Journalism and Digital Media

Journalism is in an exciting period of evolution and innovation. Never before has a journalist’s reach been so vast. A reporter’s story filed from western Kansas can be read, seen and heard instantly in Western Europe.

The Miller School’s journalism and digital media (JDM) students must be curious, critical thinkers who know how to work creatively and collaboratively. We are rooted in the best traditions of journalism and embrace the rapidly changing environment in which journalists work.

The combination of learning bedrock fundamentals, and gaining practical experience by working for student media has lead JDM students to careers with National Geographic, the Kansas City Star and Fox Sports. All JDM students receive training in basic reporting skills, and they learn to produce content for print, audio, video and Web-based media outlets. The curriculum enables students to further hone skills in writing, reporting and production in specialty areas of focus in print or electronic media.

Check the JMC Curriculum Guide for a complete list of requirements both for Journalism and Digital media (print or electronic focus) as well as the general Arts and Sciences degree requirements and course options.

PRINT FOCUS
Students who are more interested in writing and editing pursue classes that teach online, newspaper and magazine reporting, photojournalism, production and editing skills.  

Required Courses Hours
MC110 - Mass Communication in Society 3
MC200 - News and Feature Writing 3
MC241 - Editing 3
MC251 - Digital News 3
MC303 - Advanced News Writing 3
MC316 - Computer Assisted Reporting 3
MC385 - Media Practicum 2
MC416 - Photojournalism OR MC426 - Magazine & Feature Writing 3
MC466 - Law of Mass Communication 3
MC491 - Mass Communications Internship 1
MC580 - Convergence Reporting 3
  30
Select one of the following 3-hour classes:  
MC564 - History of Mass Communications  
MC572 - Global Mass Communications  
MC573 - Media Ethics  
MC612 - Gender Issues and the Media  
MC685 - Media Management  
  3
Electives  
JMC Electives (3-hours must be 500-level or above) 6
Total hours in Journalism (Print) Option 39


ELECTRONIC FOCUS

Courses in this area of focus prepare students for writing, reporting, and producing audio and video content for various electronic formats.

Required Courses Hours
MC110 - Mass Communication in Society 3
MC200 - News and Feature Writing 3
MC251 - Digital News 3
MC316 - Computer Assisted Reporting 3
MC385 - Media Practicum 2
MC406 - Advanced Digital News 3
MC408 - Producing Digital News OR MC471 - Audio/Video Production 3
MC466 - Law of Mass Communications 3
MC491 - Mass Communications Internship 1
MC580 - Convergence Reporting

3

27

Select one of the following 3-hour classes:

 
MC564 - History of Mass Communications  
MC572 - Global Mass Communications  
MC573 - Media Ethics  
MC612 - Gender Issues and the Media  
MC685 - Media Management  
  3
Electives  
JMC Electives (3-hours must be 500-level or above) 9
Total hours in Journalism (Digital Media) Option 39