Publication Design: Two-Year MA Model

Publication Design: Two-Year MA Model

This model is for students who want to tell stories using the tools of visual journalism. Critical thinking skills and application methods are studied and practiced in courses that cover design skills, management issues and theoretical frameworks. Through hands-on work in the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine newsrooms, students gain real-world experience that prepares them to organize information and be clear visual communicators. This model prepares students to be designers/art directors for publications in print, on the Web, and/or on other digital platforms.

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits) This course does not count toward the degree.
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

One of the following four courses:

  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

Publication Design Core: 15-17 Credits

  • JOURN 7450 News Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7360 Fundamentals of Design (2 Credits)
  • JOURN 7500 Publication Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7502 Multimedia Planning and Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7988 Advanced Publication Design (3 Credits)

Take one of these:

  • JOURN 7400 Introduction to News Editing (2 Credits) or
    JOURN 7408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)

Suggested Journalism Electives: 3-6 Credits

  • JOURN 7510 Visual Communication (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics (2 Credits)
  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7662 Global News Across Platforms (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7994 Magazine Publishing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8106 The Magazine, Then and Now (3 Credits)

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
  • JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)

Thesis

  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
  • JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 37-39 Credits