Journalism

Professor: J. Miller
Associate Professor: J. Blank-Libra

Professional journalists and educators agree that the best preparation for a career in journalism is a program of specialized courses taken together with the liberal arts. The Journalism program combines strong offerings in journalistic skills, theories, and participation with a general education curriculum providing broad knowledge required of a reporter, writer, or editor. The skills and knowledge gained as a Journalism major can also be applied to other areas of academic interest, making journalism an ideal secondary major for students working in natural science, government and economics, and fine arts. Graduates of the Journalism program can expect to find careers not only in the fields of writing and editing but also in public relations, law, civil service, and education.

Journalism Major:

39 credit hours
Required Courses:
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
JOUR 115 — News Reporting and Writing (3 cr)
JOUR 239 — Advanced Journalism (3 cr)
JOUR 242 — Editorial Skills I: Copy Editing (3 cr)
JOUR 243 — Editorial Skills II: Newspaper Layout and Design (3 cr)
JOUR 245 — Photojournalism (3 cr)
JOUR 302 — Ethics and Law of the Press (3 cr)
JOUR 395 — Internship 3-(4 cr)
JOUR 095 — Journalism Participation (two semesters required) (1 cr)each

Three of the following courses:
COMM 280 — Broadcasting in America (4 cr)
COMM 365 — Public Relations (3 cr)
GOVT 335 — Public Opinion, the Media and Voting Behavior (3 cr)
JOUR 215 — Newspaper Writing: Sports (3 cr)
JOUR 290 — History of the American Press (3 cr)
JOUR 312 — Writing for Magazines (3 cr)
JOUR 315 — Newspaper Writing: Critical/Editorial (3 cr)
JOUR 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Journalism 2-(4 cr)

One of the following courses:
ENGL 225 — World Literature I (3 cr)
ENGL 226 — World Literature II (3 cr)
ENGL 230 — Introduction to British Literary History (3 cr)
ENGL 240 — Introduction to American Literary History (3 cr)
ENGL 269 — English Grammar (3 cr)
ENGL 304 — Creative Writing: Fiction (3 cr)
ENGL 305 — Creative Writing: Poetry (3 cr)
ENGL 306 — Creative Writing: Drama (3 cr)
ENGL 311 — Advanced Composition (3 cr)

Recommended Supportive Courses:
ART 190 — Graphic Design I (3 cr)
ART 321 — Graphic Design II (3 cr)
BSAD 310 — Principles of Marketing (4 cr)
ECON 120 — Principles of Economics I (3 cr)
ECON 121 — Principles of Economics II (3 cr)
GOVT 110 — Introduction to Government (3 cr)

Journalism Minor:

18 credit hours
JOUR 115 — News Reporting and Writing (3 cr)
JOUR 239 — Advanced Journalism (3 cr)
JOUR 242 — Editorial Skills I: Copy Editing (3 cr)
–or–JOUR 243 — Editorial Skills II: Newspaper Layout and Design (3 cr)
JOUR — Elective courses (9 cr)

Journalism Courses:

JOUR 095 — Journalism Participation (1 credit)
Staff work or editing positions on student publications. Cross-Listed with ENGL 095; Offered Every Semester.

JOUR 115 — News Reporting and Writing (W - Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
Students will focus on the theory and practice of reporting and writing news and feature stories for print media. Additional emphasis will be placed on multi-media components, including but not limited to the production and/or use of videos, blogs, photo galleries, and various interactive on-line elements. Cross-Listed with ENGL 115; Prerequisite ENGL 110; Offered Every Semester.

JOUR 215 — Newspaper Writing: Sports (W - Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
Conducted as a workshop, this course considers the theory and practice of sports writing for print media. Students will learn how to write a variety of sports stories while studying and critiquing sports writing at a local and national level. Cross-Listed with ENGL 215; Offered Every Other Spring Semester.

JOUR 239 — Advanced Journalism (W -Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
This course will consider public affairs through coverage of events such as school board and city council meetings. Additional emphasis will be placed on beat reporting, including in-depth coverage of issues emerging from areas such as government, science and health, the economy, religion, and the legal system. Emphasis will be given to creating and using multimedia components to deliver information. Students will advance their philosophy of freedom of the press through the study of various philosophical orientations. Cross-Listed with ENGL 239; Prerequisite JOUR 115; Offered Every Other Fall Semester.

JOUR 242 — Editorial Skills I: Copy Editing (3 credits)
The focus of this section of Editorial Skills is on copy reading and editing for print and broadcast media. Students will also learn how to write and edit headlines, captions and other graphic material, and will consider ethical issues involving editorial decisions. Prerequisite: JOUR 115; Offered Every Fall Semester.

JOUR 243 — Editorial Skills II: Newspaper Layout and Design (3 credits)
The focus of this section of Editorial Skills is on the theory and practice of newspaper and print design. Students will learn skills in typography, photo sizing and cropping, copy and issue fitting, and computer typesetting and layout using state of the art desktop publishing programs. Prerequisite: JOUR 115; Offered Every Spring Semester.

JOUR 245 — Photojournalism (3 credits)
In this course students will seek to illuminate truth through use of the visual. Students will learn to shoot news and feature subjects with a digital SLR camera. Emphasis will be given to the study of photo composition and to photo editing. In addition, they will create and edit video footage. Students will study and discuss various ethical principles and explore the work of photographers of note. Course Requires a Digital SLR Camera; Offered Every Other Fall Semester.

JOUR 290 — History of the American Press (W - Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
An examination of the development of American journalism from colonial times to the present. Using primary source readings and films, in addition to textbooks, the course will examine changes within the journalism industry itself, the response of that industry to changes in American society and culture, and the effects journalism has had on American life. Cross-Listed with HIST 290; Offered Every Other Spring Semester.

JOUR 302 — Ethics and Law of the Press (3 credits)
Students in this course will study freedom of the press through the examination of significant court cases, particularly those that have come before the U.S. Supreme Court. Issues to be studied include libel, privacy, prior restraint and free press v. fair trial. In addition, students will study ethical issues, most of which are inseparable from the legal matters to be considered. Offered Every Other Fall Semester.

JOUR 312 — Writing for Magazines (W - Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
Conducted as a workshop, this course emphasizes a step-by-step approach to the business of freelance writing. Students will select topics and study potential markets in an effort to sell research articles and first-person essays. Students will read, analyze and study a wide range of articles and writers as they develop their writing style. Cross-Listed with ENGL 312; Offered Every Spring Semester.

JOUR 315 — Newspaper Writing: Critical/Editorial (W - Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
Conducted as a workshop, this course considers the theory and practice of writing reviews and opinion pieces. Students will review a variety of popular art forms, and will develop skills in writing editorial and opinion pieces. The study and critique of local and national reviewers and opinion writers will also be included. Cross-Listed with ENGL 315; Offered Every Other Fall Semester.

JOUR 365 — Public Relations (3 credits)
The principles and practice of public relations. Lectures, reading, and discussion will introduce students to the theories, techniques, and application of public relations. In addition, case studies and group and individual projects will be used to refine and apply course concepts. Cross-Listed with COMM 365; Offered Every Fall Semester.

JOUR 395, 495 — Internship (3-4 credits)
Students will work in a professional setting in the journalistic area of the student’s choice, usually involving full- or part-time employment with a cooperating newspaper or magazine, radio or television station, advertising agency or public relations office. Open only to majors and minors. Arranged on an Individual Basis; Offered Every Semester.

JOUR 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Journalism (2-4 credits)

JOUR 199, 299, 399 — Independent Study (2-4 credits)