Sports and Media

In the Journalism major, students become proficient in multiple areas of journalism, reporting, and storytelling. Students learn core skills in interviewing, writing, multimedia/visuals, broadcast, and public records, as well as legal and ethical principles and practices. Students can choose a two-course specialization in almost a dozen different areas, such as photo, data, coding, narrative nonfiction, social media, TV, audio, and more. Finally, students have multiple opportunities to gain practical and immersive experience inside and outside the College of Journalism and Communications.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Graduates of the Department of Journalism work in traditional forms of media, emerging platforms, and in corporate roles. Ultimately, the department offers transferrable skills that creates outstanding leaders with successful achievements across all fields.
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 Curriculum

The courses enable students to develop their storytelling talent - in words, visuals or data - and prepare them for careers in all kinds of media professions, including as reporters, writers, photographers, editors, designers, multimedia storytellers, broadcast journalists, and more. The flexible curriculum allows students to work in all kinds of traditional and new media platforms. Excellent writing skills are essential. Graduates of the program work with major journalism and media companies, as well as other industries, and have won prolific honors, including the Pulitzer Prize.

In this curriculum, core courses offer students foundational skills and professional electives and capstones allow students to develop strengths and specialization in one or more areas, such as data, coding, photojournalism, specialized reporting, audio storytelling, TV reporting and producing, design, newsroom skills, narrative nonfiction, and more.

Equipment Requirement

All students who major in journalism are required to own a Mac laptop computer with the appropriate software, a digital audio recorder and a digital camera.
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Sports and Media

The Sports and Media specialization in Journalism teaches students to be skilled in multiples areas of sports media and communications. Students will learn strategies and skills in reporting, writing, video, audio, social media, and more. Students will engage in critical thinking about current issues and trends in today’s sports media—and have multiple opportunities to gain practical and immersive experience in media properties inside and outside of the College of Journalism and Communications.

The Sports and Media specialization is not available for Innovation Academy.

Required Core Coursework | 17 Credits

MMC 2121Writing Fundamentals for Communicators 13
MMC 2450Data Literacy for Communicators 11
JOU 3101Reporting 13
JOU 3110Applied Fact Finding 13
JOU 3346LMultimedia Reporting 13
VIC 3001Sight, Sound and Motion 14
Total Credits17

Sports and Media Core Coursework | 21 Credits

JOU 4313CSports Reporting 13
or RTV 3593 Multimedia Sports Reporting
MMC 3210Sports Media Law and Ethics 13
or MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication
MMC 3703Sports Media and Society 13
PUR 3463Sports Communication 13
RTV 3502CIntroduction to Sports Production 13
RTV 4959CSports Capstone 13
JOU 4930Special Study in Journalism 13
Total Credits21

Professional Electives | 14 Credits

Any other course taken in the College of Journalism and Communications

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 5

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 8

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
AMH 2020 United States Since 1877 (State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core Gen Ed Composition) 1 3
MMC 2450 Data Literacy for Communicators (Critical Tracking) 1 1
Select one: 3
Theatre Appreciation (State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity)  
Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts (State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity)  
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Two
ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (Critical Tracking) 1 3
MMC 2121 Writing Fundamentals for Communicators 1 3
MUL 2010 Experiencing Music (Gen Ed Humanities with International) 3
VIC 3001 Sight, Sound and Motion 1 4
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1 3
Select one: 3
Comparative Politics  
Introduction to International Relations  
American State and Local Government (preferred; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
JOU 3101 Reporting 1 3
Select one: 3
Introduction to Public Speaking 1  
Oral Performance of Literature 1 1  
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 3
Select one: 3
Foreign language 1
 
Quantitative option
 
 Credits18
Semester Four
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 4
JOU 3110 Applied Fact Finding (Critical Tracking) 3
POS 2041 American Federal Government (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Professional electives 1 3
Select one: 3
Foreign language 1
 
Quantitative option
 
 Credits16
Semester Five
JOU 3346L Multimedia Reporting (Critical Tracking) 1 3
MMC 3703 Sports Media and Society 1 3
Outside concentration 3
Professional electives 1 5
 Credits14
Semester Six
MMC 3210
Sports Media Law and Ethics
or Law of Mass Communication
3
PUR 3463 Sports Communication (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Outside concentration 3
Professional electives 1 6
 Credits15
Semester Seven
JOU 4313C
Sports Reporting 1
or Multimedia Sports Reporting
3
RTV 3502C Introduction to Sports Production (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Elective (outside college) 3
English elective (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 1 3
Outside concentration 1 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
JOU 4930 Special Study in Journalism 3
RTV 4959C Sports Capstone (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Electives (outside college) 5
Outside concentration 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits124

For semesters 7-8, students must complete two professional courses.


Professional Electives | 14 Credits

Minimum grade of C required in these courses

JOU 3110Applied Fact Finding3
JOU 3184Beat Reporting3
JOU 3212Magazine Design3
JOU 3213Design3
JOU 3305Data Journalism3
JOU 3601Photographic Journalism3
JOU 3920Professional Practice1
JOU 4004History of Journalism3
JOU 4301Literary Journalism3
JOU 4308Magazine and Feature Writing3
JOU 4510Magazine Management and Publication3
JOU 4603Specialized Journalistic Photography3
JOU 4604Advanced Photographic Journalism 13
JOU 4905Individual Problems in Journalism1-3
JOU 4930Special Study in Journalism1-3
JOU 4940Journalism Internship1-3
MMC 3030Personal Branding for Communicators1
MMC 3260Communications on the Internet3
MMC 3614Media and Politics3
MMC 4302World Communication Systems3
MMC 4341LAdvanced Online Media Production3
PGY 3610Survey of Photojournalism2
RTV 3405Media and Society3
RTV 3411Race, Gender, Class and the Media3

Up to six credits of professional internship credit may count toward graduation.


The journalism curriculum provides a foundation in reporting, writing, numeracy, the use of public records, First Amendment/media law, history of media, and storytelling in a variety of platforms. Specialized coursework is offered in a variety of subjects, and the curriculum is designed to allow flexibility for faculty to develop curriculum in evolving areas (such is the case for the robust development of courses in data journalism and coding, both areas that did not exist several years ago).

Skills developed are applicable to traditional platforms of journalism, as well as new, hybrid, or non-traditional forms of media. Learning outcomes prepare students for the challenges of culturally diverse and technologically changing marketplaces.

The department has two specializations:

Journalism

Students learn base skills required for journalism- and journalism-related careers. Students gain a foundation in reporting, writing, public records, and more, and they all develop a two-course specialization in their area of interest (such as photojournalism, coding, data journalism, specialized reporting, magazine writing, and more). Students come together after these two-course specializations to work in small teams in a common capstone that emphasizes advanced project work.

Sports and Media

While still having roots in traditional journalism, this curriculum has an emphasis on sports-related coursework across the college’s departments. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in sports media. Students are required to do an internship in this curriculum, which can serve as a capstone experience.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts used by journalists.

Critical Thinking

  1. Conduct research and evaluation information that is accessible through advanced database and public records.
  2. Demonstrate reporting skills that reflect a diverse and pluralistic society.
  3. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press.

Communication

  1. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the journalism and communications professions and audiences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
MMC 2604 I I I
MMC 2121 I
MMC 2450 I
VIC 3001 R
JOU 3101 R R R R R
JOU 3110 A
JOU 3346 A R A A
JOU 4950 R R R R R
MMC 4200 A

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Story Evaluation