The journalism program synthesizes the conceptual and theoretical foundations of journalism as well as the professional skills needed for success. Through a series of required courses and the completion of a personal portfolio, the student studies a variety of areas spanning community journalism, narrative journalism, social media journalism and the First Amendment, all of which engage students’ critical thinking and writing skills and support life-long learning. The journalism faculty and program provide a nurturing community within which the student is encouraged to achieve academic and professional excellence. The journalism program at Adrian College is designed to produce students with the ability to adapt to the changing world of media and communication by developing the ability to interview, collect and interpret information using a variety of media and develop a breadth of knowledge in various fields informing journalism such as science, politics, economics and social issues as well as developing an ethical framework and understanding of the journalism field.
Goals of the Journalism Minor:
Students seeking a minor in journalism will experience a curriculum that synthesizes the conceptual and theoretical foundations of journalism as well as the professional skills needed for success. The program has four goals:
- To develop journalistic ability to interview, collect and interpret information into a story using a variety of media. This also involves the development of different types of news and reporting formats including but not limited to: basic skills, features, editorials, sports, investigative and enterprise.
- To develop an ability to think critically and independently.
- To develop breadth of knowledge in various fields informing journalism such as science, politics, economics and social issues.
- To develop an ethical framework and understanding of the journalism field.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Present a portfolio that includes stories in a variety of news and reporting formats and involving various print and electronic media.
- Present a variety of the news and reporting formats pieces that demonstrate critical thinking standards of accuracy, clarity of writing, depth and fairness.
- Present news and reporting pieces with precision and accuracy from the perspective of a discipline.
- Develop a personal philosophy on journalism ethics.
- Demonstrate using ethical techniques and considerations in news and reporting pieces.
Minor Program Requirements
To minor in journalism, students must complete 16 hours.
Journalism Core (13 hours)
JRNL151 Publications Activities (1)
JRNL238 Introduction to Journalism (3)
JRNL306 Community Journalism (3)
JRNL308 Women in Journalism (3)
JRNL415 Focus on Journalism (3)
Journalism Cognates (3 hours)
PSCI101 American Federal Government (3)