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Communication Studies

Journalism Minor

In this minor, students will gain experience with various mediums, including print, broadcast, and multimedia. These courses focus heavily on experiential-learning opportunities that develop students' writing and editing skills. This minor is geared toward student-portfolio development. 

This minor can be combined with any major and minor, including the communication major. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Journalism Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

COMM 2010 - Introduction to Print Journalism (3 credits)

This course centers on instruction in the forms, methods, and styles of news and information writing for print publications. Emphasis will be placed on journalistic research methods, style conventions, and journalistic ethics. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

COMM 2200 - Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (3 credits)

Training in the elements of broadcast reporting with emphasis on the modern electronic news story. Students will learn the elements of broadcast news, the style and structure of broadcast news writing, and the technology of radio production. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

COMM 2800 - Introduction to Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to electronic field production equipment and techniques for various types of microphones, cameras, and editing equipment, including portable field camera set-up, operation, transportation, and maintenance video editing, lighting, scripting, media aesthetics, and logistics. Students will learn how to produce top-quality audio and video footage using shoot preparation, direction, and production techniques. Students will develop both their creative and technical skills by engaging in a combination of production exercises, projects, readings, and critiques.

COMM 3300 - Multimedia Writing (3 credits)

Due to the convergence of media, this course will survey the different formats and styles used in multimedia writing. Students will learn to tailor messages to their intended audiences and produce effective writing across various mediums, including print, radio, television, and the web. It will familiarize students with the ever-changing media environment and help students acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively across multiple mediums. The course will also discuss how students can prepare to transition from the classroom to a multimedia career. Prerequisites: COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H; and COMM 2010 or COMM 2200. 

COMM 3800 - Advanced Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers instruction in advanced electronic field production techniques, including scripting, lighting, portable field audio and video recording equipment operation, directing, and video editing. Students will master advanced creative, production, and aesthetic skills through a combination of readings, production exercises, individual and ensemble projects, and portfolio development. As television is a labor-intensive medium, students should expect to spend considerable time outside of class to complete the assignments. Prerequisite: COMM 2800. 

COMM 3820 - Sports Reporting and Writing (3 credits)

This writing-intensive course prepares students to cover, report, and write sports stories that include game coverage, columns, features, and news. Students complete the course with an expanded writing portfolio. Prerequisite: COMM 2010. 

COMM 4100 - Feature Writing (3 credits)

In this workshop-based class, students produce newspaper, magazine, and/or online feature stories for The Current and other markets. Types of stories may include personality profiles, travel, how-to, participatory, etc. Students complete the course with an expanded writing portfolio. Prerequisite: COMM 2010. 

COMM 4400 - Copy Editing (3 credits)

Students sharpen their journalistic skills as they learn about traditional and contemporary editorial roles and engage in the editing process. Because the news is fluid, students in this class learn to adapt to change and make informed decisions within the realm of solid journalistic standards. Prerequisites: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H and COMM 3820 or COMM 4100.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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