Description

The journalism major is built on a solid base of instruction in reporting and writing, copy editing, visual communication and multimedia journalism. The major also has broadened its curriculum in response to advancing technology and new electronic and mobile media. Elective choices include courses in magazine writing, depth reporting, feature writing, sports writing, business writing, photography, design, data visualization, Web design, videography and advanced editing.

Many of the journalism faculty members have extensive industry experience at media organizations such as The Miami Herald, The Detroit News, Business Week and The New York Times. The faculty continues to be connected to the industry, and its members are actively involved in professional media organizations. Students, likewise, are encouraged to further their professional goals through participation in student organizations such as the Alpha Epsilon Rho national broadcasting society, the Society of Professional Journalists, Northwest Broadcast News Association, Radio, Television News Directors Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the American Copy Editors Society.

Faculty members prepare students for the job market by combining class work with actual experience. Students have the opportunity to work for the Nebraska News Service, the Mosaic website and The Daily Nebraskan. They can also participate in depth reports, international photo projects and many other print and online news services on campus. The journalism program emphasizes professional internships, and students in recent years have worked at such media organizations as ABC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Omaha World-Herald, The Des Moines Register, The Norfolk Daily News and The St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as numerous other newspapers and online publications. The college also has partnerships with several media organizations that offer paid internships during the school year in Lincoln.

The Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska’s largest newspaper, works with the college on a course called “The Real World,” in which World-Herald staff members offer students insight into working for a newspaper. Each semester the World-Herald chooses five students as “fellows.”

College Requirements

College Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications are the same as the admission requirements for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

These include:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics (4 units)
  • Social studies (3 units)
  • Natural sciences (3 units), and
  • Foreign language (2 units)

One unit equals one year of high school credit. Students with one deficiency, two deficiencies but not in the same category, or two deficiencies in foreign language who receive a Deferred Admission or Admission by Review, may be considered for admission to the college. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under Admission to the University, Removal of Deficiencies. High school deficiencies must be removed during the first 30 credit hours of enrollment at UNL (60 hours for foreign language) or the first calendar year, whichever takes longer.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

You must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language before you can graduate from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies

A student will need to complete the second semester of the first-year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second-year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.

Removing Geometry Deficiency

A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking two high school geometry courses by Independent Study or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options will count for college credit.

Admission GPA

Any student transferring into the college must have at least a 2.0 GPA. A student with 12 or more hours of college credit must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be admitted or readmitted to the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Readmission

A student who left the University not in good standing (below a 2.0 grade point average) may be readmitted in the Explore Center. Such a student would be eligible to reenter the College of Journalism and Mass Communications upon attaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA. This student would follow the catalog in effect at the time of the transfer from the Explore Center to the college.

Other Admission Requirements

Students from other Colleges

College of Journalism and Mass Communications courses will be restricted to College of Journalism and Mass Communications majors except where stipulated differently. Students from colleges and departments with a written agreement with the College of Journalism and Mass Communications will be exempt from this policy. Permission may be granted by an associate dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications in special circumstances following the directives provided by the faculty in these matters.

ESL Students

Applicants who speak English as a second language must present a TOEFL score of 70 or higher, which includes a subscore of at least 20 on the writing test. Additionally, broadcasting majors must present a score of at least 45 on the Test of Spoken English.

College Degree Requirements

College General Education Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor of journalism degree, students must complete requirements from the following areas:

  • the University ACE requirements
  • the requirements for a major offered by the college
  • the non-major requirements that are specific to the college

College Non-Major Requirements

The college non-major requirements (NMR) are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas. Courses satisfying these requirements may impart specialized knowledge or broadly connect the subject matter to other areas of knowledge.

Group 1

The college requires a second set of ACE 1 and ACE 3-9 courses beyond the ACE courses required by UNL. The ACE 4 course in group 1 must include a lab.

Group 2

Candidates for the bachelor of journalism degree must abide by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication accrediting guidelines, which require 72 semester hours be completed outside the college in subjects approved by UNL as liberal education/liberal arts courses and traditional liberal arts and sciences courses. All ACE courses from outside the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and all traditional liberal arts courses (departments identified in the degree audit) will apply to Group 2, along with non-vocational ALEC courses, College of Business courses and College of Fine and Performing Arts courses and any from NUTR, HRTM, and TMFD, unless specifically excluded. These 72 hours of liberal education/liberal arts courses are identified as Group 2.

Students graduating with 120 hours can take a maximum of 48 hours in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Students may take additional hours in the college, but those hours will be in addition to the 120 hours required to graduate.

Group 3—Minor outside of the College

CoJMC majors must complete one minor outside the College of Journalism and Mass Communications as stipulated by the department offering the minor. Students may complete more than one minor if they wish.

Generally, CoJMC courses will not count toward a minor unless the department offering the minor approves the substitution. The CoJMC course that was substituted cannot be a required course in the CoJMC major and cannot count toward the total number of hours in the CoJMC major. 

Students have the option to complete an inter-college major in the College of Arts & Sciences in lieu of a minor or a dual matriculation with any other UNL college. Students who dual matriculate must fully complete all degree requirements of both colleges.

Group 4—Languages—Classical and Modern: 0-6 or 10 hours

A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement. All foreign language courses as well as American Sign Language courses will also count in Group 2.
 

Options for completion of language requirement:

  1. Regular four-semester sequence: 101, 102, 201, and 202 (5, 5, 3, 3 hours for a total of 16)
  2. Three-semester sequence: 101, 102, and 210 (5, 5, 6 hours for a total of 16)
  3. Students who have completed at least two years of one foreign language in high school may satisfy the college’s foreign language requirement by completing 101 and 102 in a different foreign language.
  4. Students who have not taken four years of the same foreign language in high school but who complete the Modern Language Placement Exam and are placed into 203 (or higher) of that language, are exempt from the foreign language requirement without credit toward the degree.

Students who have taken three years or fewer of a foreign language in high school should contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for recommended placement.

A student who achieves a specified scaled score in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exam in French, German and Spanish, Levels 1 and 2, may be exempted from the language requirement and may also receive credit for the fourth semester course in the language. Students who want to exercise this option must receive permission from an associate dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

A student who has demonstrated acceptable proficiency in a language other than English is exempt from the foreign language requirement without credit toward the degree (for example, international students who completed high school outside the United States). The student's academic advisor will determine whether a placement exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is necessary.

Group 5

At least 30 of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

The college will accept no more than 15 semester hours of grades less than a C from any program outside the University of Nebraska system. No grades less than a C will count toward a CoJMC major. The college will honor minimum grade requirements stipulated by departments offering minors outside the college.

Pass/No Pass

The college will accept up to 24 hours of Pass/No Pass courses toward a bachelor of journalism degree, subject to the following limits:

All courses in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications must be taken for grade only, unless otherwise specified. This applies to both majors and non-majors.

The Pass/No Pass (P/N) option is designed to be used by students seeking to expand their intellectual horizons by taking courses outside the college in areas where they may have minimum preparation without adversely affecting a student’s grade point average.

  1. Neither a P (pass) nor an N (no pass) contributes to a student’s GPA.
  2. P (pass) is interpreted to mean a grade of C or better. A student who earns a C- or lower will receive a grade of N.
  3. P/N is not available to students on academic probation unless the course is offered only that way.
  4. The 24-hour college limit does not include courses offered on a Pass/No Pass only basis or AP credit. This limit does apply to transfer courses from UNO, UNK, UNMC, and other institutions.
  5. P/N hours can count toward fulfillment of group requirements up to the 24-credit hour maximum (if the course is eligible as a P/N course).
  6. Students may change from graded to P/N or vice versa only until half way through the course. In either case, they must speak with an advisor before doing so.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least half of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Students transferring hours into the advertising and public relations, broadcasting, or journalism majors must meet additional requirements, which are described under Transfer Credit Rules. To encourage participation in international study, the college accepts all prior-approved education abroad credits as hours in residence.

Transfer Credit Rules

The goal of the following policy is to ensure that students from other campuses meet the same standards required of students who take all their courses at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The college will accept up to 6 hours in journalism and mass communications courses taken at institutions that do not have an accredited journalism and mass communications program. Students must take the remainder of the required hours in their ADPR, BRDC, JOMC or JOUR courses on campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In advertising and public relations, these courses must include one 300- or 400-level ADPR course and ADPR 429 Jacht Student Ad Agency, ADPR 439 Student Competitions or ADPR 489 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns; and in broadcasting, BRDC 370 Broadcast News Writing and BRDC 472 Advanced Reporting or BRDC 360 Broadcast Writing and BRDC 462 Advanced Production. In journalism, the courses must include JOUR 302 Reporting II and either JOUR 401 Depth Reporting,  JOUR 450 News-Net-Nebraska, JOUR 446 Nebraska Mosaic or JOUR 497 Nebraska News Service. Students from ACEJMC-accredited programs may request equivalency reviews of the required courses at those schools. Degree candidates must accumulate 72 credit hours of non-journalism and mass communications classes. These are to be selected from ACE courses outside of journalism and mass communications courses or courses in disciplines listed as Liberal Education/Liberal Arts, which includes non-vocational ALEC courses, College of Business courses and College of Fine and Performing Arts courses.

Credit for courses taken at foreign universities and colleges will be transferred only after evaluation by the appropriate associate dean. This evaluation may include examination of the student over subject matter studied at the foreign institution.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at http://ace.unl.edu.

Catalog Rule

Students who left the university in good standing may be readmitted to the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and they may choose the catalog under which they wish to graduate according to the following guidelines:

  1. Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the Undergraduate Catalog for the year they enter the College of Journalism and Mass Communications or in any subsequent catalog published while they are enrolled in the college.
  2. No returning student may use a catalog that is 10 years old or older. In addition, any student seeking graduation credit for a College of Journalism and Mass Communications course taken more than 10 years prior to graduation must demonstrate mastery of the material currently included in that course at the proficiency level satisfactory to the relevant associate dean and one or more faculty members qualified to teach the course in question. Students unable to demonstrate satisfactory mastery of the course material will be required to repeat the original course or a corresponding contemporary course designated by the college’s advisory committee, if the original course is no longer offered.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in journalism will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
  5. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  7. Think critically, creatively and independently.
  8. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.
  9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  10. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  12. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts as well as tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Major Requirements

The courses required for a 40-hour major in journalism are as follows:
 

Specific Major Requirements
JOMC 100The First Year Experience1
JOMC 101Principles of Mass Media3
JOMC 130Introduction to Design Thinking1
JOMC 131Visual Communication Core Modules I1
JOMC 132Visual Communication Core Modules II1
JOMC 133Visual Communication Advanced Modules1
JOMC 134Visual Communication Project2
JOMC 20Professional Development/Sophomore Experience0
JOMC 486Mass Media Law3
JOMC 487Mass Media and Society3
JOUR 201Editing I3
JOUR 202Reporting I3
JOUR 302Reporting II3
JOUR 304Multimedia Journalism3
Select one of the following:3
Depth Reporting
Nebraska Mosaic
News-Net-Nebraska
Nebraska News Service
Credit Hours Subtotal: 31
Electives
Select 9 hours of electives from advertising and public relations, broadcasting and/or journalism9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours40

Data Journalism Option

Journalism majors may choose to complete an option in data journalism:

JOUR 307Data Journalism3
JOUR 407Data Visualization3
JOUR 408News Applications3
JOUR 401Depth Reporting3

Students may complete additional majors in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications by completing all requirements for each major. However, additional majors in the college will not take the place of a concentration or any of the 72 hours required outside the college.

Graduating seniors also must complete JOMC 98 Senior Assessment. Typically, JOMC 98 (zero credit) is taken in the last semester.

Additional Major Requirements

Internship Policy

Students may be able to earn credit for internships under certain circumstances. Please go to the college website and find the Internship Policy under the Student Services tab.

Credit in Special Experiences

Students may earn up to 6 credit hours toward the degree in some courses: Jacht, National Student Advertising Competition, photojournalism reports, depth reports and others. Students may repeat the same course again for additional credit hours, but those credits will not count toward the degree inside or outside the major. Talk with an academic advisor for further information or specific questions.

JOMC100
The First Year Experience

Description: Assists new students in making a successful transition to the University of Nebraska, specifically the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, both academically and personally. Fosters a sense of belonging, promotes engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the University, encourages self responsibility, and articulates the benefits of a higher education and the expectations and values of the University. Helps students develop and apply essential study skills, communication skills and explore interests, abilities and values.

This course is a prerequisite for: JOMC 20

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOMC101
Principles of Mass Media

Description: Introduction to the mass media as sources of news and entertainment conduits for messages of persuasion. Background and history about print and broadcast media and about public relations. How the media and persuasive messages both affect and are affected by society and content. Open to non-College of Journalism and Mass Communications majors.

This course is a prerequisite for: BRDC 227; JOUR 201; JOUR 202

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC130
Introduction to Design Thinking

Prerequisites: Admitted to College of Journalism and Mass Communications or by permission for students whose home college has a written agreement with the COJMC regarding this course.

This is the first of six credit hours in visual communications required for all COJMC majors. Students can complete JOMC 130, 131, 132, 133 and 134 in two, three or four semesters. The courses cannot be completed in one semester. Students can register for JOMC 130, 131, and 132 simultaneously.

Description: Live events, online materials and activities in design thinking, storytelling, and how technology works to challenge students to think creatively, strategically and intelligently when producing content.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOMC131
Visual Communication Core Modules I

Prerequisites: Admission to College of Journalism and Mass Communications or by permission for students whose home college has a written agreement with the COJMC regarding this course.

Students can complete JOMC 130, 131, 132, 133 and 134 in two, three or four semesters. The courses cannot be completed in one semester.

Description: Self-paced modules and weekly critiques introduce students to specific types of content in traditional and digital media, such as video, photography, layout, typography, web design, audio and mobile.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOMC132
Visual Communication Core Modules II

Prerequisites: Admission to College of Journalism and Mass Communications or by permission for students whose home college has a written agreement with the COJMC regarding this course.

Students can complete JOMC 130, 131, 132, 133 and 134 in two, three or four semesters. The courses cannot be completed in one semester.

Description: Students continue self-paced modules and weekly critiques to learn fundamentals of specific types of content in traditional and digital media, such as video, photography, layout, typography, web design, audio and mobile.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOMC133
Visual Communication Advanced Modules

Prerequisites: Successful completion of JOMC 130, JOMC 131, and JOMC 132.

Students can complete JOMC 130, 131, 132, 133 and 134 in two, three or four semesters. The courses cannot be completed in one semester.

Description: Students continue self-paced modules and weekly critiques to achieve more advanced proficiency in specific types of visual communication used in traditional and digital media.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOMC134
Visual Communication Project

Prerequisites: JOMC 130, 131, 132

Students can complete JOMC 130, 131, 132, 133 and 134 in two, three or four semesters. The courses cannot be completed in one semester.

Description: Produce multimedia group project that communicates information about organization, group, social issue, etc. Use all skills developed in previous modules.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

JOMC150
Introduction to Sports Communication

Description: Examines the primary concepts and conflicts in contemporary sports communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC191
Special topics

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOMC222
Social Justice, Human Rights and the Media

Description: Role of ethical principles and social responsibility and their importance in society and media today. Analysis of local and global human trafficking issues and advancing knowledge and solutions in areas of awareness, prevention, education, and role of media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 9 Global/Diversity

JOMC291
Special Topics

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOMC391
Special topics

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOMC408
Politics and the MediaCrosslisted with JOMC 808

Description: Current issues in media and politics, domestically and internationally.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

JOMC412
Literature of JournalismCrosslisted with JOMC 812

Description: The roles and effects of mass media and major works exemplifying the practice of journalism.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC422
Race, Gender, and MediaCrosslisted with JOMC 822

Description: Multicultural and gender diversity issues within the mass media. Broadcast news, print, and advertising media messages of racial, ethnic, and gender based minorities including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and women. Open to non-College of Journalism and Mass Communications majors.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC444
Science WritingCrosslisted with JOMC 844, ALEC 444

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Advanced writing about science for the non-expert and/or for the general public. Issues in science communication through reading the best writers in science and journalism. Research and write short articles and longer profiles about science and scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and elsewhere. Polish writing skills for doing work in science classes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

JOMC485
Mass Media HistoryCrosslisted with JOMC 885

Prerequisites: Junior standing; major in advertising and public relations, broadcasting, or journalism

Description: History of American mass media in cultural and philosophical contexts; the evolution of mass media as a social institution.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC486
Mass Media LawCrosslisted with JOMC 886

Prerequisites: Junior standing; major in ADPR, BRDC, or JOUR

Description: Legal basis for freedom of speech and press. Limitations imposed upon rights by statue, common law and court decisions. Resolving conflicts between those rights and other constitutional rights. Enhancing critical-thinking and writing skills. Roles, rights, and responsibilities of mass media in a free society through analysis of cases.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOMC487
Mass Media and SocietyCrosslisted with JOMC 887

Prerequisites: Junior standing; major in ADPR, BRDC or JOUR

Description: Interrelationships between the American mass media and society, integrating ethics, theories and contemporary issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

JOMC491
Special TopicsCrosslisted with JOMC 891

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOUR102
The Art of Writing

Prerequisites: Major in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications or major in other colleges whose programs require JOUR 102; passing grade on the "Writing/Usage" proficiency exam.

Description: Basic principles of creating and evaluating clear, engaging expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing for defined audiences and the contribution that tight focus, effective transitions, proper grammar, spelling, usage and punctuation make to effective writing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

JOUR189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

One University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program. JOUR 189H is open to University Honors Program students with any major and will count toward the degree in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

JOUR191
Special topics

Description: Topics vary each term. Maximum of 12 credit hours of special topics at all levels (191, 291, 391, 491). JOUR 191 may be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOUR201
Editing I

Prerequisites: JOMC 101

Work in JOUR 201 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site.

Description: Evaluating stories for grammar, punctuation, accuracy. and fairness. Learning and applying AP style. Writing headlines and captions.

This course is a prerequisite for: JOUR 302; JOUR 303; JOUR 348

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR202
Reporting I

Prerequisites: JOMC 101

Work in JOUR 202 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site. JOUR 202 is 'Letter grade only'.

Description: Basic reporting and writing for all news media. Interviewing and gathering information from appropriate sources.

This course is a prerequisite for: BRDC 370; BRDC 371; JOUR 302; JOUR 303; JOUR 304; JOUR 307; JOUR 408

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

JOUR204
Information Gathering

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and JOUR 102.

Description: Introduction to techniques for gathering information for use in preparing news and advertising for public media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR291
Special Topics

12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. JOUR 291 may be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Description: Topics vary each term.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOUR302
Reporting II

Prerequisites: JOMC 130-134 or JOMC 160, JOUR 201 and 202.

Work in JOUR 302 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site.

Description: Advanced reporting and writing. Skills and techniques necessary to develop more complex stories for all platforms.

This course is a prerequisite for: JOUR 324; JOUR 326; JOUR 450

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR303
Editing II

Prerequisites: JOUR 201 and 202

Work in JOUR 303 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site. JOUR 303 is 'Letter grade only'.

Description: Refining of editing of news and feature stories for print and on-line media. Issues of ethics and news-editing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR304
Multimedia Journalism

Prerequisites: JOMC 130-134 or JOMC 160; JOUR 202.

Description: Explores a variety of digital reporting and storytelling options used to produce journalistic content online.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR305
Magazine Reporting and Writing

Prerequisites: JOUR 302.

Work in JOUR 305 will appear on student news World Wide Web (WWW) site. JOUR 305 is 'Letter grade only'.

Description: Intensive practice in writing magazine articles for the general and specialized markets. Writing techniques and research.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR307
Data Journalism

Prerequisites: JOUR 202

Description: News reporting using data and analysis. Techniques for analysis and skills for writing complex stories.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR324
Feature Reporting

Prerequisites: JOUR 302

Description: Feature writing with the objective of improving the ability to produce nonfiction news stories.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR326
Sports Reporting

Prerequisites: JOUR 302

Description: The importance of good sports reporting through clear writing and its importance to readers; the principles of different types of sports stories; how to think critically about sports media; and how the fundamentals of good reporting and writing apply to sports.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR348
The Real World I

Prerequisites: JOUR 202

JOUR 348 is 'Pass/No Pass only'.

Description: An inside look at the news reporting business by hearing each week from working journalists at the Omaha World-Herald.

This course is a prerequisite for: JOUR 448

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

JOUR386
Magazine Editing and Design

Prerequisites: JOUR 302 and 303.

Work in JOUR 386 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site. JOUR 386 is 'Letter grade only'.

Description: Theories and principles of editing and designing magazines. Decisions regarding the format and breakdown of the magazine, editing and designing stories, choosing photographs, writing captions and headlines.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR391
Special topics

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOUR401
Depth ReportingCrosslisted with JOUR 801

Prerequisites: JOUR 302

Work in JOUR 401/801 will appear on the student news World Wide Web (WWW) site. Jour 401/801 is 'Letter grade only'.

Description: Long-form writing, interviewing, computer-generated research, refined writing and teamwork in the creation of a single-subject project.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:SDO
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

JOUR404
Digital Photojournalism/Multimedia ICrosslisted with JOUR 804

Prerequisites: JOMC 101 and JOMC 130-134

Student work in JOUR 404/804 will appear on student news World Wide Web (WWW) site.

Description: News, feature, sports and picture-story journalism.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:SDO

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR406
Digital Photojournalism/Multimedia IICrosslisted with JOUR 806

Prerequisites: JOUR 404/804

Description: Building visual skills to recognize action, reaction and/or emotion, and incorporating them into the shootings and pictures.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR407
Data VisualizationCrosslisted with JOUR 807

Prerequisites: JOUR 202 or by permission

Description: Storytelling with visuals generated from data. Theory and practice of visualization and analysis basics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR408
News Applications

Prerequisites: JOUR 202 or by permission

Description: Web development for data-driven storytelling on the Internet. Programming for news media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR410
Page DesignCrosslisted with JOUR 810

Prerequisites: JOMC 130-134 and JOUR 201

Description: Designing elements of news presentation, including newspapers, magazines, and web sites.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR414
Government Controls of InformationCrosslisted with JOUR 814

Description: Laws, regulations, and practices by which federal, state, and local government enhance or retard access to information about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR446
Nebraska MosaicCrosslisted with JOUR 846

Prerequisites: JOUR 202, JOUR 302 and JOUR 304 or BRDC 371 or BRDC 369 and BRDC 370 and JOUR 304.

Description: Create and present news and information of particular interest to Lincoln's growing refugee communities. The stories students report will be presented on the Nebraska Mosaic website (www.nemosaic.org), and they may also be re-purposed as part of printed newsletters or video projects distributed on DVD.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

JOUR448
The Real World II

Prerequisites: JOUR 348 and permission code

JOUR 448 is for four students from a previous Real World I class who are chosen to participate in a fellowships at the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

Description: Fellowship at the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR450
News-Net-Nebraska

Prerequisites: JOMC 130-134, and JOUR 302 or BRDC 371

Description: Producing a multimedia news product.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

JOUR467
School PublicationsCrosslisted with JOUR 867

Description: Problems and procedures involved in producing school newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, and radio and/or video projects. JOUR 467/867 is open only to students seeking a grade 7 to 12 journalism teaching endorsement.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

JOUR490
Global Multimedia Photojournalism ProjectCrosslisted with JOUR 890

Prerequisites: JOUR 404

Description: Research and then visit a selected country and produce a multimedia story dealing with an emerging country in which there is need. Spend eight weeks conducting story research on campus then travel to the country either during winter break or in May. Spend three weeks in the country while working on the story then finish writing and editing after returning to Nebraska.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

JOUR491
Special TopicsCrosslisted with JOUR 891

Description: Topics vary each term. 12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

JOUR495
Journalism Internship

Prerequisites: Permission code

Description: Journalism-related internships, paid or unpaid, will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their professional skills while contributing meaningful work and expanding their career networks.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

JOUR496
Independent Study in Journalism
Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

JOUR497
Nebraska News ServiceCrosslisted with JOUR 897

Prerequisites: Complete all required 100-level courses and JOUR 201, JOUR 202 and JOUR 302

Contact instructor for application.

Description: The Nebraska News Service functions as a statehouse news bureau for client news organizations throughout the state, generating original spot news and enterprise stories as well as responding to specific story requests from news service clients.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

JOUR499H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; candidate for degree with distinction or high distinction or highest distinction in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Regional reporter, The Grand Island Independent - Grand island NE
  • Reporter, Omaha World-Herald - Omaha NE
  • Data Visualization Intern, Buffalo News - Buffalo NY
  • Graphics and data reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune - San Diego CA
  • Visuals Editor, Hear Nebraska - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • Social Media Intern, Ten Thousand Villages - Lincoln NE
  • Intern/Correspondent, The Perry Chief - Perry IA
  • Congressional Intern, Office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall - Lincoln NE
  • Content Intern, American Copy Editors Society -