Course Requirements

The graduate concentration in Sports Journalism trains students to write, report, and produce multimedia sports packages while giving them an understanding of the unique role of sports in American life. Experiential learning opportunities are emphasized in game coverage, sports blogging, and building sports communities through print, broadcast, and social media. Students will learn the perspective and context that makes for truly exceptional work in sports journalism.

Core Courses

Students are required to take one of the following:

Elective Courses

Choose three courses from the following list:

JOUR 510

SPORTS REPORTING

This course gives students an historic understanding of the role of the sports writer and sports section and the impact the online universe is having on sports writing and reporting. Students will the values of modern sports editors and the techniques used by modern sports writers. Students will learn the perspective and context that makes good sports writing truly exceptional.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

JOUR 523

ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING

Students will report, write, edit and produce online stories about sports issues, features and other topics. Skills are emphasized in game coverage, sports blogging, building a sports community on Twitter, shooting and editing video, recording and editing audio, and building basic web pages in HTML. The course also will explore ethical and legal issues pertaining to video and audio usage rights, athlete branding and other topics in the multimedia sports journalism culture.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

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 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 521

SPORTS PRODUCING

This course will focus on producing sports content for broadcast with an emphasis in television production. Students will learn to write and produce compelling stories through the lens of sports, including coverage of DePaul athletics. The best of this work will be featured on DePaul's broadcast and online outlets as well as university's athletics website. Instructor permission required for this course. Students must have a working knowledge of television production equipment.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Journalism student is a prerequisite for this class.

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 and status as a Graduate Journalism student are 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.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Communications student is a prerequisite for this class
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