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MULTIMEDIA STUDIES: Multimedia Journalism
Credits to Graduate: 120
Credits in Major: 38
12 Upper Division Credits in Arts & Letters FAU Residence Credits: 30
Upper Division Credits: 45
Overall 2.5 GPA required for entry into major
Overall 2.5 GPA must be maintained to remain in major
Grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the major. All courses in the major must be graded. Pass/Fail is not accepted.
The Multimedia Journalism Sequence prepares students to work in the new media convergence environment — where competition, deregulation, and digital technology break down the barriers among print, radio, television, and the Internet.
Students are expected to develop strong basic writing and analytical skills and then to become adept at writing and producing for multiple media platforms simultaneously, exhibiting the versatility necessary to succeed in a quickly evolving and growing media market.
The goals of the Multimedia Journalism Sequence are to provide a broad liberal arts education as well as develop professional skills so that graduates are able to fully exercise the civic responsibilities of journalists for the lively functioning of democratic institutions. In addition, students will choose an emphasis in another discipline that will help them fulfill the important role of information provider in today's global, technological, and information-based society.
The following courses are required:
VIC 4943 Introduction to Media Studies
Mass Communication Theory
Public Opinion and Modernity
News and News Reporting, Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia Journalism; seniors only.
Performance and Production
The following courses are required*:
JOU 4342 News and News Reporting
Coverage of Public Affairs
*Performance and Production courses must be
taken in the order listed,
beginning with JOU 3101 and concluding with JOU 4342.
A minimum of 9 credit hours required:
Studies in New Media
News Media Ethics
Fundamentals of Multimedia
Web Research for Journalists
Documentary Film and Video
Editing and Layout
Feature and Freelance Writing
Mass Communication Law and Regulation
Media, Society and Technology
Mass Communication in North American Social Thought
Communication and Social Power
Public and Community Relations
Documentary Video Production
U.S. Telecommunication Industry
A minimum of 12 credit hours is recommended.
Because of the growing need for journalists who can communicate about increasingly complex subjects, students are advised to earn a minor in an area such as History, Sociology, or Political Science, or complete a certificate program in a field such as Environmental Studies or Ethnic Studies.