Journalism

Part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media (uri.edu/harrington), the Department of Journalism offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Faculty: Assistant Professor Pantalone, chairperson. Associate Professors Martin, Meagher, and Moore; Instructors Abbott, Corey, Cotter, Cyr, Phipps, Plunkett, and Stewart.

The study and practice of journalism require the acquisition and application of a broad base of knowledge, so journalism majors at URI pursue a course of study that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts. Along with general education and elective courses from other disciplines, the major requires students to explore the concepts and professional practices of contemporary journalism in a diverse society. While studying the social, historical, legal, and ethical contexts of journalism, students also learn how to gather, synthesize, and critically assess factual information and communicate it clearly to a variety of audiences in all forms of media. Journalism “skills courses”-through individual and collaborative assignments-focus on reporting, writing, editing, and producing news for all forms of news media: print, broadcast, and multi-media. “Conceptual” courses provide students the intellectual foundation and framework to be responsible journalists. And through its general education course offerings, the Department of Journalism provides non-majors a forum for studying the importance of journalism and the role of the mass media in society.

Students majoring in journalism must complete a minimum of 31 credits (maximum 45) in journalism. All journalism majors must complete JOR 115, 220, 221, 310, 410, and 411. In addition, students must select nine credits from skills courses: JOR 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 420, 430, 441, 442; and three credits from conceptual courses: JOR 210, 211, 215, 311, 313, 415. Any journalism courses may be chosen for the remaining three credits. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors about the mix of journalism courses that best meets their goals.

The only journalism courses open to freshmen are JOR 110 (for non-majors), 115 (for majors), and 220. Journalism majors are urged to concentrate on their Basic Liberal Studies (BLS) requirements during their freshman and sophomore years. In addition to these required courses, other BLS courses are recommended as useful for journalism majors. Students should consult with their advisors about complete Basic Liberal Studies requirements and about other courses that meet their individual goals.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in JOR 220 to enroll in the next-level course. Only three credits of JOR 220 may be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Journalism majors are transferred from University College for Academic Success to the College of Arts and Science upon completion of JOR 115. They must also complete JOR 220 with a grade of C or better to be transferred.