News Writing Specialization

News Writing Specialization 

1. Students must complete one advanced writing course from this list (3 cr.)

MSCH-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 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 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 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 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.

2. Students must complete two advanced skills courses from the following (6 cr.)

MSCH-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 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 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 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 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 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 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-X 478 Field Experience in Media (Approved topic: Japan and Kenya/Uganda)

(4 cr.)

P: Application required. Permission of department. Topical course integrating classroom and field experience. Includes 10-day field experience during or after term offered. Field experience will change based on topic. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J428 and MSCH-X 478.

MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (Approved topics: Story Mechanics, 812 Magazine, Investigative Journalism and Narrative Journalism, Reporting The World From Home)

(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 481 Creating an Indiana Magazine (812 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.

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