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Specialization in Photojournalism (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS28)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. 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: A grade of C- or higher in 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: 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: A grade of C- or higher in 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: 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.)
    • (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.