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Journalism (JRN)
As a form of communication, the field of journalism is changing perhaps more rapidly than many other forms of media.  Today’s graduate in journalism, in fact, needs to be proficient in many communication styles that go beyond pencil and paper.  The DWU journalism program, housed within the department of communication, prepares students for a career by teaching them topics current in the industry and giving them hands-on experience working with the school paper, the Phreno Cosmian, or perhaps an internship with Mitchell’s newspaper, The Daily Republic.  The variety of courses taken in the communication department ensures a wide-ranging knowledge of not only journalistic technique but also necessary skills surrounding graphic, digital, and even oral presentation.  The DWU journalism graduate is prepared for the world of 21st century reporting.

Major
Journalism

JRN 211

Journalism

3

JRN 275

Field Experience – Phreno Cosmian

3

JRN 413

Mass Media Law

3

JRN 450

Internship

3

COM 205

Communication, Media and Society

3

COM 365

Interviewing

3

ENG 312

Advanced Expository Writing

3

GDS 101

Introduction to Graphic Design

3

GDS 205

Photography Foundations

3

WEB 345

Desktop Publishing

3

 

Elective

6

 

Total

36

Students in the College of Arts and Humanities must pass two semesters of foreign language. 

Minor
Journalism

JRN 211

Journalism

3

JRN 275

Field Experience – Phreno Cosmian

3

JRN 413

Media Law

3

COM 205

Communication, Media, Society

3

COM 365

Interviewing

3

GDS 101

Introduction to Graphic Design

3

WEB 345

Desktop Publishing

3

 

Total

21

Journalism majors and minors must work on the staff of the Phreno Cosmian during their program.

Course Descriptions
211 Journalism                                                                                     3 hours                     F
This course is an introduction to the basics of journalism, including reporting, writing, editing, interviewing, researching and media ethics.

275 Field Experience – Phreno Cosmian                                             1-3 hours                     S

299 Selected Topics – Basic                                                                1-3 hours                 TBA

413 Mass Media Law                                                                              3 hours                 S13
This course provides an overview of the moral and legal responsibilities of the journalist, concentrating on issues of freedom of the press, confidentiality, invasion of privacy, copyright and libel.  This course is for journalism and graphic design majors only.
Prerequisites: Major or minor in journalism and consent of instructor.

450 Internship                                                                                   1-3 hours                    S
Students can complete this supervised course in journalism either as an activity or as an individual study program.  Individualized assignments will be drawn up at the beginning of each semester.  Possible studies include writing for or editing the Phreno Cosmian, the student newspaper.  A student may take up to six hours of the sequence toward a journalism major or minor.  Only six hours will apply toward a traditional English major or minor.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced                                                         1-3 hours                 TBA

 

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