Magazine Publishing and Management Advising Guide

Magazine Publishing and Management Advising Guide

The magazine publishing and management interest area uses an “intra-disciplinary” approach grounded in magazine traditions, theories and practices. Students learn to tell stories with frankness and intimacy by using the narrative storytelling tools of character, key moments, dialogue, telling details and place.

This advising guide provides magazine publishing and management students with information such as course sequencing, special enrollment requirements, course load recommendations, journalism elective recommendations, and contact information.

Interest Area Curriculum Structure

Students begin planning their course schedule for their junior and senior years after being admitted to an interest area. This commonly occurs near the conclusion of the sophomore year. Students beginning their interest area curriculum are required to take 31 credits of journalism courses and 29 credits of upper-level non-journalism courses. Each semester students are encouraged to enroll in a combination of journalism and non-journalism courses. Students should plan to enroll in no more than nine credits of journalism courses per semester.

Enrollment Planning

The first and fourth semester are considered the most challenging semesters for students in magazine publishing and management. In these semesters students are expected to increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the nature of Missouri Method courses. These courses require students to be resourceful, committed and hard-working to produce professional level work.

The following semester plan may apply to many students’ situations. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty adviser and an academic adviser to create a plan that fits their needs.

First Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism* or JOURN 4000 Communications Law 3
JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 8

Total Credits 14

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative to JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism.

All students are required to take JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting during their first semester in magazine publishing and management. Each course provides knowledge that lays the foundation for all future magazine publishing and management courses. Both courses are prerequisites for other magazine publishing and management courses.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4450 News Reporting work for the Columbia Missourian. Assignments are on a daily city newspaper covering community news, city, county and state affairs, sports and lifestyle issues. Students gain experience in gathering and writing news under deadline conditions.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting work in a variety of news settings, including the Futures Lab, Missourian, KBIA-FM and KOMU-TV to produce feature stories, in-depth pieces and other special reports.

Both courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. JOURN 4450 News Reporting is also offered in the summer semester.

Students are permitted to enroll in the courses after they have been fully admitted to the interest area. The advising office will email detailed enrollment instructions to each student during the semester prior to beginning the interest area.

Students are encouraged to complete JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law during the first year in the interest area. Students commonly enroll in one of the courses during the first semester in the interest area and pick up the additional course during the second semester.

Students in magazine interest areas frequently take JOURN 3000 History of Journalism due to its broad perspective of the journalism industry.

Second Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000* History of American Journalism or JOURN 4000 Communications Law 3
JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing 3
JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing** 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 15

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative to JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism.
**Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine).

During the second semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism courses and upper-level non-journalism electives.

JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law should be completed by the end of the second semester in the interest area.

Third Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4360 Fundamentals of Design 2
JOURN Electives 5
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 9

Total Credits 16

During the third semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism and upper-level non-journalism electives. Students can choose to specialize in magazine publishing and management or choose from a variety of journalism courses.

All University of Missouri students are required to complete a capstone in their major. On occasion, magazine students choose to take two capstones and enroll in a journalism capstone course in both the third and fourth semesters. This approach is for students seeking to maximize their experience in high skill-level courses. In other instances, students pursuing a dual degree will take a journalism capstone during their third semester and the capstone for the additional degree during the fourth semester or vice versa.

Fourth Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff, JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy or JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing (Capstone) 3
JOURN Electives 6
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 15

 

Students typically enroll in a journalism capstone for the fourth semester. Much like the first semester in the interest area, the semester in which a student enrolls in the magazine journalism capstone is considered another challenging semester. In this semester students are expected to, once again, increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the hands-on the nature of Missouri Method courses.

Capstone

Students enrolling in a magazine journalism capstone will have demanding workloads as they increase their hands-on skills and critical thinking.

  • JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff: (3)
    [JOURN] [4984] [Magazine Staff]
    A laboratory course exploring the role of editorial staff in the magazine editing process. As staff for school-produced magazines, students plan, edit, write display type, proofread and coordinate with writers, photographers and designers. Prerequisites: JOURN 4410, JOURN 4408 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
    • Students will pitch, assign, edit, fact check and package content for Vox magazine and its digital platforms; students will gain multiple clips for their portfolios.
  • JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy: (3)
    [JOURN] [4990] [Journalism and Democracy]
    This course seeks to cultivate critical-thinking skills by helping students synthesize and apply knowledge gained from a journalism education to the evaluation of news media performance in a democratic society. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 and second-semester senior standing. Undergraduates only. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
    • Students will cultivate critical-thinking skills by synthesizing and applying knowledge gained from the journalism curriculum to evaluate the news media’s performance in a democratic society. Unlike the other capstone choices, this course is not hands-on.
  • JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4994] [Magazine Publishing]
    The audience, economics, job opportunities and content of the American magazine. Deals with general audience and specialized magazines, business and institutional magazines, news magazines, etc. Case histories of individual magazines, guest lecturers from various fields. Prerequisites: JOURN 4408 and 4410 or 4508. Graded on A/F basis only.
    • Students will explore key components and recent trends in the magazine industry. The primary focus is creating a magazine prototype that includes conceptualizing ideas and editorial for new titles, as well as business plans for advertising, circulation, finance and production. The course follows a nuts and bolts, learn-by-doing approach to how these components work together and influence one another.

Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism courses, 11 credits of journalism elective courses are required for graduation. Choice of electives depends on the student’s career plans.

Students who have a specific focus in their interest area can seek enrollment in the recommended electives listed below. For students who are seeking additional skills for their career path, choosing electives from different areas will provide a well-rounded understanding of the different applications in magazine publishing and management industries.

Students who wish to study abroad during a fall or spring semester through the School of Journalism Global Programs can earn up to nine journalism elective credits and 3-6 credits of non-journalism requirements. Summer programs are also available. Students typically earn 3-9 credits during the summer program.

Highly Recommended Journalism Electives

Highly recommended electives are courses that will prepare students for industry work in this interest area.

  • 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.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the second or third semester in the interest area.
  • 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.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.

Additional Electives

Other elective suggestions are provided to help students fulfill elective requirements. Students’ choices are based on personal preference. Students can also choose from journalism special topics courses. Check MyZou for course availability.

  • JOURN 4482 Field Reporting: Wine Country Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4482] [Field Reporting: Wine Country Writing]
    (same as SCI_AG_J 4482). Students will examine wine culture, agricultural issues in the vineyard, wine trends, the historical context of wine and Missouri settlement, and more. Come ready to shape articles into sharp focus and make them fresh with input from fellow student critiques. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100
  • 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 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 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 4710 Newspaper Management: (3)
    [JOURN] [4710] [Newspaper Management]
    Department-by-department organization, business practices, personnel, rate structures, equipment, production, laws and regulations of concern to newspaper management. Cases examine critical newspaper management issues. Prerequisites: Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors with 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 4730 Journalism and Conflict: (3)
    [JOURN] [4730] [Journalism and Conflict]
    (same as Peace Studies 4830). Introduction to the basic priciples of conflict theory and negotiation, including the sources of conflict, why conflict escalates and what the conditions are for de-escalation, all with a special emphasis on the implications for the working journalist.
  • 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 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.
    • Internships are generally completed during the summer semester. For more information about internships and to apply visit Junior/Senior Internship Policy and Application Contract.
  • 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.

Upper-Level Non-Journalism Requirements

Upper-level non-journalism courses are meant to expand upon general education courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. These courses can be used to meet dual degree or minor requirements from other academic units. For additional information, visit the Upper-Level Non-Journalism Requirements page.

Special Course Enrollment Requests

Many journalism courses will require an enrollment request due to the hands-on nature of Missouri Method courses. Many of the courses in the magazine interest areas require placement in a media outlet. The professional nature of the work requires an additional level of screening prior to enrollment. Details regarding how to enroll in courses are listed in each course’s notes section in MyZou. The course enrollment coordinator, listed below, plays an instrumental role in the process.

Global Programs

Students can take advantage of extensive study abroad opportunities that include internships in international settings. Students in magazine interest areas commonly choose study abroad programs in London, New York and Italy. Short-term experiences of a few weeks to semester-long programs are available in a variety of countries. More information can be found by visiting Global Programs.

Resource Contacts

  • Course Enrollment Coordinator
    • The course enrollment coordinator is a key contact for course planning, scheduling and processing special enrollment requests for courses requiring faculty consent to enroll.
  • Faculty Advisers
    • Faculty advisers can help students interested in magazine publishing and management with questions about course selection, careers and internships.
  • Undergraduate Advising Liaison
    • The advising liaison works closely with magazine publishing and management faculty and staff to provide students with timely updates on courses and enrollment troubleshooting.