Department of Journalism
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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.
Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Students pursuing a major in Journalism must complete 44 credits in the major, including at least three courses at the 300 or 400 level.?Students pursuing this degree are required to have a?Creativity Kit?to ensure the strongest pathways for success in the department’s learner-centered curriculum.
|JR 101||Discovering Journalism|
|JR 102||Foundations of Journalism?|
|JR 103||The Digitalist?|
All Journalism majors must complete 4 credits in the Daily Journalism level of courses that emphasizes an innovation workflow by creating short news stories, learning from mistakes and rapidly turning in another assignment to improve on one’s abilities. Students will follow a topic or neighborhood from a community other than their own.?
|JR 202||Beat Reporting|
|JR 216||Advanced Audio-Video Journalism|
|JR 217||Public Affairs Reporting|
|JR 219||Topics in Daily Journalism|
In the Analytical Journalism course level, students will complete 4 credits by examining the journalist’s role in preserving the rights of citizens in a democratic society.
|JR 250?||Law for Journalists|
|JR 251||Ethics for Journalists|
|JR 260||Topics in Critical Issues in Journalism|
The Conceptual/Examination level of courses asks students to read or view great works of journalism, recognize common characteristics and critique their own work based on the criteria they have discovered by analyzing professional journalism. These courses are designed to inspire students to reach excellence and feel that quality journalism is attainable.
|JR 300||History of the Alternative Press|
|JR 301||Cultural Criticism|
|JR 302||Covering Immigration|
|JR 303||Reporting Issues of Diversity|
The Advanced Reporting/Skills tier requires every student to have a public affairs reporting experience. Students will also gather data or documentary evidence, analyze and synthesize a story based on what they have found.
|JR 320||Environmental Journalism|
|JR 321||Entertainment Journalism|
|JR 322||TV News Reporting|
|JR 323||News Editing & Design|
|JR 324||Data Visualization|
|JR 325||Sports Reporting|
|JR 330||Topics in Advanced Reporting|
The Profiles/In-depth Journalism level of courses will have students write a long narrative profile about a person, institution or company, based on research from multiple sources. Students will be asked to analyze the information that has been gathered to reach an understanding of their subject’s motivation and decision-making.
|JR 370||Interactive News|
|JR 371||Feature Writing|
|JR 372||Reporting & Writing Complex Stories|
|JR 373||ENG/TV News Reporting|
|JR 374||Literary Journalism|
|JR 380||Topics in Journalistic Profiles|
The Enterprise Journalism tier of courses is designed to prepare students to accomplish their capstone portfolio. Students will enterprise a story topic to illuminate a new perspective of a topic. They will gather information and write a narrative story over a semester, using emerging techniques.
|JR 470||Online Publishing|
|JR 471||Deep Reporting|
|JR 472||TV News Magazine & Documentary|
|JR 480||Topics in Enterprise Journalism|
The capstone course requires Emerson Journalists to refine what they have learned and create a portfolio of professional work that can be shown to a prospective employer.
|JR 491||Broadcast Journalism Capstone|
|JR 493||Backpack Journalism Capstone|
|JR 495||Multimedia Journalism Capstone|
An additional 4 credits of 300- or 400-level Journalism courses are required for the major. Only 4 credits of internship may be counted toward the major requirements.
Advanced Journalism Diversity Requirement – All Journalism majors are required to complete at least one advanced journalism course with a focus on diversity between JR250-JR399. Advanced journalism diversity courses either complete reporting assignments within underserved communities or discuss the journalistic coverage of underserved communities for at least seven weeks of a semester.
Students select 4 credits from the following, this requirement may be satisfied along with another Journalism requirement above:
- Reporting Issues of Diversity
- History of the Alternative Press
- Covering Immigration