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Division of Journalism

General Education Requirements
Liberal Arts Requirements
Journalism Minor
Journalism Major
Division of Journalism Bachelor of Science Curriculum
Broadcast Journalism
Newspaper Journalism
Magazine Production
Public Relations
Course Descriptions

The journalism program seeks to attract self-motivated students with above-average capabilities and to provide these men and women with high-quality training for careers in the mass media. Accordingly, the Division of Journalism has established high standards for admission to, and retention in, the program. It offers the Bachelor of Science degree in journalism (with concentrations in broadcast journalism, newspaper journalism and public magazine production), the Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, and the Master of Science in journalism.


Director: Bland, Dorothy
Knight Professor: Ritchie, Joseph E. II
Professors: Abrams, Michael E.; Bland, Dorothy; Donnellan, LaRae;       Grow, Gerald O.; Hawkins, James E. (Dean); Workman, Gale     A.; Ziegler, Dhyana
Associate Professors: Grable, Bettye; Jones, Kenneth;
Assistant Professors: Kinchlow, Gina; White, Valerie
Visiting Instructor: Jiles, William
Associate University Librarian: Woody, Gloria
Director, Recruitment and Retention: Hall, Dianne
Director, Office of Internship & Placement: Gordon, Yanela
Director, WANM-FM: Miles, Keith A.
Director, FAMU TV-20: Jones, Ernest

Admission Qualifications
A high school graduate interested in journalism studies at FAMU should apply for admission and indicate that interest through the office of the director of admissions for the university. That office will determine admission eligibility as follows:

High School GPA:  2.5
English Composition Course GPA: “B” average or better
SAT/ACT Score: 1010 / 21

A student who does not meet these criteria initially may enter the School of General Studies or choose another major temporarily. If after 30 semester hours, the student has at least a 2.5 overall GPA and “B” average   in FAMU freshman composition courses, he or she may seek the Division director’s and dean’s permission to change majors.

The regularly admitted journalism student will be considered a full fledged journalism major when he or she has demonstrated keyboarding proficiency and completed at least 30 hours of freshman course work, or equivalent, with an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. This includes a 2.5 average or better in freshman English composition courses or in acceptable alternatives approved by the division director.

All undergraduate transfer applicants who enter FAMU with junior class standing must have satisfactorily completed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST). Florida community college transfers with AA degrees are also expected to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “B” average in English composition to be admitted to journalism. International transfer applicants, whose native language is not English, must present a minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a certificate from an English language institute.

A student entering FAMU for the first time and intending to major in journalism must take courses in beginning and intermediate keyboarding as soon as possible, unless keyboarding proficiency can be demonstrated to a journalism advisor. Students must be able to keyboard at least 40 words a minute with 85 percent accuracy. Some may also be required by advisors to take additional reading, speech, or composition courses.

All students admitted as journalism majors, having fulfilled the admission requirements outlined above, must maintain a 2.5 GPA in journalism and mass communication courses.  A full-time student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic work per semester.

Once established as a journalism major, any student who falls below a 2.4 cumulative GPA and/or a 2.5 GPA in journalism and mass communication courses for more than two consecutive semesters will be placed on academic probation. A student placed on probation must meet with the retention committee which will recommend to the division director conditional reinstatement, full reinstatement, removal from the journalism program. In extreme cases, the division director may dismiss a student on his/her own authority.

Students must earn at least 125 semester hours of credit, have at least a 2.4 cumulative GPA, and have a 2.5 GPA in journalism and closely related courses to qualify for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism or a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations. Students cannot graduate with these degrees unless their GPA meets or exceeds these levels and all other requirements and all other requirements (regular or probationary) are met.

General Education Requirements (35 semester hours)

Communicative Skills
Sem. Hrs.
Natural Sciences6
Social Sciences (one course must be AMH 2091 or AFA 3104*)6

Liberal Arts Requirements (30 semester hours)

Recognizing the need for its students to receive a broad, well-rounded education, the Division of Journalism has developed a list of liberal arts courses, which all majors are required to take. Among such courses are principles of economics, logic, sociology, psychology, art appreciation and national, state, and local government. The Division also requires majors to take courses to improve writing and speaking skills. Such courses are essential to students preparing for careers in mass media.

Minor (12 semester hours)
Journalism majors must select 12 hours of course work outside the major, such as: literature, political science, criminal justice, history, math, psychology, sociology, economics, Spanish or French.     Courses taken in this area cannot be used to complete the liberal arts requirements mentioned above. Other areas may be selected with the approval of the student’s advisor or division director.

Concentration/Free Electives (9 semester hours)
The journalism faculty realizes that some students need to acquire a background in a sub-specialty area. Hence, students may select 9 semester hours in such areas as: military science, business, computer science, agriculture, photography or graphic design. Students who do not wish to develop a concentration may select 9 semester hours among any courses they choose. Decisions must be made with faculty advisors.

Journalism Minor (18 Semester Hours)
Any FAMU student may minor in journalism by successfully completing 18 semester hours in journalism courses. Each student must complete 11 of the 18 required semester hours in the following journalism courses: MMC 2000, JOU 3110, MMC 2100, and JOU 3101. Other hours toward the journalism minor will be planned by the student with the consent of the journalism division director. Some prerequisites expected of journalism majors may be waived for journalism minors at the discretion of the division director. Students who minor in journalism will be expected to outline and discuss their minor programs with a journalism advisor before embarking on programs. Minors will be at some disadvantage if they do not type at least 40 words per minute with 85 percent accuracy. Minors must also be proficient in grammar and spelling.

Journalism Major
The journalism major requires a student to complete at least 80 hours outside of journalism, which includes a minimum of 65 hours in liberal arts and sciences. At least 39 semester hours in journalism are required for the journalism degree. All students must complete the core curriculum requirements and the requirements for one of the four sequences offered: broadcast journalism, newspaper journalism, magazine production, and public relations. In some cases, the division director may approve courses outside the program to supplement required courses.
Students are required to prepare quality resumes that are current from their first day as majors and to collect good samples of their work for portfolios. In addition, journalism students are expected to read the daily newspapers, weekly newsmagazines and online news sites regularly to keep abreast of current events. This is a cornerstone of successful journalistic practice, and such knowledge will be tested frequently by faculty.

SJGC and The Tallahassee Democrat have established a unique professional development program for junior and senior newspaper and magazine majors. Seniors are required to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week, for pay, with a designated editor and adjunct faculty member at the Democrat. A maximum of five students participate each semester, including the summer sessions. Purposes of the program are to: provide students additional newsroom experience; further develop student skills; and provide opportunities for building a professional portfolio.
Students work as reporters, copy editors, photographers, designers, and production specialists. Journalism majors must complete JOU 4944, Publications Practicum, before enrolling in this program. Graphic Communication majors are also eligible for this program.

Capstone Projects
In  the final semester before graduation, students are required to present a Capstone Project to a panel of professors and media professionals. The project includes a portfolio of the students’ work accumulated during their years in SJGC.  Majors must pass the capstone project requirements to graduate.
All broadcast, newspaper, and magazine students must register for Colloquium during their final semester of study to get credit for the capstone project; public relations majors must register for the PR Practicum course to receive Capstone Project credit. Summer graduates must register for these courses in the spring because they are not offered during the summer sessions.

Transfer Credit
The Division of Journalism may accept a maximum of six semester hours of journalism credit from non-accredited journalism/mass communication programs and up to 12 hours from accredited programs at the discretion of the dean.

Division of Journalism
Bachelor of Science Curriculum

 Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
 ENC 1101, 1102 Fresh Communicative Skills I, II 6
 MGF 1106, MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Math I & II6
 HUM 2211 Humanities* 3
 POS 2041 American National Government 3
 AMH 2091 Intro to African-American History** 3
 SPC 2600 Public Speaking 3
 SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
 WOH 1022 History of Civil II
 Total 30
 * Alternate:  see alternate listing in University Catalogue
**  Alternate:  AFA 3104, The African-American Experience
 Sophomore Year 
 JOU 2920 Journalism Colloquium 1
 BSC 1005 Biological Science* w/Lab 4
 PSC 1121 Physical Science w/Lab 4
 GEO 3421 Cultural Geography 3
 ECO 2012 Principles of Economics 3
 JOU 1005 Language Skills for Journalists 2
 JOU 3110 Use of Information Resources 2
 MMC 2000 Intro to Mass Media 3
 MMC 2100 Mass Media Methods 3
 PSY 2012 Intro to Psychology 3
 AMH 2010 U.S. History 1492-1865 **
 Total 31

* Alternate: AST 1002, Astronomy or CHM 1030/1030L, Introductory Chemistry for Non-Science Majors (with Lab)
** Alternate: AMH 2020, U.S. History 1865-Present

Broadcast Journalism

The broadcast journalism program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in broadcast journalism. Students who complete this sequence will be prepared to assume positions as television news reporter, associate producer, producer, and videographer.    

Junior YearSem. Hrs.
JOU 3101 Newswriting and Reporting3
RTV 3001 Telecommunication Environment3
RTV 3234 Broadcast Announcing3
RTV 3304 Broadcast Newswriting3
PHI 2101 Intro. to Logic3
LIT 2110 Intro to Literature I*3
POS 2112 State and Local Government3
Free Electives
*Alternate:  LIT 2120, Introduction to Literature II or AML 4604, Legacy of African-American Literature 
Senior YearSem. Hrs.
JOU 4922 Journalism Colloquium (Capstone)1
MMC 4200 Communication Law3
MMC 4203 Media Ethics2
RTV 3320 TV News3
RTV 3322 Advanced TV News3
RTV 3331 Specialized Reporting in TV3
RTV 4941 Radio News Practicum1
AML 3122 American Literature II*3
ARH 3610 American Art **3
Free Electives
* Alternate:  AML 4276 Afro-American Novel II
**Alternate:  MUH 3116, Jazz History or
      MUH 3212, History of Music

Newspaper Journalism
The newspaper journalism program is widely recognized for preparing qualified students in this exciting field. Students completing this sequence will be able to compete for positions as news reporters and copy editors, and they will have expertise in newspaper design. 

Junior YearSem. Hrs.
JOU 3101 Newswriting and Reporting3
JOU 3223 Publication Editing and Design3
JOU 3300 Feature Article Writing3
PHI 2101 Introduction to Logic3
LIT 2110 Intro to Literature I*3
POS 2112 State and Local Government3
PGY 2101 Basic Photography3
Free Electives3
*Alternate:  LIT 2120, Introduction to Literature II or AML 4604, Legacy of African-American Literature 
Senior Year 
JOU 4922 Journalism Colloquium1
MMC 4200 Communication Law3
MMC 4203 Media Ethics2
JOU 4181 Public Affairs Reporting3
JOU 4202 Advanced Newspaper Editing3
JOU 4302 Editorial Writing*3
JOU 4944 Publications Practicum1
MMC 4930 Senior Seminar2
AML 3122 American Literature II **3
ARH 3610 American Art3
Free Electives3
Journalism Elective
*Alternate:  JOU 4180, In-depth Reporting
**Alternate:AML 4276 Afro-American Novel II
*** Alternate:  MUH 3116, Jazz History or MUH 3212, History of Music

Magazine Production
Students completing the requirements for the magazine production program will have developed skills in writing stories for magazines as well as the skills needed to design magazines with desktop publishing expertise. Students also will have learned the business and organizational requirements needed in magazine production.

 Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
 JOU 3101 Newswriting and Reporting 3
 JOU 3223 Publication Editing and Design 3
 JOU 3308 Magazine Article Writing 3
 JOU 3319 Principles of Magazine Journalism 3
 PGY 2101 Basic Photography 3
 PHI 2101 Intro. to Logic 3
 LIT 2110 Intro. to Literature I* 3
 POS 2112 State and Local Government 3
 Minor 6
 Free Elective
 Total 33
 *Alternate:  LIT 2120, Introduction to Literature II or
                 AML 4604, Legacy of African-American Literature
 Senior Year 
 JOU 4922 Journalism Colloquium (Capstone)1
 MMC 4200 Communication Law 3
 MMC 4203 Media Ethics2
 MMC 4930 Senior Seminar 2
 JOU 4212 Magazine Design and Layout 3
 JOU 4181 Public Affairs Reporting* 3
 JOU 4944 Publications Practicum 1
 AML 3122 American Literature II ** 3
 ARH 3610 American Art 3
 Minor 6
Free Electives3
Journalism Elective

*Alternate:  JOU 4180, In-depth Reporting
**Alternate: AML 4276 Afro-American Novel II
Alternate: MUH 3116, Jazz History or MUH 3212, History of Music

Public Relations
Students completing the requirements for the public relations program will be able to demonstrate the competencies needed in the increasingly complex profession of public relations. Students will gain mastery of the public relations process and its applications for non-profit, government, industry, agency and corporate public relations.

Junior YearSem. Hrs.
JOU 3101 Newswriting and Reporting 3
JOU 3223 Publication Editing and Design3
PUR 3000 Intro to Public Relations 3
PUR 3105 Public Relations Methods 3
RTV 3001 Telecommunication Environment 3
 PGY 2101 Basic Photography 3
 MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
 PHI 2101 Intro. to Logic 3
 LIT 2110 Intro. to Literature I* 3
 ENC 2300 Improving Writing Competency** (3)
 Total 33
 *Alternate: LIT 2120, Introduction to Literature II or AML 4604, Legacy of African-American Literature
**Mandatory for students who earn below a 2.5 GPA in ENC 1101 and 1102. Students must pass ENC 2300 with a “B” grade.
 Senior Year 
 JOU 4922 Journalism Colloquium (Capstone) 1
 MMC 4200 Communication Law 3
 MMC 4203 Media Ethics 2
 PUR 4205 Corporate Communication Production 3
 PUR 4801 Case Studies in Public Relations 3
 PUR 4941 Public Relations Practicum1
 MAR 4323 Principles of Advertising 3
 AML 3122 American Literature II* 3
 ARH 3610 American Art ** 3
 POS 2112 State and Local Government 3
 Minor 3
 Free Electives
 Total 31
 *Alternate:    AML 4276 Afro-American Novel II
**Alternate:  MUH 3116, Jazz History or MUH 3212, History of Music

Other Requirements
Students must earn at least a “C” grade in all journalism core curriculum courses and respective sequence courses. No course can count toward more than one requirement of the Bachelor of Science in journalism degree.

Public relations majors must earn at least a “C” grade in the advertising, marketing, and basic photography courses. Newspaper and magazine majors must earn at least a “C” grade in basic photography.

Course Descriptions

COM 4105 Business and Technical Communications (3) Prereq: Junior standing. Advanced level course focusing on principles, techniques and procedures used in business and technical communications, i.e., technical writing, slide presentations and oral presentations.

COM 4302 Introduction to Communication Research
(3) Prereq: Senior standing. Introduction to social science fact-finding techniques emphasizing sample selection, questionnaire design, interviewing, interpreting, and presenting results.

JOU 1005 Language Skills for Journalists
(2) Prereq: ENC 1101, 1102. Practice in the application of basic grammar principles needed to practice effective journalistic writing.

JOU 2920, 4922 Journalism Colloquium
(1) Presentations by guest speakers and faculty on various topics and issues in journalism and mass communication.

JOU 3101 Newswriting and Reporting
(3) Prereq: JOU 1005, JOU 3110, MMC 2100. Reporting theory and practice as applied to newspapers with supervised practice in newswriting and reporting. With lab.

JOU 3110 Use of Information Resources
(2) Exercises in finding facts from various sources including libraries, directories, census data, public documents, computer files, surveys, and expert resource people.

JOU 3223 Publication Editing and Design
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Principles and practice in editing material for print, writing headlines, designing the printed page. Use of computers in copy editing and page design. With lab.

JOU 3300 Feature Article Writing for Newspapers
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Practice in the preparation and sale of feature stories for publication.

JOU 3308 Magazine Article Writing
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Practice in preparation and sale of articles to various magazines.

JOU 3319 Principles of Magazine Journalism
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101, 3223 or permission. Introduction to magazine purpose, philosophy, marketing, content selection, layout, design, production, and circulation.

(3) Prereq:  JOU 3101. Investigative techniques for producing long-format news stories.

JOU 4181 Public Affairs Reporting
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. News gathering and presentation from government units, including public meetings and public records. With lab.

JOU 4202 Advanced Newspaper Editing
(3) Prereq: JOU 3223. Practice in advanced techniques of newspaper copy editing, headline writing, use of art and graphics in page design. With lab.

JOU 4212 Magazine Design and Layout
(3) Prereq: JOU 3223. Learning the principles of magazine design and layout with actual practice on the campus laboratory publication. With lab.

JOU 4302 Editorial Writing
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Practice in examining critical local, state, national and international issues by discussion, research, and writing editorials based on those analyses.

JOU 4801 Supervision of School Media
(3) Prereq: MMC 2100, JOU 3101, JOU 3223. Guidelines and basic principles for teaching journalism at middle or high school level and/or supervising school media.

JOU 4944 Publications Practicum
(1) Prereq: JOU 3101. Junior standing and permission. Student serves as news staff member on campus newspaper under direct supervision of faculty advisor.

MMC 2000 Introduction to the Mass Media
(3) Prereq: Sophomore standing and successful completion of freshman composition courses. Survey of historical development and societal effects of modern mass media.

MMC 2100 Mass Media Methods
(3) Prereq: Sophomore standing, JOU 1005, JOU 3110, ability to type 40 wpm with 85% accuracy. Introduction to basic writing techniques for the media. With lab.

MMC 4200 Communication Law
(3) Prereq: Junior standing. Study of legal parameters within which responsible media practitioners are expected to work.

MMC 4203 Media Ethics
(2) Prereq: Junior standing. Study of the ethical parameters within which responsible media practitioners are expected to operate.

MMC 4601 Black Media and America
(2) Prereq: Junior standing. Study of black-oriented media in America with emphasis on historical background, role, impact, problems, and future in American society.

MMC 4602 Mass Media and the Public
(3) Prereq: Junior standing. Investigations and analysis of the major themes and issues in mass media including such topics as media effects, media access, trends in mass media, and media in 21st century.

MMC 4930 Senior Seminar
(2) Prereq:  Junior standing and permission of division director. Students work as staff writers/reporters in a semester-long program at the Tallahassee Democrat under the supervision of an editor who also is an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Journalism. Students work 20 hours per week and receive pay.

MMC 4945 Internship
(1) Prereq: Permission of advisor and division director. Supervised field experience at a newspaper, magazine, broadcast station, PR agency or related organization. Students complete weekly journals and a report on the experience. Evaluation on S-U basis.

PUR 3000 Introduction to Public Relations
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Fundamental theories and processes of public relations, tracing growth and development of this field to current and emerging practices. Application of PR to corporations, government agencies, and service organizations.

PUR 3105 Public Relations Methods
(3) Prereq: PUR 3000, JOU 3223. Applications of public relations process, including research, action, communication, and evaluation. Practice in producing brochures and pamphlets, newsletters, and annual reports for public. With lab.

PUR 4801 Case Studies in Public Relations
(3) Prereq: PUR 3000, PUR 3105. Study of case histories and communication campaigns in the public and private sectors, with emphasis on problem-solving and issues management.

PUR 4205 Corporate Communication Production
(3) Prereq: Senior standing, JOU 3223, PUR 3105. Study of practice in public relations strategies used in corporations, including newsletters, issue statements, electronic news releases, and annual reports. With lab.

PUR 4941 Public Relations Practicum
(1) Prereq: PUR 3000, PUR 3105. Student serves 10 hours a week in voluntary public relations role, subject to instructor’s approval, to gain experience in public relations activities.

RTV 3001 Telecommunication Environment
(3) Prereq: Junior standing. An overview of the structure, issues, and policies relating to broadcasting and the emergence of new technologies in telecommunication.

RTV 3234 Broadcast Announcing
(3) Prereq: Junior Standing: JOU 3101, RTV 3304. Practical techniques for improving on-camera presentation.

RTV 3304 Broadcast Newswriting and Reporting
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101. Writing and editing news copy for broadcast news operations against deadlines and using appropriate rules. Emphasis also given to legal and ethical constraints.

RTV 3320 Television News
(3) Prereq: JOU 3101; Coreq: RTV 3304. Writing and production of TV news stories against deadlines using ENG techniques. Emphasis also given to ethical and legal matters in TV news. With lab.

RTV 3322 Advanced TV News
(3) Prereq: RTV 3320. Practice in presenting news stories and mastering field and studio production techniques in TV news. With lab.

RTV 3331 Specialized Reporting in TV
(3) Prereq: RTV 3320. Practice in writing, reporting and producing specialized news stories including series reporting and mini-documentaries.

RTV 4941 Radio News Practicum
(1) Prereq:  RTV 3304. Students serve 10 hours per week as unpaid news and public affairs staff members of WANM-FM, the campus radio station. Students report, write, produce, and air newscasts.