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Journalism

Journalism

Journalism Links

- University Star (student newspaper)
- Society of Professional Journalists at Texas State
- KTSW 89.9 FM
- Association of Hispanic Journalists at Texas State

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in journalism as well as a minor in journalism. Journalism majors take a variety of courses designed to provide core skills necessary for the field as well as courses designed to meet individualized interests.

All mass communication majors and journalism minors are required to take MC1313: Media Writing, which teaches basic media writing with a focus on digital skills. Students also take five required courses in the major and then may select four to five additional courses to explore various specialties and interests. Students may select a concentration, which requires 9 hours of specialized study, in either Digital Media or Multimedia Production.

Students who elect not to pursue a concentration are free to select courses from across the mass communication curriculum to build a portfolio catering to individualized interests. Students are encouraged to explore individual courses in digital media, visual journalism, various writing genres, public relations, advertising or international communications.

 

Required Courses:

  • MC 3321 - News Writing and Reporting I
  • MC 3383 - Editing for Clear Communication
  • MC 3390 - Media Design/ or 4315- Web Design Publishing
  • MC 4321 - News Writing and Reporting II
  • MC 4386 - Journalism Project - senior capstone course for journalism majors

Additionally, select 12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of mass communication plus one course from a variety of 1-hour mass communication courses.

Total: 28 hours in journalism and mass communication courses

 

Concentrations:

Concentrations focus on specific areas and provide skillsets designed to serve today’s evolving journalism profession. Students who elect a concentration apply the 9-hour concentration toward the 12 hours of advanced mass communication electives required of the B.S. degree.

Digital Media concentration (9 hours)
Required course: MC 4315-Web Design and Publishing
Choose two courses from: MC 3390-Media Design, 4356H-Multimedia Journalism, 4356I-Visual Storytelling or 4382T-Coding and Digital Skills for Communicators, MC4382U-Advanced Social Media and Analytics

Multimedia Production concentration (9 hours)
Required course: MC 3319-Visual Communication
Choose two courses from: MC 3311-Video Production, 3312-Television News, 3390-Media Design, 4312-Photojournalism or 4356I-Visual Storytelling

 

Course Catalog

For a full list of courses and requirements for our Journalism program, view the Course Catalog for:

 

Internships & Campus Media:

Journalism majors are encouraged to seek internships but are not required to do so. The school’s internship coordinator maintains relationships with employers offering internships and provides guidance in seeking internships.

Campus media outlets also provide valuable practical experience. Students may work at campus media outlets The University Star and KTSW-89.9 FM radio on a volunteer basis, for course credit or as a student media employee.

 

Journalism Faculty

Faculty in the journalism sequence bring a blend of professional and academic experience to the classroom. Working journalists serve as part-time faculty to maintain a connection to the profession.

fox
Kym Fox,
Associate Professor of Practice
and Sequence Coordinator
bertling
Terry Bertling, Part-Time Lecturer
bajackson
Bob Bajackson,
Senior Lecturer
clark
Elizabeth Clark,
Senior Lecturer
Davila
Vianna Risa Davila,
Part-Time Lecturer
martinez
Gilbert Martinez,
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director
Weill
Susan Weill,
Associate Professor
Wise
Holly Wise,
Lecturer

 

For more information about the journalism major or minor, contact:

Kym Fox, associate professor of practice and journalism sequence coordinator
kfox@txstate.edu
512-245-2656
Old Main 202A