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Emerson’s Department of Journalism has adopted a dynamic new curriculum for students entering in Fall 2011 or later, and students from earlier classes who “opt in.” The courses emphasize a convergent, multimedia approach to storytelling and news reporting. Students will learn to report and produce news using words, audio, video, and web.

To that end, all students following the new curriculum will be considered Journalism majors, rather than Broadcast Journalism or Print and Multimedia Journalism majors.

General Program Requirements

The BS in Journalism program requires the completion of 44 journalism credit hours. All students must complete these core courses:

JR 101 Discovering Journalism
JR 102 The Newsgathering Process
JR 103 The Digital Journalist
JR 202 Beat Reporting Across Media
JR 211 Law for Journalism (2 credits)
JR 212 Ethics for Journalists (2 credits)
PL 225 U.S. Government and Politics

(Journalism majors are required to take PL 225 to satisfy one of their General Education requirements in History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences. This course does not count toward the 44 credit hours required in the major.)

Students must take at least one course from each of the following pods:

Cultural Affairs

JR 240 Sports Reporting
JR 365 Topics in Cultural Affairs
JR 367 Topics in Business & Consumer Reporting
JR 555 Reporting Issues of Diversity

Public Affairs

JR 292 Public Affairs Reporting
JR 364 Topics in Specialized Reporting
JR 366 Topics in Science, Technology & Health
JR 570 Global Journalism

Students must take at least one course from one of the following platforms:

Broadcast Platform

JR 216 Advanced Audio-Video Journalism
JR 318 TV News Producing
JR 419 ENG/TV News Reporting
JR 561 TV News Magazine and Documentary

Writing Platform

JR 261 Feature Writing
JR 352 Opinion: Columns, Reviews, Editorials
JR 353 Reporting & Writing Complex Stories
JR 354 News Editing and Design
JR 562 The Magazine

Multimedia Platform

JR 220 Interactive News
JR 221 Photojournalism
JR 368 Topics in Advanced Multimedia
JR 450 Metro News Service Collaboration
JR 574 The Press and Propaganda

Choose one of the following capstone courses:

JR 490 Online Publishing
JR 491 Broadcast Practicum
JR 492 Deep Reporting Capstone
JR 493 Backpack Journalist
JR 495 Multimedia Journalism Practicum (summer only)

Choose two additional Journalism electives from any category above.

Note: At least three major courses must be at the 300 level or above.


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