Majors, minors + certificates

Certificate in Journalism (Certificates) (JOURUGACR1)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core Courses. Five (5) courses from the .
    • Examines the role media play in our lives-at work, at school, among family members, friends, and lovers-and analyzes pressing issues in media and society today, such as privacy, globalization, and convergence. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Completion of the English Composition requirement; and JOUR-J 170, MSCH-J 170, or completion of the Media School Placement Test (MPE). Working seminar stressing the creation of journalistic stories for diverse audiences. Students will learn to develop story ideas, gather information, combine visual and verbal messages, and to write and edit news. Credit given for only one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225. (3 credit hours.)
    • Theories of visual communication including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 101. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and laws affecting the Internet and social media. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications systems. Credit given for only one of JOUR-H 300, JOUR-J 300, MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Grade of C- or higher in JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and a grade of C- or higher in one of JOUR-H 300, JOUR-J 300, MSCH-H 300, or MSCH-J 300; and senior standing. Examines functions and influences of news and public relations professionals in a networked society with primary focus on the United States. Analyzes professional and ethical values of journalists and public relations practicioners working in a digital, participatory media environment. Critical analysis of the relationship of media institutions and society, and the effects of political, economic, and cultural factors on media professionalism. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 410 or MSCH-J 410. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Advanced Skills. Two (2) courses from the .
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-A 300, MSCH-C 101, and MSCH-C 207. Students develop creative and implementation skills with intensive practice producing effective integrated communication strategies, concepts, copy, and design for print, broadcast, direct, mobile, digital, and social media campaigns. Credit given for only one of MSCH-A 305, MSCH-A 420, or JOUR-J 420. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Explores non-linear methods of storytelling and how Web-based tools can enhance journalism written and online work. In addition to building existing skills, students use photography and embedded audio to create story packages for an online magazine. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 303 or MSCH-J 303. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, planning, and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader's interest. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 315 or MSCH-J 315. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for print and online publication. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 341 or MSCH-J 341. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing material for specialized and general circulation magazines. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 342 or MSCH-J 342. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226. Basic television newsgathering skills, including generation of strong visual story ideas, shooting and editing with digital equipment and application of broadcast news ethics. Practice in telling stories effectively using video, natural sound, interviews and words. Emphasizes enterprise reporting, interviewing techniques and writing for broadcast. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 343, JOUR-J 371, or MSCH-J 343. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226. Must have own camera. Intermediate photojournalism course focused on advanced camera operation, visual storytelling, and photo editing in a digital media environment. Produce, edit, publish, and critique assignments: portraits, news, features, sports, and multimedia photo essays. Readings and discussions address ethics, law, history, and professional practice. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 344 or MSCH-J 344. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Workshop in fundamentals of editing daily news for both print and online formats. Emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, grammar, style, language fluency, leadership skills, legal concerns and ethics in the newsroom. Practice in editing copy, writing headlines and cutlines, designing print and online pages, working with multimedia features and making sound, ethical decisions on deadline. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 351 or MSCH-J 351. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of JOUR-H 110, JOUR-J 110, or MSCH-C 101; one of JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226, with a grade of C- or higher. Workshop in fundamentals of editing specialized and general interest publications, individual and team functions are stressed. Attention is given to editorial voice and judgment fairness, accuracy, and language usage. Practice in writing headlines and titles, layout, design, and use of computer editing. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 352 or MSCH-J 352. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 343 or MSCH-J 343. Advanced, accelerated emphasis on enterprising and executing broadcast stories of local and regional relevance. Report, shoot and edit news packages for use in weekly news broadcasts. News judgment, fairness, accuracy and technical skills are emphasized. Introduction to news producing and to creating social media relative to broadcast news. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 353, JOUR-J 384, or MSCH-J 353. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in JOUR-J 344 or MSCH-J 344; or consent of instructor. Workshop in the principles of combining visual and verbal material with emphasis on news judgment, fairness, accuracy, editorial balance, and language usage. Practice in cropping, layout, design, writing headlines and captions, and computer editing technology. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 354 or MSCH-J 354. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in JOUR-J 360 and MSCH-J 360. (1–4 credit hours.)
    • P: At least sophomore standing; and a grade of C- or higher in JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226; or consent of instructor. Hands-on experiences in reporting, editing and presenting stories in images, sound and spoken word. Goes beyond basic skills with advanced cameras and software. Create projects including Podcast, Audio slideshow, web video, and Portfolio website to display projects. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 362 or MSCH-J 362. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 101. Introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of websites and mobile platforms. Students learn design standards and how to apply them in the design of messages using multiple media. Course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project employing responsive design. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 353 or MSCH-J 353. Advanced writing, reporting and editing techniques. Producing television news stories and programs in field and studio environments with emphasis on conventional and innovative broadcast story forms. Practice in presentation skills and social media as applied to broadcast news stories with local and regional significance. Students produce a weekly news broadcast. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 385 or MSCH-J 385. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Grades of C- or higher in an advanced journalism writing course and an advanced journalism editing course. Study and practice in using depth reporting techniques including immersion and investigative reporting in collaboration with photographers and multimedia specialists. Students learn to pitch, shape and focus story ideas that forge words and pictures into multimedia presentations. Class will plan, report and edit news stories in depth. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in JOUR-J 401 and MSCH-J 401. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 226. Study and practice in using techniques of photojournalism reporting and editing in collaboration with writers and multimedia specialists. Students learn to pitch, shape and focus story ideas that forge words and pictures into multimedia presentations. Class will plan, report and edit news stories in depth. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 226. Study and practice in using techniques of multimedia reporting in collaboration with writers and photographers. Students learn to pitch, shape and focus story ideas that forge words and pictures into multimedia presentations. Class will plan, report and edit news stories in depth. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 344 or MSCH-J 344. Advanced techniques of reporting and interpreting news with photography practice in news, sports, features, photographic essays, color photography, electronic imaging, and studio illustration. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 444 or MSCH-J 444. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: Junior or senior standing. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and materials from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in JOUR-J 460 and MSCH-J 460. (1–4 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 210 or MSCH-C 226. Instruction in page design, illustration and web design informed by design theory emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving and ethical practice. Use Adobe programs, HTML, CSS and other coding to produce original media projects for mass and targeted audiences. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 463 or MSCH-J 463. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in JOUR-J 463 or MSCH-J 463. Analysis of quantitative data and creation of visual informational graphics for media audiences. Introduction to interactive data visualization through scripting and online tools. Creation of chart packages, data maps and explanatory diagrams for publication to mass and targeted audiences. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 464 or MSCH-J 464. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: JOUR-J 463 or MSCH-J 463. Continues from Graphic Design I, incorporating advanced digital graphic design skills and creative problem solving for a series of media projects using illustration, logo design, creative typography and layout in a variety of media formats including print and interactive design for mobile devices. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 465 or MSCH-J 465. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Consent of instructor. Students in this course produce 812: The Magazine for Southern Indiana. They study the magazine's editorial philosophy and its target audience and voice; develop an editorial line-up; report and write the stories; shoot the photos and video; write the headlines; edit the copy; design the pages; and produce the magazine in print, online and as iPad editions (with the help of the MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design II class). Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 481 or MSCH-J 481. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-A 300, MSCH-A 305, and MSCH-C 101; and Junior or Senior standing; and consent of instructor. Clinical experience that models the professional practices and service offerings of world-class integrated marketing communication media agencies. Implement public relations/advertising services for real clients through service learning. Professional skills, proficiencies, and best practices through hands-on learning. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in JOUR-J 488, MSCH-A 488, and MSCH-J 488. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in JOUR-H 200, JOUR-J 200, MSCH-C 225, or MSCH-H 225; and in JOUR-J 321 or MSCH-R 321. Develops the professional writing skills expected of beginning public relations practitioners, including different approaches required for a variety of audiences and media. Focus on the basics of good writing as well as the art of writing. Brush up on AP style. Learn how to work effectively with real-world clients. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 349 or MSCH-R 349. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 208 or MSCH-R 321; and MSCH-R 348; all with a grade of C- or higher. Development and execution of a public relations campaign for a non-profit organization. Public relations theory and in-depth care study analysis. Develop a campaign proposal to meet a client's business objectives and learn how to pitch it. Part of the course focuses on media relations and crisis communications training. Credit given for only one of JOUR-J 429 or MSCH-R 429. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Electives. One (1) of the following options:
    1. Journalism Course. One (1) course from the .
      • Additional MSCH-J course
      • Additional MSCH-R course
      • P: Completion of an application for internship credit (available on the school website) and school approval. Students secure an internship and enroll for one, two or three credit hours, based on at least 120 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of three credit hours applied toward the B.A.J. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours in JOUR-J 492, MSCH-I 492, and MSCH-X 474. S/F grading. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: Application required. Consent of department. Topical course integrating classroom and field experience. Includes 10-day field experience during or after term offered. Field experience will change based on topic. May be repeated for credit with different topics in JOUR-J 418, MSCH-J 418, and MSCH-X 478. (4 credit hours.)
    2. CASE Intensive Writing Course. One (1) course from the .
      • Any CASE Intensive Writing course except MSCH-J 410
    3. Statistics Course. One (1) course from the .
      • P: MATH-M 014. CJUS-K 300 covers the properties of single variables, the measurement of association between pairs of variables, and statistical inference. Additional topics, such as the analyses of qualitative and aggregated data, address specific criminal justice concerns. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370, ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300, MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300, PSY-K 310, SOC-S 371, STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300, STAT-S 301, or SPEA-K 300. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: ECON-E 201 and MATH-M 118 or similar course emphasizing probability concepts. R: ECON-E 202 and MATH-M 119. Lectures emphasize the use of basic probability concepts and statistical theory in the estimation and testing of single parameter and multivariate relationships. In computer labs, using Microsoft Excel, each student calculates descriptive statistics, probabilities, and least squares regression coefficients in situations based on current business and economic events. Credit given for only one of ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370; ANTH-A 306; CJUS-K 300; MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310; POLS-Y 395; PSY-K 300 or PSY-K 310; SOC-S 371; STAT-K 310 or STAT-S 300, STAT-S 301, or STAT-S 303; or SPEA-K 300. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: Admission to the LAMP honors certificate program. A discussion course emphasizing the use of quantitative methods and analytical skills in exploring and solving business-related problems. Topics vary with the instructor and year and include mathematical modeling and operations research, organizational control, and corporate finance. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: One of MATH-M 106, MATH-M 118, MATH-M 119, MATH-M 211, MATH-M 212, MATH-V 118, or, MATH-V 119. Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300 or PSY-K 310, SOC-S 371, SPEA-K 300, or STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300, or STAT-S 301. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: One of MATH-M 106, MATH-M 118, MATH-M 119, MATH-M 211, MATH-M 212, MATH-V 118, or, MATH-V 119. Introduction to probability and statistics; elementary probability theory, conditional probability, independence, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion. Covers concepts of statistical inference and decision; estimation and hypothesis testing; Bayesian inference; and statistical decision theory. Special topics include regression and correlation, time series, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300 or PSY-K 310, SOC-S 371, SPEA-K 300, or STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300, or STAT-S 301. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent. R: 3 credit hour mathematics course approved for College of Arts and Sciences mathematics requirement. Introduces the logic of statistical inference. Students will learn how to use sample data to reach conclusions about a population of interest by calculating confidence intervals and significance tests. Estimating the effects of multiple independent variables using cross-tabulations and/or regression. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300 or PSY-K 310, STAT-K 310 or STAT-S 300 or STAT-S 301, SOC-S 371, or SPEA-K 300. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent. Essential statistical concepts and tools for journalists in the age of data, including probability, graphics, descriptive statistics, prediction, study design, comparison, testing, and estimation. The course has a heavier emphasis on writing and reading media reports than other introductory statistics courses. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent. Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to methods for analyzing quantitative data. Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, probability models of data, inference about populations from random samples. Regression and analysis of variance. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300 or PSY-K310, SOC-S 371, SPEA-K 300, or STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300 or STAT-S 301. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: MATH-M 014. Introduction to methods for analyzing data arising in the life sciences, designed for biology, human biology, and pre-medical students. Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, probability models, fundamental principles of estimation and hypothesis testing, inferences about means, correlation, linear regression. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 306, CJUS-K 300, ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370, MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310, POLS-Y 395, PSY-K 300 or PSY-K310, SOC-S 371, SPEA-K 300, or STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300, STAT-S 301, or STAT-S 303. (3 credit hours.)
  4. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.