Arts and Culture Journalism Advising Guide

Arts and Culture Journalism Advising Guide

The arts and culture journalism interest area uses an “intra-disciplinary” approach that gives students the opportunity to expand their understanding of the arts as they develop critical thinking skills about society, culture and the media. Students are encouraged to see culture as a central part of the journalistic enterprise as they learn about art, music, theater, film, popular culture and critical reviewing. This is intended to lay the groundwork not only for careers in traditional and emerging forms of journalism but also for careers in arts organizations, museums, nonprofit agencies, cultural institutions and government programs.

This advising guide provides arts and culture journalism students with information such as course sequencing, special enrollment requirements, course load recommendations, journalism elective recommendations, and contact information.

Interest Area Curriculum Structure

Students begin planning their course schedule for their junior and senior years after being admitted to an interest area. This commonly occurs near the conclusion of the sophomore year. Students beginning their interest area curriculum are required to take 31 credits of journalism courses and 29 credits of upper-level non-journalism courses. Each semester students are encouraged to enroll in a combination of journalism and non-journalism courses. Students should plan to enroll in no more than nine credits of journalism courses per semester.

Enrollment Planning

The first and fourth semester are considered the most challenging semesters for students in arts and culture journalism. In these semesters students are expected to increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the nature of Missouri Method courses. These courses require students to be resourceful, committed and hard-working to produce professional level work.

The following semester plan may apply to many students’ situations. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty adviser and an academic adviser to create a plan that fits their needs.

First Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism* or JOURN 4000 Communications Law 3
JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 8

Total Credits 14

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative to JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism.

All students are required to take JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting during their first semester in arts and culture journalism. Each course provides knowledge that lays the foundation for all future arts and culture journalism courses. Both courses are prerequisites for other arts and culture journalism courses.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4450 News Reporting work for the Columbia Missourian. Assignments are on a daily city newspaper covering community news, city, county and state affairs, sports and lifestyle issues. Students gain experience in gathering and writing news under deadline conditions.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting work in a variety of news settings, including the Futures Lab, Missourian, KBIA-FM and KOMU-TV to produce feature stories, in-depth pieces and other special reports.

Both courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. JOURN 4450 News Reporting is also offered in the summer semester.

Students are permitted to enroll in the courses after they have been fully admitted to the interest area. The advising office will email detailed enrollment instructions to each student during the semester prior to beginning the interest area.

Students are encouraged to complete JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law during the first year in the interest area. Students commonly enroll in one of the courses during the first semester in the interest area and pick up the additional course during the second semester.

Students in magazine interest areas frequently take JOURN 3000 History of Journalism due to its broad perspective of the journalism industry.

Second Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000* History of American Journalism or JOURN 4000 Communications Law 3
JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing 3
JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing** 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 15

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative.
**Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine).

During the second semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism courses and upper-level non-journalism electives.

JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law should be completed by the end of the second semester in the interest area.

Third Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4418 Critical Reviewing 3
JOURN Electives 4
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 9

Total Credits 16

 

During the third semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism and upper-level non-journalism electives. Students can choose to specialize in arts and culture journalism or choose from a variety of journalism courses.

All University of Missouri students are required to complete a capstone in their major. On occasion, magazine students choose to take two capstones and enroll in a journalism capstone course in both the third and fourth semesters. This approach is for students seeking to maximize their experience in high skill-level courses. In other instances, students pursuing a dual degree will take a journalism capstone during their third semester and the capstone for the additional degree during the fourth semester or vice versa.

Fourth Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing (Capstone)* 3
JOURN Electives 6
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 15

*Students can also choose from JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff, JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy or JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing.

Students typically enroll in a journalism capstone for the fourth semester. Much like the first semester in the interest area, the semester in which a student enrolls in the magazine journalism capstone is considered another challenging semester. In this semester students are expected to, once again, increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the hands-on the nature of Missouri Method courses.

Capstone

Students enrolling in a magazine journalism capstone will have demanding workloads as they increase their hands-on skills and critical thinking. JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff students will pitch, assign, edit, fact check and package content for Vox magazine and its digital platforms; students will gain multiple clips for their portfolios. JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing students will focus on writing stories for publication with an emphasis on gaining clips for their portfolios. JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy students will cultivate critical-thinking skills by synthesizing and applying knowledge gained from the journalism curriculum to evaluate the news media’s performance in a democratic society. Unlike the other capstone choices, this course is not hands-on.  JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing students will explore key components and recent trends in the magazine industry. The primary focus is creating a magazine prototype that includes conceptualizing ideas and editorial for new titles, as well as business plans for advertising, circulation, finance and production. The course follows a nuts and bolts, learn-by-doing approach to how these components work together and influence one another.

Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism courses, 10 credits of journalism elective courses are required for graduation. Choice of electives depends on the student’s career plans.

Students who have a specific focus in their interest area can seek enrollment in the recommended electives listed below. For students who are seeking additional skills for their career path, choosing electives from different areas will provide a well-rounded understanding of the different applications in arts and culture journalism industries.

Students who wish to study abroad during a fall or spring semester through the School of Journalism Global Programs can earn up to nine journalism elective credits and 3-6 credits of non-journalism requirements. Summer programs are also available. Students typically earn 3-9 credits during the summer program.

Highly Recommended Journalism Electives

Highly recommended electives are courses that will prepare students for industry work in this interest area.

  • 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.
    • Students enrolling in JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting in the first semester are encouraged to enroll in the alternate course choice as a journalism elective. This course is offered each fall, spring and summer semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the second or third semester in the interest area.
  • JOURN 4464 Magazines Across Platforms: (3)
    [JOURN] [4464] [Magazines Across Platforms]
    The class covers content creation, storytelling, presentation and innovation for the Web and tablets. Students will explore magazine production methods, print-to-Web interaction, mobile initiatives and iPad app builds. They will learn to work as digital editors for Vox magazine. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4450 and consent of instructor required. Restricted to Journalism and Science Agricultural Journalism students only. Graded on A/F basis only.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the second or third semester in the interest area.
  • JOURN 4482 Field Reporting: Wine Country Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4482] [Field Reporting: Wine Country Writing]
    (same as SCI_AG_J 4482). Students will examine wine culture, agricultural issues in the vineyard, wine trends, the historical context of wine and Missouri settlement, and more. Come ready to shape articles into sharp focus and make them fresh with input from fellow student critiques. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100
    • This course is offered in the fall semester only. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.
  • JOURN 4500 Publication Design: (3)
    [JOURN] [4500] [Publication Design]
    Intermediate design techniques and theories of editorial design. Students apply classroom teachings by designing pages for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine. Students work under deadline and learn attention-to-detail through use and execution of design style guides. Prerequisites: JOURN 4360 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.
  • 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.
    • Students enrolling in 4450 News Reporting in the first semester are encouraged to enroll in the alternate course choice as a journalism elective. This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the second or third semester in the interest area.
  • JOURN 4806 Convergence Editing and Producing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4806] [Convergence Editing and Producing]
    Practice and theory of editing and producing material for publication or broadcast in a converged environment. Students produce media for multiple outlets. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4804, junior standing and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only. Restricted to Journalism and Agric Journalism majors only.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.
  • 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.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.

Additional Electives

Other elective suggestions are provided to help students fulfill elective requirements. Students’ choices are based on personal preference. Students can also choose from journalism special topics courses. Check MyZou for course availability.

  • 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 4340 Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter: (2)
    [JOURN] [4340] [Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter]
    (cross-leveled with JOURN 7340). The course will examine images of journalists in American films ranging from "Citizen Kane" to the present. Students will analyze award-winning movies that pose key questions about the professional responsibilities of journalists in all fields. Topics will include issues related to the practice of journalism as well as those triggered by the work of specific journalists, such as Woodward and Bernstein. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent required.
  • JOURN 4360 Fundamentals of Design: (2)
    [JOURN] [4360] [Fundamentals of Design]
    This is a beginning course in editorial design. We will study design history and learn basic design principles and concepts in both print and digital platforms. You will be introduced to software programs such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as basic HTML coding. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100 or JOURN 2150. Students must submit application to enroll. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students 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 4428 Health Reporting Skills: (2 - 3)
    [JOURN] [4428] [Health Reporting Skills]
    This course focuses on research and analysis techniques journalists use to understand and report on health policy, health-care quality, medical research and the business of health care. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4450, 4306 or 4804. Graded on A/F basis only. Restricted to Journalism and Agric Journalism majors 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 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 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 4464 Magazines Across Platforms: (3)
    [JOURN] [4464] [Magazines Across Platforms]
    The class covers content creation, storytelling, presentation and innovation for the Web and tablets. Students will explore magazine production methods, print-to-Web interaction, mobile initiatives and iPad app builds. They will learn to work as digital editors for Vox magazine. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4450 and consent of instructor required. Restricted to Journalism and Science Agricultural Journalism students only. 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 4662 International Magazine Staff: (3)
    [JOURN] [4662] [International Magazine Staff]
    Online, radio, and print production for a converged media enterprise, Global Journalist. Students report, write, plan, edit, design, and produce an international magazine, radio program, and website while working under weekly deadlines. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors. Instructor's consent required.
  • 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 4812 Online Audience Development: (3)
    [JOURN] [4812] [Online Audience Development]
    Experience in developing online audiences gained through hands-on work at an Internet site. Graded on A/F basis only. Prerequisites: junior standing; instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
    • JOURN 4940 Internship in Journalism: (1-6) Internships are generally completed during the summer semester. For more information about internships and to apply see the Junior/Senior Internship Policy and Application Contract.
  • 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.

Upper-Level Non-Journalism Requirements

Upper-level non-journalism courses are meant to expand upon general education courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. These courses can be used to meet dual degree or minor requirements from other academic units. For additional information, see Upper-Level Non-Journalism Requirements.

Special Course Enrollment Requests

Many journalism courses will require an enrollment request due to the hands-on nature of Missouri Method courses. Many of the courses in the magazine interest areas require placement in a media outlet. The professional nature of the work requires an additional level of screening prior to enrollment. Details regarding how to enroll in courses are listed in each course’s notes section in MyZou. The course enrollment coordinator, listed below, plays an instrumental role in the process.

Global Programs

Students can take advantage of extensive study abroad opportunities that include internships in international settings. Students in magazine interest areas commonly choose study abroad programs in London, New York and Italy. Short-term experiences of a few weeks to semester-long programs are available in a variety of countries. More information can be found by visiting Global Programs.

Resource Contacts

  • Course Enrollment Coordinator
    • The course enrollment coordinator is a key contact for course planning, scheduling and processing special enrollment requests for courses requiring faculty consent to enroll.
  • Faculty Advisers
    • Faculty advisers can help students with questions about course selection, careers and internships.
  • Undergraduate Advising Liaison
    • The advising liaison works closely with magazine faculty and staff to provide students with timely updates on courses and enrollment troubleshooting.