News Reporting (Interdisciplinary)

News Reporting (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area provides the opportunity for reporting and writing across a variety of styles and platforms, including breaking news, enterprise and features. Stories are reported and produced using words, video, audio, graphics and more. The program of study prepares students for jobs in online media, and print publications such as 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] [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 (14)

  • 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.
    • Students are required to enroll in the 2-credit version of JOURN 4400.

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 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.

      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:

    • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing: (3)
      [JOURN] [4410] [Intermediate Writing]
      In-depth research and writing techniques. Students produce articles for the Missourian and school-produced magazines or other publications. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or equivalent and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors 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 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 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.

Take one of these capstones:

    • 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 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 (11)

  • 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 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 4410 Intermediate Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4410] [Intermediate Writing]
    In-depth research and writing techniques. Students produce articles for the Missourian and school-produced magazines or other publications. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or equivalent and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors 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 4418 Critical Reviewing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4418] [Critical Reviewing]
    A combination of theory and practice that covers the philosophy and craft of reviewing the arts, including books, movies, television, dance, painting, sculpture and architecture. Students must attempt to publish reviews and essays locally, regionally and nationally. Reviews published in VOX Magazine. Prerequisites: JOURN _0900 or JOURN 2100 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4420 Editorial Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4420] [Editorial Writing]
    Emphasizes writing and thinking. Discussion of current problems. Correct and effective use of English language. Mission, obligations and history of editorial pages. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4426 Religion Reporting and Writing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4426] [Religion Reporting and Writing]
    (same as Religious Studies 4418). Advanced seminar in religion reporting and writing. Examines the role of religion journalism in faith, public life and culture. Prerequisite: JOURN 4450 or its equivalent in professional writing experience and instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4428 Health Reporting Skills: (2 - 3)
    [JOURN] [4428] [Health Reporting Skills]
    This course focuses on research and analysis techniques journalists use to understand and report on health policy, health-care quality, medical research and the business of health care. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4450, 4306 or 4804. Graded on A/F basis only. Restricted to Journalism and Agric Journalism majors 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 4650 International Issues and the Media: (3)
    [JOURN] [4650] [International Issues and the Media]
    An advanced professional seminar on how to recognize, report and write about the domestic influence of international political, economic and cultural problems and trends. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450.
  • 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 4706 The Community Newspaper: (3)
    [JOURN] [4706] [The Community Newspaper]
    The role of the newspaper in the community. Handling of news categories especially applicable to smaller newspaper. Field trips giving students experience in publishing newspapers in the state. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.