BJ in Journalism with Emphasis in Print and Digital News

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 Print and Digital News. Students will learn and develop the skills and strategies needed to excel in this industry. In addition, students experience reporting and editing using text, audio, video and information graphics. This emphasis area includes focus study curriculum and hands-on experience through the interest areas of Business and Economics Journalism, Data Journalism, Design, International Journalism, Investigative Journalism, News Reporting, Science and Health Journalism, and Sports Journalism. Print and Digital News graduates pursue careers as News Reporters/Anchors, Business journalists, and Data journalists.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Print and Digital News Interest Areas

Business and Economics Journalism Interest Area

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

This Interest Area is for journalism students interested in learning the skills of reporting business and economics news across platforms. It allows students to add a focus on economic, business and consumer reporting and emphasizes the use of financial data analysis in reporting. Similarly, it encourages students to take basic courses in other subject areas that will give them important skills, such as basic accounting, or advanced economics and finance. Students will gain the skills to work covering Wall Street, government economics, consumer and personal finance issues, and local business. A minor in Economics or Business is suggested. Administered by the Print and Digital News Faculty.

Business and Economics Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes16
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Broadcast News I
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Convergence Editing and Producing
Broadcast News II
Select one of the following:3
Advanced News Reporting
Intermediate Writing
Broadcast News III
Required
JOURN 4438Business and Economics Reporting *3
JOURN 4400Introduction to News Editing **1-2
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Advanced News Reporting
Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Seminar in Radio/TV News
Media Management and Leadership
Journalism Electives9
*

Note: Students who want to do business reporting with KOMU must be in or have taken JOURN 4308 Broadcast News III

**

Note: 1 credit hour required

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News Editing Interest Area

Students in this interest area learn the fundamentals of editing to correct and present copy for publication; content management, selection and display; how to evaluate content; copy flow and time management needed for publishing on deadline, whether that be at a set time or throughout a 24-hour cycle. The program of study prepares students for jobs in online and print publications, including newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the print and digital news faculty.

News Editing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
JOURN 4400Introduction to News Editing *1-2
JOURN 4406News Editing3
JOURN 4450News Reporting3
JOURN 4500Publication Design3
Journalism Electives 14
*

Note: 2 credit hours required

News Reporting Interest Area

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

This Interest Area provides the opportunity for reporting and writing across a variety of styles and platforms, including breaking news, enterprise and features. Stories are reported and produced using words, video, audio, graphics and more. The program of study prepares students for jobs in online media, and print publications such as newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the Print and Digital News Faculty.

News Reporting Interest Area Required Journalism Classes14
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Convergence Editing and Producing
Required
JOURN 4400Introduction to News Editing2
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Writing
Investigative Reporting
Business and Economics Reporting
Computer-Assisted Reporting
Participatory Journalism
Select one of the following:3
Advanced News Reporting
Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media
Journalism Electives11

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Sports Journalism Interest Area

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

This Interest Area is for those interested in pursuing 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, or 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.

Sports Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes15
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Publication Design
Convergence Editing and Producing
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Writing
Multimedia Sports Journalism
Required:
JOURN 4422Sports Journalism3
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Advanced News Reporting
Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media
Journalism Electives10

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Investigative Journalism Interest Area

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

This Interest Area is for journalism students interested in learning the skills of investigative and computer-assisted reporting across platforms. It allows students to add a strong investigative-watchdog focus and emphasizes the use of data analysis in reporting. The program encourages students to develop a specialty area, such as covering health care or religion, but that is not required. Similarly, it encourages students to take basic courses in other subject areas that will give them important skills, such as introductory accounting (though again, this is not required). Students will gain the skills to work in computer-assisted reporting or investigative reporting. Administered by the Convergence Journalism, Magazine Journalism and Print and Digital News faculties.

Investigative Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes 15
Select one of the following:3
News Reporting
Convergence Reporting
Select one of the following:3
Advanced News Reporting
Convergence Editing and Producing
Required
JOURN 4430Computer-Assisted Reporting3
JOURN 4436Investigative Reporting3
Select one of the following:3
News Editing
Advanced News Reporting
Reporting, Editing and Marketing of Converged Media
Journalism Electives10

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Semester Plan

There are currently not any semester plan available for the Interest Areas under Print and Digital News.  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 who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at 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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