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Our program’s roots are in community journalism. Community news media outlets, whether they are found in rural or metropolitan areas, have one thing in common – they help strengthen communities by intensely covering local issues and showing citizens they have a voice in our democratic society. Working as a community journalist, one must be ready to cover any issue from local elections, city council, school events to fires and car accidents, as well as report those issues for print and digital platforms. The Community Journalism area of emphasis provides students with a solid grounding in journalism basics, expertise in covering a community, ability to research and report breaking news and in-depth feature stories and hands-on experience using the latest multimedia tools. Through non-journalism electives, students will learn about state and local government, how communities organize and develop, the legislative process, criminal justice, and the history of social issues and social welfare.

Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements – Effective Fall 2013
 

DEPARTMENT CORE: Required of all CMJN majors (3 hours)

  • CMJN 2100 Concepts of Communication & Journalism (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must take all of the courses listed below (15 hours)

  • JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals (3)
  • JRNL 2210 Newswriting (3)
  • JRNL 2310 Reporting (3)
  • CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law & Regulation (3)
  • JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the specialized reporting courses below

  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the journalism production courses below

  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production
  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism

GROUP 2 COURSES: Select FIVE courses (15 hours) from the following list of Communication and Journalism electives. At least one (3 hours) of the required four courses must be in COMM, CMJN, MDIA or PR.

  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)*
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design (3)*
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production (3)*
  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 4320 Entrepreneurial Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4410/4417 Journalism History (3)
  • JRNL 4430 Sports, Media & Society (3)
  • JRNL 4480 Advanced Publication Design (3)
  • JRNL 4490 Literary Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4870 Community Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4970 Special Topics in Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4930 Directed Studies (1-4)
  • JRNL 4967 Honors Special Problems (1-3)
  • JRNL 4997 Honors Thesis (1-3)
  • COMM 2010 Message Preparation & Analysis (3)
  • COMM 2400 Communication in Organizations  (3)
  • COMM 2410 Small Group Communication (3)
  • COMM 3100/3113 Speaking Before Audiences (3)
  • COMM 3110/3113/3114 Persuasion (3)
  • COMM 3300 Communication and Conflict (3)
  • COMM 3450/3453 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication (3)
  • COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric & Social Influence (3)
  • COMM 3650 The Rhetoric of Sports (3)
  • COMM 3700 Argumentation (3)
  • COMM 3970 Special Topics in Communication (3)
  • CMJN 3350 Visual Communication (3)
  • PRCM 3040 Foundations of PR (3)
  • PRCM 3080 International PR (3)
  • PRCM 3090 PR in the Political Process (3)
  • PRCM 3260 Strategic Communication in PR (3)
  • PRCM 3270 PR in the Not-for-Profit Arena (3)
  • PRCM 3280 Social Media and Public Relations (3)
  • MDIA 2350/2353/2354 Intro to Film Studies (3)
  • MDIA 2800 Multimedia Production (3)
  • MDIA 3210 Soundtracks Music Mass Media (3)
  • MDIA 3300 Foundations of Mass Comm (3)
  • MDIA 3350 Writing for Radio, Television & Film (3)
  • MDIA 3380 Broadcast Newswriting (3)
  • MDIA 3420 Introduction to Filmmaking (3)
  • MDIA 3580 Reproducing Popular Culture (3)
  • MDIA 3970 Special Topics in Media (3)

    *May take this course to fulfill a Group 2 requirement if the course was not taken as one of your required specialized reporting or journalism production courses.

GROUP 3 COURSES:  Must take one (3 hours) of the advanced reporting/writing courses listed below

JRNL 4230 Advanced Reporting or JRNL 4470 Advanced Magazine and Feature Writing (3)

University Core Curriculum and Non-Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism coursework, all journalism majors take a variety of classes that provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, information literacy, informed citizenship and global awareness. Journalism majors are required to take 23 elective credit hours and 41 hours in Auburn University’s core curriculum. Please consult with the Auburn Bulletin and your academic adviser as to prerequisites and class standing requirements for these courses before registration.

RECOMMENDED NON-JOURNALISM ELECTIVES (23 HOURS): Journalism majors may take any electives in the AU bulletin, as long as they meet the prerequisite and class standing requirements. However, selecting electives from the list below is strongly encouraged for a student interested in the Community Journalism area of emphasis.

  • ANTH 3000 CULTURE, MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3)
  • ANTH 3100 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (3)
  • ANTH 3200 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER (3)
  • CAHS 3700/3707 GENDER, WEALTH AND PHILANTHROPY (3)
  • CCEN 2000 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (3)
  • CCEN 2100 WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP (3)
  • ECON 3800 PUBLIC CHOICE (3)
  • ECON 4200 GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (3)
  • GEOG 2010 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (3)
  • GEOG 5310 GEOGRAPHY OF RURAL CHANGE (3)
  • HUSC 2000/2007 HUNGER: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND RESPONSES (3)
  • PHIL 1090 PHILOSOPHY OF RACE GENDER (3)
  • POLI 2100 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3)
  • POLI 3240 ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (3)
  • POLI 3250 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)
  • POLI 3270 POLICY PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3310 THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3320 JUDICIAL PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3390 RELIGION AND POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3400 POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS (3)
  • POLI 3420 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA (3)
  • POLI 3430 JUSTICE AND SOCIETY (3)
  • POLI 4010 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWERS (3)
  • POLI 4020 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES (3)
  • POLI 4030 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS (3)
  • POLI 4040 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
  • POLI 4050 AMERICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3)
  • RSOC 3620 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (3)
  • RSOC 5640 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (3)
  • SOCY 2000 SOCIAL ISSUES (3)
  • SOCY 2050 CRIME AND JUSTICE IN AMERICA (3)
  • SOCY 3500 MINORITY GROUPS (3)
  • SOWO 2650 HISTORY OF SOCIAL WELFARE (3)

Students must apply for admission to the Journalism program after 30 core hours.

Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the AU program.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 
University core: 41 hours
College core: 8 hours
Department core: 3 hours
Major Core/Required: 45 hours
Electives: 23 hours
TOTAL: 120 hours

Please consult the Auburn Bulletin for information on the University and College of Liberal Arts Core.

 

Contact Information

Judith Sheppard

Judith Sheppard

Journalism Program Director
227 Tichenor
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4594
sheppje@auburn.edu

Last Updated: May 08, 2014