Business and Economics Journalism

Business and Economics Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area is for journalism students interested in learning the skills of reporting business and economics news across platforms. It allows students to add a focus on economic, business and consumer reporting and emphasizes the use of financial data analysis in reporting. Similarly, it encourages students to take basic courses in other subject areas that will give them important skills, such as basic accounting, or advanced economics and finance. Students will gain the skills to work covering Wall Street, government economics, consumer and personal finance issues, and local business. Administered by the print and digital news faculty.

A minor in economics or business is suggested.

Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements

Upper-Division Journalism Core (6)

All Journalism 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 (16)

Required:

  • 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 4400 Introduction to News Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4400] [Introduction to News Editing]
    Introduces the fundamentals of editing stories and writing headlines for publication online and in print, including and emphasis on style and grammar. Emphasized editing for an online audience. Prerequisite: Journalism [JOURN] 2100.
    • JOURN 4400 should be taken for 1 credit.

Take one of these:

  • 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.
  • 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 4300 Broadcast News I: (3)
    [JOURN] [4300] [Broadcast News I]
    Beginning reporting and news writing for radio, television and their on-line services. Introduction to use of audio and video recorders and editing systems in production of news stories. Consideration of ethical isuses, economic factors, relationships with news sources and gender and ethnic diversity in the newsroom and in news stories. Prerequisite: JOURN 2100.

Take one of these:

  • 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 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.
  • JOURN 4306 Broadcast News II: (3)
    [JOURN] [4306] [Broadcast News II]
    Introduction to general assignment reporting skills for the newsroom environment. Instruction in time management, writing, storytelling and performance. Team skills and ethnic diversity in the newsroom are discussed. Students begin work for broadcast newsrooms. Prerequisites: JOURN 4300.

Take one of these:

  • 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 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 4308 Broadcast News III: (3)
    [JOURN] [4308] [Broadcast News III]
    Intermediate reporting and news writing skills for radio and television. Advanced techniques in the use of video and sound in production of news stories. Prerequisites: JOURN 4306, or instructor's consent..

Note: Students who want to do business reporting with KOMU-TV must be in or have taken JOURN 4308 Broadcast News III.

Take one of these capstones:

  • 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 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 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.
  • JOURN 4974 Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News: (3)
    [JOURN] [4974] [Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News]
    Integration of advanced Internet research and publishing skills with production and management of the KOMU-TV/KBIA Radio World Wide Web news service. Prerequisites: JOURN 4306.
  • JOURN 4976 Seminar in Radio/TV News: (3)
    [JOURN] [4976] [Seminar in Radio/TV News]
    Seminar in network and local news process, in coverage of major issues and social problems, in relationships of radio-TV news and government institutions. Prerequisites: JOURN 4306 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only with junior standing.
  • JOURN 4978 Media Management and Leadership: (3)
    [JOURN] [4978] [Media Management and Leadership]
    Dramatic changes in technology and the media's role in converging technologies require new management and leadership techniques and paradigms. Students will write case examining these changes. Prerequisites: JOURN 4306 or JOURN 4804. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

Suggested Journalism Electives (9)

  • JOURN 4148 Interviewing Essentials: (1)
    [JOURN] [4148] [Interviewing Essentials]
    This class allows students to focus on the journalistic interviewing process, from spot news interviews to the sort of interviews required for personality, sports and in-depth work.
  • 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 4300 Broadcast News I: (3)
    [JOURN] [4300] [Broadcast News I]
    Beginning reporting and news writing for radio, television and their on-line services. Introduction to use of audio and video recorders and editing systems in production of news stories. Consideration of ethical isuses, economic factors, relationships with news sources and gender and ethnic diversity in the newsroom and in news stories. Prerequisite: JOURN 2100.
  • JOURN 4734 Journalism and Chaos: How to Understand and Cover 21st Century Business Models: (3)
    [JOURN] [4734] [Journalism and Chaos: How to Understand and Cover 21st Century Business Models]
    The purpose of this class is to explore alternative business/journalism models that can be grown from the rib of the traditional newsroom. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Junior Standing. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students 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 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 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 4434 The Art and Mechanics of the Business Story (3)
  • 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 4550 Basic Photography and Photo Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4550] [Basic Photography and Photo Editing]
    A basic survey for non-photojournalism majors and others with no prior experience who desire a working knowledge of photojournalistic theory and practice. Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4700 Participatory Journalism (3)
  • 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 4736 Changing Media Business Models (3)
  • JOURN 4940 Internship in Journalism (3-6)
  • JOURN 4950 Understanding Audiences (3)
  • 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.
  • JOURN 4058 New York Program: Journalism Theory and Practice: (2 - 3)
    [JOURN] [4058] [New York Program: Journalism Theory and Practice]
    Interdisciplinary course offering on-site study at national media venues in New York. Journalism alumni working in Manhattan provide weekly discussions on contemporary practices, job networks and work experiences. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only. Junior standing required.
  • Independent study in personal finance.