– Jessica Paule, Class of 2015
Communication with a concentration in Journalism
Your written word can shape our world. In a time when fact-finding and interpretation is more important than ever, TU provides an opportunity to gain real-life experience in journalism, photography, layout and interviewing skills. In this always-in-demand trade, TU gives on-campus students the opportunity to work on TU’s student newspaper, both online and print editions, and the campus radio station to gain valuable know-how.
Make It As A Professional Journalist!
Do you have the desire and motivation to become a working journalist? In this concentration, our faculty make it real by teaching you the specific investigative, writing and production skills necessary to work as professional journalist. As a student in the Journalism Concentration, you’ll also learn the tradition and responsibilities of professional journalists.
Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Communication Major 24 hours
Concentration 15 hours
- COM218 News Writing
- COM318 Feature Writing
- COM350 Fundamentals of News Production
- COM410 Advanced Reporting
- COM438 History and Tradition of American Journalism
Total BA hours 121-123 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August
News Writing (COM218) - This course covers methods of gathering and evaluating news and writing typical news stories. Practice work covering assignments and preparing copy. This is a writing intensive course.
Feature Writing (COM318) - This course prepares the student for newspaper features and special articles for general circulation magazines, business, and trade journal sources, materials, markets and other factors pertinent to nonfiction writing. Students will analyze and write a variety of types of feature stories. This is a writing intensive course.
Elements of News Production (COM350) - This course introduces students to news production techniques through participation as a staff member of the student newspaper. Students will explore reporting and writing news stories, photojournalism, copy editing and layout and design of the newspaper in a multimedia format, using print and electronic platforms. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio of their work as well as learn transferable skills for a variety of employment settings. In addition, this course gives students the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills individually and in a group setting.
Advanced Reporting (COM410) - The purpose of this course is to give students training in news reporting and gathering methods. Course is a continuation of 218 and will give students further instruction in news story development and writing, as well as interviewing and note taking skills, as students pursue their own news stories. Students will be required to produce several, in-depth news stories and will explore Computer-Assisted Reporting methods. This is a writing intensive course.