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.
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.
Specific objectives are to:
Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements for admission:
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.