Bachelor of Arts In Journalism & New Media

Studying journalism at California Baptist University provides students with practical experience in today’s media where news and information — in the digital age — travels faster and farther than ever before. Journalism in the 21st century is exciting as digital media has opened new opportunities for journalists, allowing them the opportunity to combine the tenets of traditional print journalism with the unique advantages of today’s online communication technology. Students in CBU’s journalism program learn how to enhance their storytelling in multimedia content through writing, photography, videography and audio files, use social media to engage different audiences, and publish stories across a variety of traditional and digital platforms. Journalism majors may choose a concentration in broadcast journalism, global journalism, media photography, public relations, sports journalism, and writing and publishing. They may work on the nationally award-winning campus publications: Angelos yearbook, Banner newspaper, Pursuit magazine and Banner Online.

  • Journalism & New Media Minor

    CBU students can also choose to make journalism their minor, developing their skills in design, writing, photography and copyediting. This minor is an asset to many majors as the ability to write, edit and graphically package content is a highly marketable skill.

    Click here to learn more about the Journalism & New Media minor.

  • Internship Opportunities

    CBU journalism students also have the opportunity to apply to Washington Journalism Center, Associated Press, local newspapers, magazines and public relations firms. The WJC Internship provides an advanced, experimental semester on Capitol Hill that cultivates professional news skills and encourages students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media. The center introduces students to internship opportunities at major newspapers, news service providers, associations and other entities that give them "real world" working experience and more powerful resume.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Publish articles or photos in university publications or professional publications in an ethical manner.
    2. Portfolio of articles
    3. Attend conferences and synthesize material provided.
    4. Student editors will copy-edit and use graphic design computer software
    5. Complete Yearbook design/Newspaper Design
    6. Communicate and write professionally

Program Requirements - Journalism & New Media

The major seeks to develop students' skills in professional-level journalistic writing and multimedia storytelling, including investigation, interviewing and reporting, explanatory and analytical writing, editing, layout and design, and media law and ethics, in accordance with nationally accepted journalism standards. Students learn to research, interview and write, along with multimedia, design and public relation skills, that prepare them to work in journalism, public relations, corporate communications, multimedia and online journalism and related fields.

Complete courses from the following:

Lower Division Requirements (15 units)

JRN150 Media and Society
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Functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass media and emerging forms of niche media in society. Students review the theories, structures, functions, practices, economics, critical analyses, and historical aspects of mass media and its social responsibility in society. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN150-B
Kruppa, James K.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN
JRN150-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
JRN150-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS
JRN150-B
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN

JRN170 Writing for Mass Media
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An introduction to mass media writing. Students will utilize journalistic reporting, editing and writing for mass audiences intended for distribution across electronic and print media outlets. (3.0 units; Fall, Spring; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural)

JRN170-A
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 048
JRN170-A
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 367
JRN170-B
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 367

JRN210 Digital Photography
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This course introduces students to the equipment, techniques, and practicalities of photography. Students learn that photography strikes a balance between craft, form, content/concept, emotion and expression as they become active and critically informed image-makers. Basic aesthetic concerns will be examined, including the exploration of image-making and presentation techniques. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN210-B
Veneman, James Ray
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN
JRN210-C
Veneman, James Ray
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
JRN210-A
Veneman, James Ray
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
JRN210-A
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
JRN210-B
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN
JRN210-C
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
JRN210-D
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN

JRN216 Digital Storytelling
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This course prepares the student to work in the new media marketplace, where online and digital platforms are as important as traditional print media by incorporating audio and video components to storytelling. Instructional goals are to enhance awareness of broadcast journalism elements and skills; to introduce an understanding of ethics, standards and legalities of producing and publishing broadcast pieces; and to provide knowledge and skills necessary to develop audio and video components of multimedia journalism. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN216-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 TR 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN
JRN216-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 TR 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN

JRN254 Publication Layout & Design
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Principles and practical experiences in layout and design, including copy, typography, photos and cutlines, and developing pre-press documents to provide practical knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN254-A
Chute, Katherine B.
09/06/2016 TR 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM BUS ONLN
JRN254-A
Chute, Katherine B.
01/11/2017 T 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM BUS ONLN

Upper Division Requirements (18 units)

JRN312 Magazine & Feature Writing
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Planning, gathering material, writing and preparation of articles for specialized and general media publications, with emphasis on the magazine article and newspaper feature; includes overview of the magazine market. Laboratory and field work. Students may only earn credit for either JRN 312 or JRN 350. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Interdiscplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN312-A
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 36B
JRN312-A
Chute, Katherine B.
01/11/2017 TR 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM BUS ONLN

JRN315 News Reporting
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Practice in gathering information, conducting interviews and using online databases in writing and reporting news stories. Emphasis on style, clarity, accuracy, responsibility in handling the reporting of news. Laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisite: JRN170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN315-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
JRN315-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN

JRN320 Media Law, Ethics and Copyright
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An introduction to the ethical and legal aspects of public relations and journalism, including print, online and broadcasting. Students will gain practical insight into the field through review of real-world case studies and materials on ethics, policies and law. (3 units; Spring)

JRN320-A
Brodie, Victoria K
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 356
JRN320-A
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

JRN349 Editing for Print & Online Media
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A course involving students in an in-depth study of procedures of copy editing for newspapers, magazines and online media. Through assignments and exercises, students will develop superior skills in grammar and word usage, punctuation, spelling, style, fact-checking, use of reference books, and writing headlines and captions. Students will practice substantive editing, and proofreading for print and online media. The special conditions of the increasingly important Internet to copy editors will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: ENG 113 or JRN 170. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)nits; —=^I¢

JRN349-A
Brodie, Victoria K
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
JRN349-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN

JRN397 Publication Seminar
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Prepares students to produce high-quality publications. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the campus publications, to produce the Angelos yearbook, Banner newspaper or Pursuit magazine. Creating and publishing student-run campus publications will provide an opportunity for students to learn production skills, including editing, interviewing, writing, layout and design, photography, audio, videography, and management skills that will be vital tools for careers in media. Laboratory and field work. May be repeated once for credit.(3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall; Spring)

JRN397-A
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN
JRN397-A
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN

JRN430 Mltmdia Reprtng Edtng & Prdcng
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This course prepares the student to work as a journalist in today’s newsrooms, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms. The emphasis is on gathering assets in the field (text, photographs, video, audio) and then using those assets to tell a comprehensive story. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

JRN430-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 TR 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN

Concentrations (12 units)

Broadcast Journalism

JRN360 Audio Newsgathering
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This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of radio news stories and newscasts, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. Prerequisite: JRN 216. (3 units; Fall)

JRN360-A
Kruppa, James K.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN

JRN380 Video Newsgathering
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This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of television news stories and newscasts, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. Prerequisite: JRN216 (3 units; Spring)

JRN380-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN

JRN470 Reprtng & Producing Brdcst Media
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This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of broadcast news writing, new judgment and construction of broadcast news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for broadcast journalists. Prerequisite: JRN360 or JRN380 (3 units; Spring)

JRN470-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
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Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Global Journalism

ICS305 Global Perspectives
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A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125

ICS430 Intercultural Communications
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The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430-A
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 250
ICS430-A
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

PHI353 Comparative Religions
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This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 203
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 124
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 124

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
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Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Media Photography

JRN310 Advanced Digital Photography
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Journalistic examination of elements of excellent photographic principles. Attention will be given to the development of artistic and technical skills such as composition, focus, lighting techniques, and photo editing, as well as personal skills, such as relating to subjects, reporters, and editors. An excellent photograph provides insight into written stories, and many times the stories are told more effectively with pictures. This course will teach the art of telling a story with pictures. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall)

JRN310-A
Veneman, James Ray
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS ONLN

JRN410 Photo Editing
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Advanced journalistic still and video photography emphasizing photo editing, including specialized techniques in lighting, flash and related skills to teach students how to capture a journalistic story in digital formats. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Spring; As Offered)

JRN410-A
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS ONLN

JRN414 Social Documentary
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A social documentary is photos and video with a purpose - used to train, teach, motivate, shock, inspire, and raise awareness, consciousness and funds. As the Internet provides more opportunities for the independent journalist and activist groups form global alliances, the social documentary becomes an increasingly powerful tool for social change. Primary concern will be portfolio-quality, single storytelling pictures and multiple picture packages, including picture stories. Deadline pressure is emphasized, as well as trends, social implications, and portfolio preparations. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Spring; As Offered)

JRN414-A
Veneman, James Ray
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
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Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Public Relations

COM300 Public Relations
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Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

JRN370 Social Media Strategies
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This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. (3 units; Spring)

JRN370-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

JRN420 Pblc Rltns Wrtng, Camp & Strgies
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This course will prepare students with skills and an understanding of writings, campaigns and research to meet public relations goals for a variety of audiences through various forms of media. (3 units; Spring)

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
+

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Sports Journalism

JRN340 Sports Writing
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Students learn how to write a sports story, examining issues from race and gender to hero worship and sportsmanship, as well as trends and philosophies and the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it. Students will gain experience in covering games; writing for major and minor sports; interviewing; finding feature stories; columns; legal aspects of sports reporting; and covering breaking news in sports. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall)

JRN340-A
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS ONLN

JRN370 Social Media Strategies
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This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. (3 units; Spring)

JRN370-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

JRN440 Writing Columns and Blogs
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Principles and practices of writing in the shorter forms of journalism, including editorials and opinion essays for print, electronic and online media outlets. Includes writing columns, blogs, opinion-page articles, and reviews of theater, music, books, and film. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall)

JRN440-A
Quezada, Robert G.
09/06/2016 M 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
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Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

Writing

JRN370 Social Media Strategies
+

This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms. (3 units; Spring)

JRN370-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

JRN440 Writing Columns and Blogs
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Principles and practices of writing in the shorter forms of journalism, including editorials and opinion essays for print, electronic and online media outlets. Includes writing columns, blogs, opinion-page articles, and reviews of theater, music, books, and film. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall)

JRN440-A
Quezada, Robert G.
09/06/2016 M 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM BUS ONLN

JRN460 Investigative Reporting
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The tradition of investigative reporters, who uncover facts and write articles that expose waste, wrongdoing, mismanagement, fraud, conflict of interest and abuse of authority, and promote change and reform, has a long and proud history that stands alongside more conventional journalistic practices. Students are provided with reportorial skills and techniques required by journalists who develop articles of substance and depth in specialized areas, with emphasis given to research, analysis, and interpretation of complex issues in writing for publication. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring)

JRN460-A
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

JRN400 Special Topics in Journalism
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN400-A
Stilwell, Heather A.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

or

JRN450 Internship in Journalism
+

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of journalism acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of journalism as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
09/06/2016 - BUS OFFC
JRN450-IN
Chute, Michael D.
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC