Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism (Interdisciplinary)

This interest area is for those students who are preparing for a career in sports journalism at any level. Covering sports today includes not only knowing the games, but also knowing about the larger financial, legal and ethical issues in sports. Students in this interest area have an opportunity to work across media platforms to gain experience in covering games, finding in-depth issue and feature stories and covering breaking news in sports. Students choose a core course of study through a specific emphasis area (convergence journalism, magazine journalism and print and digital news), then pick from a wide range of electives to round out their skills. Electives include everything from advanced reporting and editing to business journalism, to social media techniques and community outreach.

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 (15)

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 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 4500 Publication Design: (3)
    [JOURN] [4500] [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.
  • 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 4814 Multimedia Sports Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4814] [Multimedia Sports Journalism]
    Assignments on a daily regional website and radio station covering sports with converged media. Experience in reporting game and feature stories under deadline conditions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or JOURN 7450, or JOURN 4804 or JOURN 7804, or JOURN 4556 or JOURN 7556, or JOURN 4560 or JOURN 7560. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only. Instructor's consent required.

Required:

  • JOURN 4422 Sports Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4422] [Sports Journalism]
    A review of everything from "how to watch Sports" to the history of sports writing. Contact instructor for consent on this course. Priority will be given to Sports Journalism students. All other consent will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis as space allows. Course graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or JOURN 7450; or JOURN 4804 or JOURN 7804; or JOURN 4306 or JOURN 7306 and instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only.

Take one of these capstones:

  • 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 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 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 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.

Suggested Journalism Electives (10)

  • 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 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.
  • 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 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 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 4440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics: (2)
    [JOURN] [4440] [Mapping for Stories and Graphics]
    Learn mapping software to discover information for news stories and lay the foundation for compelling news information graphics. Students will learn how to create maps for print, broadcast and online. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 2100 and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • 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 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 4718 Law and the Justice System: (3)
    [JOURN] [4718] [Law and the Justice System]
    Lectures, readings, discussions, writing assignments relating to justice system reporting from the view of attorneys, prosecutors, judges, correction and probation officers with the cooperation of the Missouri Bar. Prerequisites: JOURN 2100. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4728 Confronting Controls on Information: (3)
    [JOURN] [4728] [Confronting Controls on Information]
    A review of actions by government, society and the communications media calculated to limit or alter the content of information in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4738 Thought, Language and Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4738] [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 4814 Multimedia Sports Journalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4814] [Multimedia Sports Journalism]
    Assignments on a daily regional website and radio station covering sports with converged media. Experience in reporting game and feature stories under deadline conditions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or JOURN 7450, or JOURN 4804 or JOURN 7804, or JOURN 4556 or JOURN 7556, or JOURN 4560 or JOURN 7560. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism students only. Instructor's consent required.
  • 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.