Journalism Minor (18 Hours)

MCOM 3233Editing

Introduction and practice in reading copy and editing in a variety of formats.  Builds upon skills introduced in MCOM 1243.

MCOM 3253Publication Design

Prerequisite: MCOM 1243

The use of layout and design principles to create eye-appealing and readable newspapers, magazines, newsletters, brochures, and flyers.  Theoretical and practical applications of graphics and electronic picture editing are incorporated into the course.

MCOM 3623Mass Communication History

Prerequisite: MCOM 1233

Study of the development of mass communication beginning with early attempts at print media and continuing to present developments.  Emphasis on connecting events of their time with events of today and understanding developments within their political, social, economic, and cultural contexts

MCOM 4163Newspaper Practicum

Prerequisites: MCOM 1243; consent of instructor.

Writing for campus newspaper in a professional atmosphere.  May be repeated once for credit.

MCOM 4223Computer Assisted Reporting

Prerequisites: MCOM 1243,3313

The use of computers, databases, and the Internet to develop meaningful and complex stories.  Emphasis is placed on finding raw data, interpreting it, organizing it, and writing stories for publication.  The course deals with critical thinking and the methodology of using computers as a journalistic tool.

MCOM 4533Advanced Reporting/Writing

Prerequisites: MCOM 1243, 3313, and 3613

Advanced course designed to improve students' skills in writing and reporting for print, broadcast, and web applications.