Journalism in the Public Interest Minor

Journalism in the Public Interest Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a minor in Journalism in the Public Interest should be able to:

  • Write an effective hard-news story (write an effective lead, quote useful sources accurately, present pertinent information accurately, proofread meticulously, follow AP style);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical obligations of a working journalist;
  • Edit a news story effectively;
  • Create an effective piece of multimedia reporting;
  • Articulate the ways in which a free press matters to a healthy democracy;
  • Recognize how economic interests and power structures affect the nature of the news industry and how it represents the world;
  • Follow the news habitually and critically.

The Journalism in the Public Interest Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 20 semester credit hours. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor. The minor requires: two journalism synthesis courses; at least two applied journalism courses; and a third applied journalism course or a practicum.

Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.


For the purpose of fulfilling the college distribution requirement, JOURN 100JOURN 300, and JOURN 320 count as Humanities courses. JOURN 200 counts as a Social Science course.

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