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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Journalism Major BA, Broadcast Journalism Specialization

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In today’s environment of converging media, successful journalists need the necessary skills and concepts to tell meaningful stories for a variety of outlets. In this major, students learn how to conceive ideas and collect and present information using words, pictures, and sounds to craft news stories that are accurate, fair, clear, and compelling. Whether destined for print, online or broadcast presentation, the focus is on preparing students to research, report and communicate news and non-fiction stories that engage audiences and make a difference in people’s lives. Students will learn how to build an online platform for their journalism and how to engage with their audience. Students will also understand the ethical, legal, historical and societal environment of journalism and the fundamental role media plays in our social, political and economic systems. A specialization in journalistic reporting and writing or broadcast journalism is required. Students must complete the communication foundation courses prior to acceptance into the journalism major.

Communication Foundation Core Requirements

Total Core Requirements Credits: 10

Digital Journalism Core

Required Courses Credits: (22)

Select three from the following - Credits: (12)

Total Digital Journalism Core Credits: 34

Broadcast Journalism Specialization

The broadcast journalism specialization builds professional skills and ethical awareness in broadcast reporting and video production, from a general knowledge of journalism and mass media studies. Courses are offered in broadcast news writing, studio and field production, and news producing and directing. Students will also get on-the-job education and training in a broadcast internship. Rigorous and demanding, this program is designed to provide a blend of theory and hands-on training in on-air and behind-the-scenes operations, which are required for graduates to enjoy successful careers in a highly competitive industry. Students will put those skills to use on Newswatch, Central’s weekly student-run newscast, and also have the option of putting those skills to use at The Observer, Central’s weekly student-run newspaper, and at Pulse, Central’s twice-quarterly student lifestyle magazine. They will also get on-the-job education and training in a broadcast internship.

Select from the following - Credits: (12)

Must take at least 6 credits of CentralNewsWatch or CentralNewsWatch Management.

Total Specialization Credits: 31

Total Credits: 75

College and Department Information

Communication Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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