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Journalism

 

Journalism Program (revised 8/15/2014)

The world of journalism is changing. However, the need for excellent journalists is not. The major in journalism grounds its curriculum in the skills that all employers within the news media and professional communications want: strong writing and editing skills; excellent storytelling skills; the ability to find and process complex information, and share it in a way that helps others understand it; and the ability to deal on a face-to-face basis with diverse audiences.

The core of the curriculum remains reporting, writing and editing for print and the Web. A dedicated and talented faculty with strong professional careers in journalism teaches these courses. That core is joined by a range of classes aimed at developing a foundation in multimedia storytelling: digital photojournalism, audio-visual gathering and editing; and Web site development and content delivery. Experts from all units throughout the SJ&B teach these classes. Ethical and professional standards, and emphasis on First Amendment principles and media law concepts are incorporated throughout the curriculum to complete the package.

Students in the journalism major graduate prepared for work at any news media outlet or for any position in professional communications. Along the way, they get one-on-one academic and career advising from the journalism faculty — and the knowledge and skills to make a difference.

Career Opportunities:

The journalism multimedia curriculum offers students the opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers including: news reporting and editing for all media; public information officers; corporate communications; nonprofit communications. Law schools recruit heavily from journalism schools, particularly the journalism major, because the core courses develop interpersonal communication skills, research and writing. These same skills are widely sought in the business sector.

Major in Journalism  (reference #736)

(effective for students in catalog year fall 2014 and thereafter)

Curriculum requirements for students declaring a major in journalism in fall 2014 and thereafter.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:
1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of 'C' or better and 9 additional hours in general education;
4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better: SJB 101, 102, 103 and JOUR 202. Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the major in journalism and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

 

CURRICULUM:  The major in journalism (reference number 736) requires 45 to 46 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No course with a grade of "D" or below may be counted toward the major or fulfill prerequisite requirements. One-half of the hours in the major must be at the 300- or 400-level. Students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting unit including the University's general education requirements. In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the journalism major must have a minor or second major outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and Film Studies that is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor in film studies, or those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor. Refer to the University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Specific objectives are to

1. Prepare students for professional careers in journalism.

2. Instill in students a high degree of professionalism, which consists principally

     of practical competence and ethical understanding.

3. Enhance students' understanding of the role of the press in a democratic society. 

REQUIRED COURSES (prerequisite courses in parenthesis) (36 hours)

SJB 101 Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology
SJB 102 Media Content, Collaboration and Community
SJB 103 Digital Storytelling for the 21st Century
JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing
BCOM 264 Digital Video Production and Distribution
PJ 131 Introduction to Digital Photography
PJ 261 Introduction to Multimedia (PJ 131 or 231)
JOUR 301 Press Law and Ethics (PS 110, SJB 101, JOUR 202 and junior standing, or permission of instructor)
JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (SJB 101or JOUR 201, JOUR 202) (pre-req. pending UCC approval)
JOUR 323 Multiplatform News Presentation (JOUR 202)
JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302, 323, or permission of instructor)
AD 348 Introduction to Interactive Media

Elective (3 hours)
During the sophomore year, select one 3-credit hour upper division elective outside the major in journalism from one of the following subject areas: AD, BCOM, FILM, PJ, PR or SJB. Must be approved by faculty advisor in the major.

Restricted Elective (3 hours)
Select one 3-hour elective from the following list:
AD 343 Print Design/Production/Typography (SJB 101or JOUR 201, JOUR 202) (pre-req. pending UCC approval)
BCOM 368 News Videography & Editing (PJ 261 for journalism majors){BCOM 265 recommended}
JOUR 421 American Press History
JOUR 422 Current Issues in Mass Communication (18 hours in the major)
JOUR 427 Journalism and Media in the Schools (junior standing or permission of instructor)
JOUR 428 News Media Management (junior standing or permission of instructor)
JOUR 467 News/Editorial Practicum [1-hr] (permission of instructor)
JOUR 481 Problems in Mass Communication
JOUR 491 Internship or Practicum (18 hours in the major and permission of sequence coordinator)
PJ 336 Picture Editing (PJ 131 or permission of the instructor)

Select one of the following three capstone experiences (3 - 4 hours)
JOUR 426 Advanced Reporting (JOUR 325) or by application
SJB 495 Collaborative Journalism (JOUR 302 or permission of coordinator; and consent of instructor or participation in i-Media certification) or by application
SJB 401 & 402 Team Investigative Reporting I [fall] & II [spring] (4-hours) (permission of instructor)


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Students entering the University prior to fall 2014 should continue to follow their published program of study for his/her catalog year and should consult with his/her academic advisor in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting about any course deletions that may affect them. To find your undergraduate catalog go to http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/.

Major in News/Editorial Journalism (Reference # 716)

(Effective for students entering the university or declaring the major in fall 2009 to summer 2014)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:
1) Completion of 4 8 hours of course work applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.
2) Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120, the university math requirement, and at least a 'C' in ENG 100.
3) Completion of the following courses with at least a 'C': JOUR 201, 202, 232.

CURRICULUM:

The major in news/editorial journalism (reference number 716) requires 42 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No course with a grade of "D" or below may be counted toward the major or fulfill prerequisite requirements. One-half of the hours in the major must be at the 300- or 400-level. Effective fall 2013, students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting unit including the University's general education requirements. In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the journalism major must have a minor or second major outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and Film Studies that is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor in film studies, or those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor. Refer to the University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.
Specific objectives are to:
1. Prepare students for professional careers in journalism.
2. Instill in students a high degree of professionalism, which consists principally of practical competence and ethical understanding.
3. Enhance students' understanding of the role of the press in a democratic society.


REQUIRED COURSES (prerequisite courses in parenthesis)
PJ/JOUR 131 Introduction to Digital Photography
*JOUR 201 Media and Society * (course deleted from inventory fall 2014)
JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing
*JOUR 232 Electronic Technologies for Journalism * (course deleted from inventory fall 2014)
PJ/JOUR 261 Introduction to Multimedia (PJ/JOUR 131 or 231)
BCOM 264 Digital Video Production
BCOM 265 Basic Broadcast News (BCOM 185 or BCOM 201 or JOUR 201)
JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (JOUR 201, 202 and junior standing or permission of instructor)
JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (JOUR 201, 202)
JOUR 323 Multiplatform News Presentation (JOUR 202)
JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302, 323, or permission of instructor)
AD/JOUR 348 Introduction to Interactive Media Advertising (AD/JOUR 341 or permission)
JOUR 426 Advanced Reporting (JOUR 325) (capstone)

Restricted Electives 3 hours, upper division course, select from list below
JOUR 336 Picture Editing (PJ/JOUR 131, JOUR 232 news/ed majors or permission)
AD/JOUR 341 Principles of Advertising (JOUR 201, 202)
AD/JOUR 343 Print Design (JOUR 201,202,232 or successful completion of final exam in J232)
PR/JOUR 355 Fundamentals of Public Relations (JOUR 201,202)
JOUR 421 American Press History (spring only)
JOUR 422 Current Issues in Mass Communication (18 hours in the major)
JOUR 481 Problems in Mass Communication
JOUR 491 Internship/Practicum (18 hours in the major & permission of sequence head)
SJB/JOUR 495 Collaborative Journalism (JOUR 325 news/ed majors)
BCOM 368 News Videography & Editing (JOUR 261 for news/ed majors)

Required Courses Outside the Major
ECON 203 Macroeconomics (General Education Category C)
PS 110 American National Government (General Education Category C)
PS 304 State Government (spring) or prior to fall 2010, PS 210 State and Local Government
HIST 349 The United States Since 1945 General Elective (spring)
One of the following two courses
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (General Education Category E)
GEOG 360 Geography of North America (General Elective or Category C)

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 The Journalism program is located within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting

 in Mass Media & Technology Hall, office 216. Faculty may be reached at (270) 745-4144,

 or by fax at (270) 745-5835.)

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 Last Modified 9/25/14