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Navigating The Journalism Major

1. Start Here.

Start with these four pre-major courses.

  • JOUR 107: Fundamentals

    Introduction to journalism and strategic communications in the 21st century. Learn the foundations of producing news and strategic communications: how to ethically collect, analyze, aggregate create and publish timely information to engage public audiences.

  • JOUR 108: Design

    Introduction to design principles for media production including the basics of color, typography and composition.

  • JOUR 207: Words + Numbers

    Develop journalistic skills and practices including researching, investigating, reporting, writing, analyzing data, and thinking critically and creatively.

  • JOUR 208: Images + Sounds

    Critique and create photo, audio and video stories that are technically adept and which effectively convey a message, as well as analyze aesthetic and storytelling choices in digital media.

2. Select Your Focus

Once you’ve taken the pre-major course you’re ready to apply to the Journalism major and choose a track. You can mix and match courses across all tracks, but it’s good to have a focus.

  • News

    broadcast, print, digital, podcasting, long-form narrative, magazine, editorial.

  • Strategic Communications

    public relations, advertising, social media marketing.

  • Visual Communication

    graphics, user experience, video production, photography, web design.

3. Final Core Courses

After you’ve been accepted into the program, take your last three journalism core courses (below) along with six upper division elective classes.

  • JOUR 305: Media Ethics

    Understanding and committing to ethical action is the hallmark of a professional media practitioner. In this course you will think deeply about the ethical issues related to the practice of public communication as well as explore your own values.

  • JOUR 401: First Amendment and Society

    What does having a society committed to “free expression” really mean? In this course you will learn about the origins of the First Amendment and free expression in the United States. You’ll study the theory, practices, laws, conflicts and resolutions involving U.S. Constitution guarantees of free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition.

  • JOUR 499: Professional Internship

    Every student at the Reynolds School is required to complete a professional internship with a company or organization of their choosing. The internship must be approved by Internship Coordinator Alison Gaulden. The Reynolds School has strong ties in the community and has internship mentors at a number of different local creative agencies and media outlets. That’s not to say you have to stay in Reno, though–we’ve had students intern everywhere from Washington D.C. to Cambodia. Students may also complete additional internships for one elective credit each.