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Journalism

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts, Education, and Humanities

The Journalism major at Keene State College is dedicated to the investigation of the roles of the mass communications in contemporary society within a liberal arts perspective. The major has a strong journalism core with mass media options in News Media, Public Relations, and Multimedia.

The major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the media and prepares them for careers in the field by enabling them to develop print, electronic media, visual media, social media, photojournalism, and public relations skills in an applied setting. The curriculum emphasizes the professional concepts and practices of press objectivity, fairness, accuracy, and freedom of the press, and public relations strategies as well as the development of analytical writing, research, production, and presentation skills.

The curriculum covers the skill areas of journalistic writing, editing, electronic journalism, news production and public relations writing. A grade C or higher must be earned in each Journalism course or Journalism course substitution counted toward the major.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

44 credits

Core Courses

20 credits

JRN 130 Writing for the Media
JRN 155 Digital Journalism
JRN 223 Journalism Law and Ethics
JRN 230 Print Journalism
JRN 235 Broadcast Journalism

Students must choose one of the following two options:

Multimedia Journalism Option

24 credits

Practicum Courses

4 credits

Choose two of the following:

  • JRN 280 Media Production (2 credits)
  • JRN 281 Television Production (2 credits)
  • JRN 283 Sports Broadcast Journalism (2 credits)

Specialized Study

16 credits

Students must take four courses of specialized study. Students must take at least one course from each specialized area of print, broadcast, and multimedia).

Print

  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing

Broadcast

  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 435 Community Television News

Multimedia

  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism

Elective

Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • IAENG 202 Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • JRN 282 Equinox Editor
  • JRN 311 Mass Media History and Theory
  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 345 Radio Journalism
  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism
  • JRN 380 Internship
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 467 Specialized Journalism
  • JRN 498 Independent Study

Public Relations Option

24 credits

Practicum Courses

4 credits

Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • JRN 280 Media Production (2 credits)
  • JRN 281 Television Production (2 credits)
  • JRN 380 Internship (2-4 credits)

Specialized Study

16 credits

MGT 101 Introduction to Management
MGT 331 Principles of Marketing
JRN 386 Intro to Public Relations
JRN 486 Public Relations Practice

Elective

4 credits

Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • IAENG 202 Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • JRN 282 Equinox Editor
  • JRN 311 Mass Media History and Theory
  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 345 Radio Journalism
  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism
  • JRN 380 Internship
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 467 Specialized Journalism
  • JRN 498 Independent Study

Electives

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits