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Specialization in Sports Journalism (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS33)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. Foundations. Two (2) courses from the .
    • P: MSCH-C 225. Instruction on elements of news gathering and writing within the sports world. Topics include effective leads, deadline coverage, feature story writing, column writing, negotiation with and interviewing sports sources, diversity in sports, ethical reporting, effective research, and clarity in writing. Emphasis on daily writing. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-B 330. Techniques for sports broadcasting, with particular focus on play-by-play and analysis during live audio and visual coverage. Focus is on preparation for broadcasts, description of live action in a sports setting, and effective extemporaneous speaking. Students participate in live, on-air broadcasts of sporting events. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-B 330. Focuses on effective use of social media channels for news distribution, communication with consumers, source development, and personal brand building. Provides contextual background on various social media, and engages in targeted exercises to develop abilities to effectively communicate within these media. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: MSCH-B 332. Utilizes a series of projects to provide hands-on experience in sourcing, long-form writing, in-depth research, accuracy, fairness, story pitching, and self-editing. Requires the production of multiple stories with multiple sources throughout the course. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Elective. One (1) course from the .
    • Additional course from the Foundations list above
    • (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.)
    • (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: A grade of C- or higher in 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.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; and in MSCH-C 228, MSCH-G 320, TEL-T 283, or TEL-T 284; and in two 300-level production courses; and consent of instructor. A capstone course for those in production sequence. Students plan, direct, and produce programs or program segments that may air on WTIU, Indiana University's public television station. May be repeated with different topics in MSCH-P 436 and TEL-T 436. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • (must be taken for at least 3 credit hours) P: At least junior standing; at least 12 credit hours completed in the school; and application for internship credit approved by the school. Application is available on the Media School website. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student's academic interests. Credits based on at least 45 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 382, MSCH-I 382, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-X 472, or TEL-T 497. (1–3 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.