Students are also expected to learn to be critical media consumers, asking themselves why they watch or read or listen to what they do. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course before taking upper-level Journalism or Digital Media Arts courses.

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