Journalism Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


JOURNALISM MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 3 courses:

    JOUR 210 News Reporting: Print and Online (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 216 History of Journalism in America (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 313 Editing (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete 9 semester hours from the following:

    JOUR 211 Advanced News Reporting: Field Experience (2 hours lecture, l hour other) 4
    JOUR 300 Meet the Press (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 314 Advanced Editing (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 315 Magazine Journalism (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 316 Reporting of Public Affairs (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 317 Feature Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    JOUR 416 Interpretive Journalism (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

JOUR210: News Reporting: Print and Online (3 hours lecture)

Writing news articles according to contemporary practices, for multiple platforms. Interviewing techniques are explored as well as a respect for facts, impartiality and fairness. Previous course ENJR 210 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

JOUR211: Advanced News Reporting: Field Experience (2 hours lecture, l hour other)

Combines classroom instruction with extensive off-campus (often evening) fieldwork. Students will have their own reporter "beats" covering various municipalities near Montclair State University on a weekly basis. "Beats" will include town council, city boards and agencies, police, courts, etc. Breaking news stories written to tight deadlines, as well as major analytical pieces. Intense discussion of actual reporting problems encountered in the field: making contacts, using unnamed sources, dealing with officials, canvassing neighborhoods, etc. Emphasis on students' initiative working on their own, and relentless follow-through. Previous course ENJR 211 effective through Spring 2015. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210.

JOUR216: History of Journalism in America (3 hours lecture)

Evolution of the American press is examined through research and discussion of significant periods, individuals and issues from 1600 to the present. Previous course ENJR 216 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

JOUR300: Meet the Press (3 hours lecture)

Study of issues and problems in modern journalism through lectures and by writings of working journalists. Previous course ENJR 300 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210.

JOUR313: Editing (3 hours lecture)

Copy editing, proofreading and basic editorial skills. Articles are analyzed for accuracy, libel, precise diction and tightening. Previous course ENJR 313 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210.

JOUR314: Advanced Editing (3 hours lecture)

Techniques learned in editing are reinforced. Layout, headlines and production are explored. Rewriting and fitting articles are worked on extensively. Previous course ENJR 314 effective through Spring 2015 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 313.

JOUR315: Magazine Journalism (3 hours lecture)

Researching, writing and placing feature stories in mass circulation magazines. Previous course ENJR 315 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210 or permission of the instructor.

JOUR316: Reporting of Public Affairs (3 hours lecture)

News articles on the activities of government at the local level, including writing reports on the proceedings of civil and criminal court and city/county executive councils. Previous course ENJR 316 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210.

JOUR317: Feature Writing (3 hours lecture)

All aspects of writing personality profiles and of writing critical reviews, columns and/or sports features. Previous course ENJR 317 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210.

JOUR416: Interpretive Journalism (3 hours lecture)

Studying and writing columns, editorials and news articles. Students will compare different styles of interpretive reporting and develop their own skills in this area. Previous course ENJR 416 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JOUR 210 and JOUR 314.