Convergence Photojournalism

Convergence Photojournalism (Interdisciplinary)

All convergence journalism interest areas teach multimedia storytelling by having students take the three core convergence classes: JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting, JOURN 4806 Convergence Editing and Producing, and the capstone, JOURN 4992 Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media.

This course of study is for those interested in communicating largely through photography and other visual mediums. Skills acquired include documentary photography, lighting and studio techniques, and photo editing with both still and moving images. Students build an appreciation for and understanding of visual communication and can expand into illustrative graphics, video and multimedia management. Students are prepared for careers as photojournalists for print and online publications and as freelancers. Administered by the convergence journalism faculty.

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.
    • JOURN 3000 or JOURN 4568 should be taken in the junior year.

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.
    • JOURN 4000 also should be taken in the junior year.

Required Journalism Classes (18)

Pick one:

  • 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.

    or
  • 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.

Required:

  • 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 4558 Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4558] [Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism]
    Advanced techniques and problem solving in photojournalism. Stresses lighting techniques--available, studio, electronic flash and color correction of color film. Strobed documentary, protraiture, fashion, food, architecture, sports. Prerequisite: JOURN 4556/7556.
  • JOURN 4560 Staff Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4560] [Staff Photojournalism]
    A laboratory course exploring the photojournalist's role in the news-gathering process. As staffers for the Columbia Missourian, students cover news, sports, features, food assignments and originate single pictures and stories. Prerequisite: JOURN 4558.
  • 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.
  • Capstone:
    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)

  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 4554 Visual Editing for Multimedia: (3)
    [JOURN] [4554] [Visual Editing for Multimedia]
    This class develops understanding of multimedia storytelling by focusing on editing, production, and business model practices for online visual journalism. It builds on a foundation of digital editing, photojournalism, photo editing, videography, and multimedia production. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 4804 or JOURN 4550 or JOURN 4306 or JOURN 4406 or JOURN 4506 and instructor's consent; restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only.
  • JOURN 4566 Electronic Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4566] [Electronic Photojournalism]
    Digital photography as a medium, including legal, ethical, editing and professional aspects. Prerequisite: Journalism [JOURN] 4556 and instructor's consent.
  • 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.
  • 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 4720 Internet Law: (3)
    [JOURN] [4720] [Internet Law]
    This course will focus on how to avoid legal pitfall while doing e-mail or e-commerce or browsing the Web and how to use the law to your benefit.
  • JOURN 4810 National News Writing and Production: (3)
    [JOURN] [4810] [National News Writing and Production]
    Internet news services offers real-world newsroom experience synthesizing worldwide news coverage and revealing alternative perspectives on current events. Prerequisite: instructor consent; junior or higher standing. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • 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 (3-6)
  • JOURN 4950 Understanding Audiences (3)
  • JOURN 4972 Photo and Visual Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4972] [Photo and Visual Editing]
    An advanced visual editing course. Primary work is as a photo/multimedia editor on the Columbia Missourian photo desk. You collaborate on daily and semester projects and are assigned specific leadership roles. Prerequisites: JOURN 4408 or JOURN 7408 or JOURN 4204 or JOURN 7204 or JOURN 4500 or JOURN 7500 or JOURN 4560 or JOURN 7560. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • 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 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.