Undergraduate Course Catalog

Journalism

M. Holmes, Chairperson  

The Department of Journalism offers professional programs in advertising, journalism, graphics, magazine, news, photo, public relations, and teacher education. Departmental majors in advertising, journalism and public relations are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). 

The public relations major is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Journalism students receive individual attention and hands-on instruction using leading-edge communication technologies. Students are encouraged to supplement their classroom educations by working with award-winning student publications and organizations, including the  Daily News (campus newspaper), Ball Bearings (student magazine and Web site), Cardinal Communications (student-operated public relations agency), Adapt (student-operated advertising agency), and bsudaily.com (the unified student media Web site). 

The department's primary faculty advisor and the seven sequence coordinators assist students in selecting courses, understanding requirements for majors, and receiving career counseling.

For more information, visit Department of Journalism or call 765-285-8200


BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees, the University Core Curriculum, and the concentration areas listed below. Students majoring in journalism are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor in the journalism or telecommunications departments within the first semester of the program. Students majoring in advertising or public relations are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor in the journalism department within the first semester of the program. Students are required to attend an orientation during the first year of study.

Students must complete all major courses with grades of C or better, including concentration courses outside the department except a grade of D- or better for ECON 116 or 201. Before enrolling in a JOUR, NEWS or TCOM course, a student must earn a C or better grade in its prerequisites. Prerequisites for all courses are strictly enforced. Majors must complete an exit interview with the appropriate concentration coordinator. Before enrollment in JOUR 104, NEWS 120, 121 or 122, students must successfully complete a language usage proficiency examination. Successful completion of this examination does not satisfy the University Core Curriculum Writing Proficiency Program requirement.

All majors must earn a minimum of 72 credit hours in courses outside the departments of journalism and telecommunications (JOUR, NEWS, and TCOM).

Students pursuing concentrations in news or magazine are required to complete four semesters or the equivalent of one modern or classical language.

Students are allowed to pursue up to two concentrations or majors in the Department of Journalism. If a student chooses a second concentration or major, he/she must still complete at least 72 hours outside journalism, news, and telecommunications.

Journalism department students are encouraged to select a second major or at least one minor from a liberal arts area to complement their departmental major in the journalism department.

MAJOR IN ADVERTISING (BA/BS), 68-69 hours

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JOUR












MKG

320
101
103
104
169
250
275
348
352
354
355
382
385
456
300

Persuasion
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Strategic Writing
Professional Development Sem
Introduction to Advertising
Media Law and Ethics
Emerging Media AD and P R
Advertising Media
Advertising Copy and Layout
Branding for AD and P R
Media Research Cons Behav
Writing Design Strategic Comm
Advertising Campaigns
Principles of Marketing

3
3
3
 3 
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3 hours from

ECON

116
201

Survey of Economic Ideas (3)
Elementary Microeconomics (3)

3

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

COMM
MKG

322
310

Comm and Popular Culture (3)
Consumer Behavior (3)

3

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM

PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
240
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intro to Human Comm (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

Choose one concentration

Account management/strategy concentration, 15 hours

JOUR
MKG
MGT

453
325
241

Integrtd Campaigns Cases
Professional Selling
The Entrepreneurial Experience

3
3
3

3 hours from

JOUR
MKG

455
420

Immersion: Stud Media Avert (3-9)
Integrated Mkg Communications (3)

3

3 hours from

JOUR
MKG

460
476

International AD and PR (3)
Mkg of Emerging Technology (3)

3

     

69 hrs

Creative development concentration, 14 hours

JOUR


MKG

320
454
455
420
476

Media Art Dir Creative Process
Advanced Copy Writing & Layout
Immersion: Student Media Advert (3-9)
Integrated Mkg Communications
Mkg of Emerging Technology

2
3
3
3
3

     

68 hrs

Media planning concentration, 15 hours

JOUR
MKG

452
375
420

Advanced Advertising Media
Social Media Marketing
Integrated Mkg Communications

3
3
3

3 hours from
JOUR
MKG
455
476
Immersion: Stud Media Advert (3-9)
Mkg of Emerging Technology (3)
 
3
3 hours from
JOUR
SOC
453
333
Integrated Campaigns Seminar (3)
Sociology of Media (3)
 
3
     

69 hrs
POLS 475 requires POLS 130 as a prerequisite.   

MAJOR IN JOURNALISM (BA/BS), 54-65 hours

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Core, 22 hours

CCIM
JOUR

NEWS








210
101
103
105
109
120
121
122
133
221
397
409

Professional Development
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Journ Storytelling: Intro
Fndtns Ethic Legal Principles
Newsgathering: Research
Newsgathering: Interviewing
Storytelling: Covering Events
Multimedia: Video
Storytelling: Covering Issues
Immersion: Special Topics (3-9)
Fndtns Ethical Legal Issues

1
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
1
3
3
2

Graphics concentration, 43 hours

GEOG

JOUR






NEWS

TGRA

150
265
106
234
241
242
320
323
345
131
315
180

Global Geography
Intro Geographic Info Systems
Introduction to Digital Media
Design 1
Design 2
Programming Interactive Media
Media Art Dir Creative Process
Magazine Design
Visual Reporting
Multimedia: Stills
News Editing
Introduction to Graphic Arts

3
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
1
2
3

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from  
ECON

201
247
Elementary Microeconomics (3)
Econ & Stats for the Media (3)

3
3 hours from

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

     

65 hrs

Magazine media concentration, 35 hours

ECON
HIST
JOUR



NEWS

247
202
280
328
380
427
108
131
132
197
233
315

Econ & Stats for the Media
US History, 1877 to Present
Feature and Magazine Writing
Long-form Feature Writing
Long-form Digital Storytelling
Advanced Magazine Writing
Fndtns Great Storytellers
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Immersion: Student Media
Multimedia: Reporting
News Editing

3
3
 3 
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
3
2

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

     

57 hrs
Four semesters or equivalent of one modern or classical language at the college level are required.   

News concentration, 35 hours

ECON
NEWS





247
108
131
132
197
233
240
270
315
340
370

Econ & Stats for the Media
Fndtns Great Storytellers
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Immersion: Student Media
Multimedia: Reporting
Current Issues 1
Audience Analysis: Communities
News Editing
Current Issues 2
Audience Analysis: Operations

3
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
1
1

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

POLS

130
237

American National Government (3)
State and Local Politics (3)

3

3 hours from

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

6 hours from

JOUR


NEWS
TCOM

311
312
322
418
324
326
426

News Feature Writing (2)
Opinion Writing (2)
Sportswriting and Reporting (2)
Specialty Reporting (2-6)
News Videography (2)
Presentation Techniques (2)
News Producing (2)

6

2 hours from

JOUR
TCOM

413
422

Advanced Newswriting Reporting (2)
Adv Video/Audio Reporting (2)

2

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

     

57 hrs
Four semesters or equivalent of one modern or classical language at the college level are required.   

Photo concentration, 32 hours

HIST
JOUR





NEWS

202
235
236
332
335
434
437
108
132
197

US History, 1877 to Present
Intro to Photojournalism
Photojournalism Lighting
Photoj Managing and Editing
Assignment Photojournalism
Advanced Photoj Illustration
Long-form Photojournalism
Fndtns Great Storytellers
Multimedia: Audio
Immersion: Student Media

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
1
1

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

     

54 hrs
POLS 474, 475, SOC 421, and 422 have prerequisite requirements. Please consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog for details. 

MAJOR IN PUBLIC RELATIONS (BA/BS), 69 hours

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MKG

320
101
103
104
169
261
265
275
348
355
368
382
405
460
465
300
310

Persuasion
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Strategic Writing
Professional Development Sem
Principles of Public Relations
Public Relations Writing Tech
Media Law and Ethics
Emerging Media AD and P R
Branding for AD and P R
P R Design and Production
Media Research Cons Behav
P R Plan Mngment Case Reviews
International AD and P R
Public Relations Campaigns
Principles of Marketing
Consumer Behavior

3
3
3
 3 
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3 hours from
JOUR

385
397
Writing Design Strategic Comm (3)
Immersion: Public Rel Proj (3-9)
 
3
3 hours from

ECON

116
201

Survey of Economic Ideas (3)
Elementary Microeconomics (3)

3

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

COMM

240
251
290

Introduction to Human Comm (3)
Bus and Prof Comm (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)

3

3 hours from

MGT
MKG




342
325
420
470
475
476

Marketing for New Ventures (3)
Professional Selling (3)
Integrated Mkg Communications (3)
International Marketing (3)
Marketing Simulation (3)
Mkg of Emerging Technology (3)

3
3 hours from
MGT

241
271
300
The Entrepreneurial Experience (3)
Intro Organizational Behavior (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
 3
3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3





69 hrs
POLS 475 requires POLS 130 as a prerequisite.

TEACHER EDUCATION

Teaching programs require additional courses in educational methods. The professional education courses are included in this listing. See the Department of Educational Studies and Teachers College for the descriptions of these courses and other professional requirements of the teacher education program. 

TEACHING MAJOR IN JOURNALISM (BA/BS), 39 hours

(See baccalaureate information for admission and retention standards.)

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320
101
103
234
235
280
320
105
108
109
120
121
122
132
133
221
315
397
409

Disciplinary Literacy Elem Sch
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Design 1
Intro to Photojournalism
Feature and Magazine Writing
Media Art Dir Creative Process
Journ Storytelling: Intro
Fndtns Great Storytellers
Fndtns Ethic Legal Principles
Newsgathering: Research
Newsgathering: Interviewing
Storytelling: Covering Events
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Video
Storytelling: Covering Issues
News Editing
Immersion: Special Topics (3-9)
Fndtns Ethical Legal Issues

3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
2
3
2





39 hrs

SENIOR HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Professional education sequence, 40 hours

EDFO
EDJH
EDMU
EDPS

EDSE

JOUR

420
385
205
251
390
150
380
395
474

Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Prin of Tchng in Mid Schl
Intro to Multicul Ed
Development Secondary
Educational Psychology
Basic Concepts of Secondary Ed
Princ of Tchng in Sec School
Journ Teach and Advising Mthds
Producing Secondary Pubs

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3

Student teaching 

12

     

40 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points, p.382, for additional information. 

LICENSE ADDITION IN JOURNALISM, 15 hours

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CR HRS

NEWS





105
130
131
132
133
229
233
449

Journ Storytelling: Intro
Multimedia: Design
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Video
Multimedia: Production
Multimedia: Reporting
Legal and Ethical Issues

2
1
1
1
1
3
3
3





15 hrs

CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL MEDIA, 15 hours

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CR HRS 

ICOM 

101
495 

The Digital World 
Senior Capstone

3
3

Choose 3 from the following   

ICOM


 

201
210 
211
212
213
214

Web Design and Usability (3) 
Introduction to Social Media (3)
Digital Interactivity Design (3)
Digital Image Design (3)
Digital Video Design (3)
Digital Sound Design (3)

 




9

     

15 hrs
Prerequisite for ICOM 495 is waived. ICOM 495 is to be taken last. Not open to digital media minors. 

CERTIFICATE IN EMERGING MEDIA JOURNALISM, 18 hours 

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NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

CCIM
NEWS





280
105
130
131
132
133
233
449

Social Media
Journ Storytelling: Intro
Multimedia: Design
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Video
Multimedia: Reporting
Legal and Ethical Issues

3
2
1
1
1
1
3
3

3 hours from
NEWS

221
229
Storytelling: Covering Issues (3)
Multimedia: Production (3)
 
3
     
18 hrs

CERTIFICATE IN JOURNALISTIC VISUAL PRESENTATION, 15 hours

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NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

JOUR

234
241
242
320
323
496

Design 1
Design 2
Programming Interactive Media
Media Art Dir Creative Process
Magazine Design
Creative Project: Graphics (1-6)

3
3
3
2
3
1





15 hrs
Enrollment in the certificate is limited to students who have a major in advertising or public relations, or to those who have permission of the journalism department chairperson. 

JOURNALISM (JOUR) 

101 Media and American Society (3)
Study of the structures and functions of media communications and how they inform, persuade, and entertain audiences. Overview of the evolving relationships among media industries and American society. Focus on advertising, public relations, and news organizations. Core Transfer Library: Communications (ICM 1102)
     Open only to students in a journalism department program, the telecommunications news concentration, and students in the campaign communication minor.

103 Introduction to Visual Communication and Web Development (3)
Introduces students to the theories and concepts behind visual communication with the application and understanding of desktop publishing and the various ways that media practitioners use visuals. Students will apply these same theories and concepts in developing visual materials for the World Wide Web.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101.                 
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration. 

104 Strategic Writing (3)
Develops basic writing skills that public relations and advertising professionals use. Content focuses on journalism writing, including Associated Press style, proper grammar, syntax and usage, and aspects of advertising and business writing. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101; successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam. 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

106 Introduction to Digital Media (3)
Introduces the digital media environment. Students emerge with an understanding of the seismic shift that digital media has brought to the communications field. At the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the importance of a personal brand and image in the digital world. This will include social media presence, digital portfolios and maintaining a digital lifestyle. Also introduces programming languages and how they are used in journalism, advertising and public relations.
     Prerequisite or parallel: JOUR 101.
     Open only to students pursuing a program of study in the journalism department.

150 Introduction to Basic Concepts of Journalism Education (3)
Designed to help students make balanced decisions about preparing for and functioning in teaching careers in the field of journalism/mass communications. Professionalism, job requirements, employment opportunities, secondary school curricula, and the role of secondary education within the entire educational process are discussed. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101 or permission of the department chairperson. 

169 Professional Development Seminar (1)
Provides opportunities and skills needed to secure an internship/job in journalism, public relations, or advertising. Job-related issues, such as business etiquette, assertiveness, and sexual harassment are discussed. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101 or TCOM 101 or permission of the department chairperson. 

234 Design 1 (3)
Survey of page design, type, and color theories, graphics reporting, Web design, and multimedia storytelling. Introduces the concepts of journalistic visual editing, journalistic graphics technology, and the history of visual journalism.
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103.
   Open only to students pursuing a program of study in the journalism department.

235 Introduction to Photojournalism (3)
Photojournalism in a multimedia world including basic digital photography, portable lighting, news value, history, and industry standard ethical concepts. DSLR camera, lens, and portable flash required for this course.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101.  

236 Photojournalism Lighting (3)
Exploration of theories and practice of photojournalism lighting in and out of the studio. Focus is on assignment-based illustrative, conceptual, and architectural photography for publication and online distribution. DSLR camera, lens, and portable flash required for this course.                 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 235.

241 (321) Design 2 (3)
Explores more advanced areas of journalistic design and puts them into the context of working editorial and strategic communication environments. In addition to developing students' design abilities, this course will also explore visual ethics, copyright, history and diversity in the form of editorial and strategic communication worlds.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 234.
    Open only to students pursuing a program of study in the journalism department

242 Programming for Interactive Media (3)
Introduces students to the role of programming and coding as it relates to multimedia storytelling and digital journalism. Students will explore how to mine and work with data sets, as well as explore programming languages most relevant to journalism, strategic marketing communications, and multimedia storytelling. Course projects will focus on the application of these programming languages through the lens of digital storytelling. Thus, students will learn to apply coding in the context of communications media.
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103 or 106.
    Open only to students pursuing a program of study in the journalism department.

250 Introduction to Advertising (3)
A survey of the advertising communication process and its history. Focuses on communication research, creative strategy, campaign planning, function of mass media as carriers of advertising, and evaluation of advertising effectiveness.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 101.
     Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations or a minor in campaign communication.

261 Principles of Public Relations (3)
Survey of the theory, philosophy, and function of public relations practices and programs in organizations and institutions.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 101.
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations or a minor in campaign communication.

265 Public Relations Writing and Publicity Techniques (3)
Theory and practice of producing publicity tools for various media used in campaigns to promote and interpret personal, institutional, and organizational objectives and activities. Emphasizes writing and publicity problem solving.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, 261 and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam.                 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

275 Media Law and Ethics (3)
Examination of the ethical, legal, political, and social pressures on strategic communication. Explores ethical and legal implications in the workplace, with attention given to the historical development of laws and ethics in communication. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 250 or 261. 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

280 Feature and Magazine Writing (3)
Feature writing that specifically targets print and online magazines. Topics include market research, in-class editing, and critiques and analyses of award-winning articles. Students research, write and rewrite editorial packages including articles, sidebars and queries.
     Prerequisite: NEWS 120 and 121 and 122.
    Open only to students majoring in journalism or telecommunications.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

311 News Feature Writing (2)
An advanced writing course that requires in-depth reporting and information-gathering skills. Students will concentrate on learning to write informative, accurate news feature stories that provide detail and context for readers. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 

312 Opinion Writing (2)
Researching and writing of columns, editorials, and reviews with emphasis on varied writing structures and styles. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 

320 Media Art Direction and the Creative Process (2)
Creative approaches to media design and presentation. Explores strategies for developing creativity and design problem solving, as well as visual literacy and visual/verbal interpretation. Emphasizes visual storytelling and conceptual approaches to design.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 234 or 354.

322 Sportswriting and Reporting (2)
Introduction to sportswriting and reporting across media platforms with emphasis on skills needed to produce game and feature stories that provide detail and context. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 

323 Magazine Design (3)
Designing for print and online magazines. Explores presentation strategies for news and feature content, and advertising for magazine formats. Computer-based production methods will be employed. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 234. 

328 Long-form Feature Writing (3)
Instruction and practice in techniques for interviewing, observation and research to write in-depth profiles, human interest features, and investigative essays. Students write long-form articles exploring complex issues for local, regional, or national publications.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 280.

332 Photojournalism Managing and Editing (3)
Conceiving, proposing, assigning, and editing photographs in a multimedia environment. In-depth coverage of news, with application of industry standards and ethical concepts.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 235.  

335 Assignment Photojournalism (3)
In this intermediate course, student journalists will use photography to tell news, sports, and feature stories using traditional and emerging media technologies. Emphasis on news values, ethical practice, and historical context. DSLR camera, lens, and portable flash required for this course.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 235.  

345 Visual Reporting (3)
Examination of the facets of informational graphics and the job of the modern-day graphics reporter. Experience gained in creating and researching explanatory charts, diagrams, maps, and graphics editing.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 234.  

348 Emerging Media in Advertising and Public Relations (3)
Study of emerging media, with an emphasis on digital media, and the role emerging media plays in advertising and public relations. Explores emerging media's role in society and on consumers and business, technology's role in emerging media, and how emerging media impacts strategic communication development, implementation, and measurement.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, and 250 for advertising majors or JOUR 103, 104, and 261 for public relations majors.                 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

352 Advertising Media (3)
Strategy and procedures for planning, executing, and controlling the placement of advertising. Examines characteristics of media, techniques of media budgeting and selection, and methods of evaluating media effectiveness. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, 250. 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

354 Advertising Copy and Layout (3)
Instruction in preparing copy for mass media advertising. Major emphasis on creative thinking and basic writing skills. Prepare copy strategies, write copy, prepare layouts and storyboards. Discussion of fundamentals of consumer motivation and selecting target audiences.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, 250 and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations.  

355 Branding for Advertising and Public Relations (3)
Study of brands, branding, and the role of advertising and public relations in brand development. Explores how brands are built, leveraged, measured, and nurtured; the roles brands play in society; trends in brand development; and future of brands.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, and 250 for advertising majors or JOUR 103, 104, and 261 for public relations majors.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations.  

368 Public Relations Publication Design and Production (3)
Study of institutional and industrial publications as an important means of internal and external communications. Emphasizes design and production techniques.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, and 250 for advertising majors or JOUR 103, 104, and 261 for public relations majors.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations.  

369 Paid Internship (0-3)
Practical, supervised, on-the-job experience in a media-related industry or organizational setting. Offered credit/no credit only.         
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.         
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.  

380 Long-form Digital Storytelling (3)
Examines the current state of digital publishing through reading and discussion, and then applies those concepts to create a long-form digital story delivered across multiple media. Students will explore this framework through long-form feature writing. While magazine articles incorporate the narrative and reporting elements of feature writing, they are distinguished by point of view, eloquence of style, and strength of argument. Students will create a culminating project that exists online, in print and on various eReader devices.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 280 and NEWS 221.  

382 Media Research and Consumer Behavior (3)
Practical approaches to research in strategic communication campaigns. Emphasizes survey research, questionnaire construction, interviewing techniques, attitude measurement, copy testing, audience analysis, computer database searches, evaluation of externally supplied research, and data interpretation.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, and 250 for advertising majors or JOUR 103, 104, and 261 for public relations majors.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations.  

385 Advanced Writing and Design for Strategic Communications (3)
Emphasizes the theory and practice of producing persuasive communications that promote and interpret client and organizational objectives. Focuses on developing strategies aligned with organizational objectives; researching, writing, editing, and designing communication tools in support of organizational objectives; and developing strategic implementation plans to maximize effectiveness of communication tools.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 354 for advertising majors or JOUR 265 and 368 for public relations majors.                 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

390 Honors Colloquium in Journalism (1-3)
Readings and in-depth exploration and discussion of pertinent issues, movements, and problems in journalism and mass communications research. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to honors students and to students with areas in journalism by permission of the department chairperson. 

395 Journalism Teaching and Publication Advising Methods (4)
Designed to study the structure of high school journalism and to aid the candidate in developing the necessary background/skills to teach high school journalism and advise student publications. Offers students the opportunity to explore teaching styles, student learning styles, lesson planning, staff publication management styles, student leadership strategies, and financial management of student publications.         
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221 or permission of the department chairperson.

397 Immersion: Public Relations Project (3-9)
Participation in the public relations portion of a project-based immersive experience. Extensive writing and public relations strategy development is expected.
     Prerequisite: permission of the journalism department chairperson.
     A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned.

405 Public Relations Planning, Management, and Case Reviews (3)
Strategic planning principles for campaigns and program implementation, including use of communication, public opinion, change, and management theory; crisis planning and communication; issue management; integrated marketing communication; and case study reviews.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 265 and 368.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in public relations.  

413 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting (2)
Advanced writing, reporting, and editing skills, including multiple-source interviewing, field observation, and use of databases. Emphasis on in-depth analysis and interpretation of a substantive area of coverage, including the use of community and public journalism theories and techniques.         
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221.  

427 Advanced Magazine Writing (3)
Advanced narrative storytelling techniques with an emphasis on literary nonfiction, character development, and immersive reporting; study and discussion of best-known contemporary magazine writers and literary journalists from The New Yorker.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 328.

434 Advanced Photojournalism Illustration (3)
In-depth study and application of photo illustration. Includes history of photojournalistic illustration. DSLR camera, lenses, and portable flash required for this course.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 236.  

437 Long-form Photojournalism (3)
In-depth exploration of topics of community interest or significant social value. Finished work will be prepared for delivery over multiple platforms. DSLR camera, lens, and portable flash required for this course.                 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 335. 

452 Advanced Advertising Media (3)
Extended study in developing a comprehensive media plan. Emphasizes consumer research, media habits, creative selection of media vehicles, and use of the computer in planning and buying. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 352. 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

453 Integrated Campaigns Seminar (3)
Examines case studies and contemporary issues involving advertising and integrated communications campaigns.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 352 and 354 and 382.
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising.

454 Advanced Copy Writing and Layout (3)
Extended study in the conceptualization and creation of advertising emphasizing copy writing and layout for various media channels.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 354.
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising.

455 Immersion: Student Media Advertising (3-9)
Intensive student-driven advertising development experience working with various Unified Media Lab student media. Student teams function as an in-house Unified Media Lab agency providing advertising and promotional services and producing tangible, professional-quality advertising content.
     Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. May not be taken concurrently with JOUR 456.
     Recommended prerequisite: JOUR 352 and 354 and 385.
     A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned.

456 Advertising Campaigns (3)
Synthesis of skills and concepts acquired in the specialized advertising courses. Research, plan, write, schedule, budget, and evaluate a complete advertising campaign. Enhances career development skills and portfolio-ready material. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 352, 354. 
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations. 

460 International Advertising and Public Relations (3)
A survey of international advertising and public relations practices, both domestic and abroad. Introduces students to the ideas and theories of international advertising and public relations, with special emphasis on branding and strategic communication across multiple cultures.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103, 104, and 250 for advertising majors or JOUR 103, 104, and 261 for public relations majors.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in advertising or public relations.  

465 Public Relations Campaigns (3)
In this immersive team experience, public relations majors apply research and problem-solving techniques to actual public relations clients using all of the methodologies learned previously. Emphasizes developing positive teamwork skills and portfolio and professional development including personal presentation skills.         
    Prerequisite: JOUR 265 and 368.         
    Open only to students pursuing a major in public relations.  

474 Producing Secondary Publications (3)
Study of secondary student publication production, design, use, and conception. Explores journalistic purpose, visual literacy, visual/verbal interpretation, and design methods for newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and online publications.         
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221 or permission of the department chairperson.  

479 Unpaid Internship (0-3)
Practical, supervised, on-the-job experience in a media-related industry or organizational setting. Offered credit/no credit only.         
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.         
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.  

495 Individual Studies in Journalism (.5-12)
Students with areas in the Department of Journalism pursue a specific subject in-depth in consultation with a member of the faculty.         
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.                
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

496 Creative Project: Graphics (1-6)
Execution of a creative project that has a significant visual communication purpose. Projects may take the form of an annual report or creative advertising campaign, for example, and must have print, online, and mobile components. The student must pitch his or her idea to one faculty member with sufficient design/graphics knowledge to advise his or her creative project.
     Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
     A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

NEWS (NEWS)

105 Journalistic Storytelling: Introduction (2)
Introduction to journalistic storytelling, including writing, editing, and design. Emphasis on practical application of basic skills needed in multimedia newsrooms. Observation of student media required. 
    Open only to students majoring in journalism or telecommunications. 

108 Foundations of Journalism: Great Stories and Storytellers (1)
Introduction to the role of journalism in the United States with emphasis on the coverage of significant events and contributions of journalists who helped shape history and the profession. 
    Open only to students majoring in journalism or telecommunications. 

109 Foundations of Journalism: Ethical and Legal Principles (1)
Introduction to legal and ethical issues facing today’s journalism professional. Overview of basic tenets, including the First Amendment, libel, privacy, and intellectual property. 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101. 

120 Newsgathering: Research (1)
Methods for identifying sources and assessing their reliability. Develops critical thinking skills needed to select, evaluate, synthesize, organize, and present information.
     Prerequisite: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.

121 Newsgathering: Interviewing (1)
Strategies for preparing and conducting interviews. Emphasis on effective questioning techniques, note taking, and the development of listening skills through in-class and field assignments.
     Prerequisite: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.

122 Journalistic Storytelling: Covering Events (1)
Exploration of storytelling across multiple platforms. Preparation of stories using the inverted pyramid, sound bites, video, and online layering. Emphasis on news conferences, speeches, and sport events.
     Prerequisite: successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam; JOUR 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in journalism or telecommunications news concentration; TCOM 101 and NEWS 105 for students majoring in telecommunications digital sports production concentration.

130 Multimedia: Design (1)
Introduction to basic multimedia design principles, visual communication theory and practice, typography, color, layout presentation, and design history. Emphasis on relationship between design and storytelling.
     Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

131 Multimedia: Stills (1)
Introduction to still photography and its relationship to the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection and editing of photographs; composition and lighting; history, ethics, and legal principles.
     Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

132 Multimedia: Audio (1)
Introduction to the role of sound in the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection, and editing of sound; proper recording techniques; ethical and legal principles.
     Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

133 Multimedia: Video (1) 
Introduction to the role of moving pictures in the multimedia storytelling process. Includes acquisition, selection, and editing of video; proper recording techniques and professional standards; ethical and legal principles.
     Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

197 (497) Immersion: Student Media (1)
Introduction to news-oriented student media at Ball State University including the missions, audiences, and process of each student media organization. Includes experience in journalistic storytelling for student media.
     Prerequisite: NEWS 105.

221 Journalistic Storytelling: Covering Issues (3)
Developing issue-based news stories from idea to final presentation using traditional and emerging media technologies. Emphasis on topics related to the community, government, and the courts.
     Prerequisite: NEWS 120, 121, 122, and successful completion of a departmental language usage proficiency exam or permission of the journalism department chairperson.
     Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

229 Multimedia: Production (3)
The use of video, stills, and graphics as elements of journalistic storytelling. Includes shooting and editing video and photos, creating photo galleries and audio slideshows. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 130, 131, 132, 133. 
    Not open to journalism majors or telecommunications majors or minors. 

233 Multimedia: Reporting (3)
Development of multimedia reporting skills with an emphasis on the continuous update format and packaging stories for various platforms. Production of integrated news or feature stories for varied media.
    Prerequisite: JOUR 103; NEWS 131, 132, 133, and 221 for journalism and telecommunication majors; or NEWS 105 and 221 or 229 for students enrolled in the emerging media journalism certificate or license addition in journalism.
    Open only to students in a journalism department program and students in the telecommunications news concentration.

240 Current Issues 1 (1)
Exploration and discussion of current events and issues of international, national, state, local, and campus importance, with emphasis on how these events are covered to make them both meaningful and interesting.                 
    Prerequisite: JOUR 101. 

270 Audience Analysis: Communities (1)
Exploration of the relationship between news organizations and the communities they serve with emphasis on how to produce content that reflects cultural, ethnic, racial and gender diversity.
     Prerequisite: JOUR 101 and NEWS 105.

315 News Editing (2)
Theory and practice in editing across media platforms with emphasis on the role of editors, content planning and direction; story development and organization; presentation techniques to maximize audience impact; and proper language usage. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 

340 Current Issues 2 (1)
Exploration of current events, with an emphasis on their importance and context.                 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 240. 

370 Audience Analysis: Operations (1)
Use of audience measurement data, economic trends, and news management techniques to analyze, identify, and shape an effective news product. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 240. 

397 Immersion: Special Topics (3-9)
Participation in a project-based immersive experience designed to enhance racial, socio-economic, gender, or cultural awareness. Extensive preparation and presentation of a significant multimedia project.         
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221 and permission of the department chairperson.                 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned.

409 Foundations of Journalism: Ethical and Legal Issues (2)
The relationship between the government and the American news media, with particular emphasis on contemporary legal and ethical issues. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 109, 221; junior standing. 

418 Specialty Reporting (2-6)
Development of reporting and writing skills needed to communicate the complexities of topics such as science, environment, business, or education to diverse media audiences. Topic of course will be announced in advance of each offering. 
    Prerequisite: NEWS 221. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

449 Legal and Ethical Issues (3)
Examination of ethical and legal issues facing journalists, including libel, privacy, intellectual property, privacy and freedom of expression with an emphasis on emerging media journalism. 
    Not open to journalism majors or telecommunications majors or minors.

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