The journalism program synthesizes the conceptual and theoretical foundations of journalism as well as the professional skills needed for success. Through a series of required courses and the completion of a personal portfolio, the student studies a variety of areas spanning community journalism, narrative journalism, social media journalism and the First Amendment, all of which engage students’ critical thinking and writing skills and support life-long learning. The journalism faculty and program provide a nurturing community within which the student is encouraged to achieve academic and professional excellence. The journalism program at Adrian College is designed to produce students with the ability to adapt to the changing world of media and communication by developing the ability to interview, collect and interpret information using a variety of media and develop a breadth of knowledge in various fields informing journalism such as science, politics, economics and social issues as well as developing an ethical framework and understanding of the journalism field.
Goals of the Journalism Minor:
Students seeking a minor in journalism will experience a curriculum that synthesizes the conceptual and theoretical foundations of journalism as well as the professional skills needed for success. The program has four goals:
- To develop journalistic ability to interview, collect and interpret information into a story using a variety of media. This also involves the development of different types of news and reporting formats including but not limited to: basic skills, features, editorials, sports, investigative and enterprise.
- To develop an ability to think critically and independently.
- To develop breadth of knowledge in various fields informing journalism such as science, politics, economics and social issues.
- To develop an ethical framework and understanding of the journalism field.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Develop an online/digital portfolio of work
- Understand how to write and present a variety of stories that demonstrate critical thinking standards of accuracy, clarity of writing, depth and fairness.
- Write news and reporting pieces with precision and accuracy from the perspective of a discipline
Minor Program Requirements
New Journalism Minor
JRNL151 Publications Activities (1) Take 3 semesters
JRNL238 Introduction to Journalism (3) every semester
JRNL306 Community Journalism (3) Fall
JRNL308 Women in Journalism (3) Spring
JRNL415 Focus on Journalism (3) Fall (Spring if needed)
Choose One From:
ENGL 102 Human Textuality (3)
ENGL 201 Persuasive Writing (3)
ENGL 203 Creative Writing (3)
Choose One From:
ENGL American Lit
ENGL 250 Topics in Lit
ENGL British Lit 1
COMM218 Introduction to Public Relations
Journalism Core (21 hours)
JRNL151 Publications Activities (take three times)
JRNL238 Intro to Journalism
JRNL290 History and Future of Journalism (offered Spring 21 only, then no longer offered)
JRNL306 Community Journalism
JRNL308 Women in Journalism
JRNL408 Digital Journalism (no longer offered)
JRNL415 Focus on Journalism (topics, can be taken as much as you want)
PSCI101 American Federal Government (3)