Magazine Writing

Magazine Writing

This interest area uses an “intra-disciplinary” approach grounded in magazine traditions, theories and practices. Students learn the power of revision and learn to tell stories with frankness and intimacy. They learn how to use narrative storytelling tools: character, key moments, dialogue, telling details and place. The students learn to track the notion of the journalist as a savvy, articulate, thoughtful and emphatic witness of events. Administered by the magazine journalism faculty.

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)

  • 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 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.
    • *Or equivalent; can be substituted with any of the following:
      • JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism: (3)
        [JOURN] [4412] [Lifestyle Journalism]
        In-depth research and writing techniques focused on lifestyle journalism. Students produce articles for the Missourian and school-produced magazines or other publications. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450/7450 or equivalent and instructor's consent. Substitutes for JOURN 4410. Graded on A/F basis 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 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine): (3)
        [JOURN] [4480] [Will Write for Food (and Wine)]
        (same as SCI_AG_J 4480; cross-leveled with JOURN 7480). Course focuses on food and wine writing in current U.S. culture. Come ready to create mouthwatering narrative and actively seek publishing your finished work. An emphasis will be placed on class participation and written critiques of peer-reviewed articles in class. This course can serve as a substitute for JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. Recommended: JOURN 4450 or JOURN 4804.
  • 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.
  • JOURN 4360 Fundamentals of Design: (2)
    [JOURN] [4360] [Fundamentals of Design]
    This is a beginning course in editorial design. We will study design history and learn basic design principles and concepts in both print and digital platforms. You will be introduced to software programs such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as basic HTML coding. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100 or JOURN 2150. Students must submit application to enroll. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students 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.

    Capstone

Suggested Journalism Electives (11)

  • JOURN 4148 Interviewing Essentials: (1)
    [JOURN] [4148] [Interviewing Essentials]
    This class allows students to focus on the journalistic interviewing process, from spot news interviews to the sort of interviews required for personality, sports and in-depth work.
  • JOURN 4340: Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter
  • 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 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 and Economics Reporting: (3)
    [JOURN] [4438] [Business and Economics Reporting]
    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 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.
  • SCI AG-JRN 4480 Will Write for Food and Wine (3)
  • 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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.