Data Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

Data Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area is for journalism students interested in learning the skills to tell stories using data and to present information in digital platforms. It emphasizes data literacy and the use of data analysis in a number of facets of journalism. Students are encouraged to develop a specialty area, but that is not required. Students also are encouraged to take basic courses in areas outside journalism that will give them important skills, such as introductory accounting (though again, this is not required). Administered by the print and digital news faculty.

Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements

Upper-Division Journalism Core (6)

All students must take the following courses at the upper-division level:

  • JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [3000] [History of American Journalism]
    American mass media from colonial days to present in the context of social, economic and political change. Prerequisites: Junior Standing; Journalism or Science and Agricultural Journalism majors.

or

  • JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4568] [History of Photojournalism]
    Examination of the aesthetic and technological development of photography from its invention in 1839 to the present. Primary emphasis on the evolution and impact of the picture press and the documentary tradition in America, although international developments are studied as well. Prerequisites: Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only with Junior standing.

and

  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law: (3)
    [JOURN] [4000] [Communications Law]
    Legal concepts, including prior restraint, libel, privacy, obscenity, contempt and access as they relate to print, broadcast, advertising and other areas. Prerequisites: Junior Standing; Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors.

Required Journalism Classes (17-18)

  • JOURN 4450 Newspaper Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4450] [Newspaper Reporting]
    Assignments on a daily city newspaper covering community news, city, county and state affairs, sports and lifestyle issues. Experience in gathering and writing news, writing under deadline conditions. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100.

    or
    JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4804] [Convergence Reporting]
    Practice and theory of reporting for converged media. Students produce multimedia reports for traditional and converged media operations. Prerquisites: JOURN 4802, junior standing required and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • JOURN 4430 Computer-Assisted Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4430] [Computer-Assisted Reporting]
    How to negotiate for, transfer and process electronic information; the unique opportunities computers provide for analyzing information. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only. Junior Standing.
  • JOURN 4432 Advanced Data Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4432] [Advanced Data Journalism]
    (cross-leveled with JOURN 7432). Teaches students how to creatively solve problems in journalism using computer programming. Students will learn how to code using the Python language, and how to apply those coding skills to perform real-world tasks. Students will learn the concepts, theory and practical programming skills needed to clean data, scrape web sites and turn databases into interactive online experiences. By the end of the semester, students will have learned the skills to create interactive database presentations, and will have created a functional web app that will serve as a portfolio piece. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 4430. Recommended: JOURN 4502.
  • JOURN 4502 Multimedia Planning and Design: (3)
    [JOURN] [4502] [Multimedia Planning and Design]
    Class covers the basics of web design - Storyboarding, navigation, information architecture, reader behavior, usability studies - as they relate to journalistic stories and persuasive messages. Prerequisites: One of the following: Journalism [JOURN] 4804 or 4450 or 4306; instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

Take one of these:

  • JOURN 4508 Information Graphics: (3)
    [JOURN] [4508] [Information Graphics]
    Work as a news artist for a daily city newspaper graphically covering community news, sports and lifestyle issues. Emphasis on visual thinking and effective presentation. Experience with state-of-the-art software. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or the professional equivalent, or instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

    or
  • JOURN 4440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics: (2)
    [JOURN] [4440] [Mapping for Stories and Graphics]
    Learn mapping software to discover information for news stories and lay the foundation for compelling news information graphics. Students will learn how to create maps for print, broadcast and online. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 2100 and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

    or
  • JOURN 4436 Investigative Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4436] [Investigative Reporting]
    Advanced course designed to acquaint reporters with public issues. Students write two in-depth projects and other shorter assignments. Students meet weekly with instructor for editorial suggestions. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 and instructor's consent.

Take one of these as capstone:

  • JOURN 4406 Newspaper Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4406] [Newspaper Editing]
    Laboratory work on the Columbia Missourian plus lectures on ethics, page design and news decision making. Prerequisites: JOURN 4400.

    or
  • JOURN 4460 Advanced Newspaper Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4460] [Advanced Newspaper Reporting]
    Assignments to more difficult beat areas, team reporting and some investigative reporting for community newspaper. Individual conferences and weekly class sessions on contemporary reporting problems. Prerequisite: JOURN 4450.

    or
  • JOURN 4992 Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media: (3)
    [JOURN] [4992] [Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media]
    Capstone course brings together the reporting, editing, management and marketing skills gained in previous convergence courses. Students plan, produce, promote and evaluate journalistic content and applications. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required.

Suggested Journalism Electives (7-8)

  • JOURN 4150 Using Infographics: (1)
    [JOURN] [4150] [Using Infographics]
    An introduction to the various types of information graphics and how each can be used effectively to help explain the news. Additional emphasis on generating graphic ideas and on the specific challenges of gathering information for graphics. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4330 From Murrow to Moore: What Good Journalists Read: (3)
    [JOURN] [4330] [From Murrow to Moore: What Good Journalists Read]
    Introduces undergraduates to seminal works in broadcast and print Journalism that influences contemporary professional practices. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: junior standing or instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4406 Newspaper Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4406] [Newspaper Editing]
    Laboratory work on the Columbia Missourian plus lectures on ethics, page design and news decision making. Prerequisites: JOURN 4400.
  • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4410] [Intermediate Writing]
    In-depth research and writing techniques. Students produce articles for the Missourian and school-produced magazines or other publications. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or equivalent and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4414 Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment: (3)
    [JOURN] [4414] [Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment]
    [same as Agricultural Journalism [AG_JRN] 4414.) Field reporting on the social, political, scientific, economic and ethical dimensions of the food system and environment, with emphasis on explanatory story-telling. Includes multi-day field trip. Prerequisite: instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Agric Journalism majors only. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • JOURN 4416 Science, Health and Environmental Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4416] [Science, Health and Environmental Writing]
    Advanced course in the reporting of science, health and environment. Write for publication. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4460 Advanced Newspaper Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4460] [Advanced Newspaper Reporting]
    Assignments to more difficult beat areas, team reporting and some investigative reporting for community newspaper. Individual conferences and weekly class sessions on contemporary reporting problems. Prerequisite: JOURN 4450.
  • JOURN 4426 Religion Reporting and Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4426] [Religion Reporting and Writing]
    (same as Religious Studies 4418). Advanced seminar in religion reporting and writing. Examines the role of religion journalism in faith, public life and culture. Prerequisite: JOURN 4450 or its equivalent in professional writing experience and instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4436 Investigative Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4436] [Investigative Reporting]
    Advanced course designed to acquaint reporters with public issues. Students write two in-depth projects and other shorter assignments. Students meet weekly with instructor for editorial suggestions. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 and instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4438 Business, Financial and Economic Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4438] [Business, Financial and Economic Journalism]
    Advanced reporting course concentrating on writing and reporting about business and the economy. Emphasis on sources, records, documents and writing techniques. Prerequisites: JOURN 4408 and 4410 or 4506.
  • JOURN 4440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics: (2)
    [JOURN] [4440] [Mapping for Stories and Graphics]
    Learn mapping software to discover information for news stories and lay the foundation for compelling news information graphics. Students will learn how to create maps for print, broadcast and online. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 2100 and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • JOURN 4508 Information Graphics: (3)
    [JOURN] [4508] [Information Graphics]
    Work as a news artist for a daily city newspaper graphically covering community news, sports and lifestyle issues. Emphasis on visual thinking and effective presentation. Experience with state-of-the-art software. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or the professional equivalent, or instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4510 Visual Communications: (3)
    [JOURN] [4510] [Visual Communications]
    How to communicate through pictures. Topics: visual perception, vocabulary, the role of words, picture editing, design and layout, printers, taste and judgment, camera mechanics. For journalism students who are not photographers. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4556] [Fundamentals of Photojournalism]
    A rigorous skills course for advanced students preparing for a career in photojournalism consisting of weekly exercises in black and white and color photographic story telling and lectures that explore the philosophical, historical and ethical roots of the profession. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4700 Participatory Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4700] [Participatory Journalism]
    Examination of the emerging forms of information delivery by computer and related convergence of print and broadcast media. Students gain practical experience in the production of an electronic information delivery product. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100 and one of the following: JOURN 4400, 4450 or instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4718 Law and the Justice System: (3)
    [JOURN] [4718] [Law and the Justice System]
    Lectures, readings, discussions, writing assignments relating to justice system reporting from the view of attorneys, prosecutors, judges, correction and probation officers with the cooperation of the Missouri Bar. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4728 Confronting Controls on Information: (3)
    [JOURN] [4728] [Confronting Controls on Information]
    A review of actions by government, society and the communications media calculated to limit or alter the content of information in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4940 Internship in Journalism: (2)
    [JOURN] [4940] [Internship in Journalism]
    Credit for approved employment in journalism. Specifications for this course appear in the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite: Journalism students only. Graded on S/U basis only.
  • JOURN 4950 Understanding Audiences: (3)
    [JOURN] [4950] [Understanding Audiences]
    Focuses on the recipients of journalistic efforts by teaching students to identify, analyze and address media audiences. Students will learn a variety of research methods and gain hands-on experience with audience analysis through team-based practical projects. Prerequisites: JOURN 2000 and junior standing.
  • JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4986] [Advanced Writing]
    For those who wish to emphasize writing as a career. In addition to writing assignments, students discuss writings of well-known magazine and book authors. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450, JOURN 4410 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.