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Communication Degree (B.A.), Journalism Concentration

Why Choose a Concentration in Journalism?

The Journalism concentration emphasizes the acquisition of both reporting skills and the practices essential for the production of meaningful multimedia journalism. Through an examination of the organization and operation of news industries, as well as social and professional issues encountered by journalists, you will deepen your understanding of the role journalism plays as a social force.

Requirements for the Concentration in Journalism

Requirements for the Communication Major - 45 Credits

    Required Major Core - 27 Credits

    • COMM 0101 - Introduction to Mass Communication
    • COMM 0102 - Introduction to Human Communication
    • COMM 0201 - Introduction to Communication Technology
    • COMM 0204 - Writing for the Media
    • COMM 0207 - Communication Ethics
    • COMM 0209 - Global Communication
    • COMM 0221 - Communication Theory
    • COMM 0307 - Communication Law
    • COMM 0320 - Foundations of Communication Research

    Note:

    STUDENTS MUST ELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS. In addition to the required courses for each concentration, students are required to take electives, one of which must bear a COMM designation. If the concentration requires three or more electives, one of the remaining electives may be chosen from the approved elective list from any of the other concentrations.

      Journalism - 18 Credits

       

        Required - 12 Credits

         

        • COMM 0235 - The History of Journalism

        • COMM 0275 - Journalism I or
        • ENGL 0275 - Journalism I

        • COMM 0308 - Multimedia Journalism

        • COMM 0394 - News Editing or
        • ENGL 0394 - News Editing

        Electives - choose two - 6 Credits

         

        • COMM 0106 - Principles of Video Production
        • COMM 0223 - Web Page Design and Construction
        • COMM 0230 - Fundamentals of Audio Production
        • COMM 0233 - Documentary Film
        • COMM 0240 - Communication History
        • COMM 0309 - Electronic Journalism
        • COMM 0312 - Media Criticism
        • COMM 0316 - Special Topics in Communication (when applicable)
        • COMM 0325 - Photojournalism

        • COMM 0329 - Crime and the Media or
        • CRJU 0329 - Crime and the Media

        • COMM 0332 - Writing for the Electronic Media
        • COMM 0342 - Public Relations Writing

        • COMM 0375 - Journalism II or
        • ENGL 0375 - Journalism II

        • COMM 0395 - Sports Writing or
        • ENGL 0395 - Sports Writing

        • ENGL 0276 - Writing About the Arts
        • ENGL 0377 - Feature Writing
        • ENGL 0392 - Business and Technical Writing

        Additional Graduation Requirements

        All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

          Clubs & Organizations

          The Westfield Voice

          The Voice is the Westfield State student press with primary emphasis on news that most directly and immediately affects students.

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          WSKB Radio Station

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