Arts and Culture Journalism

Arts and Culture Journalism

This interdisciplinary interest area gives students the opportunity to expand their understanding of the arts as they develop critical thinking skills about society, culture and the media. Students are encouraged to see culture as a central part of the journalistic enterprise as they learn about art, music, theater, film, popular culture and critical reviewing. This is intended to lay the groundwork not only for careers in traditional and emerging forms of journalism but also for careers in arts organizations, museums, nonprofit agencies, cultural institutions and government programs. 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 (15)

  • 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 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.
  • 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 as capstone:
    • 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.
    • 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)

  • JOURN 4340 Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter: (2)
    [JOURN] [4340] [Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter]
    (cross-leveled with JOURN 7340). The course will examine images of journalists in American films ranging from "Citizen Kane" to the present. Students will analyze award-winning movies that pose key questions about the professional responsibilities of journalists in all fields. Topics will include issues related to the practice of journalism as well as those triggered by the work of specific journalists, such as Woodward and Bernstein. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent required.
  • 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 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 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 4464 Magazines Across Platforms: (3)
    [JOURN] [4464] [Magazines Across Platforms]
    The class covers content creation, storytelling, presentation and innovation for the Web and tablets. Students will explore magazine production methods, print-to-Web interaction, mobile initiatives and iPad app builds. They will learn to work as digital editors for Vox magazine. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 4450 and consent of instructor required. Restricted to Journalism and Science Agricultural Journalism students only. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • 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 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 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4556] [Fundamentals of Photojournalism]
    A rigorous skills course for advanced students preparing for a career in photojournalism consisting of weekly exercises in black and white and color photographic story telling and lectures that explore the philosophical, historical and ethical roots of the profession. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.
  • 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 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 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.