The journalism major at the College of Media prepares students for careers as journalists working in the fields of broadcast, video production, multimedia, internet, newspaper or magazine journalism. All students in the journalism major must complete a series of shared core requirements (12 credit hours) and a shared capstone experience (3 credit hours). In addition, students will take courses of their own choosing across three skills areas: writing, creating, and engaging (15 credit hours), and an elective course (3 credit hours).
Journalism majors have the opportunity to participate in such immersion journalism courses as Experimental/Sensor Journalism, WVU News, Adventure Travel Writing and Photography, Mountaineer Playbook, and numerous other special topics classes. The College houses student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists; National Association of Black Journalists; Radio, Television, Digital News Association; and Ed on Campus (All Things Magazine). Journalism majors who wish to pursue law school or other graduate study have a solid basis in writing and research on which to build.
General Education FOUNDATIONS
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
|JRL 115||College of Media Orientation (fulfills WVUE 191 Requirement)||2|
|General Education Requirements|
|GEF 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7||22|
|For all students in the major, required non-major courses include:|
|BUSA 201||Survey of Economics||3|
|BUSA 330||Survey of Marketing||3|
|HIST 153||Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present||3|
|POLS 102||Introduction to American Government||3|
|STAT 111||Understanding Statistics||3|
|ULIB 101||Introduction to Library Research||1|
|English literature or Creative Writing course||3|
|Two semesters of any foreign language/computer coding course or one language/coding course +study abroad||6|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Journalism Major Core|
|A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major courses.|
|JRL 101||Media and Society (may fulfill GEF 4)||3|
|JRL 215||Media Writing (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)||3|
|JRL 225||Media Tools & Applications||3|
|JRL 428||Media Ethics and Law||3|
|JRL 459||Multimedia News Publication||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Video and Audio News Writing|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Beginning Video Reporting|
|Advanced Video Reporting and Producing|
|Introduction to Photojournalism|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Editing and Curation|
|Gaming Design and Digital Narrative|
|Social Media and Journalism|
|Interactive Media and Audience Building|
|Visual Storytelling for the Media|
|Any 300 or 400 level ADV, JRL, PR, or STCM course||3|
|Required Minor *||15|
|General Electives **||20|
|English Literature or Creative Writing Courses|
|ENGL 131||Poetry and Drama||3|
|ENGL 132||Short Story and Novel||3|
|ENGL 139||Contemporary African Literature||3|
|ENGL 154||African American Literature||3|
|ENGL 156||Literature of Native America||3|
|ENGL 225||Western World Literature||3|
|ENGL 226||Non-Western World Literature||3|
|ENGL 233||The Short Story||3|
|ENGL 236||The Bible as Literature||3|
|ENGL 241||American Literature 1||3|
|ENGL 242||American Literature 2||3|
|ENGL 251||American Folklore and Culture||3|
|ENGL 252||Appalachian Fiction||3|
|ENGL 253||Southern Writers||3|
|ENGL 254||African American Literature||3|
|ENGL 257||Science Fiction and Fantasy||3|
|ENGL 258||Popular American Culture||3|
|ENGL 261||British Literature 1||3|
|ENGL 262||British Literature 2||3|
|ENGL 263||Shakespeare 1||3|
|ENGL 272||Modern Literature||3|
|ENGL 273||Contemporary Literature||3|
|ENGL 285||Images of Women in Literature||3|
|ENGL 111||Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|ENGL 212||Creative Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENGL 213||Creative Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENGL 214||Creative Writing: Non-Fiction||3|
Students must complete an officially sanctioned minor outside the College of Media. However, students may pursue the Sport Communication minor, which is offered jointly by the College of Media and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, or the Interactive Media and Design minor, which is offered jointly by the College of Media and the College of Creative Arts, or the Media Entrepreneurship minor, which is offered jointly by the College of Media and the College of Business and Economics. Students completing a dual-degree are exempt from the requirement to complete a minor. Students should consult their advisor before starting a minor. Some minors require 18 hours of coursework instead of 15 hours.
General Education and Elective Credits can vary - students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours total to complete the degree.
College of Media students must take a minimum of 72 credit hours outside of the College of Media in non journalism/mass communications courses.
Suggested Plan of Study
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||JRL 225||3|
|JRL 101 (GEF 4)||3||ENGL literature or Creative Writing course||3|
|JRL 215||3||GEF 3||3|
|Language course||3||Language course||3|
|ULIB 101||1||Select one of the following:||3|
|GEF 5||3||GEF 6||3|
|JRL major Writing category course||3||JRL major Writing category course||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||HIST 153||3|
|BUSA 201||3||Minor course||3|
|GEF 7||3||JRL major Creating category course||3|
|POLS 102||3||Minor Course||3|
|JRL major Creating category course||3||Electives||6|
|JRL 428||3||JRL 459||3|
|JRL major Engaging category course||3||300/400 JRL, STCM, ADV, or PR course||3|
|Minor Course||3||Minor Course||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Goals
The Reed College of Media states as its learning goals the values and competencies of its national accrediting body, the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, which appear under information about the B.S. in Journalism degree. In addition, the College faculty have set other specific educational outcomes deemed critical for success as professional communicators. These additional educational outcomes for journalism majors are:
- Journalism graduates will demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking skills, writing and reporting, and an understanding of basic production skills, allowing them to produce news stories and multimedia projects. Graduates will be adequately prepared to either work in the field or pursue advanced educational opportunities.
- Journalism graduates will demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken communications, an understanding of the technologies of print, television and digital media, and knowledge and applications of these skills in their chosen careers.
- Journalism graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how to serve diverse publics in their reporting and producing.
- Journalism graduates will demonstrate knowledge of media ethics, law and regulation.
- Journalism graduates will demonstrate specialized knowledge of news media interactions with various critical publics, including but not limited to: government at all levels; educational entities; law enforcement; medical, social and humanitarian services; and religious and secular organizations within the community.
- Journalism graduates will learn to work as collaborative teams to solve problems, create strategies and produce content across media platforms.
- Journalism graduates demonstrate the ability to engage an audience using social media networking and analytics tools.
JRL 101. Media and Society. 3 Hours.
Examines the relationship between media, culture and society, with emphasis on the history, structure, and organization of the mass media.
JRL 115. College of Media Orientation. 2 Hours.
Support first-year students to make successful transition from high school to college, introduce students to careers, majors in journalism, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire basic academic and personal survival skills.
JRL 119. Reed College Multidisciplinary Orientation. 3 Hours.
This course offers an orientation to the Reed College of Media's MDS program, including program requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.
JRL 210. Visual Journalism and New Media. 3 Hours.
PR: College of Media major or minor. Theory and principles of visual communication and image culture.
JRL 215. Media Writing. 3 Hours.
PR: Minimum cumulative GPA of C. Introduction to the fundamental reporting and storytelling skills that are the foundation of all media writing: print, radio, television, public relations, advertising and social media.
JRL 220. Introduction to Photojournalism. 3 Hours.
Basic techniques of journalistic photography, digital imaging and editing. Students must have accessto a film or digital camera. (A lab fee will be assessed to non-majors.).
JRL 225. Media Tools & Applications. 3 Hours.
Intended for College of Media majors and Interactive Media Design minors, this lecture/lab course covers fundamental principles and practices of multimedia content gathering and editing in preparation for upper-level courses with the College of Media.
JRL 235. Electronic Media and Society. 3 Hours.
(Open to all University students.) Survey of the electronic media industry with an emphasis on the role of broadcast journalism in society. Covers historical development, regulation, industry standards, ethics, international media, and contemporary issues.
JRL 279. Documentary Film in America. 3 Hours.
This course, through viewings, readings, lectures and speakers will survey the history of documentary film in America and the ever-growing diversity of documentaries, influenced by the political, economic and social forces of their day.
JRL 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
JRL 298. Honors. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.
JRL 318. Beat Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Essentials of developing and covering a news beat. Students generate stories, cultivate sources, and discover their community.(Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 319. Editing and Curation. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Students develop the skills necessary to edit and design content for online and print media outlets. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 320. Advanced Photojournalism. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 220. Introduction to advanced techniques and concepts in visual journalism for print and electronic media. Color, lighting, studio and digital camera techniques.
JRL 321. Media Design. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. An introduction to the design of newspapers, magazines and internet publications.
JRL 322. Gaming Design and Digital Narrative. 3 Hours.
This course covers an introduction to the principles and practice of game design as a tool for interactivity, database storytelling, and audience building within journalism. The course will analyze case studies and provide hands-on development and application of game mechanics and game dynamics within journalism and strategic media across web, mobile, tablet and emergent augmented reality platforms.
JRL 335. Video and Audio News Writing. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Gathering, researching, and evaluating facts; reporting and writing news for radio and television; editorial decision making and responsibility; broadcast news ethics. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 361. Media Relations In Sport. 3 Hours.
PR: ADV 201 or ADV 215 or PR 215 or STCM 215. Provides an in-depth understanding of how effective public relations plays an integral role in any sports organization via a myriad of communication efforts used in the dissemination of information to the media and the public.
JRL 385. Audio Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 335. Writing and reporting news for radio and other digital audio sources. Lec/lab. (Lab fees assessed for this course.).
JRL 386. Beginning Video Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 335 or TVJ 319. Reporting, writing and producing stories for television news using digital video technology; emphasis on visual storytelling, editorial decision making, and ethical and legal considerations. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 408. The Community Newspaper. 2 Hours.
(Open to all University students.) Fundamental problems and techniques in operation of community newspapers.
JRL 411. Experimental Journalism. 3 Hours.
A project-based, immersion course in experimental journalism using new technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality, sensors, drones and other experimental storytelling methods.
JRL 412. Sport Journalism. 3 Hours.
PR: ADV 201 or ADV 215 or PR 215 or JRL 215 or STCM 215. Develops critical thinking skills in reporting and writing stories. Students examine the value of sport journalism; the way sport functions in society, and gain an understanding of ethics in sport journalism.
JRL 418. Advanced Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Students write carefully researched stories using writing, reporting, and interviewing skills they have acquired in previous classes while applying techniques of literary journalism. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 419. Entertainment Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101 and (STCM 215 or PR 215). This course is an examination of the issues facing the field of entertainment reporting. Students will cover beats, produce reporting and examine the entertainment industry.
JRL 420. Feature Writing. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Developing writing, and editing news features, personality profiles, color pieces, issue oriented articles and human impact stories for news, public relations and film. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 424. Adventure Travel Writing & Photography. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215 and JRL 225. Examples of best practices and ethical considerations of travel and adventure journalism are included in this course, which includes a travel component. Photography and point-of-view videography and appropriate use of digital platforms to present and share journalistic work are included, as are blogging and social media for journalistic purposes and pitching travel pieces to media outlets.
JRL 425. High School Publications Advising. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 319. (For students seeking Journalism Certification.) Emphasizes writing styles, newspaper/yearbook layout, rights and responsibilities of the teacher, students, and school system. Enrollees will construct instructional portfolios based on research and classroom discussion concepts.
JRL 426. Investigative Reporting. 3 Hours.
JRL 427. American Journalism History. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101. Development of media from seventeenth-century England and the American colonies; great names in journalism; freedom of the press and its implications and impact on the nation.
JRL 428. Media Ethics and Law. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. How ethics and law work together to help create and maintain the media environment. Examines ethical paradigms within a legal framework, with special emphasis on morality.
JRL 429. Opinion Writing. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Students will analyze news issues and write opinion-based pieces.
JRL 430. Social Media and Journalism. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. This lab course identifies and applies the principles behind social media applications such as blogs and networking sites.
JRL 431. Multimedia Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 220. Reporting/production for online media. Ethics and role of visual journalist. Software basics and use of audio, video and still photography in online reporting.
JRL 432. Social Media Strategy. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101 and (PR 215 or ADV 201 or ADV 215 or STCM 215). This online course examines how social media channels can be utilized to meet the goals of corporate, non-profit, political and issue based outreach messaging.
JRL 433. Social Media Applications. 3 Hours.
JRL 434. Social Media Campaigns. 3 Hours.
JRL 440. Visual Storytelling for the Media. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 220 or consent. Development of advanced practical and analytical skills in digital photojournalism, photo editing and cross-media design. Analysis of images, visual narratives, new media storytelling, digital imaging, media asset management, and ethical and social issues.
JRL 441. Internship. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. Full-time employment for a minimum of 10 weeks under a signed contract detailing the terms of the experience. (Graded pass/fail.).
JRL 442. Practicum. 1-2 Hours.
PR: JRL 215 and consent. Students must have a signed contract detailing terms of the learning experience. 8 to 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks while taking other courses. (Graded on a pass/fail basis.).
JRL 445. International Media 1. 1-3 Hours.
PR: JRL 215. A combination of classroom theory and practical application of the function of media in an international setting.
JRL 446. International Media 2. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Centers around a trip that involves the study of media in the country students are visiting. Usually a continuation of International Media 1.
JRL 450. Writing for Health Promotion. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101 and (PR 215 or ADV 215). A writing-intensive course that examines the evolving field of health communication. Students write health messages for distinct audiences. Some topics include: provider-patient communication and persuasive messages for social networks, social influence, and social support.
JRL 452. Applied Health Promotion. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101 and (PR 215 or ADV 215). Primarily examines in-depth case studies of health communication messages with an emphasis on understanding how audiences are targeted and influenced by these messages.
JRL 454. Health Promotion Campaigns. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 101 and (PR 215 or ADV 215). Applies IMC principles, theories, and techniques to multifaceted health promotion and disease prevention campaigns. Examines non-profit and public organizations that utilize IMC strategies to promote issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, cancer screening, and child vaccinations.
JRL 456. West Virginia Uncovered. 3 Hours.
PR: (JRL 101 and JRL 215) with a minimum grade of C- in each and (VISJ 210 or JRL 210 or JRL 225) with a minimum grade of C-. Student will work with West Virginia editors and produce multimedia packages.
JRL 458. Interactive Media and Audience Building. 3 Hours.
Online class introduces students to the latest and evolving attributes of media entrepreneurship, new economic models for media, and audience building across emergent platforms.
JRL 459. Multimedia News Publication. 3 Hours.
PR: Any 300-level College of Media course and advisor/instructor consent. In this lab/workshop-style capstone class for journalism majors, students will produce stories and multimedia packages for publication and broadcast.
JRL 472. Advanced Interactive Design. 3 Hours.
JRL 485. Reed College Multidisciplinary Capstone. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 119. Instructs students on the methods and advantages of multidisciplinary education. Includes an experimental project with real world relevance.
JRL 486. Video Bureau Reporting. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 386. Students work with instructor and producers and news directors to develop, report and shoot stories to air on local television news station.
JRL 487. Advanced Video Reporting and Producing. 3 Hours.
PR: JRL 386. Reporting, writing and producing television news stories using advanced production techniques; producing stories for cable or broadcast television. Work may be aired on local or regional broadcast or cable stations. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.).
JRL 488. Video Editing. 1 Hour.
PR: JRL 215. This course is designed to teach broadcast journalism students advanced digital video and audio techniques for news productions, including field reports, newscasts, and studio-based programs.
JRL 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant. (Graded on a pass/fail basis.).
JRL 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.
PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours). Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned; supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development. (Graded on a pass/fail basis.).
JRL 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
JRL 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.
JRL 495. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.
Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.
JRL 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.
JRL 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.
- Gina Martino Dahlia - M.S.J. (West Virginia University)
Teaching Associate Professor, Television Journalism
- Maryanne Reed - M.S. (Northwestern University)
Dean, Television Journalism
- John Temple - M.F.A. (University of Pittsburgh)
Print and Narrative Journalism
- Joel Beeson - Ph.D. (Union College)
- Stephen Urbanski - Ph.D. (Duquesne University)
Print Journalism, Media Ethics and Law
- Nancy Andrews - B.A., University of Virginia
Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor
- Alison Bass - M.L.A. (Harvard University)
- Amy Kovac-Ashley - M.S. (Columbia University)
Visiting Assistant Professor
- Lois Raimondo - M.A. (University of Columbia-Missouri)
Shott Chair of Journalism, Visual Journalism
Teaching Associate Professor
- Gina Martino Dahlia - M.S.J. (West Virginia University)
Teaching Assistant Professors
- Robert Britten - Ph.D. (University of Missouri)
Print and Experimental Journalism
- Emily Hughes Corio - M.S.J. (West Virginia University)
- Mary Kay McFarland - M.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia)
- Jeffrey Moser - M.F.A. (University of Delaware)
Interactive Media Design
- Tom Stewart - M.S.J. (West Virgina University)
- David Smith - M.A. (West Virginia University)