The Journalism Concentration in the Mass Communications major is intended to prepare students for work in the field of journalism, whether it be in print, on the radio or TV, or on the Internet. The same journalistic principles apply to all.
Our students learn to be great writers and critical thinkers, and many of them have published in local newspapers and other publications.
Our Philosophy Regarding Journalism Projects
Our communications faculty in the area of journalism come from a professional background and have high standards for journalistic quality. We emphasize excellent writing, thorough fact-finding, and fair objectivity.
Academic Freedom and the First Amendment
Journalism is a sacred trust, and one that we take very seriously. Journalism students are taught the principles of reporting based on the First Amendment of the Constitution which defines freedom of the press. With freedom comes responsibility. Students are taught the concept of libel and responsible free speech. Students are also made familiar with all legal issues that arise in journalistic writing and how to be responsible journalists.
Writing and Style
Good journalism starts with good writing and a good journalist must also be a good writer. Our program includes a variety of writing courses, all of which build on the simple premise that anyone who communicates to a mass audience must be skillful in manipulating words and the English language. Good writing and good writing styles are always emphasized.
Careers in Journalism
Journalism students can find employment in any number of different areas, many of which are just beginning to appear. Our students find work in print, on the radio, and on television. Journalistic principles apply to many jobs that might not appear directly related as well. Public relations careers often involve a thorough understanding of journalistic principles and how to manage media contacts. Other students may find work in research and copy righting. The potential is as limitless as the field of journalism itself.
Even with the rise of the Internet and other digital delivery systems, there is still a thriving print journalism industry in this country. This includes local and national newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and many others. New journalists are always being trained and opportunities will continue to exist.
TV and Radio News
Here at MU we are in an excellent position to train students in the areas of TV and radio broacasting with our own dedicated programs. Our radio program has limitless opportunities for journalistic practice and students can conceivably create their own regular programing. The same applies to our regular television broadcast, Monarch Moments. With all of the electronic news outlets, there are plenty of new opportunities to apply this age-old skill.
Students in the Journalism Concentration enjoy the use of multiple computer labs on campus for the purposes of research and writing. Classes in writing and journalism are generally lab classes and concentrate on writing and research skills on-line. Students also have access to still cameras and video cameras and a variety of television equipment. Radio journalists can create shows directly on our Internet-based radio station
Requirements for the Journalism Concentration
Journalism Concentration Core (6 s.h.):
- COM 107 Introduction to Journalism
- COM 353 Desktop Publishing or COM 341 HTML Publishing and Webpage Design
Choose 15 s.h. from the following electives:
- COM 255 Journalism Practicum I
- COM 256 Journalism Practicum II
- COM 303 Basic Television Techniques and Procedures
- COM 331 Advertising Production
- COM 335 Public Relations
- COM 341 HTML Publishing and Webpage Design
- COM 353 Desktop Publishing
- COM 423 Internship
- COM 485 Special Topics in Mass Communication