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TSU journalists are prepared for the multi-media digital worlds of journalism, public relations and business.

Studying journalism at Texas Southern University is a hands-on task. Our students in print, broadcast and public relations learn by doing from a team of dedicated teachers who combine professional experience with academic rigor. As the digital revolution continues, students must learn how to write and edit, create websites, write headlines, shoot and edit video and manage social media campaigns. They must learn how to report and how to persuade and put it all together in an elegant package.

Our students have gone on to work at broadcast stations, newspapers, and corporations. Some of them run their own businesses, channeling the entrepreneurial spirit that is the heart of journalism.

Students pursuing a degree in Journalism may select from three specialties:

  • Print Journalism (minor required)
  • Advertising-Public relations (minor required)
  • Broadcast Journalism (no minor required)
JOUR 130

Introduction to Journalism

Survey of history, theory, aesthetics, and economics of print media; special emphasis is placed on the development of electronic news operation. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): Concurrently with ENG 131 or ENG 132

Number of Credit Hours: 3

    JOUR 132

    Introduction to Reporting

    Introduction to fact gathering news and writing basic and advanced news stories considered. Students must be able to type at least 30 words per minute. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

    Prerequisite(s): Having passed ENG 131 & ENG 132. May take concurrently with ENG 132

    Number of Credit Hours: 4

      JOUR 133

      Introduction to Broadcast News

      Introduction to reporting and writing news for the broadcast media. Four hours of lecture per week.

      Prerequisite(s): Having passed ENG 131 & ENG 132. May take concurrently with ENG 132

      Number of Credit Hours: 4

        JOUR 232

        Introduction to Advertising

        Introduction to basic principles of advertising theory and practice. Broad picture of advertising as marketing communications and social information. Three hours of lecture per week.

        Prerequisite(s): None

        Number of Credit Hours: 3

          JOUR 234

          Introduction to Public Relations

          Introduction to the principles and practices of public relations in business, education, social welfare, government, and the armed forces. Three hours of lecture per week.

          Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CS 116, JOUR 130, JOUR 132. May take concurrently with CM 332.

          Number of Credit Hours: 3

            JOUR 235

            Online Journalism I

            Hands-on introduction to journalistic writing for online publications and broadcasts using state-of-the-art software. Three hours of lecture per week.

            Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CS 116, JOUR 130, JOUR 132. May take concurrently with CM 332.

            Number of Credit Hours: 3

              JOUR 238

              Intermediate Reporting

              Development of reporting and writing skills for the print media. Four hours of lecture per week.

              Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, CS 116, JOUR 130, JOUR 132. May take concurrently with CM 332.

              Number of Credit Hours: 4

                JOUR 242

                Intermediate Broadcast News

                Refining skills in gathering, evaluating, and writing news for the broadcast media. Four hours of lecture per week.

                Prerequisite(s): JOUR 132 and JOUR 133

                Number of Credit Hours: 4

                  JOUR 251

                  The Black Press

                  Survey of the Black press, including a survey of Black journalists, past and present, along with the status of today's Black press. Three hours of lecture per week.

                  Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, JOUR 130, JOUR 132. May take concurrently with CM 200

                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                    JOUR 253

                    News Editing I

                    Development of clear, effective editing, rewriting, headline writing, page make-up, and reporting management for the print media. Three hours of lecture per week.

                    Prerequisite(s): None

                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                      JOUR 331

                      Law and Ethics of Journalism

                      Evolution of print and broadcast media in the United States in the context of political, social, and economic change; privileges and responsibilities of a journalist are stressed. Three hours of lecture per week.

                      Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, JOUR 130, JOUR 132. May take concurrently with CM 200

                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                        JOUR 332

                        Advanced Reporting

                        Advanced training and practice in the gathering and writing of news stories with emphasis placed on enterprise ability and publishable quality stories. Four hours of lecture per week.

                        Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, CS 116, JOUR 130, JOUR 132, JOUR 238. May take concurrently with CM 332

                        Number of Credit Hours: 4

                          JOUR 333

                          Newspaper Design

                          Introduction to basic camera-ready production techniques for tabloid and standard newspaper designs. Three hours of lecture per week.

                          Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, CS 116, JOUR 130, JOUR 132, JOUR 253

                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                            JOUR 335

                            Computer Assisted Reporting

                            Advanced training in the use of various database software products for contemporary reporting. Three hours of lecture per week.

                            Prerequisite(s): None

                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                              JOUR 356

                              Advertising and PR Campaigns

                              Emphasis on group coordination of advertising and public information campaigns; development of strategies for local and national campaigns, including marketing media planning, research, and segmentation. Three hours of lecture per week.

                              Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, JOUR 132

                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                JOUR 430

                                Independent Study

                                Independent study in history, ethics, practice, law, and aesthetics of journalism. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing and consent of the instructor or faculty chair.

                                Prerequisite(s): None

                                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                  JOUR 431

                                  Community News Operations

                                  Planning and preparation of news, features, and editorials for the rural and urban community newspaper; emphasis on weekly publications; practical problems in community issues. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                  Prerequisite(s): None

                                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                    JOUR 433

                                    Public Affairs Reporting

                                    Advanced training and practice in reporting the affairs of municipal, county, state, and federal agencies. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                    Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, JOUR 130, JOUR 132, JOUR 234, JOUR 238, JOUR 332

                                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                      JOUR 435

                                      Public Affairs ReportingAdvanced Desktop Publishing / Multimedia Graphic Designs

                                      Hands-on approach to designing publications using contemporary software and online graphic techniques. Emphasis placed on the use of up-to-date contemporary software products. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                      Prerequisite(s): None

                                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                        JOUR 437

                                        Feature Writing

                                        Researching and writing feature stories such as human interest stories and personal columns presented. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                        Prerequisite(s): None

                                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                          JOUR 438

                                          Online Journalism II

                                          Advanced training for online publications and broadcast using state-of-the-art software. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                          Prerequisite(s): None

                                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                            JOUR 443

                                            Advanced Broadcast News

                                            Advanced training and practice in broadcast news production; emphasis on production of audition tape and portfolio-quality material. Four hours of lecture per week.

                                            Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, JOUR 130, JOUR 132, JOUR 238, JOUR 242

                                            Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                              JOUR 450

                                              Problems in Journalism

                                              Problems of current concern in journalism; topics may vary according to time and instructor. May be repeated as topics change. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing and consent of the faculty chair.

                                              Prerequisite(s): CM 130, CM 200, CM 332, JOUR 130, JOUR 132, JOUR 238, JOUR 242

                                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                JOUR 453

                                                News Editing II

                                                Advanced training and practice in editing for specialty publications, book publishing, pagination, and other electronic editing techniques. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                                Prerequisite(s): None

                                                Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                  JOUR 490

                                                  Media Management

                                                  Ownership, financing, structure of mass media organizations; management of editorial, program, administrative support, and advertising staffs; servicing and evaluating media audiences. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                                  Prerequisite(s): None

                                                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                    For detailed information about curricula and degree plans, see University Catalog