Design

Design

This interest area teaches students to tell stories using the tools of visual journalism. Critical thinking skills and application methods are studied and practiced in courses that cover design skills, management issues and theoretical frameworks. Through hands-on work in the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine newsrooms, students gain real-world experience that prepares them to organize information and be clear visual communicators. This interest area prepares students to be designers/art directors for publications in print, on the Web, and/or on other digital platforms. Administered by the magazine journalism and print and digital news faculty.

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 (16-17)

  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Capstone:
    JOURN 4988 Advanced Publication Design: (3)
    [JOURN] [4988] [Advanced Publication Design]
    Class critiques of spreads, sequences, and magazines are implemented by students who make typographic specifications and design individual spreads, and complete magazines for actual printed production. Prerequisites: JOURN 4506. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

Take one of these (JOURN 4400 must be taken for 2 credits):

    • 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.

      or
    • JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing: (3)
      [JOURN] [4408] [Magazine Editing]
      Review of grammar, punctuation, style rules: measuring articles, copy fitting; writing captions, titles; editing, proofreading, condensing, rewriting magazine articles. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or JOURN 7450. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

Suggested Journalism Electives (8-9)

  • 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 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 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 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.