Science, Health and Environmental Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

Science, Health and Environmental Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area educates students in the skills and theory of journalistic coverage of the specialized fields of science, health, environment and engineering. The program prepares students for jobs as journalism professionals at newspapers, magazines, online publications and radio-television operations. Administered by the magazine journalism faculty. Students interested in science-, food- and environment-related topics may want to investigate the science and agricultural journalism program offered through the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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 (14-15)

  • 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 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4408] [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 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Note: Print and Digital News students cannot use JOURN 4990 as their 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.
  • 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.

Suggested Journalism Electives (10-11)

  • 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 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 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 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 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.