Journalism Minor Requirements

Program Director:Maureen E. Boyle

Office: Cushing-Martin 116

Phone: 508-565-1824

The Journalism minor emphasizes a combination of theoretical and applied courses.

The minor in Journalism requires the completion of six courses.

Complete Four Required Courses

Code Course Credits

DMP 215

Introduction to Digital Media Production

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Understanding the principles and elements of video: the camera, lighting, direction, editing, sound. Practice in making a video composition.

Students may not earn credit for both DMP 215 and its former number COM 215 Digital Video Production.


JRN 100

Reporting and News Writing

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students will learn how to gather, write and edit news and feature stories for print and on-line publications. Writing, accuracy, and interviewing skills needed in both the journalism and public relations fields will be stressed.


JRN 313

Journalism Ethics and Law

Offered: Spring Semester

Examination of media law in the United States and how it affects news gathering, advertising, online and traditional publications. Students will examine both historic and contemporary media cases with the eye towards answering the question: "Just because the media can legally do something, should it?"


JRN 421

Journalism Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students will report and write a wide range of news and feature stories for the student newspaper and the student newspaper website under the individual supervision of the instructor in this laboratory setting course.

May be taken twice.

*Note: JRN 421 - Journalism Practicum may be taken twice, but can only be counted once toward the minor.

Complete Two of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

JRN 101

Advanced Reporting and News Writing (WID)

Offered: Spring Semester

Students in this course learn to write a wide-range of articles, including in depth pieces for publication in newspapers, magazines and websites. Social media storytelling and reporting will be explored. Students will also write a wide-range of in depth articles with a strong emphasis on professional publication. Tablets, such as iPads, are also used in the course.


JRN 222

Development of American News Media

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course traces the development of the news media, print, and broadcast, from their beginning stages in the 1830s to the present. The economic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of this process are explored.


JRN 309

Narrative Writing

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

Learn to use fiction writing techniques in the growing non-fiction narrative writing field. Students will learn how to get the best interviews from people, how to develop characters, what type of research information is needed, where to get it and how to gather it to create riveting narrative stories.


JRN 475

Internship in Journalism

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for students, usually in their fourth year, to practice journalism with a news organization.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.


Internship Requirements

Only Journalism minors with a 3.00 GPA after the completion of the second semester of Sophomore year are eligible to take JRN 475 - Internship in Journalism.

Normally, a 3.0 GPA is required for permission to intern. Exceptions may be granted by the Coordinator of Internships: a) When the GPA in the major or minor is higher than 3.0 and the overall GPA suffered from a single bad semester. b) When the internship will not be calculated in completing the major or minor and the Coordinator of Internships judges that the student is unusually well prepared otherwise for the internship experience.

Interns must spend a minimum of eight (8) hours a week (112 hours total) at the internship site and be evaluated by the site supervisor. Written reports are to be submitted to the Coordinator every other week and a research paper or other project must be completed and turned in to the Coordinator by a predetermined deadline. Interns must meet with the Coordinator at least three times during the semester to discuss the progress of the internship, readings, or the research project. This may be done electronically during the Summer Session when the site is at a distance.

No more than one Journalism internship course, for a total of three credits, may be counted toward the minor requirements:

All JRN 475 internships earn three credits, even if total hours exceed 112.

Students doing a summer-fall "split" internship may not do another internship during the same semester s/he is completing work for the "split."