BJ in Journalism with Emphasis in Photojournalism

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 Photojournalism. Photojournalism focuses on the history, theory and skills of photojournalism, including still and moving images as well as audio. Also, students will learn the principles and practices of visual editing and design for print and online. This emphasis area includes focused based study curriculum and hands-on practice within the areas of Photojournalism, International Journalism, and Visual Editing and Management. Photojournalists begin their careers working for newspapers, magazines, television stations, or freelance companies.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Photojournalism Interest Areas

Photojournalism Interest Area

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

This Interest Area educates students in the history, theory and skills of photojournalism, including still and moving images, as well as audio. Also covered are the principles and practice of visual editing and design for print and online. Photojournalism students learn to create truly integrated multimedia projects, incorporating audio, video and stills into compelling visual story-telling projects. The program’s essential element remains understanding the power of image, and it embraces all the new technologies in presentation. Students are prepared for careers as photojournalists for print and online publications and as freelancers. Administered by the Photojournalism Faculty.

Photojournalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
JOURN 4556Fundamentals of Photojournalism3
JOURN 4558Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism3
JOURN 4560Staff Photojournalism3
JOURN 4980The Picture Story and Photographic Essay (capstone)3
Journalism Electives10

Visual Editing and Management 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 picture editing and visual presentation in print and online publications. This will prepare students for careers in visual editing at newspapers, magazines and with online publications. Administered by the Photojournalism Faculty.

Visual Editing and Management Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
JOURN 4502Multimedia Planning and Design3
JOURN 4556Fundamentals of Photojournalism3
JOURN 4566Electronic Photojournalism3
JOURN 4972Photo and Visual Editing3
Journalism Electives10

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Semester Plan

There are currently not any semester plan available for hte Interest Areas under PhotoJournalism.  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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