Journalism Studies, A.A., Major #2092

Journalism Studies is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses.

The Journalism Studies program is designed for students to begin their education in many different fields related to public communication. The vast majority of graduates transfer to four-year programs, either at Morrisville in Journalism & Communication for Online Media (JCOM), or other institutions in programs of communication, journalism, advertising, broadcasting, public relations or other related fields.

This program places a strong emphasis on improving a student’s skills as a writer. It is writing that is the cornerstone for success in any public communication field, and students will find their own styles as writers within a system that allows for use of complex concepts and ideas in terms an audience will understand.

At the same time, the associate of arts degree program in Journalism Studies allows students to explore many fields related to public communication. Production labs are designed to give hands-on experience in journalism, broadcasting, Web content production, desktop publishing, and digital still and video photography.

Opportunities to transfer to a bachelor degree program for preparation to enter careers as reporters, photographers, copywriters and editorial staff. Other careers include advertising, public relations, industrial publications, newspapers, commercial radio and television broadcast content production, Internet content production, and Internet broadcasting, technical writing, and graphic communications.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to gather a basic news story, write that story in appropriate Associated Press style on deadline, and when appropriate, collaborate with other members of a news team to prepare the story for publication or broadcast. 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and identify examples of agenda-setting, gate-keeping, and message framing as tools in their use of mass media communication.

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze issues of public importance, identifying existing opinions or points of view and producing their own analysis and opinions in appropriate journalistic forms. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify credible news sources across mass media based on a thorough knowledge of accepted journalistic standards. 

Curriculum Requirements - 64 Credits

course

credits

JOUR 101 - Intro to Mass Communication

3

JOUR 111 - News Writing and Editing

3

JOUR 112 - Advanced News Writing and Reporting

OR

JOUR 126 - Broadcast Writing

3

JOUR 185 - Production Lab I

1

JOUR 186 - Production Lab II

1

JOUR 214 - Specialized Writing

OR

JOUR 280 - Broadcast Management, News & Production

3

JOUR 285 - Production Lab III

OR

JOUR 287 - WCVM Production Lab

1

JOUR 286 - Production Lab IV

1

JOUR 121 - Photography

OR

JOUR 220 - Mass Media & Society

OR

JOUR 272 - Public Relations & Publicity Management

OR

JOUR 280 - Broadcast Management, News & Promotion

3

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

Liberal Arts Electives (as advised)

9

Humanities/Social Science Electives

9

MATH/SCI - Math or Science (as advised)

3

American History as Advised

3

Social Sciences as Advised 

3

Other World Civilization as Advised

3

Western Civilization as Advised

3

Natural Sciences as Advised

3

Mathematics as Advised

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 16 Credits

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

JOUR 111 - News Writing and Editing

3

JOUR 185 - Production Lab I

1

JOUR 101 - Introduction to Mass Communication

3

HIST - American History 101, 102, 103 as Advised

3

General Education in Social Sciences

3

Year 1/Spring - 16 Credits

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

JOUR 112 - Advanced News Writing and Reporting

OR

JOUR 126 - Broadcast Writing

3

JOUR 186 - Production Lab II

1

General Education in Other World Civ

3

General Education in Western Civ

3

Liberal Arts Elective (as advised)

3

Year 2/Fall - 16-17 Credits

JOUR 214 - Specialized Writing

3

JOUR 285 - Production Lab III

1

OR

 

 

JOUR 287 - Production Lab for WCVM Media III

1

MATH - As advised

3

Liberal Arts Electives (as advised)

6

General Education in Natural Sciences

3-4

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

JOUR 286 - Production Lab IV

1

JOUR 121 - Photography

3

OR

 

 

JOUR 220 - Mass Media and Society

3

OR

 

 

JOUR 272 - Public Relations and Publicity Management

3

OR

 

 

JOUR 280 - Broadcast Management, News & Promotion

3

Math or Science (as advised)

3

Humanities/Social Science Electives (as advised)

9