Journalism

Nancy Benson, Department Head
119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
PH: 217-333-0709
https://media.illinois.edu/node/75/bs-journalism

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Journalism

To graduate from the Department of Journalism, a student must meet all general University and College requirements for the degree and must complete the following courses, all of which must be taken for a traditional letter grade and for which all pre-requisites will be enforced:

Core Curriculum26
JOUR 200Introduction to Journalism 13
JOUR 210Newsgathering Across Platforms 14
JOUR 215Multimedia Reporting4
JOUR 311Media Law3
One of the following three-course sequences (12 hours minimum):
News-Editorial
JOUR 315Adv Public Affairs Reporting4
JOUR 320News Editing4
JOUR 425Multimedia Editing and Design4
OR
Broadcast 1
JOUR 335Audio Journalism4
JOUR 340Video Reporting & Storytelling4
JOUR 445Video Storytelling 2-Producing4
College of Media Electives18-26
College Electives must include at least three 3- or 4-hour Journalism courses numbered 200 or above and not cross-listed with other departments (12 hours minimum) must be taken. Courses in the sequence not chosen may be used to fulfill this requirement. Remaining College of Media elective hours offered by or cross-listed with Advertising (ADV), Agricultural Communications (AGCM), Journalism (JOUR), Media and Cinema Studies (MACS) or the College of Media (MDIA) count in this total.
Hours outside the College of Media (72 hours minimum)
Special Department Requirements
Including at least six hours in each of these seven areas:
Economics
Literature (ENGL/CWL) but no film courses
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology or Anthropology
Natural Science or Technology
Two Areas of Specialization
12 hours in each of two specialized areas outside the College of Media
Advanced Hours Requirement
At least 20 hours in courses numbered 200 or above. These courses must be outside and not cross-listed with the College of Media. 9 of the 20 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
Please note: Courses used to fulfill University General Education requirements or to fulfill requirements for a minor may count toward these requirements. Courses used to fulfill the College of Media's advanced outside hours requirement may also count toward these requirements.
Free electives to reach minimum required for graduation0-8
Minimum total hours required for graduation 2124

1.  Must be taken one at a time and in sequence

JOUR Class Schedule

Courses

JOUR 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 TO 3 Hours.

A changing array of courses focusing on special topics in journalism. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours in separate semesters, if topics vary.

JOUR 200   Introduction to Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Discussion of the history, freedom, technologies, ethics, and functions of the news media. Training in clear, descriptive writing techniques, using journalistic models. Prerequisite: Completion of Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

JOUR 205   History of American Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the history of the field of journalism since pre-colonial times. Includes the evolution of the media in the United States and the evolution of cultural concepts concerning the media, including rights granted under the First Amendment. Credit is not given for JOUR 205 if credit for JOUR 405 has been earned.

JOUR 210   Newsgathering Across Platforms   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of journalistic reporting and writing across print, broadcast and digital platforms. Credit is not given for JOUR 210 if credit for JOUR 400 has been earned. Prerequisite: JOUR 200.

JOUR 215   Multimedia Reporting   credit: 4 Hours.

Designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of digital photography, video, audio and multimedia as it applies to journalism. Instruction will include conceptual frameworks and techniques to create multimedia journalism content; the conception, planning and creation of multimedia projects; coverage of events with audio, video and photographs; the technical and creative aspects of digital photography, video, and multimedia; delivery platforms for multimedia content including the Web and evolving communication technologies. Credit is not given for JOUR 215 if credit for JOUR 410 has been earned. Prerequisite: JOUR 210 or consent of Journalism Department.

JOUR 250   Journalism Ethics & Diversity   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on media decision-making and news judgment, specifically ethics and diversity in newsgathering with regard to scope, privacy, bias, economic concerns, and accountability. Examines real-life news decisions and the thoughts of journalists who lived through famous and infamous ethics situations. Key provisions in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics regarding use of diverse voices will be discussed and applied in practical ways, and both students and the instructor will find current examples of ethics issues to present to the class. Diversity education is part of the required standard for achieving journalism accreditation from the discipline's national accrediting body.

JOUR 293   Digital Photography for Everyone   credit: 3 Hours.

Foundations of digital photography, techniques to produce photographs; the conception and planning of pictures; the pictorial coverage of locations, events and human interest situations; and the planning and execution of photos in print, on the web and other electronic media are the focus of this hands-on course. You will develop a practical understanding of the potentials and realities of photographic communication to better use them for full expression of your vision. Approved for Letter and S/U grading.

JOUR 311   Media Law   credit: 3 Hours.

Detailed analysis of the theories of freedom of expression, the legal doctrines of greatest concern to mass communicators, and contemporary issues related to free speech and press, including libel, copyright, and news-gathering in a digital age. Credit is not given for JOUR 311 if credit for JOUR 411 has been earned.

JOUR 315   Adv Public Affairs Reporting   credit: 4 Hours.

Study and extensive practice of in-depth public affairs reporting - its concepts, techniques, traditions, ethics, and social obligations. Credit is not given for JOUR 315 if credit for JOUR 415 has been earned. Prerequisite: JOUR 210.

JOUR 320   News Editing   credit: 4 Hours.

Editing and headline writing, news judgment, ethics and leadership. Credit is not given for JOUR 320 if credit for JOUR 420 has been earned.

JOUR 335   Audio Journalism   credit: 4 Hours.

Reporting and writing news for audio programs and websites. Credit is not given for JOUR 335 if credit for JOUR 435 has been earned. Prerequisite: JOUR 210.

JOUR 340   Video Reporting & Storytelling   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduces news studio and field production and principles of field reporting and editing of news video; principles of planning, producing, and directing news and public affairs programs. Credit is not given for JOUR 340 if credit for JOUR 440 has been earned. Prerequisite: JOUR 335.

JOUR 360   The Media and You   credit: 3 Hours.

The course will survey contemporary public relations to clarify several elements: publicity, advertising, branding, press agentry, public affairs, issues management, lobbying, investor relations and development. Students will learn to work with the press and the ethical dimensions of the relationships that form. The course will employ real and hypothetical case studies. Teams will develop strategies to reach a PR goal. Each team will make presentations to be judged by real clients or the instructor and guest judges.

JOUR 361   Readings in Sports Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Books about sports and sports personalities are perennial best-sellers. Students in this course will read, analyze and discuss long-form sports journalism. Some of the books and stories are considered classics of the form; others may be fairly recent and news-worthy publications. All will represent varied approaches to sports journalism in books, magazines and digital experiments and forms.

JOUR 421   Editing for Publication   credit: 3 Hours.

Principles and practice of editing across disciplines. Content includes style, grammar, punctuation, word usage, clarity and brevity. Both print and digital environments are considered. Students will edit text and display copy such as headlines and photo captions. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both JOUR 421 and JOUR 320. Journalism majors should enroll in JOUR 320. Prerequisite: Advanced Composition.

JOUR 425   Multimedia Editing and Design   credit: 4 Hours.

Principles of visual reporting and editing; seeks to instill application-level competency in a wide array of non-linear, non-narrative techniques of journalistic storytelling across various media. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 215.

JOUR 445   Video Storytelling 2-Producing   credit: 4 Hours.

Advanced techniques for reporting, producing, writing, shooting, and editing video news stories and for producing and airing regularly scheduled news programs on deadline. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 340.

JOUR 450   Media and Public Opinion   credit: 3 Hours.

Theory of public opinion and communications; relation of communication systems to public opinion, social systems, and the political order. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Reasoning I.

JOUR 451   Research Methods in Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to social science principles of measurement, sampling, statistical inferences and logic of research design in collection, analysis and interpretation of information used in journalism and mass media. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Reasoning I requirement. JOUR 200 recommended, or graduate standing.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning II

JOUR 452   Great Books of Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Books written by journalists have had great impact on U.S. public policy and understanding, covering such topics as corporate power, political corruption, rural poverty, the atomic bombing of Japan, Watergate, and a soldiers-eye view of war. From hard-edged investigations to nonfiction literature, the readings broaden and deepen understanding of the power and purpose of journalism beyond breaking news and celebrities. Readings from eight groundbreaking books, assessment of social and professional impact, ethical issues, reporting and writing approaches, and extensive class discussion. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

JOUR 453   Crisis Communications   credit: 3 Hours.

Students will take on the role of a public relations/public affairs officer to learn how to deal with the media when managing a crisis for a client, whether a multinational corporation or a professional athlete. Students will use case studies of actual events to examine how the media dealt with the crisis. Students will get a look at the inner workings of a major PR firm devoted to telling the truth while managing the message. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

JOUR 454   Propaganda & the News Media   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The course examines techniques and processes of propaganda in a democratic society. It draws from contemporary theories of influence and persuasion to identify propaganda in the context of modern journalism, to delinerate differences between propaganda and information, and to assess the impact of propaganda on democratic decision making in the digital age. Particular attention is given to the news media practices and consumption patterns that unwittingly facilitate strategies of modern propagandists. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior, Senior or Graduate standing.

JOUR 460   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

A changing array of special projects, research or reading in journalism. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or subsequent semesters if topics vary.

JOUR 470   International Reporting   credit: 3 Hours.

Role of international news in daily lives. Examines those who report it and those who pioneered it. Students monitor how U.S. and international media cover selected countries and learn how to write international news. In selected semesters, students may research issues and life in a foreign country in preparation for an international reporting trip. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

JOUR 471   Science Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Students will explore media coverage of science. They will examine the interconnections of scientific advances and public understanding. The seminar format will allow students to interview scientists and journalists, to discuss work, and to become science communicators. Subject matter of reporting projects will be determined by the background and interests of the students. Field trips and Illinois science will be featured. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

JOUR 472   Business Reporting   credit: 3 Hours.

Learning to follow the money is a key part of covering corporate America, professional sports or Hollywood. No need to fear financial statements: This course shows you easy methods to pick them apart and turn them into smart stories. Students learn to report and write stories using the Wall Street Journal's feature methods. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 210 or JOUR 400. Journalism or Agricultural Communications major(s). Restricted to students with Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate class standing.

JOUR 475   Magazine Writing   credit: 3 Hours.

Preparation of feature stories and articles; techniques of marketing, market analysis, and publishing articles written in the course. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 210.

JOUR 480   Advanced Reporting Topics   credit: 3 Hours.

Advanced reporting projects or techniques, with separate sections for a varying array of topics such as investigative reporting, immersion journalism, literary journalism, business and financial journalism, online publishing, radio news features, sports writing, broadcast documentary production, digital journalism, and photo journalism. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or subsequent semesters if topics vary. Prerequisite: JOUR 210.

JOUR 481   Literary Feature Writing   credit: 3 Hours.

Course focuses on concept, reporting practice, and ethics of literary approaches to create evocative, story-like journalism articles. Students report and write a single in-depth story that will be re-reported and re-written three times. Includes extensive readings illustrating the finest literary journalism. The class includes extensive self, class and professor criticism and editing. Articles for this class have been published in the News-Gazette and other publications. An archive of published stories can be found at intimatejournalism.com. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: JOUR 210. Journalism majors only.

JOUR 482   Immersion Journalism   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The interview methodology students learn is seen as the best way to provide the ethnographer/writer/reporter with insight into social phenomena. The methodology can be used to examine living conditions, family history and attitudes of ethnic groups at any class level -- wealthy, affluent, middle class, poor or underclass. Students with insatiable curiosity about behavior will be able to extract from participants surprising revelations about their needs, desires and motivations. Students will learn how personalities, circumstances, and choices made by participants' parents and forebears affect the participant's life today. Same as AFRO 482. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students of any discipline.

JOUR 483   Investigative Journalism   credit: 3 Hours.

The investigative methodology students learn is seen as the best way to provide the producer/editor/reporter with insight into social issues, government and businesses practices and systems. The methodology can be used to examine and topics or issue. Students will use data, documents, interviews and field observation to collect information, do basic data analysis, test hypotheses, and produce stories in text, audio, or video or all. Students will learn how to do deep research, organize complex material, and produce presentations that are easy for the public to understand. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

JOUR 490   Professional Project   credit: 3 Hours.

Individual and team-produced advanced enterprise projects in specialized fields. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or subsequent semesters if topics vary.

JOUR 495   Internship Seminar   credit: 0 to 1 Hours.

Seminar based on internship experience. Offered for College of Media students who complete an approved professional, industry related internship. 0 to 1 undergraduate hours. 0 to 1 graduate hours. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 2 undergraduate hours or 2 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 3 undergraduate hours or 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.