Journalism

Journalism

The journalism program at Union prepares students for careers that involve writing for newspapers, magazines, websites and other media outlets. Students are able to gain valuable experience through campus organizations such as the Cardinal & Cream (Union’s campus newspaper) and other internship opportunities.

Major Requirements: Major in Journalism—45 hours

A. Major Requirements: COM 120, 121, 220, 236, 322, 351, 352, 355, 409 (3 hrs), 415, 430, 451—36 hours

B. Professional Electives—Select 6 hours from: COM 320, 323, 326, 327, 336, 360, 343, 347, 407, 487

Minor Requirements: Minor in Journalism—23 hours

A. COM 120, 121, 210 (3 hours) 236, 351, 415

B. Select one from: COM 230, 322, 407, 451

COM 120 Mass Media

Functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass communication media. Students review the economic, technical, historical, regulatory, and sociological aspects of radio, television, film, newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, and public relations and are offered opportunities for telephone conferences with significant media figures. Credit Hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 121 Writing Across

 Introduction to news writing skills for the beginning media student to understand the differences and similarities of writing for print and broadcast media. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 220 Digital Storytelling

 An introductory course to visual storytelling using a variety of digital media. Students will learn to create and deliver compelling and emotionally engaging narratives for a variety of purposes, combining video, still images, audio and interactivity. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 236 Digital Photography

 The basics of seeing a story-telling photograph and learning to apply the basics of photography to help communicate a message. Emphasis will be placed on setting high standards of visual integrity and communication ethics and on developing an understanding of the role of photojournalism in shaping and reflecting contemporary society. The history of photojournalism, current trends, and the varied challenges found in this field will be explored. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 322 Copy Editing and Publication Layout

 Principles of editing copy for newspapers and magazines, writing headlines, and using type, photography, and graphics in layout and design for print news media. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 351 Reporting for Print and Online Media

 This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of print news writing, news judgment and construction of print news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for print journalists.  Prerequisite: COM 121 and 220. Credit hours: 4. Offered in the Fall.

COM 352 Reporting for Broadcast Media

 This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of broadcast news writing, news judgment and construction of broadcast news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for broadcast journalists. Prerequisite: COM 121. Credit hours: 4. Offered in the Fall.

COM 355 Communication Theory & Research

 Major theories, models, and conceptualizations of communication with emphasis on practical applications of research. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 409 Publications Seminar

 Application of journalism fundamentals to the Cardinal & Cream includes: writing, editing, layout, advertising, management and production. May be taken 3 times. Prerequisite: COM 121. Credit hours: 1. Offered in the Fall and Spring.

COM 415 Magazine and Feature Writing

 Practical experience in mastering the craft of writing the special feature; each student is encouraged to prepare an article for publication. Prerequisite: COM 351 and Senior standing. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 430 Communications Law

 The legal controls and government regulations on mass media. Students will study case precedents involving the freedom and rights of the press and broadcasters. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 451 Advanced Reporting

 Students are provided with reportorial and analytical skills and techniques required by journalists who research and write nonfiction suitable for publication. This is the capstone experience for Journalism majors. Prerequisite: COM 351 or COM 352. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

Professional Electives—Select 6 hours from:

COM 320 Organizational Communication

 Organizational structure, communication networks, and employer-employee relationships. Emphasis: conducting interviews and performance appraisals, decision-making strategies, ethics, team-building, and the communication audit. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 323 Principles of Public Relations

 Introduction to principles, practices, context, and structure of public relations examining both the process and its implementation in business, industry, and institutions. Prerequisite: COM 121. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 326 Social Documentary

Social documentary photojournalism is an attempt to bear witness, to bring attention, and to advocate. At its best, it tries also to communicate something a concerned and informed photographer felt when he/she released the camera’s shutter. Social documentary photojournalism communicates through a complex distillation of visual truth and interpretation. This course will take a close look at work that has made an impact on its audiences and at the photographers who produced it. Technical proficiency and visual awareness will continue to broaden. Prerequisite: COM 336. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 327 Interactive Media

 Project-based approach toward developing skills in the creation of interactive media using industry standard software, interactive design theories, needs assessment, and project management procedures. Prerequisite: COM 220. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 336 Advanced Digital Photography

Course will broaden proficiency and visual awareness in the articulation of ideas through learning how to “see” light, capturing the moment, documentary photography, portraiture, fashion, food, architecture, advertising, and sports. It will also stress exploring a fresh view of the commonplace, maintaining high standards of visual communication and understanding the relationship between words, photographs, and design.  Prerequisite: COM 236. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Winter.

COM 343 Public Relations Writing

 Practical application of public relations writing process for various media with focus on targeting publics using research, audience analysis, message design, and selection of communication channels. Prerequisite: COM 121; Corequisite: COM 323. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 347 Broadcast News Producing and Management

 Management and producing theories and techniques for the newsroom learned from studying day-to-day decision making, personnel management, regulation, story decision, and ethical dilemmas faced by news directors and senior producers. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall.

COM 360 Publication design

 Using hands-on experiences to edit, design, layout, and develop camera-ready documents to provide practical knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.

COM 407 Opinion Writing

Analysis and writing assignments in the shorter forms of journalism including editorials, columns, reviews, essays, opinion-page articles and profiles.  Prerequisite: COM 121. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall of odd years.

COM 487 Internship in Journalism

Selected students are assigned to obtain supervised practical work at a local newspaper professionally concerned with the print media.  Prerequisite: 2 required courses in the major; Permission of Chair. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.