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Journalism

Andrew Mendelson, Ph.D., Department Chair
316 Annenberg Hall
215-204-7433
journ@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/journalism/

The curriculum for Journalism is based on developing critical thinking in students for a multimedia, urban journalistic environment. This requires a broad educational background coupled with rigorous professional training. The curriculum emphasizes subject matter from other disciplines, particularly those in the traditional liberal arts. The department also believes that effective writing is central to communication and is, therefore, integral to the department curriculum. 

Graduates of the program will develop:

1.  Strong skills in reporting, writing, photography, audio/video newsgathering, print and web editing and design.

2.  The ability to critically analyze past and present trends of journalism and to help craft alternative forms of journalism for the future.

3.  A strong sense of ethical responsibility and the knowledge necessary for ethical decision-making.

4.  An understanding of digital and interactive media technologies.

5.  The ability to provide information in multimedia formats.

6.  A culture of collaboration through team reporting....

7.  ...in order to tell stories emanating from a diverse urban environment.

8.  A keen understanding of the increasingly global nature of today's journalistic environment.

9.  An appreciation of free expression and awareness of legal constraints guiding responsible journalism.

Students need to meet the department’s foundation requirements, as well as the requirements of their chosen sequence. The Journalism sequences are:  Broadcast Journalism, Magazine, News-Editorial, and Photography for the Mass Media. A capstone experience, the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL), combines community journalism with multimedia storytelling.

Students who major in Journalism enter a variety of careers, including those as broadcasters, online and news reporters, news producers and managers, photographers, radio and television anchors, and magazine writers and editors.

Although students must ultimately be responsible for their own academic programs, freshmen and first-semester transfer students will first meet with a School of Communications and Theater academic advisor. During the sophomore and junior years, a student must meet at least once each year with a faculty advisor who is knowledgeable about the sequence of study the student is following. 

The department has a chapter of the national journalism and mass communication honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha. Additionally, every spring the department awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving majors.  

There are also active student organizations affiliated with national professional organizations. Temple’s Journalism Department is one of the only two programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Journalism by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Students must meet:

1. University requirements:

  • New freshman students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI" in the RCI column.

2. School of Communications and Theater requirements
3. Major requirements in the department

Requirements for the Major

The following university-wide courses are required of Journalism majors:

Degree Requirements      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
History 1101 U.S. History to 1877 3 AC 
History 1102 U.S. History since 1877 3 AC 
Political Science 1101 The American Political System 3 AC 
Political Science 2102 American State & Local Politics    3  
          
Plus one of the following:        
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3 IN
Geography/Urban Studies 1021 Urban Society: Race, Class & Community 3 RN
Geography/Urban Studies 1025 World Urban Patterns 3 IS
         
Plus one of the following:      
Economics 1001 Introduction to the Economy 3 IN 
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN 
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN 
Economics 1103 Global Economic Issues 3 IS 
         
Plus one of the following:      
Statistics 2101 Statistical Methods & Concepts 3 QB
Mathematics 1013 Elements of Statistics 3 QB
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods 3 QB
Sociology 1167 Social Statistics 3 QB
Statistics 0826* Statistics & the News 4 GQ
Total     21  

*pending approval

Of the 124 semester hours required for graduation, at least 80 semester hours must be in courses outside Journalism; Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media (BTMM); and Advertising; 65 of those credits must be in liberal arts and science courses. This limits to 15 the number of credit hours taken from Education, Business, etc., if the student plans to graduate with no more than 124 credits.

The remaining semester hours required outside the department may be taken in any department of the university except Business Education. The department also does not count towards graduation credits earned through Secondary Education 0317, Topical Studies, lower-level credits in Military Science, or the Extern Program.

Only 8 semester hours will be accepted from Kinesiology courses. No more than 30 hours may be taken in any single CLA department or other SCT department without special written permission from the Department of Journalism. These requirements are to ensure a broad-based liberal arts education for each major.

Students required to take English 0701 must complete that requirement before enrolling in Journalism 1196.

Specific Major Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 124 credit hours in the university, with at least 35 credits in Journalism (depending on the sequence) but no more than 44 credits in Journalism; Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Mass Media (BTMM); or Advertising. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 44-credit hour limit that is set by our accrediting body.

It is the student's responsibility to meet all course prerequisite requirements.

A maximum of 12 semester hours of Journalism-related coursework may be transferred from a program accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (This includes classes in public relations and advertising.) Students transferring from all other institutions will be allowed a maximum of 9 semester hours of Journalism-related transfer credit, including Journalism 1111 (Journalism and Society) and Journalism 1196 (Writing for Journalism). Under no circumstances will credit be allowed for duplicate courses.

The department does not award credit for academic or life experience. Students with extensive experience may present evidence and petition for a waiver of department course requirements.

Journalism majors must receive a grade of C or higher in all required department and sequence courses and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the department as well as the 2.0 overall average required by the university to qualify for graduation. Students who fall below a 2.0 average for a semester, for all department courses or in their overall university courses, will be placed on probation or academic warning, the first step toward dismissal.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

Foundation Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 1111 Journalism & Society 3 IN
JOURN 1196 Writing for Journalism 3 WI
JOURN 1113 Audio/Visual Newsgathering 3  
JOURN 1114 Design for Journalism 3  
Total     12  
         
Advanced Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 2101 Journalism Research 3  
JOURN 3101 Journalism & the Law 3  
JOURN 37xx Studies Elective 3  
Total     9  
         
Capstone Course      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 4196 Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab 4 WI
         
Sequence Requirements      
See individual Sequence sections    
         
Total Number of Journalism Credits required = 35-38, depending on sequence  

Note: Students placed into English 0701 must pass (with a C or better) the two-credit Mass Media Writing Style Lab, JOURN 1101. Completion of JOURN 1111 and 1196 with grades of C or better is required before students enroll in any Journalism classes numbered higher than 1111.


 

Broadcast Journalism Sequence

Karen Turner, JD, Director
215-204-8386
kturner@temple.edu

Students who wish to make a career in broadcast news, as a reporter, anchor, news writer, or producer should follow this course of study:

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 2501 Broadcast News Writing 3  
JOURN 3501 Radio News Reporting 3  
JOURN 3502 Television News Reporting 3  
Choose one of the following:      
JOURN 3504 Broadcast News Documentary 3  
JOURN 3505 Experimental Journalism 3  
JOURN 3506 Broadcast News Producing 3  
         
Recommended Electives      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 2551 Broadcast Performance 4  
JOURN 3587 WRTI Radio News Workshop 3  
JOURN 4596 Broadcast Production Practicum - Temple Update      3 WI

 

Magazine Sequence

Laurence Stains, Director
215-204-1844

lstains@temple.edu
   

Students who wish to pursue a career in the magazine industry should follow this course of study:

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 2301 Introduction to Magazines 3  
JOURN 2396 Magazine Article Writing 3 WI
         
Choose two of the following:      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 3301 Magazine Article Editing 3  
JOURN 3302 Advanced Magazine Writing 3  
JOURN 3303 Magazine Design 3  
JOURN 3601 Publishing to the Web 3  

 

News Editorial Sequence

Linn Washington, JD, Director
215-204-2033
lwashing@temple.edu              

This sequence of courses is designed for students who wish to become reporters, editors and managers of newspapers.  Students are encouraged to emphasize political science, finance, urban studies and language studies in their choice of coursework outside of the department.

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 2201 Public Affairs Reporting 3  
JOURN 2202 Editing the News 3  
JOURN 3201 Investigative Reporting 3  
Choose one of the following:      
JOURN 3251 Business Writing 3  
JOURN 3252 Editorial Writing 3  
JOURN 3253 Environmental Reporting 3  
JOURN 3254 International Reporting 3  
JOURN 3255 Sports Writing 3  
JOURN 3256 Writing Humor 3  
JOURN 3601 Publishing to the Web 3  

 

Photography for the Mass Media Sequence                   

Edward J. Trayes, Ph.D., Director
215-204-8344
trayes@temple.edu                              

Students who wish to make a career as a newspaper or magazine photographer or as a photography editor, should follow this course of study.

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 3401 Photography 4  
JOURN 3402 Photojournalism 2  
JOURN 3403 Documentary Photography 3  
JOURN 3404 Photography Seminar I 2  
JOURN 3405 Photography Seminar II 2  
         
Recommended Electives:      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOURN 3707 Visual Communication 3  
JOURN 3451 Photographic Portfolio 2  
JOURN 3482 Photography Special Projects 1-4  

 

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan for Journalism Courses

Year 1

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Fall Semester:        
JOURN 1111 Journalism & Society 3 IN
         
Spring Semester:        
JOURN 1196 Writing for Journalism 3 WI
JOURN 1113 Audio/Visual Newsgathering 3   
JOURN 2101 Journalism Research 3  

Year 2

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Fall Semester:        
JOURN 1114 Design for Journalists 3  
JOURN xxxx Journalism Sequence Course (var)  
         
Spring Semester:        
JOURN xxxx Journalism Sequence Course (var)   

Year 3

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Fall Semester:        
JOURN 37xx Journalism Studies Elective 3  
JOURN xxxx Journalism Sequence Course (var)  
         
Spring Semester:        
JOURN xxxx Elective 3   
JOURN xxxx Journalism Sequence Course (var)  

Year 4

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Fall Semester:        
JOURN 3101 Journalism & the Law 3  
JOURN xxxx Journalism Sequence Course (var)  
  or        
JOURN xxxx Journalism Elective 3  
  or         
JOURN 4196 MURL 4 WI
          
Spring Semester:        
JOURN 4196 MURL (if not taken in Fall) 4 WI
and/or        
JOURN xxxx Journalism Elective 3  

   

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