Emerging Media (Interdisciplinary)

Emerging Media (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.

The journalism industry is constantly changing as it discovers new ways of covering the news and new technologies to deliver it. This interest area is for the student who wants to learn and work with some of the latest developments in journalism. Classes in this area provide a wide range of opportunities from content creation and Web and application development to classes working with content created by other journalists. This program of study is primarily for students interested in the intersection of journalism and digital technologies. Administered by the convergence journalism 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 (18)

  • 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 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.

Take three of these:

    • JOURN 4444 Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development: (3)
      [JOURN] [4444] [Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development]
      (same as INFOTC 4500). This is a multi-disciplinary, team-based course on developing applications for mobile devices. Teams will be comprised of students who are software developers and students who are designers. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: for Journalism majors (Designers), instructor's consent; for Computer Science or Information Technology majors (Developers), CMP_SC 2050 or permission of instructor.
    • JOURN 4462 Emerging Technologies in Journalism: (1 - 3)
      [JOURN] [4462] [Emerging Technologies in Journalism]
      This course quickly responds to technology developments in journalism through a combination of theory, practice and research. Students learn to use the developing technology and also strategies to manage its impact on media organizations while expanding academic discourse. Prerequisite: junior standing; restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A/F basis only
      • JOURN 4462 must be taken for 3 credits.
    • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 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 4444 Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development: (3)
    [JOURN] [4444] [Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development]
    (same as INFOTC 4500). This is a multi-disciplinary, team-based course on developing applications for mobile devices. Teams will be comprised of students who are software developers and students who are designers. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: for Journalism majors (Designers), instructor's consent; for Computer Science or Information Technology majors (Developers), CMP_SC 2050 or permission of instructor.
  • 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 4462 Emerging Technologies in Journalism: (1 - 3)
    [JOURN] [4462] [Emerging Technologies in Journalism]
    This course quickly responds to technology developments in journalism through a combination of theory, practice and research. Students learn to use the developing technology and also strategies to manage its impact on media organizations while expanding academic discourse. Prerequisite: junior standing; restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A/F basis only
  • 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 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 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 4152 Concepts in Participatory Journalism: (1)
    [JOURN] [4152] [Concepts in Participatory Journalism]
    Journalists need to know how to be in conversation with their communities rather than lecture to them. In this course, we will look at how a collaborative culture is changing journalism, and how journalists can take advantage of the new landscape. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100, JOURN 2150. Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors and Junior Standing.
  • JOURN 4716 Women and the Media: (3)
    [JOURN] [4716] [Women and the Media]
    (same as Women's and Gender Studies 4716). Focus on portrayal of women in American mass media. Other goals: historical perspective on women as journalists; exposure to issues usually not covered by mass media; research and writing skills. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.
  • 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 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 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 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 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.