Students in this interest area learn the fundamentals of editing to correct and present copy for publication; content management, selection and display; how to evaluate content; copy flow and time management needed for publishing on deadline, whether that be at a set time or throughout a 24-hour cycle. The program of study prepares students for jobs in online and print publications, including newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the 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]  [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.
- JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism: (3)[JOURN]  [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 4000 Communications Law: (3)[JOURN]  [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 (11)
- JOURN 4400 Introduction to News Editing: (3)[JOURN]  [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.
- Students are required to enroll in the 2-credit version of JOURN 4400.
- JOURN 4406 Newspaper Editing: (3)[JOURN]  [Newspaper Editing]
Laboratory work on the Columbia Missourian plus lectures on ethics, page design and news decision making. Prerequisites: JOURN 4400.
- JOURN 4450 Newspaper Reporting: (3)[JOURN]  [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.
- JOURN 4500 Publication Design: (3)[JOURN]  [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.
Suggested Journalism Electives (14)
- JOURN 4050 Communications Practice: (1 - 3)[JOURN]  [Communications Practice]
Special instruction in the school's media as an extension of existing advanced media courses, or, in advertising, an extension of advertising creative courses. Prerequisites: Contract must be approved by instructor and dean. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only. Junior standing required.
- JOURN 4350 Problems in Journalism: (1 - 3)[JOURN]  [Problems in Journalism]
Independent research arranged with individual faculty member. Contract must be approved by instructor and dean. Not accepted as a substitute for any regularly scheduled course. Some sections of the course may be offered on either A/F graded or S/U graded basis only.
- JOURN 4150 Using Infographics: (1)[JOURN]  [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 4408 Magazine Editing: (3)[JOURN]  [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.
- JOURN 4502 Multimedia Planning and Design: (3)[JOURN]  [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]  [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]  [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]  [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 4700 Participatory Journalism: (3)[JOURN]  [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]  [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 4738 Thought, Language and Journalism: (3)[JOURN]  [Thought, Language and Journalism]
This seminar uses the methods of science to explore and better understand the biases and limitations of language, culture, technology and other factors shaping the semantic environment as applied to the practice of journalism and mass communications studies. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
- JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting: (3)[JOURN]  [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]  [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.
- (Prerequisites: JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting or permission from the instructor.)
- JOURN 4812 Online Audience Development: (3)[JOURN]  [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]  [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]  [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.