Multimedia Journalism Major and Minor Requirements

Director: J. Krull
Department Chair: J. Cramer
Faculty: R. Begovich, J. Cramer, H. Nuwer

Major: Multimedia Journalism
Minors: Multimedia Journalism, Rhetoric, Visual Communications

The Pulliam School of Journalism prepares students for careers in which news is delivered through multiple media platforms: online, on-air, in print. Through classroom, lab and professional field experiences, students are engaged and immersed in the exhilarating practice of news reporting. The multimedia focus of the major means that students become proficient in reporting, writing, editing and producing accurate, ethical and meaningful stories for print, broadcast and, especially, online/digital news outlets.

Graduation with Merit or Distinction
Students who complete all MMJ, BRJ and NWS courses and finish with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or higher will graduate with merit. Those who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher graduate with distinction.

Major and Minor Requirements
All courses for the major, minor and endorsements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. A grade of C- or better is required for all pre-requisite courses regardless of academic major.

Multimedia Journalism Major

Core Requirements
MMJ 125 Multimedia Reporting and Interviewing
MMJ 130 News Writing
MMJ 135 Editing for Print and Online
MMJ 140 Broadcast News Writing
MMJ 150 Introduction to Digital Photography and Audio Reporting
MMJ 155 Video for Digital Journalism
MMJ 160 Using Databases in News Gathering
MMJ 180 Publication Design
MMJ 250 Multimedia Storytelling
MMJ 360 Design for the Internet
MMJ 445 Communication Law in a Digital World

Immersion Experience
This immersive semester-long experience (during which students take only immersion experience courses) will focus on developing students’ storytelling skills. Students will work across media platforms and may be published by professional news operations. This experience will be enhanced by detailed instruction in multimedia storytelling techniques and classroom exploration of contemporary political or public policy issues. Students must have completed successfully MMJ 120, MMJ 125, MMJ 130, MMJ 135, MMJ 140 and INT 119 before registering for the Immersion Experience. This experience includes the following courses, which are co-requisites and must be taken concurrently:

INT 200 Multimedia Internship (6 hours)
MMJ 201 In-depth News Writing
MMJ 202 On-air Performance
MMJ 203 On-air Production
POL XXX Political Science class assigned by PSJ

Professional Development
MMJ 120 Ethics and Professional Development
MMJ 498 Multimedia Portfolio
MMJ 499 Multimedia Storytelling Senior Project

Activity Credits
All MMJ majors must participate and earn credit for at least THREE multimedia journalism activity experiences such as:
MMJ 001 Student Media
MMJ 002 Statehouse File
MMJ 004 Radio Station
MMJ 005 TV News
MMJ 007 Media Manager

Related Field Requirements
Twelve semester hours from ONE field outside MMJ. All courses used to satisfy the related field requirement must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Optional Endorsements
All students are required to complete successfully all MMJ courses to receive a multimedia journalism degree. Students who complete successfully all BRJ courses receive a broadcast journalism endorsement. Students who complete successfully all NWS courses receive a news-editorial endorsement.

Broadcast Journalism Endorsement
BRJ 400 Advanced On-air Storytelling
BRJ 450 Broadcasting Journalism Special Project

News-editorial Endorsement
NWS 400 Advanced In-depth News Writing
NWS 450 In-depth Storytelling Project

Multimedia Journalism Minor (except for Public Relations majors)

Required Courses
MMJ 120 Ethics and Professional Development
MMJ 125 Multimedia Reporting and Interviewing
MMJ 130 News Writing
MMJ 135 Editing for Print and Online
MMJ 140 Broadcast News Writing
MMJ 150 Introduction to Digital Photography and Audio Reporting
MMJ 155 Video for Digital Journalism
MMJ 180 Publication Design
MMJ 445 Communication Law in a Digital World

Multimedia Journalism Minor (for Public Relations majors)

A minimum of 16 hours in any combination of the following courses*
MMJ 125 Multimedia Reporting and Interviewing
MMJ 130 News Writing
MMJ 135 Editing for Print and Online
MMJ 140 Broadcast News Writing
MMJ 160 Using Databases in News Gathering
MMJ 201 In-depth News Writing
MMJ 202 On-air Performance
MMJ 203 On-air Production
MMJ 250 Multimedia Storytelling
MMJ 001 Student Media**
MMJ 002 Statehouse File**
MMJ 004 Radio Station**
MMJ 005 TV News**
MMJ 007 Media Manager**

*All pre-requisites for courses must be met as listed in the catalog description for each course. Courses required for the public relations major cannot be double-counted as courses for a minor in multimedia journalism. A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses counted toward the minor.

**Only one-time successful activity course completion can be counted toward the multimedia journalism minor for public relations majors, no repeat credit for an individual course. MMJ activity courses can be counted both for the minor and as total hours outside the public relations major.

Rhetoric Minor (for journalism majors)

Required Courses
ENG 227 The English Language
ENG 328 Advanced Composition
PHL 115 Introductory Logic

Two of the following courses
CWR 150 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 200 Introduction to Literary Studies
PHL 340 Advanced Logic

Visual Communications Minor

Required Courses
ART 130 Color and Design
ART 140 Graphic Design I
ART 190 Digital Fine Art Photography I
ART 240 Graphic Design II
MMJ 150 Introduction to Digital Photography and Audio Reporting
MMJ 155 Video for Digital Journalism

 

POSTED-Nov. 20, 2018