BJ in Journalism with Emphasis in Radio-Television

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 Radio-Television. Radio-Television focuses on the principles and practices of broadcast-style editing, writing, reporting and videography for radio, television and online media.  The curriculum includes focus study and hands-on practice in the interest areas of International Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Producing, Reporting and Anchoring, and Sports Journalism. Upon graduation, students pursue a career as Radio Personality, Reporter, Producer, or Anchor.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Radio-Television Producing Interest Area

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

This interest area teaches students how to structure, write and build a newscast. Students will receive instruction in newsroom leadership and practice guiding a newscast to completion in the professional newsrooms and control rooms of KBIA Radio and KOMU-TV. Administered by the Radio-TV Faculty.

Radio-Television Producing Interest Area Required Journalism Classes15
JOURN 4300Broadcast News I3
JOURN 4306Broadcast News II3
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
JOURN 4310News Producing1-3
Select one of the following capstone courses:3
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Seminar in Radio/TV News
Media Management and Leadership
Journalism Electives10

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Radio-Television Reporting and Anchoring Interest Area

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

This Interest Area teaches students how to gather the information to write and edit stories for radio, television and the Internet. They also will learn on-air delivery techniques and receive instruction on how to deliver their journalism. They will do so in the professional newsroom settings of KBIA Radio and KOMU-TV. Administered by the Radio-TV Faculty.

Radio-Television Reporting and Anchoring Interest Area Required Journalism Classes16
JOURN 4300Broadcast News I3
JOURN 4306Broadcast News II3
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
JOURN 4320Advanced Broadcast Reporting3
JOURN 4328Advanced News Communication1
Select one of the following capstone courses:3
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Seminar in Radio/TV News
Media Management and Leadership
Journalism Electives9

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Radio-Television Sports Journalism Interest Area

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

This interest area prepares students for a career in sports journalism. Covering sports today requires not only knowing the games, but also knowing the larger financial, legal and ethical issues in sports.  Students in this interest area work across media platforms in covering games, finding in-depth issue and feature stories and covering breaking news in sports.  Students choose a core course of study in the radio-television journalism emphasis area. Students then pick from a wide range of electives to round out their skills and work in other media.  Electives include everything from advanced reporting and editing to business journalism, to social media techniques and community outreach. Administered by the Radio-TV Faculty.

Radio-Television Sports Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes18
JOURN 4300Broadcast News I3
JOURN 4306Broadcast News II3
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
JOURN 4422Sports Journalism3
JOURN 4814Multimedia Sports Journalism3
Select one of the following capstone courses:3
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Seminar in Radio/TV News
Media Management and Leadership
Journalism Electives7
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Students who want to do sports reporting with KOMU-TV must be in or have taken JOURN 4308 Broadcast News III, after completing JOURN 4300 Broadcast News I and JOURN 4306 Broadcast News II.

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Radio-Television 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 for radio and television news.  Students choose their core course of study in radio-television journalism.  The interest area builds student skills in investigative reporting and using data analysis in reporting.  It also encourages, but does not require students to use elective coursework to develop a specialty area such as business news, health care or religion reporting.  Through this interest area, students will gain the skills to work as an investigate reporter or producer in radio or television news. Administered by the Radio-TV Faculty.

Radio-Television Investigative Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes18
JOURN 4430Computer-Assisted Reporting3
JOURN 4436Investigative Reporting *3
JOURN 4300Broadcast News I3
JOURN 4306Broadcast News II3
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
Take one of these capstones:3
Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News
Seminar in Radio/TV News
Media Management and Leadership
Journalism Electives7
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Students who want to do investigative work with KOMU-TV must be in or have taken JOURN 4308 Broadcast News III, after completing JOURN 4300 Broadcast News I and JOURN 4306 Broadcast II.

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Radio-Television Documentary Journalism Interest Area

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

This interest area uses the Missouri Method to immerse students in long-form reporting efforts leading to documentary presentations of their subject matter. Students will work creating documentaries in their courses, including a year-long senior documentary project. Concepts introduced include documentary theory, editing theory, camera aesthetics, business practices, critical reviewing and public distribution. Administered by the Radio-TV Faculty.

Radio-Television Documentary Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes16
JOURN 4564Micro-Documentary Photojournalism and Videography3
JOURN 4371Editing for Documentaries3
JOURN 4373Documentary Theory and Development3
JOURN 4375Documentary Business and the Public Sphere2
JOURN 4377Senior Documentary Project2
JOURN 4379 Senior Documentary Capstone (begins spring 2017)3
Journalism Electives6

Semester Plan

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

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Degree Audit

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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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