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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Journalism Major BA, Journalistic Writing and Reporting 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.

Program Requirements
Students must complete the two communication foundation courses (COM 201 and COM 207) with an overall average of B, in order to graduate from the major.

Communication Foundation Core Requirements

Total Core Requirements Credits: 10

Digital Journalism Core

Select three from the following - Credits: (12)

Total Digital Journalism Core Credits: 34

Journalistic Writing and Reporting Specialization

The journalistic writing and reporting specialization teaches students the skills, concepts and perspectives they need to be successful in print and online media. Students will learn how to conceive story ideas, gather information, write and edit stories, incorporate digital and multimedia elements into those stories, and present those stories for print and/or online publication. Students will put those skills to use on The Observer, Central’s weekly student-run newspaper, and also have the option of putting those skills to use at Pulse, Central’s twice-quarterly student lifestyle magazine, and at Newswatch, Central’s weekly student-run newscast. They will also get on-the-job education and training in a print or online internship.

Select one of the following - Credits: (4)

Select from the following - Credits: (12)

 Must take at least 6 credits of Observer.

Total Specialization Credits: 30

Total Credits: 74

College and Department Information

Communication Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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