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Visual Editing

The Visual Editing model will prepare students for careers as visual editors and managers in a wide variety of media. In addition to providing historical and theoretical perspective about visual communication, students will closely examine successful multimedia projects. Coursework will enhance students’ framework in the history, theory and skills of photojournalism, principles and practice of visual editing and design for print and online. The program’s essential perspective remains visual-based, while embracing audio and video and platforms ranging from the traditional to online and social media.

A five-year model is particularly aimed for students who discover an interest in visual editing late in their undergraduate careers.┬áThe model particularly builds on students’ class experience in Photojournalism, Broadcast, Convergence or Design, but it is applicable to all students who fulfill the prerequisites.


  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)

And one of the following:

  • JOURN 7560 Staff Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7806 Convergence Editing and Producing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7988 Advanced Publication Design: (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)

Program Core: 6 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Visual Editing Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 7554 Visual Editing for Multimedia (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7972 Photo and Visual Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society (3 Credits)*

Electives: 5 Credits

Suggested Courses:

  • JOURN 7502 Multimedia Planning and Design (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)
  • JOURN 7988 Advanced Publication Design: (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)
  • JOURN 7560 Staff Photojournalism (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)
  • JOURN 7566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)**
  • JOURN 7562 Business Practices in Photojournalism (2 Credits)*
  • JOURN 7564 Micro-Documentary Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7980 Picture Story and Photographic Essay (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7500 Publication Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7730 Journalism and Conflict (3 Credits)

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
  • JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)



  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
  • JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 30 Credits

Note: The University requires at least half of a graduate student’s coursework to be in 8000-level (or greater) courses. 4000-level (and below) courses do not carry graduate credit. Please plan accordingly; check with your graduate adviser.

*Not all courses will be offered every semester.
**Some courses specify prerequisite courses or instructor’s consent.
Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses Online for current course availability.