Why Study Journalism at IU Southeast?

The study of journalism emphasizes the development of writing, reporting, editing, design and photography skills. In addition, it includes the study of the impact of mass media on society and ethical standards and practices used.

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The study of journalism has both a practical and a theoretical side. The practical side emphasizes the development of writing, reporting, editing, design and photography skills used in the mass media. The theoretical side, closely tied to the social sciences, studies the social, political, psychological, historical and economic impact of the mass media and the ethical standards and practices of media professionals.

Special Featrures

The cornerstone of the journalism program at IU Southeast is the two-semester internship on the weekly campus newspaper, The Horizon. This internship gives students real world experience in reporting, editing, photography, page design and advertising sales. The paper, run by students, consistently wins awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association and Society of Professional Journalism.

Another special feature of the program is the individual attention journalism students receive. Enrollment in most journalism classes is restricted to 15 to 20 students so instructors can work closely and effectively with each student enrolled. Journalism students are also assigned faculty advisers who provide academic counseling and career planning.

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The B.A. degree program in journalism is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in print, broadcast and online journalism, photojournalism, public relations, and corporate communications. The program also will meet the needs of those who wish to teach journalism at the high school level or to pursue a post-graduate degree in journalism or mass communications.

Sample Degree Checksheet

View the sample degree checksheet for a Bachelor of Art in Journalism.

A minor in Journalism is also available.

Advising information may be obtained from Advisor Dana Gohmann or Misti Whitaker.

Dana Gohmann
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone:(812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 137
Email: dgohmann@ius.edu

Misti Whitaker
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 135
Email: mdwhitak@ius.edu

Please call the main Social Sciences office at (812) 941-2391 for an appointment.

Journalism

C200 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)

C327 Writing for Publication (3 cr.)
P: J200 (may be waived)

J200 Reporting, Writing and Editing I (3 cr.)

J210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)

J280 Seminar in Journalism Ethics (3 cr.)

J300 Communications Law (3 cr.)

J320 Principles of Creative Advertising (3 cr.)

J341 Newspaper Reporting (3 cr.)
P: J200

J344 Photojournalism Reporting (3 cr.)

J351 Newspaper Editing (3 cr.)
P: J200

J354 Photojournalism Editing (3 cr.)

J385 Television News (3 cr.)

J423 Public Opinion (3 cr.)

J425 Supervision of School Publications (3 cr.)

J485 Senior Seminar in Journalism (3 cr.)
P: Senior Standing

SLIS

L155 Information Resources in Journalism (1 cr.)

The Journalism Program at IU Southeast is designed for students interested in a career in one of the many areas of journalism:

  • newspapers
  • magazine
  • television
  • radio
  • photography
  • public relations
  • internet
  • corporate communications

The program also meets the needs of students who wish to teach journalism at the high school level or pursue a post-graduate degree in journalism or mass communications.

The program provides real-world experience with its two-semester internship on the weekly campus newspaper, The Horizon. The Horizon is a student run and student produced newspaper. The paper consistently wins awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Graduates of the IU Southeast journalism program work on daily and weekly newspapers as:

  • editors
  • reporters
  • page designers
  • copy editors
  • phographers

Many also work in:

  • broadcasting
  • public relations
  • advertising
  • corporate communications
  • related fields

Other graduates find employment in the business world, where their ability to investigate, organize and write opens up many career opportunities.

The journalism program is designed primarily for the following students:

  • Those who wish to enter journalism, especially with daily and weekly newspapers or specialized publications
  • Those who want to learn and develop journalistic skills that are valuable in related fields such as public relations, advertising, corporate communications, graphic arts and photography
  • Elementary and secondary education students who may have responsibility for advising student publications, and teachers in area schools who advise student publications and wish to learn more about media and publishing
 

Resident

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Ron Allman
Associate Professor of Journalism
rallman@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2381
Office Location: CV 117
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Adam M. Maksl
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Horizon Advisor
amaksl@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2892
Office Location: CV 009
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Adjunct

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Greg Gapsis
ggapsis@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Kendra Ulrich
ulrichk@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Journalism Honors Program Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the IU Southeast Journalism Honors Program, you must:

  • be a journalism major with junior standing (56 hours or more) with a GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses and a GPA of at least 3.5 in all journalism courses
  • have completed 15 hours in journalism, including:
    • C200 Intro. to Mass Communications
    • J200 Writing, Reporting and Editing
    • one semester of C327 Writing for Mass Media (The Horizon)

Honors Program Application Process

To apply for the Honors program, contact a member of the resident faculty.

Honors Program Requirements

Honors students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses and a GPA of at least 3.5 in all journalism courses. GPA's will be computed at the end of each spring semester.

Honors students will also:

  • Take two journalism courses at the 300 or 400 level that will be Honors Credit Courses (J499).
  • An additional hour of credit will be added on to these two courses, so the student can complete additional research requirements appropriate to the honors program.
  • The Senior Seminar course (J485) will also be taken as an Honors Credit Course (J499). A research paper will be written as a part of this course. This paper will be evaluated by all resident faculty and must receive a grade of "B" of better by all to be accepted as a requirement for the honors program.
  • An honors student must also have a paper presented at an undergraduate or professional conference or in an academic publication.

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