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 RE(a)D is the digital magazine of the journalism sequence of WKU's School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

All work featured on the site is original work produced by students in journalism classes.

 

 

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) (catalog year fall 2017 and thereafter)

Specific objectives are to:                                                                                                           

  1. Prepare students for professional careers in the media.
  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 news media in a democratic society.

 

Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  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 the Colonnade Program;
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: SJB 101, 102 and JOUR 202.

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to an SJ&B major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

  

The major in journalism requires 45 to 46 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No course with a grade of "D" or below can 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 adviser. Students may not select a minor in film studies, or those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor.

36 hours (prerequisite courses in italics)

SJB 101             Understanding Media

SJB 102             Media Collaboration

JOUR 202          News Writing

SJB 210                 Software Studio (SJB 101 and 102)

BCOM 264         Digital Video Production

PJ 131                   Intro to Digital Photography

PJ 261                   Intro to Multimedia (PJ 131)

JOUR 301         Press Law & Ethics (PS 110, SJB 101, JOUR 202 or permission of instructor)

JOUR 302         Intermediate Reporting  (JOUR 202)

JOUR 323          Multiplatform News (JOUR 202)

JOUR 325         Feature Writing (JOUR 302 or permission of instructor)

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. The course must be approved by faculty adviser in the major.

Restricted Electives: 3 hours; the major coordinator can approve exceptions      

PJ 336                  Picture Editing (PJ 131)

JOUR 421             American Press History

JOUR 481             Problems in Mass Communication

JOUR 491             Internship

ENG 311               Creative Nonfiction (ENG 200, ENG 203)

ENG 402               Editing/Publishing (ENG 306 or ENG 307 and 1 upper-level professional writing course)

ENG 403               Writing Memoir and Autobiography (ENG 203 and ENG 300)

FLK 373                Folklore and the Media

SJB 310                Media Diversity

SJB 330                Interactive Design (SJB 210)

BCOM 325            Writing TV/Radio (SJB 103)

 

Required Capstone: 3 or 4 hours

JOUR 426             Advanced Reporting (JOUR 325, JOUR 323)

SJB 495                Collaborative Journalism (Instructor approval required)

JOUR 481             Prob/Mass Comm: First Amendment (instructor approval required)

SJB 401 & 402      Team Investigative Reporting (4 hours; instructor approval required)

 

Minor in Journalism Writing (Ref # 403 - 21 hours)

The minor in journalism writing requires a minimum of 21 hours. Students pursuing the minor can gain valuable knowledge and skills in professional media writing and journalistic storytelling.

 

(prerequisite courses in parenthesis)

SJB 101    Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology (3)
JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing (3)
JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (3) (SJB 101/JOUR 201, 202 and junior standing or permission of instructor)
JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (3) (SJB 101/JOUR 201, 202)
JOUR 323 Multiplatform News Presentation (3) (formerly News Editing prior to August 2014) (JOUR 202)

JOUR 325 Feature Writing (3) (JOUR 302)

 

The remaining six hours, chosen in consultation with an assigned faculty advisor, may be selected from the following restricted electives, with three hours being a JOUR course:

 

JOUR 421 Press History

JOUR 426 Advanced Reporting (3) (JOUR 323, JOUR 325)
JOUR 427 Journalism and Media in the Schools (3)

JOUR 428 News Media Management (3) (junior standing or permission of instructor)

JOUR 467 Journalism Practicum (1) (permission of instructor; this is an internship, not a class)

JOUR 481 Problems in Mass Communication (3) (permission of instructor)

JOUR 491 Internship
JOUR 495 Collaborative Journalism (3)(permission of instructor)

ENG 311 Creative Nonfiction (3) (ENG 200 and 203 or permission of the instructor)

ENG 402 Editing/Publishing (3) (either ENG 306 or ENG 307 & one additional upper-level professional writing class)

ENG 403 Writing Memoirs (3) (ENG 203 and 300)

FLK 373 Folklore and the Media (3)

SJB 310 Media Diversity (3)

BCOM 325 Writing TV/Radio (3) (SJB 103; or permission of instructor for students outside the

School of Journalism & Broadcasting)

Half of the hours in the minor must be at the 300- or 400- level.

 

For more information on the Journalism minor, contact Gordon “Mac” McKerral at mac.mckerral@wku.edu in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

 

 

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/.

 

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