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Convergent Journalism

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Today’s journalist must be skilled in a wide range of communication channels. Convergent Journalism blends broadcast, print, photography and web media coverage across platforms. Students learn to create written, visual and broadcast packages, using more than one outlet to tell the story.

Why choose Convergent Journalism?

Convergent Journalism graduates are in demand as the ever-changing media landscape needs professionals who can integrate traditional, digital and social media to create powerful interactive content across platforms.

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Convergent Journalism (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

*Effective Fall 2020, this program is scheduled for redesign. More information can be found here.  

The Bachelor of Science in Convergent Journalism meets the growing demand for media professionals trained to integrate traditional print and broadcast media into interactive, online environments. Students will learn the fundamentals of each medium - print, video, and online - in order to bring together these various media for powerful, interactive publications.

General Studies
Major Requirements
COM 205Introduction to Mass Media3
JOU 104Introduction to Digital Photography3
JOU 202Reporting for the Media3
JOU 204Introduction to Broadcast Journalism and Production3
Select four credit hours from the following: 1
Journalism Practicum: Newspaper Production
Journalism Practicum: Yearbook Production
Journalism Practicum: Newspaper Management
Journalism Practicum: Yearbook Management
JOU 214Journalism Practicum: Broadcast Production2
JOU 227Publication Design3
JOU 304Advanced Broadcast Journalism and Production3
JOU 308Copy Editing3
JOU 324Web Content and Design3
JOU 328Multimedia Storytelling3
JOU 322In-Depth/Investigative Reporting3
Select one course from the following group:
Sports Reporting
Opinion Writing
Magazine/Feature Writing
JOU 402Senior Project 23
JOU 403Media Law and Ethics3
JOU 432Social Media Branding3
COM 460Internship1-6
Plus three credits of COM 200-level or higher3

Program Graduation Requirements  

  1. No more than one D permitted in major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form to the Communication and Journalism Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.

  • B.S. Convergent Journalism