Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with News Editorial Option

About

Few careers demand a more varied body of knowledge than does journalism. Journalists today are constantly working with far-ranging and complex issues. The journalism curriculum at Eastern recognizes that the profession is both a discipline of its own and yet a fusion of many disciplines in our culture.

The successful completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL 201 are required for admission to the Journalism Program.

Juniors: Journalism majors usually spend the majority of their junior year in news-editorial core journalism classes, where they gather, write, edit, photograph and present the news under conditions that closely simulate those of the professional reporter.

Seniors: As seniors, journalism majors complete remaining journalism classes, their minor and other graduation requirements. Students are required to complete a professional internship, serve in a senior leadership position on the staff of The Easterner or pursue their practical expertise in the field through a non-fiction writing project or individual journalism project.

Curriculum & Requirements

Journalism: News Editorial Major Option , Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Students working toward the BA degree may either major or minor in journalism.

The Journalism major candidate must earn a minor in some other field chosen with the approval of the Journalism advisor. All minors considered. The following minors are pre-approved: Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, English, Political Science & International Studies, History, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Visual Communication Design.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

Required Core Courses
JRNM 100EASTERNER STAFF3
JRNM 209MEDIA WRITING (students must complete this course with a grade ≥B.)5
JRNM 330PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM5
JRNM 332NEWS WRITING5
JRNM 333ADVANCED NEWS WRITING5
JRNM 341REPORTING5
JRNM 349PHOTOJOURNALISM4
JRNM 351THE LAW OF JOURNALISM4
JRNM 442NEWS LITERACY: PROPAGANDA AND FAKE NEWS5
JRNM 475DIGITAL EDITING4
Choose from the following–a minimum of 5 credits designed to extend the student's practical expertise in some field of communication-to be selected in consultation with a Journalism advisor.5
INTERNSHIP (this course is repeatable for credit)
EASTERNER STAFF LEADERSHIP (this course is repeatable for credit)
NON-FICTION WRITING PROJECTS
DIRECTED STUDY (this course is repeatable for credit)
Required Supporting Courses
JRNM/TCOM 305PRINT LAYOUT AND CONTENT DESIGN5
JRNM/ENGL/TCOM 309GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS5
Elective Courses–choose from the following8
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM
CRITICAL WRITING
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
NEWS DESIGN
NON-FICTION WRITING PROJECTS (students may not use JRNM 480 to meet both the expertise requirement and an elective)
Senior Capstone Requirement
JRNM 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN JOURNALISM4
Total Credits72

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Journalism: News Editorial from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • analyze and apply the principles of journalism and the laws of freedom of speech and the press in the United States;
  • conduct research and verify reporting to provide citizens the journalistic truth they need to be self-governing;
  • evaluate their work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, clarity, grammatical correctness and Associated Press style;
  • use current journalism tools and technologies effectively to serve audiences of digital and print news organizations;
  • write clearly, correctly and concisely about public events and public policy in journalistic styles appropriate for multiple platforms.

Contact Us

For questions relating to the Journalism Department please contact:

William Stimson, PhD

Professor; Director of Journalism
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