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Specialization in News Writing (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS27)The Media School

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

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Advanced Writing. One (1) course from the .
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade or C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and 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.)
  2. Advanced Skills. Two (2) courses from the .
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade or C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; and MSCH-C 225 or MSCH-H 225; and MSCH-C 226. 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: 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.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: At least junior standing; and consent of instructor. 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: 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.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: Application for internship credit approved by the school. Application is available on the Media School website. 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.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization 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.