Journalism Course Planning Guides

The official UA requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. If you have questions about these requirements or how you are to go about meeting them, please see the journalism adviser.

Courses required for Journalism major 

JOUR 105 – Principles of Journalism: This survey course provides an overview of news journalism, its history, future and role in a democratic society. It will cover the basics of journalism values, principles, law, ethics, writing and reporting.. 

JOUR 203 – Photojournalism: Reporting news through images and graphics; introduction to all aspects of photojournalism, including law, ethics, history and critical decision-making.  

JOUR 205 – Reporting the News: Gathering, evaluating, and writing news.  Completion of this course with a grade of C or better also satisfies the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA) requirement.

JOUR 208 – Law of the Press:  Basic legal concepts for print, broadcast, online, and photojournalism, including access to courts, public records and meetings; subpoenas and shield laws; prior restraint; libel; privacy; source confidentiality; intellectual property; obscenity; and FCC regulations.

JOUR 306 – Advanced Reporting: Comprehensive and accurate news presentation with emphasis on interview techniques and coverage of major news stories. Completion of this course with a C or better also satisfies Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA).

JOUR 307 – Principles of Multimedia: This is a multimedia course that will introduce you to multimedia reporting which is some combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in a nonlinear format in which the information in each medium is complementary, not redundant. Through interactive exercises you will learn about four basic elements: audio; shooting still photographs and video; editing; and storytelling using a variety of multimedia platforms. OR JOUR 385 – Beginning Television Reporting and Production (instead of JOUR 307): Course introduces students to television reporting and production and the ethical decision-making skills needed to success in the advanced TV course, JOUR 490C Arizona Cat's Eye. 

JOUR 313 – Reporting Public Affairs: Study and practice of newsgathering on executive, legislative, and judicial levels in city, county, state and federal governments, with emphasis on both deadline writing and in-depth stories.

JOUR 320 – Editing: Theory and techniques of copy-editing and headline writing; introduction to layout and design.

JOUR 411 – Feature Writing: Writing the feature articles for newspapers, magazines or other media specialized reporting and writing techniques. OR  JOUR 390 Arizona Cat’s Eye (for those in broadcast specialization): This course is designed to enhance and further develop your video news writing, reporting and production skills that you acquired in 280 and 385. It is a building block for 490C/Arizona Sonora News. Through extensive hands-on experience, you will write, report, shoot, produce, and edit hard news feature and in-depth stories for broadcast and the web. Ideally, by the end of the semester you will have produced several "air" quality news reports that you can include on your résumé reel. This course may be repeated once for credit. 

JOUR 439 – Ethics and Diversity in the News Media: Analysis of ethical theory and how it relates to journalists' roles and responsibilities in a democratic society. Case studies involve questions of bias, accuracy, privacy and national security.

JOUR 490F – Arizona Sonora News: Students in Arizona Sonora News produce strong enterprise stories in written and multimedia formats, which are then provided to media for professional publication. Students learn the techniques of search engine optimization and key word construction, and apply what they have learned in their other classes through the major. This engaged learning news service class enables students to demonstrate that they can produce professional quality work. OR JOUR 490C (ASN broadcast section): Through extensive hands-on experience in this capstone course, students learn how to write, report, shoot, produce and edit news for broadcast.

At least two JOUR electives (6 credits minimum). See adviser each semester for journalism elective planning.

Broadcast Journalism Specialization Courses

JOUR 280 – Beginning TV Writing (counts as elective): This course is an introductory class on broadcast news writing, focusing mainly on writing for television with some instruction on writing for audio/radio. Students spend the semester learning basic television and audio/radio writing formats. Ethics in broadcast journalism are introduced and discussed. Toward the end of the semester, students may combine their own original video to use in some assignments.                                                      

JOUR 385 – Beginning Television Reporting and Production (instead of JOUR 307): Course introduces students to television reporting and production and the ethical decision-making skills needed to success in the advanced TV course, JOUR 490C Arizona Cat's Eye.

JOUR 390 – Arizona Cat’s Eye (instead of JOUR 411): This course is designed to enhance and further develop your video news writing, reporting and production skills that you acquired in 280 and 385. It is a building block for 490C/Arizona Sonora News. Through extensive hands-on experience, you will write, report, shoot, produce, and edit hard news feature and in-depth stories for broadcast and the web. Ideally, by the end of the semester you will have produced several "air" quality news reports that you can include on your résumé reel.

The second journalism elective required of majors.

Global Journalism Specialization Courses

JOUR 402 – Media and Terrorism: This course will investigate the interplay between terrorism around the world and media content about terrorism. It will focus on how news media portray terrorism and terrorists, and the effects of terrorism and media portrayal of terrorism on the public.  While many of the assigned readings are about terrorism in the United States, including the 9/11 attack, perspectives from countries around the world are also explored. Students should keep up-to-date with developments in terrorism around the world, primarily through news reports. If events related to the course occur, be sure to bring the real-world perspectives into class discussions. Please note that some of the readings for this class will be challenging. Several explore academic theories and/or utilize complex statistical data analysis. While background in theory or data analysis can be helpful, no special knowledge is necessary to understand the material overall.

JOUR 426 – Reporting the Middle East: Through historical, economic and political exploration of a country or the region, this course will provide students with an understanding of current events in the Middle East and of the challenges journalists face reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes, and sporadic or ongoing conflict.

JOUR 473 – Reporting in the U.S. Mexico Borderlands: Students will gain an understanding of best practices and challenges specific to reporting in the borderlands, and will conduct research in and about the border region, including interviews with area residents. They will report findings in the form of essays, oral histories, research projects and in-depth reporting projects.

JOUR 496F – Media Coverage of International Crises: How international media cover conflicts and other humanitarian crises, focusing on the Arab/Muslim world.  Understanding of the business and culture of global news organizations.

JOUR 496L – U.S. Press and Latin America: This course will examine the history and development of U.S. press coverage of Latin America.

JOUR 497C – Reporting the World: This course is about understanding the world as a journalist, an international specialist or an informed citizen. It teaches how foreign correspondents gather news and examines factors that shape the global exchange of information.

JOUR 493 – Internship specializing in global journalism: Work on-site for a news or news-related organization under the supervision of an experienced communication professional. If combined with two 3-unit summer internships only a total of 7 units is acceptable. 

• For a full list of classes, you can also browse the Course Catalog through UAccess Student.

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