News / Editorial Sequence

Ray Minor's class

The News/Editorial (Print) Journalism sequence prepares graduates for careers as writers, reporters and editors. The emphasis is on accuracy and comprehensiveness in reporting, and on clarity and precision in writing. Emphasis is also placed on research and investigative skills, adaptable to all media, as well as other journalism-related fields. Students learn news judgment as well as responsibility to their audience and to professional ethical standards.

Journalism students are encouraged to work on the Arkansas Traveler, the student newspaper, or the campus yearbook, the Razorback. They are also encouraged to write for other campus publications such as The Hill, a student-produced literary journalism magazine. Professional experience is considered essential.

News/Editorial students are also encouraged to apply for the Digital Media Lab, an opportunity to work with faculty as editors for a semester to get real-life reporting and news-gathering experience. Students enrolled in the Digital Media Lab publish their work on the Razorback Reporter, a multimedia digital news outlet.

Required courses for this sequence:

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 2013 News Reporting I
JOUR 3013 Editing
JOUR 3633 Media Law
JOUR 3123 Feature Writing
Students in the news/editorial sequence must choose one of the following three courses:
JOUR 3023 News Reporting II
JOUR 4503 Magazine Writing
JOUR 4553 Magazine Editing and Production
Four Upper-level Students are also required to take four upper-level journalism electives.

Recommended courses:

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 3163 Sports Journalism
JOUR 4043 Government and the Media
JOUR 2332, 2331L Photojournalism I
JOUR 3083, 3080L Photojournalism II
JOUR 3723 Advertising Principles
JOUR 3743 Public Relations Principles

Journalism core courses:

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 1023 Media and Society
JOUR 1033 Fundamentals of Journalism
JOUR 3633 Media Law
JOUR 4333 Ethics
JOUR 4981
(See advisor for enrollment)
Journalism Writing Requirement

A minimum grade of C is required in all journalism courses that serve as prerequisites for advanced journalism courses. In certain cases, a minimum grade of B is required. Students must select a sequence when they enter the department.


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School of Journalism and Strategic Media
University of Arkansas
205 Kimpel Hall
Fayetteville AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-3601
Fax: 479-575-4341
Larry Foley, Department Chair
Rob Wells, Graduate Coordinator