BJ in Journalism with Emphasis in Magazine 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 Magazine Journalism. Magazine Journalism focuses on the skills and strategies needed to excel in this industry. Students design, write, report, and public across multiple platforms, including tablets, the Web, print and social media. The curriculum includes focused study and hands-on experience within the interest areas of Arts and Culture, Design, International Journalism, Magazine Editing, Magazine Publishing and Management, Magazine Writing, and Science and Health Journalism. Most pursue careers as Magazine Editors, Publishers, and Writers.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Magazine Journalism Interest Areas

Arts and Culture Journalism Interest Area

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

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.

Required Arts and Culture Journalism Interest Area Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Complete each of the following:
JOURN 4408Magazine Editing3
JOURN 4410Intermediate Writing (* or equivalent)3
JOURN 4418Critical Reviewing3
Select one of the following:3
Magazine Staff
Advanced Writing
Magazine Publishing
*Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine)
Journalism Electives10

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Design Interest Area

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

This interest area teaches students 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 interest area prepares students to be designers/art directors for publications in print, on the Web, and/or on other digital platforms. Administered by the Magazine Journalism and Print and Digital News Faculties.

Design Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Select one of the following:2-3
Introduction to News Editing
Magazine Editing
Complete each of the following:
JOURN 4360Fundamentals of Design2
JOURN 4500Publication Design3
JOURN 4502Multimedia Planning and Design3
JOURN 4988Advanced Publication Design3
Journalism Electives8-9

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Magazine Editing Interest Area

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

Students in this interest area gain hands-on experience in the skills and strategy needed to excel as part of a magazine staff: planning issues, pitching and editing stories, writing titles and sidebars, coordinating photography and art, working with designers, fact checking, proofreading and directing stories through all stages of print or online production. They also focus on the finer aspects of micro-editing: grammar, style, syntax and usage. Classes provide an analysis of the industry and study of innovative techniques and delivery platforms. This interest area is recommended for those who seek careers as editors in the magazine and book publishing industries. The lessons learned about pitching and magazine production are equally beneficial to magazine writers.  Administered by the Magazine Journalism Faculty.

Magazine Editing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Complete each of the following:
JOURN 4408Magazine Editing3
JOURN 4410Intermediate Writing (* or equivalent)3
JOURN 4360Fundamentals of Design2
JOURN 4984Magazine Staff (capstone)3
*Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine)
Journalism Electives11

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Magazine Publishing and Management Interest Area

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

This interest area is directed to students who hope to become leaders in the field of magazine publishing and management. Course requirements and electives are designed to give an overview of all aspects of magazine publishing, both print and digital. Theoretical courses in law, business and management as applied to publications complement skills classes in reporting, writing, editing and design. Administered by the Magazine Journalism Faculty.

Magazine Publishing and Management Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Complete each of the following:
JOURN 4408Magazine Editing3
JOURN 4410Intermediate Writing (* or equivalent)3
JOURN 4360Fundamentals of Design2
Select one of the following:3
Magazine Staff
Magazine Publishing
*Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine)
Journalism Electives11

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Magazine Writing Interest Area

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

This interest area is for students who want to be magazine writers. The foundation of longform or literary writing is solid reporting, and students must learn the basics of information gathering, interviewing and reporting first. From there, students will explore narrative storytelling tools: character, dialogue, voice, structure, scene construction, exposition, and detail and description. This interest area emphasizes revision and the analysis of contemporary magazine writing. Administered by the Magazine Journalism Faculty.

Magazine Writing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Complete each of the following:
JOURN 4408Magazine Editing3
JOURN 4410Intermediate Writing (* or equivalent)3
JOURN 4360Fundamentals of Design2
JOURN 4986Advanced Writing3
*Can be substituted with any of the following: JOURN 4412 Lifestyle Journalism, JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing or JOURN 4480 Will Write for Food (and Wine)
Journalism Electives11

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Science Health and Environmental Journalism Interest Area

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

This Interest Area educates students in the skills and theory of journalistic coverage of the specialized fields of science, health, environment and engineering. The program prepares students for jobs as journalism professionals at newspapers, magazines, online publications and radio-television operations. Administered by the Print and Digital News Faculty. Students interested in science-, food- and environment-related topics may want to investigate the science and agricultural journalism program offered through the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Science Health and Environmental Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Select one of the following:3
Digital News Editing
Magazine Editing
Convergence Editing and Producing
Required:
JOURN 4416Science, Health and Environmental Writing3
JOURN 4428Health Reporting Skills2-3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced News Reporting
Magazine Staff
Advanced Writing
Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media
Magazine Publishing
Journalism Electives10-11

Semester Plan

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

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

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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