Course Requirements

The graduate concentration in Reporting Metro Chicago prepares students for work in urban reporting by introducing them to the communities, institutions, and decision-makers that impact citizens across the metro area. Students will learn how to cover critical urban issues through a variety of print and online platforms that serve citizens with fascinating stories drawn from across the city.

Core Courses

Students are required to take one of the following:

Elective Courses

Choose three courses from the following list:

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JOUR 513

CHICAGO AND URBAN AFFAIRS REPORTING

This course analyzes what is distinctive about Chicago reporting. Students will be introduced to the rich tradition and history of reporting in this city, and the central role this work has played in the development of urban reporting nationwide. To do this, students will take a close look at the institutions, people, neighborhoods, decision-makers and events that impact Chicago residents in their everyday lives. The emphasis will be on localizing our approach to stories through a beat system that will allow students to regularly report on important areas of municipal life.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 525

URBAN AFFAIRS REPORTING

There are stories hidden in plain sight throughout the city, and this course will cover how to find and cover those stories from the ground up. Urban Affairs Reporting will focus on the stories that happen beyond City Hall, in neighborhoods and communities, among individuals and groups - stories that influence and are influenced by government, business, and other powerful institutions. The course will help students improve their ability to develop sources, find story ideas, and thereby cover critical urban issues with greater depth, originality, and excitement. Students will learn how to report these often fascinating stories across a variety of print and online platforms.

JOUR 508

NICHE JOURNALISM

The course examines the explosion in magazine and trade publication journalism that is able to target specific audiences with content designed exclusively for them. Students will use the tools now available in reaching reader communities that share common interests and information. This is revolutionizing the ways in which stories are told, while creating communication communities that share common interests and speak a common language.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 509

JOURNALISM LAW AND ETHICS

This course examines the philosophical roots of the First Amendment and how free speech jurisprudence impacts the journalism profession. Students will learn how legal and moral issues arise when newsgathering and free speech conflict with other constitutional and common law rights, and how developments in technology and economics are creating new challenges for journalists and the courts.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 512

BUSINESS WRITING AND REPORTING

This course will help students better understand the critical role that business and finance reporting plays in the United States and the world economy. Students will develop the techniques that are necessary in responsibly researching, reporting, writing, and editing business and financial news. Segments of the course will be devoted to the history of the discipline, the ethical responsibilities of the business press, and the unique opportunities now available to the digital reporter of business and financial news.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 514

OPINION AND COLUMN WRITING

Students will learn what makes for extraordinary opinion and column writing with an emphasis on strong reporting that enables writers to assemble arguments based on the firm foundation of fact. Also examined will be the new ways in which digital delivery systems both empower and threaten the free flow of ideas within and across interest communities.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 515

SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM

Topics have included Advanced Reporting; The Chicago Olympics; The Press and The Presidency; Reporting Campaign 2008; and From Franklin to the Internet: A History of American Journalism. Students pursuing the Sports Journalism concentration can use the following courses: Reporting the Olympics, Sports Blogging, and Sports Universe as special topics courses to count towards the concentration.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 517

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN JOURNALISM

Students learn advanced reporting techniques while developing projects under the direction of a faculty supervisor. This course is designed to take learning out of the classroom and enables students to develop portfolio pieces while gaining critical real world experiences in reporting. Instructor Permission Required
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 526

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

This course examines how political communication and related media affect public opinion, civic life, elections, and public policy, and the impact of these communication dynamics on civic institutions and democratic decision-making. Students will study how journalists, elected officials, citizens, and political strategists construct, use, and understand political messages, including how news, advertising, and entertainment media contribute to the shaping of political perceptions, emotions, and behaviors in a variety of circumstances domestically and internationally.

JOUR 528

REPORTING FOR GOOD DAY DEPAUL

This course will give students extensive experience doing on-air reporting for the DePaul student television news program, "Good Day DePaul." Reporters will cover breaking news stories, features, and serious enterprise stories. Students must have experience shooting in the field and editing in Final Cut Pro, either through previous television news courses at DePaul, or from other work.
Prerequisites:
JOUR 505 or instructor consent is a prerequisite for this class.

CMN 591

INTERNSHIP

This graduate level course is designed to integrate the student's work experience at the internship site with a career-management curriculum that enhances internship success and increases employability.