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Requirements

All SJMC majors must complete the Requirements for SJMC Majors. In addition, News majors must complete the courses outlined below.

Required News Courses

  • JMC 63 Video for Journalists – Use of video technology to communicate effectively in a journalistic environment, with emphasis on field production. Identification of stories best-suited to video storytelling; basic principles of video storytelling and creation of a compelling narrative; operation of a variety of video cameras and of non-linear video editing software; technical and artistic fundamentals for gathering and editing audio and video; writing specifically for the ear and eye; preparation of video stories for web presentation; on-camera presentation; and use of video as a marketing and branding tool. Pre-req: JMC 54 and JMC 31.
  • JMC 70 Media Editing – Editing for newspapers, magazines and websites. Heavy emphasis on grammar, usage and Associated Press style. Also includes editing for accuracy, organization, structure, clarity, cultural sensitivity and fairness; headline and cutline writing; coaching writers; and law and ethics. Pre-req; JMC 54.
  • JMC 98 Advanced Reporting – A rigorous exploration of sophisticated newspaper-style writing and reporting for print and online media. Provides instruction on in-depth news writing forms, along with use of internet-specific functions such as audio. The course delves more deeply into a broad range of reporting and writing skills, including interviewing, sourcing, alternative story formats, journalism ethics and responsibilities. Student work is published online and in student publications. Pre-req: JMC 54.
  • JMC 103 Public Affairs Reporting – Advanced course in news reporting and writing focused on government agencies and other institutions that involve public life. Emphasis on textual and audio storytelling, with frequent practice writing and producing for the immediacy of web and mobile as well as with writing and producing with depth, context and perspective. Exposure to advanced reporting and writing techniques, including public records and databases; basic principles of audio storytelling; operation of audio equipment and editing software; technical and artistic fundamentals of gathering and editing audio; and preparation of packaged stories for web publication. Discussions of ethical, legal and other important current issues of the news media and society. Pre-req: JMC 41, 55, 63, 70, 98; junior status.
  • JMC 105 Web Page Design – Introduces students to the basics of designing pages for the web. Students will learn to write HTML and CSS. They will create a website using a content management system (WordPress). Topics explored include search engine optimization, social media, web analytics, and current trends in digital media.
  • JMC 172 Journalism Capstone – Senior journalism capstone in which Magazine Media, News and Digital Media Production students collaborate as a professional staff to produce a web publication, including all editorial, multimedia, design, production, marketing, promotion and distribution activities. Pre-req: Senior status; JMC 40, 55, 103.
  • JMC electives – 6-8 credits

Required Courses and Credit Hours Outside Major

All News majors must include in their programs HIST 76: American History 1877-Present.

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