Specialize!

Journalism majors now have the option of earning specializations on their transcripts and diplomas in broadcast journalism, digital journalism or global journalism.

To complete the undergraduate specializations, students will take the core courses required of all journalism majors, such as newswriting, law, ethics, reporting public affairs and Arizona Sonora News. In addition, they will take three courses in the specialization of their choice. So, for example, students who would like to specialize in global journalism can take a variety of courses the school offers in foreign reporting, including an internship at a foreign news organization.

To sign up for a specialization, or get more information, see Paloma Boykin. In addition to completing the core basics of the major, those seeking specializations would take the following:

Broadcast Specialization

JOUR 280 – Beginning TV Writing (counts as an elective): This course is an introductory class on broadcast news writing, focusing on writing for television with some instruction on writing for audio/radio. 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): This course introduces students to television reporting and production and the ethical decision-making skills needed to success in the advanced TV course, 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. 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.

•  Can take more if you wish: May also take other broadcast electives in addition to these three classes, including a broadcast internship.

Digital Specialization

Complete two of the following electives (two can count toward the two required electives for the journalism major):

JOUR 428 – Product Development in Journalism: This course will be a hands-on class in which you research and develop an idea for a news product and begin implementing the necessary steps to see your idea launch. By the end of the class you should have a beta version of your product that serves your identified audience.

JOUR 433 – Digging with Data: Learn how to find, request and create databases, uncover stories using various software programs, and turn them into compelling visuals. Whether you call it data journalism, computer-assisted reporting, precision journalism, or power reporting, these skills will set you apart from your peers in any line of work.

JOUR 480 – Advanced Multimedia: This is a hands-on advanced multimedia course that will provide students with the opportunity to refine their multimedia storytelling and technical production skills by producing journalistically interesting multimedia projects. The multimedia projects will be well researched and include some combination of text, video, audio, still photographs, graphics that will be presented on a website. Through interactive exercises and assignments, emphasis will be given to improving audio, video, still image capture and editing skills. This course is a combined lecture with outside lab work being required. Intermediate computer technical knowledge and skills, basic photojournalism and multimedia are required for successful completion of this course.

JOUR 482 - Drone Zone: Drones or sUAVs are increasingly common in many industries including: journalism, engineering, reasearch, agriculture, commerce and more. In this course you will learn about the current requirements for operating a drone for work or profit, how drone controls work, videography techniques and the rules and laws governing safe sUAV flight. This course will prepare you to pass the FAA's Drone License program and legally fly a drone for commercial purposes.

JOUR 484 – Mobile App Development: This course will be a hands-on, interactive class in which you research, and develop a mobile news application. You will develop and pitch an application, form teams and implement web technology to launch your application. By the end of the semester, you and your team will have a working application deployed on the internet. This course will take you from idea to application launch.

JOUR 493 – Internship (specializing in Digital Storytelling): Internship specializing in digital 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.

JOUR 497B – Advanced Photojournalism: The course is intended to give students a forum in which to hone their skills in communicating with readers of newspapers, magazines and the Internet, through the use of still photography.

Global Specialization

Complete two of the following electives (two can count toward the two required electives for the journalism major):

• JOUR 402 – Media and Terrorism: This course investigates the interplay between terrorism around the world and media content about terrorism. It focuses on how news media portray terrorism and terrorists, and the effects of terrorism and media portrayal of terrorism on the public.

• JOUR 426 – Reporting the Middle East: Through historical, economic and political exploration of a country or the region, this course provides 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 gain an understanding of best practices and challenges specific to reporting in the borderlands, and conduct research in and about the border region, including interviews with area residents. The class includes weekly trips to the border, provided by the school.

• JOUR 496F – Media Coverage of International Crises: This class examines how international media cover conflicts and other humanitarian crises, focusing on the Arab/Muslim world.

JOUR 496L – U.S. Press and Latin America: This course examines 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 as 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.