Journalism and Emerging Media
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Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.
Students interested in applying for any of the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) majors must meet the Sophomore GPA requirement which consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:
- COMM 2020: CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations
- COMM 1110: Public Speaking
- COMM 2033: Visual Communication
- COMM 2135: Writing for Public Communication
- COMM 2240: Communication Law, Ethics and Diversity
Students must also achieve a satisfactory score of 78% or higher on the SOCM Entrance Exams. Students may take the test no more than three times.
This Entrance Exam requirement will be waived for students in 2022-2023 catalog year.
Double Owl Pathways
Related Minors or Certificates
- Organizational & Professional Communication Minor
- Public Relations Minor
JOUR 3330: News Reporting and Writing
This course is an introduction to the ways and means of developing, gathering, writing and editing factual and editorial copy. The course examines news personnel functions, reporting and interviewing techniques, ethical and legal considerations, along with news-writing practice surrounding the above.
JOUR 3360: Photojournalism
This course introduces the fundamentals of how still photography is used to document our world in a public sphere. Students will learn the skills, theory, aesthetics and ethics of newspaper, magazine and online photojournalism. Visual storytelling from a single picture to a multi-image photo essay is explored. A digital portfolio is produced and presented at the end of the term.
JOUR 3395: Journalism Study Tour
This course offers students the opportunity to learn about news gathering, production, and presentation in one of the nation’s largest media markets. Students gain first-hand exposure to news professionals, operations, and offices. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of the professional newsroom. They visit outlets for a hands-on look at the news gathering process. Students incur additional travel expenses including the instructor’s travel expenses.
JOUR 4412: Sports Reporting
In this course students prepare for and practice writing short and long form stories about sports contests at the high school, college, and professional levels. Students produce stories in multi-platform formats including video, photography and social media use. This is an advanced reporting course aimed at students who are sports enthusiasts with the goal of becoming professional sports reporters.