Investigative Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

Investigative Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area is for journalism students interested in learning the skills of investigative and computer-assisted reporting across platforms. It allows students to add a strong investigative-watchdog focus and emphasizes the use of data analysis in reporting. The program encourages students to develop a specialty area, such as covering health care or religion, but that is not required. Similarly, it encourages students to take basic courses in other subject areas that will give them important skills, such as introductory accounting (though again, this is not required). Students will gain the skills to work in computer-assisted reporting or investigative reporting. Administered by the convergence journalism, magazine journalism and print and digital news 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.

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 (15)

  • 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.

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.

      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.

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.

      or
      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 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.

Suggested Journalism Electives (10)

  • 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 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 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 4226 Strategic Design and Visuals I: (3)
    [JOURN] [4226] [Strategic Design and Visuals I]
    Course gives students a foundation in visual communication in areas such as typography, balance, eye flow and layouts. Prerequisites: junior standing. Restricted to Strategic Communications students only.
  • 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 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 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] [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 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 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: (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 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.