Journalism Certificate

Certificate in Journalism

Students in good academic standing at Indiana University who do not plan to major in journalism are eligible to apply to the certificate program. Students must file an application with a journalism adviser.

To apply for the certificate, students must have completed 26 credit hours with a minimum 2.200 cumulative grade point average (FX and WF will be calculated as F), including the following:

1. one of these three courses in The Media School with a grade of C or higher

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.

MSCH-C 225 (formerly JOUR-J 200) Reporting, Writing, and Editing I

(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 (formerly JOUR-J 210) Visual Communication

(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.

2. English composition with a grade of C or higher (or exemption). See Foundations.

3. one mathematical modeling course with a grade of C- or higher (or exemption). See Foundations.

4. one semester of a foreign language. See the List of Foreign Languages.

Requirements

Students must complete at least 25 credit hours, including all other College requirements for certificates and the following requirements:

Required Courses

1. Core courses (16 cr.):

MSCH-C 101 Media (or JOUR- J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication)

(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.

MSCH-C 225 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (formerly JOUR-J 200)

(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 (JOUR-J 210)

(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 (JOUR-J 300)

(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 (JOUR-J 410)

(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.

2. Two courses from the approved list of advanced skills courses (6 cr.):

MSCH-A 420 (JOUR-J 420) Advertising Concepts and Copywriting

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, and MSCH-A 320 or JOUR-J 320. Intensive practice in producing effective advertising concepts, copy, and design prototypes for newspaper, magazine, direct mail, outdoor, radio, television, and converged campaigns. Credit given for only one of MSCH-A 420 or JOUR-J 420.

MSCH-J 303 (JOUR-J 303) Online Journalism

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Explores non-linear methods of storytelling and how Web-based tools can enhance journalism written and online work. In addition to building existing skills, students use photography and embedded audio to create story packages for an online magazine. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 303 or JOUR-J 303.

MSCH-J 315 (JOUR-J 315) Feature Writing

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110 or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, planning, and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader’s interest. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 315 or JOUR-J 315.

MSCH-J 341 (JOUR-J 341) News Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110 or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200, or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for print and online publication. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 341 or JOUR-J 341.

MSCH-J 342 (JOUR-J 342) Magazine Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing material for specialized and general circulation magazines. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 342 or JOUR-J 342.

MSCH-J 343 (JOUR-J 343) Broadcast News

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210–with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for broadcast. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 343, JOUR-J 343 or JOUR-J 371.

MSCH-J 344 (JOUR-J 344) Photojournalism Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210–with a grade of C- or higher. Must have own camera. This is an intermediate photojournalism course focusing on the basics of light, camera operation, and the use of the digital darkroom. It includes instruction in spot news and feature photography as well as instruction in ethics, privacy, and law. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 344 or JOUR-J 344.

MSCH-J 351 (JOUR-J 351) News Editing

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher. Workshop in fundamentals of editing daily news for both print and online formats. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, grammar, style, language fluency, leadership skills, legal concerns and ethics in the newsroom. Practice in editing copy, writing headlines and cutlines, designing print and online pages, working with multimedia features and making sound, ethical decisions on deadline. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 351 or JOUR-J 351.

MSCH-J 352 (JOUR-J 352) Magazine Editing

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210–with a grade of C- or higher. Workshop in fundamentals of editing specialized and general interest publications, individual and team functions are stressed. Attention is given to editorial voice and judgment fairness, accuracy, and language usage. Practice in writing headlines and titles, layout, design, and use of computer editing. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 352 or JOUR-J 352.

MSCH-J 353 (JOUR-J 353) Advanced Broadcast News

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 343 or JOUR-J 343. Continuing workshop in reporting, writing, and editing for broadcast. Individual and team functions are stressed. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in editing copy, audio and video tape. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 353, JOUR-J 353 or JOUR-J 384.

MSCH-J 354 (JOUR-J 354) Photojournalism Editing

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 344 or JOUR-J 344 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of the instructor. Workshop in the principles of combining visual and verbal material with emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in cropping, layout, design, writing headlines and captions, and computer editing technology. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 354 or JOUR-J 354.

MSCH-J 360 (JOUR-J 360) Journalism Specialties (Approved topics)

(1-4 cr.)

Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J360 and JOUR-J 360.

MSCH-J 362 (JOUR-J 362) Journalism Multimedia Storytelling

(3 cr.)

P: At least sophomore standing and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher; or permission of instructor. Hands-on experiences in reporting, editing and presenting stories in images, sound and spoken word. Goes beyond basic skills with advanced cameras and software. Create projects including Podcast, Audio slideshow, web video, and Portfolio website to display projects. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 362 or JOUR-J 362.

MSCH-J 385 (JOUR -J 385) Television News

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 353 or JOUR-J 353, or consent of instructor. Preparation and presentation of news for television. Practice in writing, reporting, filming, and editing news for TV. TV writing problems, use of photographs, film, and videotape; problems of sound in TV news; ethical problems of the TV film reporter and editor. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 385 or JOUR-J 385.

MSCH-J 401 (JOUR-J 401) Depth Reporting and Editing

(3 cr.)

P: One 300-level reporting course and one 300-level editing course. Study and practice in using techniques of social science and traditional methods of investigative reporting. Class will plan, write, and edit news stories in depth. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 401 or JOUR-J 401.

MSCH-J 444 (JOUR-J 444 Advanced Photojournalism

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 344 or JOUR-J 344. Advanced techniques of reporting and interpreting news with photography practice in news, sports, features, photographic essays, color photography, electronic imaging, and studio illustration. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 444 or JOUR-J 444.

MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (Approved topics)

(1-4 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 463 (JOUR-J 463) Graphic Design I

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210. This design course incorporates electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463.

MSCH-J 464 (JOUR-J 464) Infographics

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor. This course builds a foundation of knowledge about the visual display of quantitative data and the ethical issues in graphs and maps. Students put this knowledge into practice by creating graphs, maps, and explanatory diagrams in Adobe Illustrator for print publication and in Flash for motion graphics. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 464 or JOUR-J 464.

MSCH-J 465 (JOUR-J 465) Graphic Design II

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463. This advanced design course builds on Graphic Design I and incorporates advanced work in color, type design, computer illustration, creative problem solving, and an introduction to production. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 465 or JOUR-J 465.

MSCH-J 481 (JOUR-J 481) Creating an Indiana Magazine

(3 cr.)

P: Permission of instructor. Students in this course produce 812: The Magazine for Southern Indiana. They study the magazine’s editorial philosophy and its target audience and voice; develop an editorial line-up; report and write the stories; shoot the photos and video; write the headlines; edit the copy; design the pages; and produce the magazine in print, online and as iPad editions (with the help of the MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design II class). Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 481 or JOUR-J 481.

MSCH-J 488 (JOUR-J 488) Agency Practicum—Agency 7

(3 cr.)

P: Junior or senior standing. Capstone, clinical experience that models the professional practices and service offerings of world-class integrated marketing communication media agencies. Implement public relations/advertising services for real clients through service learning. Professional skills, proficiencies, and best practices through hands-on learning. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in J488 or JOUR-J 488.

MSCH-R 349 (JOUR-J 349) Public Relations Writing

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-H 200 or JOUR-J 200; and one of MSCH-R 321 or JOUR-J 321 with a grade of C- or higher. Develops the professional writing skills expected of beginning public relations practitioners, including different approaches required for a variety of audiences and media. Focus on the basics of good writing as well as the art of writing. Brush up on AP style. Learn how to work effectively with real-world clients. Credit given for only one of MSCH-R 349 or JOUR-J 349.

MSCH-R 429 (JOUR-J 429) Public Relations Campaigns

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-R 321 or JOUR-J 321 with a grade of C- or higher. Development and execution of a public relations campaign for a non-profit organization. Public relations theory and in-depth care study analysis. Develop a campaign proposal to meet a client’s business objectives and learn how to pitch it. Part of the course focuses on media relations and crisis communications training. Credit given for only one of MSCH-R 429 or JOUR-J 429.

3. Electives. Complete one (1) course selected from:

  • Any Journalism course
  • Any CASE Intensive Writing course except MSCH-J 410
  • Any Journalism-approved statistics course

See The Media School Bulletin for complete details.

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