University of Nevada, Reno

Tracks of study

Student get to choose course from a number of media tracts. A student can focus in on one aspect of media, or pick and choose to create their own unique path.

News

This track focuses on both traditional news media (broadcast, print, magazine) and new media platforms like digital, podcasting, virtual reality and social media.

Strategic Communication

This specialization focuses on preparing students for careers in marketing, advertising, public relations and communication.

Visual Communication

Potential careers in visual communication include: photographer, videographer, graphic designer, user interface designer and many more.

Undergraduate Journalism Majors

In your freshman and sophomore years, you’ll be a journalism pre-major. You’ll be eligible to take our pre-major core curriculum (see below), and completing this curriculum will make you eligible to be formally admitted as a major to the Reynolds School journalism program.

During these first two years of your university education, you should be working on getting your core curriculum requirements completed.

To be admitted as a major to the program, you need to have sophomore standing with an overall UNR grade point average of 2.5 or higher. You must earn C’s or better in 107, 108 207 and 208. Also, in those first four journalism classes, you must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.  Journalism majors must maintain these GPAs to continue taking classes in the program.

Application to become a Journalism Major

Application to become a Journalism Minor

Journalism majors who fail to meet the GPA requirement for two successive semesters may be suspended from the major and may not take further journalism courses until their grades rise to the standard. (The Associate Dean can grant written permission to proceed on a semester-by-semester basis if good progress is shown.)

Best advice: Study hard. Pay attention to deadlines. Hold yourself to high expectations.

These are the core classes that all students have to take to earn a journalism degree at RSJ. Whether you’d like to pursue a career in public relations, strategic communications, advertising, broadcast journalism, online news writing, data journalism or social media management, you’ll have to master the skills taught in these classes first.

Before you become a major, you need to pass Journalism 107, 108, 207 and 208 with a C or better and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better (including both journalism and University cumulative).

JOUR 107 All Things Media: Foundations: In this class, you’ll learn how to gather, organize and report information using storytelling, data analysis and social media. Prepare for a challenge.

JOUR 108 All Things Media: Design: You’ll learn the fundamentals of color, composition and typography as well as basic visual literacy and photography skills.

JOUR 207 All Things Media: Words and Numbers: This class involves advanced reporting and writing for multiple types of media.

JOUR 208 All Things Media: Images and Sound: Learn to use images, video, sound and text to create engaging narrative media.

JOUR 305 Media Ethics: Learn to identify, consider and resolve ethical problems in journalism.

JOUR 401 The First Amendment & Society: Freedom of the Press—an essential component of American democracy that we hope you’ll come to love as much as we do.

JOUR 499 Professional Internship: Put classroom ideas into practice in the professional realm by going to work for a newspaper, magazine, online news site, TV station, ad agency or public relations firm.

In addition to core journalism classes, you’ll need 15 more credits that focus on your chosen emphasis and other selected electives.

First, choose 2 of 3 foundational courses (prerequisites are J207/208):

JOUR 318 Narrative Journalism: Learn to tell accurate and compelling stories.

JOUR 319 Data Journalism: Learn how to find the hidden stories in data.

JOUR 320 Social Journalism: Learn how to connect with community networks.

Second, choose at least one platform course (foundation courses are co-requisites for platform courses. ).

JOUR 303 Media Graphics: Learn to create dynamic visual media.

JOUR 313 Photojournalism: Learn the art of news photography.

JOUR 425 Audio: Radio Podcast & Beyond: Practice in reporting, writing, and producing audio stories, podcasts, and newscasts. Focus on audio production techniques.

JOUR 354 Game Design for Journalists: Learn to create news games.

JOUR 418 Magazine Writing: Learn to write in-depth feature stories.

JOUR 421 Video/Audio Field Reporting: Learn to produce broadcast news spots, features and projects.

JOUR 423 Television News & Production II: Create weekly newscasts and practice the skills required to put on a television news show.

Finally, take at least one news studio course. (Foundation courses and one platform course are pre- or co-requisites for news studio classes.)

News studios offer an opportunity to join a team of students and faculty member to produce a news product—a weekly news broadcast, an online publication, a news app, a documentary, a multimedia website or any other innovative idea that students and faculty can develop together.

First, take the foundation course, JOUR 351 Principles for Strategic Communications to learn the principles behind strategic communications in today’s society (prerequisites are J207/208)

Second, choose one or more* of the following courses:

JOUR 361 Writing for Strategic Communications
: Learn to write concise, compelling copy for multiple strategic communications purposes including social media, other digital environments and to earn media editorial coverage.

JOUR 430 Media Selection for Strategic Communications: Learn to strategically analyze where and how to place strategic communications messages including advertisements and press releases. The most wonderful ads in the world won’t work if they aren’t seen or heard by the right people. Discover how to plan and buy advertising time and space–TV, radio, billboards, social media, online, skywriting and even personal tattoos–to reach the right people. The same is true of efforts to earn media coverage.

JOUR 432 Creative Solutions for Strategic Communications: Learn to create advertising in multiple media and other messages to capture the attention of specific audiences.

JOUR 442 Advanced Strategic Communications
: Working with real non-profit organizations and businesses, learn to build comprehensive strategic communications campaigns to address the challenges they face.

Finally, you may take one or both of the following courses. However, enrollment is limited and restricted to those receiving a professor’s recommendation. Neither is required to complete the Strategic Communications emphasis.

JOUR 443 Strategic Communications Campaigns Studio
: Increase understanding, experience and skill by developing comprehensive strategic communications plans with national or international implications.

JOUR 433 IMC Competition
: Join marketing students to prepare an integrated, comprehensive strategic marketing communications plan for a real national or international client. Battle other top schools in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.

*Many students chose to take more than one of the courses in this section. JOUR442 is a campaigns course bringing together the multiple elements necessary for a comprehensive strategic communications plan. JOUR361, JOUR430 and JOUR432 focus more narrowly on distinct areas of study used in developing comprehensive plans.

Professor Katherine Hepworth's Guide To Winning Jour 300

First take the foundation course, JOUR 300 Visual Communication. You see a dozen magazines in the grocery store check-out line. One catches your attention and you pick it up. Why? This course examines visual literacy, perception, cognition, aesthetics and design principles.

Next choose one or more of the following:

JOUR 303 Media Graphics: Learn to create visual media.

JOUR 313 Photojournalism: Learn the art of news photography.

JOUR 354 Game Design for Journalists: Learn to create news games.

JOUR 418 Magazine Writing: Learn to write in-depth feature stories.

JOUR 421 Video/Audio Field Reporting: Learn to produce broadcast news.

JOUR 423 Television News & Production II: Create weekly newscasts and practice the skills required to put on a television news show.

And Finally, take one or more semesters of:

JOUR 460 News Studio: Design and produce a multi-platform journalism product.

In addition to the classes in your chosen emphasis, you may choose to take additional journalism electives. Other courses routinely taught by our faculty include:

JOUR 317 Travel Journalism

What makes you want to travel? This course will expose you to the best travel writers whose work creates space and place, and you’ll write compelling that makes others want to join you.

JOUR 360 Media and Politics

Explore the intersection of communication, citizenship and political decision-making.

JOUR 413 History of Journalism

Ben Franklin. William Randolph Hearst. Matt Drudge. A look at the roots of the journalistic craft from colonial press days to the Internet era.

JOUR 451 Interactive Media

Study and produce multimedia products for websites.

JOUR 481 Race, Gender & Media

Explore the ways that media create and challenge social constructions of gender and race, with emphasis on women and minorities.

JOUR 490 Special Problems

Pursue a special interest in journalism. Under this course number, RSJ instructors offer a variety of intriguing courses that vary from semester to semester. Stay tuned for details.

To be accepted as a minor in journalism a student must have a journalism GPA of 2.5 or higher To be admitted to the minor, students must have completed JOUR 107, JOUR 108, JOUR 207, JOUR 208 earning a C or better in each. After filling out an application to enroll in the minor program, you must take JOUR 305 and one elective to complete your minor. To continue as a minor, students must maintain a journalism GPAs of 2.5 or higher.

Core classes for minors

JOUR 107 All Things Media: Fundamentals

In this class, you’ll learn how to gather, organize and report information using storytelling, data analysis and social media. Prepare for a challenge.

JOUR 108 All Things Media: Design

You’ll learn the fundamentals of color, composition and typography as well as basic visual literacy and photography skills.

JOUR 207 All Things Media: Words and Numbers

This class involves advanced reporting and writing for multiple types of media.

JOUR 208 All Things Media: Images and Sound

Learn to use images, video, sound and text to create engaging narrative media.

JOUR 305 Media Ethics

Learn to identify, consider and resolve ethical problems in journalism.

Plus, one upper-division journalism course of your choosing.

Electives for minors

Choose one elective course from the list below.

JOUR 300 Visual Communication

You see a dozen magazines in the grocery store check-out line. One catches your attention and you pick it up. Why? This course examines visual literacy, perception, cognition, aesthetics and design principles.

JOUR 360 Media and Politics

Explore the intersection of communication and citizenship and political decision-making.

JOUR 401 The First Amendment & Society

Ah, Freedom of the Press—an American tradition that we hope you’ll come to love as much as we do.

JOUR 413 History of Journalism

Ben Franklin. William Randolph Hearst. Matt Drudge. A look at the roots of the journalistic craft from colonial press days to the Internet era.

JOUR 418 Magazine Writing

Emily Dickinson called publication “the auction of the mind of man.” Learn how to get some dough for your mind—that is, your published writing—in this class.

JOUR 481 Race, Gender & Media

Explore ways in which media create and challenge social constructions of gender and race, with emphasis on women and minorities.

JOUR 499 Professional Internship

Put classroom ideas into practice in the professional realm by going to work for a newspaper, TV station, ad agency or public relations firm.

Dixon, Jean

Academic Advisor

Office Location: 301A Office Phone Number: 775-682-7644 Jean Dixon joined the Reynolds School in 2015. In her role as Academic Advisor she works closely with transfer, sophomore, junior and senior status students, helping them with course selection to ensure students take courses that meet graduation requirements. She is also available to students to answer registration […]