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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multimedia Journalism, BA


The digital revolution has changed the way we gather, produce and disseminate news, but journalists are more in demand than ever. People always want to know what’s going on, and need responsible, ethical, accurate journalists to tell them. Our journalism program provides hands-on, multimedia experience in reporting, writing, editing, producing and publishing in state-of-the-art newsrooms and on mobile devices. The curriculum is structured around a core of six courses, introducing students to new technologies as they progress through increasingly more complex and topical courses. The core courses aim to prepare students for advanced work in the major’s four concentrations: News & Features (with a sports option); Magazine; Broadcast Journalism (Television or Radio emphasis); and Multimedia Photojournalism.


Practicing and studying journalism enhances critical thinking: figuring out what the story is and how to get it, quickly, accurately and fairly. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to place news in a context that helps readers, listeners, and viewers make sense of the world. Good writing is paramount. Students are taught how to find report and tell engaging stories that stand out in today’s complex media environment using social media, audio, video and still photography, on smart phones and DSLR cameras.


Chicago is a terrific place to learn journalism, a world-class city known for its politics, architecture, music, theater, sports and literature. Journalism students cover stories alongside professional reporters as news breaks. Because of the College’s prime urban location, students have access to extensive internship opportunities, many of them paid positions. A number of our students earn competitive national and international internships and also have opportunities to study abroad.


Students produce the highly- respected Columbia College Chronicle, named best college weekly in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists. Broadcast Journalism students, in collaboration with the Television Department, produce Newsbeat, a live TV newscast, and Metro Minutes, a TV newsmagazine. Broadcast TV students have won highly competitive recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, awards known as the “Emmys.” Students can write and produce news for College radio station WCRX, and host their own talk and music shows. Magazine majors create Echo, an award-winning, four-color magazine.


We stress portfolio-building, so students can show internship providers and hiring news editors and directors their professional-quality work, mentored by faculty who are actively engaged in the fields they teach. With outside grant support, professors founded ChicagoTalks and AustinTalks, online publications that cover the neighborhoods of the nation’s third-largest city, increasing multiplatform publishing opportunities for our students.


For students who have earned a Bachelors degree previously, Columbia offers a Second Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism.

Broadcast Journalism

Broadcast Journalism is an interdisciplinary program taught in cooperation with the Television and Radio departments. Students will have the opportunity to learn to report, write, and produce television and radio news, features, and in-depth stories. Student-produced television news programs, such as Metro Minutes, a newsmagazine focusing on arts and entertainment, and Newsbeat, a live TV newscast (news, weather, sports and features), are program highlights. Radio news students get hands-on training at Columbia’s radio station, WCRX, 88.1 FM. Students intern at major media outlets, including Chicago affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox, NPR, and Telemundo.


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The Magazine program aims to prepare students for editorial positions in consumer and business-to-business magazines. Students take courses in magazine writing and editing and have the opportunity to put their skills into practice working on Echo magazine, Columbia College’s national award-winning student publication. In this course, they work collaboratively with students in other majors, in particular, graphic designers, gaining real world skills. They also are encouraged to work as interns during their junior and senior years, in Chicago and elsewhere. Echo focuses on popular culture and the arts and often attracts Interdisciplinary majors aiming for careers in music and fashion journalism. The full-color magazine is circulated in key Chicago neighborhoods. Its companion website and new mobile application acquaint students with the latest innovations in this dynamic field.


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News, Features & Sports

The news concentration focuses on reporting and writing about public affairs across media platforms, from deadline news to in-depth analysis. Students take advanced courses in community news, interpretive reporting and investigative journalism, and in specialized topics such as courts, business, urban affairs, and the environment. In addition, a Sports Reporting emphasis is available, culminating in multimedia online and video productions. Students in the College Newspaper Workshop and paid upper-class editors and reporters produce the outstanding Columbia Chronicle, the College’s weekly student newspaper, and its companion web site. Many students also write for the ChicagoTalks and AustinTalks web sites, and several of them have been winners and finalists in professional journalism award competitions.


News and Features
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