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  • Journalism Majors
  • Documentary Production Majors
  • Journalism and Documentary Production Minor

Preparing Students for the New Face of News

Just a few years ago the general public and even some media professionals believed that journalism was dying, but recent data indicates that smart phones, tablets and computers have exponentially increased the demand for news.  According to the Pew Research Center’s latest report, more than a quarter of Americans now get news on mobile devices; television network news audiences grew 4.5% this year – the first uptick in a decade; local stations experienced the first audience growth in five years; cable news audiences also grew.

With this new demand has come a fundamental change from the distinctly separate categories of print and broadcast journalism to something that simultaneously utilizes multiple technologies, merging print, graphics, audio and video – “converged” media. To be competitive in this emerging media environment we will educate you in all media platforms, to produce interactive, multimedia stories and to utilize social networking and crowd sourcing for researching, interviewing and story dissemination.

Course Requirement for the Journalism Majors

Prerequisites

COM 101 Speech Communication (3)
ENG 152 Research Topics in College Writing (3)

Core Requirements

COM 208 Introduction to Media (3)
COM 213 Media Literacy (3)
COM 362 Media Ethics (3)
COM 420 Media Law (3)

Major Requirements

COM 220 Newswriting I (3)
COM 230 Newswriting II (3)
COM 242 Photojournalism I (4)
COM 253 Reporting I (3)
COM 255 Multimedia Production for Journalists (4)
COM 323 Production I (4)
COM 326 Program Producing (3)
COM 342 Photojournalism II (4)
COM 353 Reporting II (4)
COM 452 Advanced Reporting I (4)
COM 453 Advanced Reporting II (4)
COM 470 Portfolio Review (1)
COM 481, 482, or 483 Communication Internship (3)

Electives List (12 credit hours) or (Second Major or Minor)

COM 340 Selected Topics (3)
COM 405 International Communication (3)
COM 481, 482, or 483 Communication Internship (3)
COM 491, 492, or 493 Independent Study (3)
POS 201 Contemporary Politics (1)
POS 221 Politics in the United States (3)
POS 301 International Relations (3)

Golden Age of True Stories

Storytelling is a valued skill, but there is also value in capturing the “true stories” people tell about their lives.  In the process of documentary production we encourage you to produce arguments about the world we live in to try to understand and even change it.

The Documentary Production major will provide an educational environment that encourages artistic and intellectual development. Faculty will place dual emphasis on research and writing as well as technical training. You, as a student, will be prepared to become creators of a mediated project from conception through post production.

Course Requirements for the Documentary Production Majors

Prerequisites

COM 101 Speech Communication (3)
ENG 152 Research Topics in College Writing (3)

Core Requirements

COM 208 Introduction to Media (3)
COM 213 Media Literacy (3)
COM 362 Media Ethics (3)
COM 420 Media Law (3)

Major Requirements

COM 219 Audio Production (4)
COM 232 Writing for Short Subject (3)
COM 234 Writing for TV (3)
COM 242 Photojournalism I (4)
COM 257 Multimedia Production for the Documentary (4)
COM 260 Introduction to Documentary Styles (3)
COM 323 Production I (4)
COM 324 Production II (4)
COM 326 Program Producing (3)
COM 468 Senior Thesis for Documentary Production (4)
COM 470 Portfolio Review (1)
COM 481, 482, or 483 Communication Internship (3)

Electives List (12 credit hours) or (Second Major or Minor)

COM 341 Film Production (4)
COM 401 Media Aesthetics (3)
COM 440 Selected Topics (3)
ART/COM 218 Visual Culture (3)
ART 230 Graphic Design for the Non-Major (3)
THA 209 History of American Film I (3)
CRW 208 Screenwriting (3)
ENG 345 Film Literature (3)
REL 335 Religion and Film (3)
PHI 360 Philosophy Through TV and Film (3)

Course Requirements for the Journalism and Documentary Production Minor

Requirements

COM 208 Introduction to Media (3)
COM 213 Media Literacy (3)
COM 255 Multimedia Production for Journalists (4)
COM 242 Photojournalism I (4)
COM 323 Production I (4)
COM 326 Program Producing (3)
COM 362 Media Ethics (3)
COM 420 Media Law (3)

Choose ONE of the following: COM 232 Writing for Short Subject, COM 234 Writing for Television or
COM 220 Newswriting I