Photojournalism Specialization

Photojournalism Specialization 

1.  Students must complete one advanced writing course from this list (3 credit hours):

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 list (6 credit hours):

MSCH-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.

MMSCH-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 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-X 478 Field Experiences in Media (Approved topics)

(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 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.

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