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JTC 560 - Managing Communications Systems

  • 3 credits
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How would you build out an effective team, bringing in necessary skillsets and various experience levels, while maintaining a positive working environment? How do you manage that structure while keeping the client’s needs front and center while working with other vendors and agencies? The course will provide you with practical knowledge about the management of media and communication projects, creative teams (internal and external), unit and project budgets, external vendors and contractors, and project production schedules in media-oriented organizations. You will learn from real-life scenarios with communications professionals, which will help you build a cohesive team structure and communications plan from the ground up.

This course is designed to help you:

  • Lead a team of creatives and understand member roles within a media or communications organization
  • Define leadership as a team member and as a leader
  • Envision leadership and explore leadership principles and practices
  • Explore workforce management, including: hiring teams, dealing with conflict, motivating a team, and handling competition outside and within the team
  • Advance diversity and inclusion as a leader within a media or communications organization
  • Communicate ethics and laws and apply these concepts as a leader in a media or communication organization
  • Manage a remote team and organize them across a distance for effective communication and execution of goals.
  • Identify your own style of leadership, including strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for growth.

Important Information

This course includes guest speakers, case studies, and group work through synchronous lectures on Zoom. Attendance is expected Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:50 pm Mountain Time.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information.  Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Jenny Fischer

Jenny has more than 20 years of experience as a creative professional under her belt, with experience ranging from publication production and management, to digital marketing strategy. During that time, she has been an Assistant Director for Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp., Creative Services Manager for an event company serving clients around the globe, and has maintained a handful of small businesses as design clients.

A proud Ram with a BFA in Graphic Design from CSU, Jenny also holds an MS in Journalism Innovation from Syracuse University. She is currently combining these academic experiences in her role as Instructor for the Journalism and Media Communication department at CSU.