BJ in Journalism with Emphasis in Convergence Journalism

Degree Program Description

Journalism is the study of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting of news and information through various mediums. Students will develop a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while achieving competency in journalism. Within the degree program, students can choose an emphasis in Convergence Journalism. Convergence Journalism focuses on the multimedia and multi-platform storytelling through a converged core that includes reporting, editing and producing, and marketing of converged media. The curriculum includes focused study and hands-on experience within the interest areas of Convergence Photojournalism, Convergence Radio Reporting and Producing, Convergence Television Reporting, Emerging Media, Entrepreneurial Journalism, International Journalism, Multimedia Producing and Sports Journalism. Most pursue careers as Reporters, Anchors, Editors, and Producers.

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Major Program Requirements

All Convergence Interest Areas teach multimedia storytelling by having students take the three core convergence classes, JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting, JOURN 4806 Convergence Editing and Producing; and the capstone, JOURN 4992 Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media. Students are able to specialize by taking classes from selected requirements and electives.

Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Emerging Media Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear only on transcripts.

The journalism industry is constantly changing as it discovers new ways of covering the news and new technologies to deliver it. This interest area is for the student who wants to learn and work with some of the latest developments in journalism. Classes in this area provide a wide range of opportunities from content creation and Web and application development to classes working with content created by other journalists. This program of study is primarily for students interested in the intersection of journalism and digital technologies. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Emerging Media Interest Area Required Journalism Classes18
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media3
Select three of the following:9
Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development
Emerging Technologies in Journalism
Multimedia Planning and Design
Participatory Journalism
Online Audience Development
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Journalism Electives7

Entrepreneurial Journalism Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear on transcripts.

More and more of today’s journalism students will go to work in non-traditional news organizations, start their own businesses or freelance. Students in this Interest Area will learn about current markets in journalism and what audiences want. They also will study the relative marketability of content. Students will learn the market value of their own work, how to build their own brands and how to market. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Entrepreneurial Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes15
JOURN 4444Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media3
Select one of the following:3
Journalism and Chaos: How to Understand and Cover 21st Century Business Models
Online Audience Development
Journalism Electives10

Multimedia Producing Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear on transcripts.

The focus of this Interest Area is planning and producing content across medium platforms. A student in this area will have the knowledge and skills to work in traditional newsrooms, Web-only newsrooms, non-traditional news organizations and other growing media areas. A student choosing this path is one who is less interested in a traditional reporting track and is more interested in working with content created by others. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Multimedia Producing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes15
JOURN 4502Multimedia Planning and Design3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media (capstone)3
Select one of the following:3
Visual Editing for Multimedia
Photo and Visual Editing
Journalism Electives10

Convergence Photojournalism Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear on transcripts.

This course of study is for those interested in communicating largely through photography and other visual mediums. Skills acquired include documentary photography, lighting and studio techniques, and photo editing with both still and moving images. Students build an appreciation for and understanding of visual communication and can expand into illustrative graphics, video and multimedia management. Students are prepared for careers as photojournalists for print and online publications and as freelancers. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Convergence Photojournalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes18
JOURN 4556Fundamentals of Photojournalism3
JOURN 4558Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism3
JOURN 4560Staff Photojournalism3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media (capstone)3
Journalism Electives7

Convergence Radio Reporting and Producing Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear on transcripts.

This interest area is for the student wanting to work largely in audio reporting. This area includes a wide range of reporting classes and producing/management classes, giving the student a sense of radio work both as a reporter and as a behind-the-scenes producer. Several courses offered provide the opportunity for training in media management. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Convergence Radio Reporting and Producing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes15
JOURN 4050Communications Practice3
JOURN 4310News Producing (Radio Section)1-3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media (capstone)3
Journalism Electives10

Convergence Television Reporting Interest Area

Note: Interest Areas do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear on transcripts.

This Interest Area is for the student wanting to work largely in television reporting. This area includes a wide range of reporting classes and producing/management classes, giving the student a sense of television reporting in front of the camera. Other courses in multimedia prepare the student well for Web-based journalism as it complements television. Administered by the Convergence Faculty.

Convergence Television Reporting Interest Area Required Journalism Classes16
JOURN 4050Communications Practice1
JOURN 4306Broadcast News II3
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
JOURN 4806Convergence Editing and Producing3
JOURN 4992Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media (capstone)3
Journalism Electives9

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Semester Plan

There are currently not any semester plan available for the Interest Areas under Convergence Journalism.  Please see advisor for more information.

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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