Journalism

  • Department Information

    Journalism

    Department of Journalism

    Shahan Mufti, Chair
    Assistant Professor Masterson
    Director of Public Affairs Journalism Mullen
    Journalism professionals also are employed as adjunct faculty members.

  • Major

    The Journalism Major

    Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C (2.0) is required in each journalism course comprising the major.

    11 units, including:

    JOUR 100 News Media and Society

    JOUR 101 News Writing and Reporting

    JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

    JOUR 204 Advanced News Writing and Reporting

    JOUR 206 Journalism Law, Ethics

    JOUR 207 Editing for Print, Internet

    JOUR 302 Public Affairs Reporting

    JOUR 304 Seminar

    JOUR 377 Community-Based Journalism

    Two elective units, chosen from:

    JOUR 210 History of American Journalism

    JOUR 305 Photojournalism

    JOUR 306 Feature and Magazine Article Writing

    JOUR 307 Documentary Journalism

    JOUR 311 Covering Election Campaigns

    JOUR 314 Literary Journalism

    JOUR 370 Selected Topics in Journalism (no more than one)

     

     

  • Minor

    The Journalism Minor

    Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C (2.0) is required in each journalism course comprising the minor. 

    Seven units, including: 

    JOUR 100 News Media and Society

    JOUR 101 News Writing and Reporting

    JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

    JOUR 204 Advanced News Writing and Reporting

    JOUR 206 Journalism Law, Ethics

    JOUR 207 Editing for Print, Internet

    JOUR 377 Community-Based Journalism

Courses

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  • JOUR 100 News Media and Society

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSSA)

    Description

    History and development of print and electronic media. Conflicts between the free press and other social objectives. External and internal controls affecting news media and flow of information.

  • JOUR 101 News Writing and Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description

    Intensive training in basic writing and reporting skills, news values, ethical practices, and research. Includes frequent writing assignments.

  • JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Allows students who have mastered the basics of newsgathering to amplify and clarify those stories with images. Production of still photos and short videos suitable for publication.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 204 Advanced News Writing and Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description

    Prepares students for digital-first, multimedia journalism and related fields. In-depth academic study coupled with practical experience in writing and reporting news articles, podcasting, data journalism, investigative journalism, beat coverage and development. Includes off-campus assignments designed to complement classroom instruction.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 206 Journalism Law, Ethics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Case studies of ethical conflicts encountered in reporting and editing. State and federal case and statutory law affecting news media, especially libel, privacy, free expression, and "freedom of information."

    Prerequisites

    Journalism 100 and 101 with a grade of C or better.

  • JOUR 207 Editing for Print, Internet

    Units: 1

    Description

    Improving news writing through practice in copy reading, editing and discussion of news styles, grammar, usage, page design, headline writing, picture selection, news judgment, ethics.

    Prerequisites

    Journalism 100 and 101 with a grade of C or better.

  • JOUR 210 History of American Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    History of American Journalism from Zenger to Zuckerberg. Examines the development of the concept of fairness and objectivity; the role key personalities played in American journalism; and the role changing technology had on the way news is gathered and consumed.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 302 Public Affairs Reporting

    Units: 1

    Description

    Writing and reporting on public institutions such as police, courts, and legislative bodies. Interviewing and research using public documents. Frequent off-campus writing assignments.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 207.

  • JOUR 304 Seminar

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of specialized field of reporting or writing.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 204 or 207.

  • JOUR 305 Photojournalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Theory and practice of news and feature photography, properties of light and lenses.

    Prerequisites

    Journalism 203.

  • JOUR 306 Feature and Magazine Article Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Research and writing of news-feature and magazine articles.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 307 Documentary Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    An introduction to the practice and art of documentary film.

    Prerequisites

    Journalism 203 or demonstrated skills associated with video production.

  • JOUR 311 Covering Election Campaigns

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of roles and responsibilities of the press in reporting on the U.S. political process. Offered in the fall of even years.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 312 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Enables qualified students who have completed basic requirements for major to work independently on special reporting and research projects.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department chair and instructor.

  • JOUR 314 Literary Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    The development of non-fiction writing from the early 1900s to the present. Analysis of five or six nonfiction books and more than 30 long-form magazine articles by major nonfiction writers.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101.

  • JOUR 370 Selected Topics in Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Topics vary. Representative topics include drones in journalism, computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and JOUR 101.

  • JOUR 377 Community-Based Journalism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Supervised work in writing, research, or production for on-campus news media.

    Prerequisites

    Journalism 100 and 101 with a grade of C or better.

  • JOUR 388 Internship

    Units: .5

    Description

    Supervised work in writing, research, or production for on- or off-campus news media. May be repeated with the consent of the instructor. Offered for pass/fail grade only. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    JOUR 100 and 101 and permission of the department chair.

  • JOUR 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor