B.A. in Journalism: News Reporting and Editing

Concentration in News Reporting and Editing

The News Reporting and Editing concentration of the B.A.J. combines foundational journalism courses with courses focused on various forms of reporting and editing that use writing, photography, video recording, audio recording and graphic design to present truthful and reliable messages to a wide range of audience types.

The three-course specializations in Audio Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Journalism, Graphic Communication, News Writing, Photojournalism, and Video Journalism will provide news students with the opportunity to develop, practice, and master high-level reporting and editing skills within a context of journalism theory and ethics. The concentration prepares them for careers with news organizations employing a wide spectrum of media technologies.

B.A.J. Required Courses

1)   The Media School Core (12 cr.):

MSCH-C 101 Media

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Examines the role media play in our lives-at work, at school, among family members, friends, and lovers-and analyzes pressing issues in media and society today, such as privacy, globalization, and convergence.

Managing Media: 1 course from the approved list
Thinking Media: 1 course from the approved list
Making Media: 1 course from the approved list

See “Choosing Managing/Thinking/Making Courses Based on Degree Sequence.”

2) Students in the News Reporting and Editing concentration must complete the following four courses (12 cr.):

MSCH-C 225* Reporting, Writing and Editing I (formerly J200)

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: ENG-W 131 or its equivalent with a grade of C– or higher, and fundamental computer skills. Working seminar stressing the creation of journalistic stories for diverse audiences. Students will learn to develop story ideas, gather information, combine visual and verbal messages, and to write and edit news. Credit given for only one of MSCH-C 225 or JOUR-J 200.

MSCH-C 226* Visual Communication (from Making Media) (formerly J210)

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

Theories of visual communication including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication. Credit given for only one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210.

MSCH-J 300 Communications Law

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: At least sophomore standing. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and business law affecting media operations. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications systems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300.

MSCH-J 410 The Media as Social Institutions (ethics)

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300 with a grade of C- or higher; senior standing. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 410 or JOUR-J 410.

*Students in the News Reporting and Editing concentration may count either MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-C 226 towards completion of the Making Media requirement of the core.

3)  Students must also complete one research course from this list (3 cr.):

MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300 or JOUR-H 300–with a grade of C- or higher; junior/senior standing; or permission of instructor. Students study the law relating to the content of news media and the processes by which that content is created. Discussion includes the legal issues triggered by story framing, selection of sources, interviewing, photography and access to information. The course reading and research using primary legal materials. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 407 or JOUR-J 407.

MSCH-J 409 Media Management

(3 cr.)

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Research seminar that examines techniques and processes used in managing media organizations. Through discussions, case analysis, and group projects, the course explores organizational missions and social responsibilities, market analysis techniques, personnel management issues, and budgeting. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 409 or JOUR-J 409.

MSCH-J 423 Public Opinion

(3 cr.)

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Behavioral study of nature, operation, molding, and influence of public opinion, with practice in its measurement and evaluation. Discussion of major political, social, economic, and cultural problems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 423 or JOUR-J 423.

MSCH-J 448 Global Journalism: Issues and Research

(3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Structure and function of international communication systems and barrier to flow of information among nations. Emphasis on gathering and disseminating information around the world. Study of the major newspapers of the world, international news agencies, and international broadcasting and satellite networks. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 448 or JOUR-J 448.

MSCH-J 450 History of Journalism

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. American social-intellectual history integrated with the story of news media development, emphasizing the historical relationship of the mass media to American social, economic, and cultural patterns and developments. Origin, growth, shortcomings, and achievements of media. Impact of society on the media and vice versa. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 450 or JOUR-J 450.

MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (approved topics only)

(3 cr.)

P: Junior or senior standing. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and materials from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J460 and JOUR-J 460.

MSCH-J 470 Broadcast Media Analysis

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Seminar on problems of communicating news through aural and visual channels. Application of communications theory to broadcast news and public affairs presentations. Study of effects of format, verbal content, nonverbal content, and presenter on communication process. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 470 or JOUR-J 470.

4) One specialization (9 cr.) approved for News Reporting and Editing must be completed, including a capstone project or seminar, chosen from the following list:

5)  A second concentration of at least 24 unique credit hours.

6)  Students must also complete the B.A. degree requirements of the College of Arts andSciences.

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