Journalism Minor

Journalism practices and the media landscape regularly undergo major changes. Despite radical transformations, writing and researching skills remain the two core skills required to create excellent journalism. That is why they are at the heart of McKendree’s journalism minor.

Throughout your journey, you'll develop a strong understanding of communication theory, media ethics, and the legal issues that arise when covering the news. You'll also receive solid training in media design.


Program Highlights


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Involvement with the student newspaper - The McKendree Review

•   Online radio outlet - McK Radio

•   University communications operations - University Communications & Marketing

•   Internship program (locally and in the St. Louis area) - Career Services

•   Other on-campus opportunities


Employment


The journalism minor will prepare you to become a proficient and ethical professional in a wide variety of media and related career opportunities. You'll learn to write well-developed articles for internet, newspaper, magazine, and other outlets. You'll also learn the editing, revising, and researching skills required of media professionals.


Journalism Minor Requirements:
21 Credits
(From the 2012-2013 Course Catalog)


JRN 237 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATIONS (3 credits)

This course focuses on the complex history and powerful effects of the mass media, including the guiding philosophies and societal effects of rapidly changing media. Lecture, media experiences, guest speakers. Annually, Fall.

JRN 351 WRITING FOR THE NEWS MEDIA (W) (3 credits)

Students learn how to write news stories, features, and editorials for a wide range of media. This course also covers how to structure articles, incorporate photography, conduct meaningful interviews, and follow ethical guidelines. Students will gain the reporting and other skills required to work for most news media outlets, from newspapers to websites. Prerequisite: ENG 111 and ENG 112 or consent of the instructor. Annually, Fall.

JRN 353 FEATURE WRITING (W) (3 credits)

Students learn to create specialized stories while improving copy-editing and headline-writing skills. This course features an introduction to investigative reporting and helps students further develop editorial-and feature-writing abilities. Prerequisites: JRN 351 or consent of the instructor. Annually, Spring.

JRN 372 WEB AND PRINT PUBLICATION DESIGN (3 credits)

Students learn to prepare editorial copy, graphics, photographs, and other material for print and online media. Class will evaluate current and historical publications to aid in the creation of the best possible layouts. Annually, Spring.

JRN 470 INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM (3 credits)

Journalism minors will intern at a newspaper, website, radio station, or other media outlet. This hands-on training markedly increases the potential for professional employment in journalism and many other fields. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Each semester.

PLUS ELECTIVES (6 credits)


Electives List


ART 245 PHOTOGRAPHY (3 credits) JRN 215 PRACTICUM I (1–2 credits)

ART 245 - The use of the camera will be studied as well as the development and processing of black and white film. In addition, composition and subject will be discussed with special attention paid to detail and print quality. A brief look at the history of black and white photography and commercial usage will also be discussed. Students will be required to furnish their own cameras, film, paper, and some small darkroom tools. Each semester.

JRN 215 - Students working on The McKendree Review, campus radio outlet, or other University-based media will receive classroom support and feedback on how to best approach specific media duties, from reporting to editing to shooting photos. Prerequisite: JRN 351 or consent of instructor. As needed.

JRN 216 PRACTICUM II (1–2 credits)

Students working on The McKendree Review, campus radio outlet, or other University-based media may do advanced work for additional credit. Prerequisite: JRN 351 or consent of instructor. As needed.

JRN 375 TRAVEL WRITING (W) (3 credits)

Students will read a wide range of travel writings – from poetry to articles to books – and then create their own travel writings. As needed.

PSI 102 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3 credits)

Introductory course providing an understanding of the way in which state and local governments function and their place within the American political system. Annually, Spring.

PHI 390 ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY (3 credits)

This course examines recent philosophical thinking about such fundamental ethical and social issues as racial and sexual discrimination, criminal punishment and the death penalty, civil disobedience, the morality of war, the enforcement of morals and abortion. Spring, odd years.

SPC 401 FREEDOM OF SPEECH (3 credits)

Examines topics relevant to the right of free speech. Historical development of the First Amendment, communication models and freedom of expression, artistic freedom, academic freedom, provocation to anger and nonverbal acts of expression are some of the topics explored. Annually, Fall.

AND OTHER ELECTIVES APPROVED BY JOURNALISM FACULTY

 
Meet the Faculty

 

Gabe ShapiroGabriel Shapiro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Journalism & English
Carnegie Hall 104
(618) 537-6946
gishapiro@mckendree.edu