Journalism Emphasis (42 hours)

The Journalism emphasis prepares students to become successful writers, reporters, and editors for broadcast and print media. The curriculum is designed to prepare academically sound, technically proficient, responsible, and liberally educated graduates. The emphasis requires these courses:

School Core – 12 hours
MCOM 2320 Issues in Mass Media Writing
MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
MCOM 3310 Introduction to Web Principles and Design
MCOM 3315 Mass Media Research

Emphasis Requirements – 9 hours
MCOM 2350 Beginning Reporting
MCOM 3365 Radio-Television Journalism
MCOM 4352 News Media and the First Amendment

Newspaper and Magazine Option – 18 hours

MCOM 3320 Advanced Reporting
MCOM 3350 Introduction to News Editing
MCOM 4350 Design and Production OR MCOM 4359 Feature and Magazine Writing
MCOM 4388 Reporting of Public Affairs
Six hours of upper-level electives from SMC courses

Radio and Television Option – 18 hours

MCOM 3370 Announcing and Performance
MCOM 3366 Electronic News Gathering
MCOM 3367 News Producing
MCOM 4368 News Practices
Six hours of upper-level electives from SMC courses

The School also offers a master of arts degree in journalism. See the UALR Graduate Catalog for details.

The School sponsors chapters of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism scholarship society, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Journalism majors are invited to apply for annual scholarships contributed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation, friends of Edward Jay Friedlander, friends of William K. Rutherford, Herbert and Gertrude Latkin, friends of Harry Ashmore, Clifton O. Lawhorne, the family of Roy Mitchell, and Edith Wood Sweezy, the Governor Orval E. Faubus Scholarship, and the Jerol Garrison Journalism Scholarship. Journalism students also may compete for other University scholarships.

All material submitted by students as assignments in writing, reporting, editing, photography, and electronic news gathering classes is subject to broadcast or publication. The School uses a variety of electronic and print media outlets, including its own statewide news service.

Students taking journalism writing courses must have at least minimal word processing ability.