The journalism and new media minor from CBU allows students of all majors to receive training in how to communicate information to the public. You'll learn writing, interviewing, video and photography skills, applicable in almost any career path. The journalism and new media minor requires the completion of the following 24 units.

Lower Division Requirements

 

Functions, responsibilities, and influence of various mass media and emerging forms of niche media in society. Students review the theories, structures, functions, practices, economics, critical analyses, and historical aspects of mass media and its social responsibility in society. (3 units; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN150-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/08/2024 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex ONLN
JRN150-B
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 036
JRN150-A
Romo, Sandra Jean
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
JRN150-C
Pearson, MaryAnn
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 192
JRN150-B
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 190
JRN150-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
JRN150-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/13/2025 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA ONLN

An introduction to mass media writing. Students will utilize journalistic reporting, editing and writing for mass audiences intended for distribution across electronic and print media outlets. (3.0 units; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048
JRN170-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 048

The desire to understand the world through images and text has never been in higher demand, thus the need for photojournalists with a commitment to truth is just as high. The emphasis is on how to use the camera to communicate a message of awareness and lasting impact. Weekly exercises, both written and photographic, will be the foundation of this experience. Recent trends in the industry, as well as philosophical and historical roots of the profession, will be examined. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN210-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 192
JRN210-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 048

The purpose of this production course is to prepare students to be future journalists by creating a high-quality publication, The Banner. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the newspaper. Students will learn to perform all tasks involved with the production of a bi-weekly publication, which includes meeting deadlines and completing assigned tasks. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units with change in topic. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

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Upper Division Requirements

 

Planning, gathering material, writing and preparation of articles for specialized and general media publications, with emphasis on the magazine article and newspaper feature; includes overview of the magazine market. Laboratory and field work. Students may only earn credit for either JRN 312 or JRN 350. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN312-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/08/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM The Village at CBU 300
JRN312-A
Singh, Sonya C
01/13/2025 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

Practice in gathering information, conducting interviews and using online databases in writing and reporting news stories. Emphasis on style, clarity, accuracy, responsibility in handling the reporting of news. Laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN315-A
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 189

This course prepares the student to work as a journalist in today’s newsrooms, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms. The emphasis is on gathering assets in the field (text, photographs, video, audio) and then using those assets to tell a comprehensive story. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN430-B
Kruppa, James K.
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 036

Upper Division Elective Requirement

 

Complete 3 units from the following:

Principle concerns will be advanced problem solving and messaging for photography as a key element in journalism, as well as exploring the photojournalist's role in the news and editorial process. Visual perception, the role of words, picture eding, taste and judgement will also play a part in class discussion and presentations. Each week, both visual and written assignments will move the class to a better understanding of the potential and power of a journalistic package. Prerequisite: JRN 210. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN310-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 036

An introduction to the ethical and legal aspects of public relations and journalism, including print, online and broadcasting. Students will gain practical insight into the field through review of real-world case studies and materials on ethics, policies and law. (3 units; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN320-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/08/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 036
JRN320-A
Singh, Sonya C
09/03/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
JRN320-A
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

This course will provide students with an introduction to electronic and traditional broadcasting principles. Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate online and traditional broadcasting principles in the form of podcasts. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN325-A
Kaplan, David J.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 375

Students learn how to write a sports story, examining issues from race and gender to hero worship and sportsmanship, as well as trends and philosophies and the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it. Students will gain experience in covering games; writing for major and minor sports; interviewing; finding feature stories; columns; legal aspects of sports reporting; and covering breaking news in sports. (3 units; Spring, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

A course involving students in an in-depth study of procedures of copy editing for newspapers, magazines and online media. Through assignments and exercises, students will develop superior skills in grammar and word usage, punctuation, spelling, style, fact-checking, use of reference books, and writing headlines and captions. Students will practice substantive editing, and proofreading for print and online media. The special conditions of the increasingly important Internet to copy editors will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: ENG 113, 113E, or JRN 170. (3 units; Spring & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN349-A
Kaplan, David J.
01/08/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 036
JRN349-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

This course provides students opportunities to participate in the production of audio and video news stories and newscasts, using professional principles, aesthetics, ethics, and practices of journalistic audio and video reporting, producing in-field and project assignments. (3 units; Spring, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN360-A
Kruppa, James K.
01/08/2024 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 191

Online communication platforms are constantly changing. Due to this dynamic environment, communicators must understand the strategies behind online media. This course gives students an immersive experience in analyzing, creating, and developing communication plans to effectively reach a digital audience. In addition, students will analyze and produce content for current and emerging social media platforms. By the end of the course, students will have learned how to curate and develop a social media presence for both themselves as individuals and for corporate entities or small businesses. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN370-A
Hernandez, Valerie
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 375
JRN370-A
Hernandez, Valerie
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 375

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Journalism. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be future journalists by creating a high quality publication, The Banner. Students will learn to work within the guidelines of the university, the publisher of the newspaper. Students will learn to perform all tasks involved with the production of a bi-weekly publication, which includes meeting deadlines and completing assigned tasks. Students will maintain a positive and cooperative attitude toward student editors, advisor, and California Baptist University administration. A Christian team spirit and goal of excellence will be emulated and protected by all students in the class. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN415-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

Principles and practices of writing in the shorter forms of journalism, including editorials and opinion essays for print, electronic and online media outlets. Includes writing columns, blogs, opinion-page articles, and reviews of theater, music, books, and film. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Spring, even years)

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The tradition of investigative reporters, who uncover facts and write articles that expose waste, wrongdoing, mismanagement, fraud, conflict of interest and abuse of authority, and promote change and reform, has a long and proud history that stands alongside more conventional journalistic practices. Students are provided with reportorial skills and techniques required by journalists who develop articles of substance and depth in specialized areas, with emphasis given to research, analysis, and interpretation of complex issues in writing for publication. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN460-A
Kaplan, David J.
09/03/2024 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

This course is designed to improve and expand the news gathering and writing skills of the media student, further developing understanding of broadcast news writing, new judgment and construction of broadcast news stories, as well as social responsibility and an ethical framework for broadcast journalists. (3 units; Spring, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
JRN470-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 W 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA