Chairperson: John Pauly, Ph.D.

The journalism major prepares students to gather, synthesize and present news and information, using a variety of multimedia tools. The curriculum emphasizes the development of strong writing and reporting skills; an understanding of social science research methods; familiarity with the law, history and ethics of the profession; and skillful use of social media and other digital storytelling techniques. Journalism’s grounding in the liberal arts and its commitment to writing and analysis also make it good preparation for careers in law, business, government and education.

Journalism Major

A total of 37 credits of course work must be completed for the major in journalism. Students with a major in journalism cannot take more than 48 credits in the mass communication areas (ADVE, COMM, DGMD, JOUR and PURE) and are required to take 72 credits outside of the mass communication areas. The following courses must be completed toward the 37 credits:

Required Courses

JOUR 1100Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design3
JOUR 1964Journalism Practicum1
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting3
COMM 3800Media Law3
COMM 3900Ethical Problems of Mass Communications3
One Theory/Research Course:3
Mass Media and the American Family
International Communication
Survey Research and Reasoning for Communication Professionals
Mass Communication Theory and Research
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media, Technology and Culture
One History Course:3
Radio and Television History
History of American News Media
Two Advanced Multimedia Reporting Courses. Take two separate offerings of the following variable topic course.6
Advanced Topics in Journalism
Two Electives: Choose from all upper division COMM and JOUR classes.6
One Senior Capstone Course:3
Capstone: Journalism News Service
Capstone: Magazine with a Mission
Total Credit Hours37

One of the following courses is also required but does not count as hours in the major:

Modern Elementary Statistics
Psychological Measurements and Statistics
Social Statistics
Total Credit Hours0

Typical Program for Journalism Majors

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 10501COMM 12003
CMST 10003PHIL 10013
ENGL 10013Foreign language or UCCS Diverse Culture3-4
JOUR 19641JOUR 11003
Foreign language or UCCS Diverse Culture3-4Minor/elective3
THEO 10013 
UCCS History3 
 17-18 15-16
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 11003JOUR 21003
COMM 25003MATH 1700 (or UCCS Science)3
JOUR 15503PHIL 23103
MATH 1700 (or UCCS Science)3UCCS Diverse Culture or Minor/elective course3
UCCS Diverse Culture or Minor/elective course3UCCS Literature/Performing Arts3
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
JOUR History elective3JOUR 4932*3
JOUR Theory/Research elective3UCCS Theology3
JOUR major elective3JOUR Major elective3
Minor/elective6Minor/elective6
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 3800 or 39003COMM 3800 or 39003
JOUR 4932*3JOUR 4996 or 49973
Minor/electives8Minor/electives8
 14 14
Total credit hours: 120-122
*

Two terms of Advanced Topics in Journalism are required.

Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in Journalism (Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

In addition to completing all requirements as specified by the College of Education, students must also complete all requirements listed under the journalism major.

Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in Journalism (Early Adolescence/Adolescence)

In addition to completing all requirements as specified by the College of Education, students seeking Wisconsin teaching licensure in journalism at the early adolescence/adolescence level must also complete 37 hours including:

Required Courses

COMM 1200Media in Society3
COMM 3800Media Law3
COMM 3900Ethical Problems of Mass Communications3
JOUR 1100Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design3
JOUR 1964Journalism Practicum1
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting3
JOUR 4800Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism3
One Theory/Research Course:3
Mass Media and the American Family
International Communication
Survey Research and Reasoning for Communication Professionals
Mass Communication Theory and Research
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media, Technology and Culture
One History Course:3
Radio and Television History
History of American News Media
Two Advanced Multimedia Reporting Courses. Take two separate offerings of the following variable topic course.6
Advanced Topics in Journalism
One Senior Capstone Course:3
Capstone: Journalism News Service
Capstone: Magazine with a Mission
Total Credit Hours37

Courses

JOUR 1100. Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers basic journalism skills and concepts, including news values, story selection and fact verification by covering neighborhoods and events. Students will find and interview sources and write for radio, TV, web and print, with emphasis on learning and audio skills. Projects appear on a course website.

JOUR 1200. Basic News Photography. 3 cr. hrs.

Explore the historical, technical and aesthetic aspects of news photography. Assignments cover control of exposure, light, motion and composition. Lab work includes training and use of 35mm cameras and basic knowledge of software to produce a variety of finished images. Emphasis on visual communication in the digital age. Cameras are available for assignments.

JOUR 1550. Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design. 3 cr. hrs.

Students move beyond event coverage and learn to research and produce stories about important neighborhood issues. Students learn to cover civic issues related to police, fire, courts and taxation, and dig for statistics and facts in databases. Includes writing for radio, TV, web and print, with an emphasis on learning still photography skills. Projects appear on a course website. Prereq: JOUR 1100.

JOUR 1964. Journalism Practicum. 1 cr. hr.

Students are introduced to the field of journalism, its standards and practices. Assignments in writing, editing and production. Guest speakers from mass communication fields. S/U grade assessment.

JOUR 2100. Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Students learn to mine databases, public records, archives, interviews, public meetings and press conferences for critical information. Students use their investigative skills to uncover and report issues of public interest. Students continue to develop news writing, editorial judgement and story production skills and values, with a special emphasis on video journalism. Projects appear on a class website. Prereq: JOUR 1550.

JOUR 3500. Television Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Students will produce professional quality television news stories that demonstrate the techniques of video storytelling, including reporting, writing, shooting and editing.

JOUR 3700. Radio Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Students will develop advanced writing and production techniques used in a variety of radio formats and become stronger storytellers.

JOUR 3986. Internship in Journalism. 0-3 cr. hrs.

Work experience in an area related to major supervised by an approved professional coupled with related academic work assigned. Approval of adviser and Internship Program Director required in advance of internship. May not substitute for a Journalism writing requirement. May be taken more than once to a maximum of three credits. Prereq: Jr. stndg.; JOUR major; and cons. of dept. ch. 0 credit will be SNC/UNC grade assessment; 1-3 credits will be S/U grade assessment.

JOUR 4160. Narrative Nonfiction Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Emphasizes longform journalism, stresses strong reporting, immersion in a single subject over the course of a semester, in-depth interviews and detailed observation. Students work individually, turning in portions of their work weekly. Produce a publishable 10,000 to 15,000 word article as the final project. Prereq: JOUR 2100 or equiv., cons. of instr.

JOUR 4200. Publications Editing. 3 cr. hrs.

Editing principles and practices for print and online news publications. Editing copy, photos, charts and graphs; verification of information; writing headlines and captions. News judgment, wire services, backpack journalism, digital newsroom; digital production software. Prereq: JOUR 2100; or ADPR 1800; or ENGL 3210; or cons. of dept. ch.

JOUR 4360. Freelance Writing. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers how newsstand, trade and online magazines work, how magazines use freelancers and writers, how magazine writing differs from newspaper reporting and other media, what excellence in magazine writing looks like and how students can focus, improve and polish hteir writing to sell to or work on a magazine.

JOUR 4400. Media Entrepreneurship. 3 cr. hrs.

The business side of being a journalist: management, financial, practical and professional issues running an online or print publication, operating as a backpack journalist, working as a freelancer. Management structures, business practices, contracts and marketing. Prereq: Jr. Stndg.

JOUR 4500. Newspaper Design and Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of design and production for print and online newspapers. Students develop skills in working with separate and integrated print and online delivery systems. Introduction to digital forms of news content for online news publications: audio, video, slide shows and podcasts. Digital production software. Prereq: JOUR 4200 or cons. of instr.

JOUR 4510. Magazine Design and Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of magazine design and production. Students develop understanding of basic elements of publication design and critical skills through analysis of various design problems. Prereq: JOUR 4200; computer workshop or demonstrated proficiency on the Macintosh computer with current design software.

JOUR 4520. Online Editing and Design. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamental principles of processing and managing information in verbal and visual forms for Web publication. An emphasis on special editing and design issues created by the online environment and internet technology. Legal and ethical issues on the Internet. Prereq: JOUR 4200; computer workshop or demonstrated proficiency on the Macintosh computer with current design software.

JOUR 4600. History of American News Media. 3 cr. hrs.

The origin and development of Journalism in the United States considered in relation to American political, social and economic history. Consideration of newspapers, magazines, the electronic media, and important figures within each field. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4800. Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers strategies and methods for advising yearbooks, newspapers, online news and features in the context of scholastic journalism and for teaching journalism. Includes developing student staff; planning, production and assessment of scholastic publications and online products; evaluation of journalism texts for secondary level; working with faculty, school administrators, school boards, parents; budgeting; advertising sales; using desktop publishing and current software. Prereq: Jr. stndg.; JOUR 4200; cons. of instr.

JOUR 4931. Topics in Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of, and practice in, various areas of specialized work such as regional, small community, union, organization journalism, and the special interest press. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4932. Advanced Topics in Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced reporting and producing of news stories on a single topic that varies by semester. Prereq: JOUR 2100 or cons. of instr.

JOUR 4951. MU Led Travel/Study Abroad. 3 cr. hrs.

Travel to London to explore the arts, British culture and writing about the arts. Develop critical theories for evaluation of the arts within the cultural context of London. Observe, participate in and reflect upon the cultural similarities and differences. Think critically about the production of the lively arts in disparate cultures and apply journalistic reporting and writing skills to writing arts criticism for dance, music, museums, dining and theatre. Course taught in an international setting by Marquette professors and where students earn Marquette credit. Study Abroad expenses apply.

JOUR 4953. Seminar in Journalism. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Specific subjects of seminars to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Variable topics. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4995. Independent Study in Journalism. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.

JOUR 4996. Capstone: Journalism News Service. 3 cr. hrs.

Students are the staff of an online news service, providing coverage of the area's underserved. Students provide news stories using a range of new media and links to the online Diederich Magazine. Prereq: JOUR 2100; Sr. stndg.

JOUR 4997. Capstone: Magazine with a Mission. 3 cr. hrs.

Students are the staff of a city magazine that addresses Marquette's social justice mission. Students produce print and online magazines with a social media presence. Students write, research, shoot, edit, design and produce stories about people and events that affect lines and spark change. Prereq: JOUR 2100; Sr. stndg.

JOUR 4999. Senior Thesis. 1-3 cr. hrs.

The application of rigorous methodology in developing and writing a thesis under the direction of an adviser. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.