The Washington State University Catalog

Department of Journalism and Media Production

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Department of Journalism and Media Production

murrow.wsu.edu
Student Services, Murrow 226
509-335-7333

Associate Professor (Career Track/Scholar) and Chair, B. Shors; Professors, L. Pintak, A. Tan; Associate Professors, D. Hindman, E. Hindman; Assistant Professors, J. Foley, B. Irom; Associate Professor (Career track/ Scholar), M. Marcelo; Assistant Professors (Career track/Scholar), A. Boggs, M. Loveless, S. Pande, W. Raney, K. Rhoden, R. Taflinger, L. Waananen-Jones; Assistant Professors (Career track/Teaching), G. Bedoyan, W. Loftus.

The Journalism and Media Production department encompasses majors in Broadcast News, Broadcast Production, and Multimedia Journalism. We are in the process of adding one additional major in Communication and Technology for fall of 2021. The Communication and Technology major was formerly under the Communication and Society Department that is in a two year moratorium. If you are interested in Communication and Technology, please speak to a Murrow Academic Advisor.

Students earning a degree in Journalism and Media Production will be prepared to join the many exciting and rapidly evolving careers in traditional and new media. Our courses balance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, ethical principles, and hands-on skill development. Our labs and studios include industry-standard equipment and software. Students with a passion for writing, reporting, creating, producing, learning, and presenting will have ample opportunities to develop their natural talents.




Schedules of Studies

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.


Broadcast News (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and remain in good academic standing. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed and a “W” is counted as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow academic advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100 level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow academic advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

First Year
First TermCredits
COM 101 3
COM 1383
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Electives3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI]13
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M]3
Electives3
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)14
COMJOUR 3503
Electives9
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3203
COMJOUR 333 [M]3
Electives29
Second TermCredits
COM 4153
COMJOUR 3353
Major Electives 33
Electives26
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
COM 4403
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Electives 33
Major Specialization Course43
Electives23
Second TermCredits
COMJOUR 465 [M]4
Major Electives 36
Electives24

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
2A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSOC/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
3Major Electives (12 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or COMSOC 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.
4Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT 475-490 not used to meet other requirements.

Broadcast Production (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and remain in good academic standing. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed and a “W” is counted as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow academic advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100 level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow academic advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

First Year
First TermCredits
COM 101 3
COM 1383
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Electives3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI]13
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M]3
Electives3
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)14
COMJOUR 3503
Electives9
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3203
COMJOUR 333 [M]3
Electives29
Second TermCredits
COM 4153
COMJOUR 3553
Major Electives 33
Electives26
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
COM 4403
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Electives 33
Major Specialization Course43
Electives23
Second TermCredits
COMJOUR 4554
Major Electives 36
Electives24

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
2A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSOC/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
3Major Electives (12 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or COMSOC 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.
4Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT 475-490 not used to meet other requirements.

Multimedia Journalism (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and remain in good academic standing. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed and a “W” is counted as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow academic advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100 level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow academic advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

First Year
First TermCredits
COM 101 3
COM 1383
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Electives3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI]13
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M]3
Electives3
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)14
COMJOUR 3503
Electives9
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3203
COMJOUR 333 [M]3
Electives29
Second TermCredits
COM 4153
COMJOUR 3903
Major Electives 33
Electives26
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
COM 4403
COMJOUR 4253
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Electives 33
Electives23
Second TermCredits
COMJOUR 4863
Major Electives 36
Electives25

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
2A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSOC/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
3Major Electives (12 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or COMSOC 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.


Minors

Sports Communication

The minor in Sports Communication requires a minimum of 18 credits. Four of the six courses required for the minor must be from the College of Communication. Required courses include COM 105 and COM 225. Additional requirements include one survey course from COM 101, SPMGT 101, 276; one promotional course from COMSTRAT 312, 380, SPMGT 379, 464; one conceptual course from COM 320, 440, 471, SPMGT 365, 367; and one portfolio course from COM 475 (departmental approval required), 486, COMJOUR 486. Nine credits of upper-division work must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses. Student may be admitted in the minor after they have earned a minimum of 60 credits with a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.7 or higher. Transfer students can be admitted to this minor after completing 60 total credits and one semester at WSU with a 2.7 or higher WSU GPA. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in the minor. Check with the Murrow College Student Services Office for additional information.



Courses

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Journalism And Media Production (COMJOUR)

Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 


150 Introduction to Broadcast Equipment 1 Orientation to broadcast equipment; audio, studio television, and field television, as applied to various functions. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

275 Communication Seminar V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Varying topics in journalism, mass media, and broadcast production. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

333 [M] Reporting Across Platforms 3 Course Prerequisite: COM 210 with a C or better; COM 300 with a C or better; admitted to a major or minor in the College of Communication. Instruction in reporting, writing and editing news stories suitable for publication and on-air presentation. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

333 (Effective through Summer 2020) [M] Reporting Across Platforms 3 Course Prerequisite: COM 210; COM 300 with a C or better; certified in any major or minor in the College of Communication. Instruction in reporting, writing and editing news stories suitable for publication and on-air presentation. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

335 Broadcast News Reporting 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Fundamentals of broadcast reporting; development of editorial and news judgment, writing skills, and proficiency in field camera production and editing. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

335 (Effective through Summer 2020) Broadcast News Reporting 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Fundamentals of broadcast reporting; development of editorial and news judgment, writing skills, and proficiency in field camera production and editing. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

350 News and Society 3 Course Prerequisite: COM 101; COM 102; COM 105; COM 138; admitted to a major in the College of Communication; sophomore standing. Fundamentals of historic, contemporary, and emerging models of news production; social contexts and effects, alternative sources, and critiques of news. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

350 (Effective through Summer 2020) News and Society 3 Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major in the College of Communication. Fundamentals of historic, contemporary, and emerging models of news production; social contexts and effects, alternative sources, and critiques of news. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

355 Beginning Television Production 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Beginning television studio production, directing, lighting, graphic design, editing, video/audio compression. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

355 (Effective through Summer 2020) Beginning Television Production 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Beginning television studio production, directing, lighting, graphic design, editing, video/audio compression. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

360 Writing for Television 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Theory and practice of writing scripts: analysis of dramatic, comedic, commercial, documentary scripts; writing scripts for each genre. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

360 (Effective through Summer 2020) Writing for Television 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major in the College of Communication. Theory and practice of writing scripts: analysis of dramatic, comedic, commercial, documentary scripts; writing scripts for each genre. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

390 Video for the Web 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COM 210 with a C or better; admitted to a major or minor in the College of Communication; sophomore standing. Capture, design, edit, and compress quality video and audio; basic lighting techniques. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

390 (Effective through Summer 2020) Video for the Web 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COM 210; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Capture, design, edit, and compress quality video and audio; basic lighting techniques. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

425 [M] Reporting of Public Affairs 3 Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; admitted to a major in the College of Communication; junior standing. Research covering public and private sectors. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

425 (Effective through Summer 2020) [M] Reporting of Public Affairs 3 Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Research covering public and private sectors. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

433 Audio Journalism 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Audio journalism designed to refine a range of skills including reporting; on-air presentation; podcasting; writing for audio; and sportscasting.

433 (Effective through Summer 2020) Audio Journalism 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Audio journalism designed to refine a range of skills including reporting; on-air presentation; podcasting; writing for audio; and sportscasting.

455 Advanced Television Production 4 (3-3) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 355; admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Field production; editing; advanced studio production. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

455 (Effective through Summer 2020) Advanced Television Production 4 (3-3) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 355; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Field production; editing; advanced studio production. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

465 [M] Advanced Television News 4 (0-12) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 335; admitted to a major in the College of Communication; junior standing. Writing, reporting, and editing broadcast news; development and production of broadcast quality news. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

465 (Effective through Summer 2020) [M] Advanced Television News 4 (0-12) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 335; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Writing, reporting, and editing broadcast news; development and production of broadcast quality news. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

466 Digital Video Editing for News Reporting and Documentary 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Admitted to a major or minor in the College of Communication. Video editing for news reporting; feature-length editing for news and public affairs topics; documentaries; visual storytelling. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

466 (Effective through Summer 2020) Digital Video Editing for News Reporting and Documentary 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major or minor in the College of Communication. Video editing for news reporting; feature-length editing for news and public affairs topics; documentaries; visual storytelling. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

481 Broadcast Management 3 Course Prerequisite: Admitted to a major or minor in the College of Communication; junior standing. The role of innovation and entrepreneurship for the future of media. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

481 (Effective through Summer 2020) Broadcast Management 3 Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major or minor in the College of Communication; senior standing. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

486 Murrow News Service 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 335, 355, or 425; admitted to a major in the College of Communication; senior standing. Advanced journalism and media production to produce investigative, watchdog news reports for media outlets and public. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

486 (Effective through Summer 2020) Murrow News Service 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 335, 355, or 425; certified in any major in the College of Communication. Advanced journalism and media production to produce investigative, watchdog news reports for media outlets and public. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

487 Sports Journalism 3 Course Prerequisite: COM 300 with a C or better; admitted to a major or minor in the College of Communication; junior standing. Writing-intensive course with a focus on writing, reporting, and coverage of sports; students cover sporting events, conduct interviews, and attend news conferences outside of class. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

487 (Effective through Summer 2020) Sports Journalism 3 Course Prerequisite: COM 300; certified in any major; junior standing. Writing-intensive course with a focus on writing, reporting, and coverage of sports; students cover sporting events, conduct interviews, and attend news conferences outside of class. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

495 Broadcasting Professional Internship V 2-12 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: COM 300 with a C or better; admitted to a major in the College of Communication. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

495 (Effective through Summer 2020) Broadcasting Professional Internship V 2-12 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: COMJOUR 333; COMJOUR 350; COMJOUR 355 or 425; certified in any major in the College of Communication; by interview only. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

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