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Field Description

The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions offers students many exciting ways to study journalism in the media capital of the world and to master the ability to do research, conduct interviews, organize material and write clearly no matter what field a student hopes to enter. Its faculty brings a wide variety of professional experience to the classroom.

Students in journalism classes do original reporting, pursuing their ideas throughout the metropolitan area. Opportunities to publish are available in Dollars & Sense, published by the department and winner of numerous national awards; on the Writing New York blog; and in a variety of professional publications. Journalism students also gain valuable experience through internships at news organizations and publishing houses, major newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, news and entertainment websites, and book publishers.

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The Majors

Journalism

Journalism majors improve their research, writing, interviewing, editing, and storytelling abilities and knowledge of the city, the country, and the world in preparation for careers in journalism, the Internet and new media, book and magazine publishing, television and radio, music and the arts, the film industry, business, education, government, and law. Students work closely with expert faculty and in internships across the writing-related professions. Internships provide on-the-job experience for students interested in such fields as radio, network and cable TV, newspapers, magazines, wire services, business and financial journalism, and book publishing.

The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions offers two specializations: journalism and creative writing, and business journalism. Each specialization is outlined in detail below.

Interested students should contact the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions, Room 7-263 in the Newman Vertical Campus, telephone: 646-312-3974.

Each specialization is outlined in detail below. Interested students can contact the Journalism office at (646) 312-3974.


Journalism and Creative Writing Specialization

The journalism and creative writing specialization helps students develop research, interviewing, writing, editing, and multimedia storytelling skills that are crucial to success across a broad spectrum of fields and professions in this information age. A faculty of professional writers and editors teach students to research, report, interview, and write about urban affairs, politics, crime and the courts, arts and culture, law, education, science, sports, and many other topics.

Program Prerequisite
The Individual and the News in the Information Age3 credits

Core Journalism Curriculum            (15 credits)
Journalistic Writing4 credits
Media Ethics3 credits
Advanced Reporting and Writing4 credits
or 
Multimedia Reporting4 credits

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052 

Media Internship4 credits
or 

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

4 credits

Specialization Electives                 (9-11 credits)
Feature Article Writing3 credits

Photojournalism ( ART 3064)

 

3 credits

Electronic Research Methods and Resources for Writers ( LIB 3065)

3 credits
Copy Editing3 credits
Business and Financial Writing4 credits
Television Field Reporting3 credits

Documentary Film ( ENG 3280)

 

3 credits
Science Communication3 credits
Journalistic Criticism and Reviewing3 credits
Journalistic Blogging3 credits
JRN 3520Advanced Multimedia Reporting3 credits
Creative Nonfiction3 credits

Workshop: Fiction Writing ( ENG 3610)

3 credits

Sudden Fiction -- Crafting Short Short Stories ( ENG 3615)

3 credits

Workshop: Playwriting ( THE 3052)

3 credits
Workshop: Film and Television Writing3 credits
Environmental Reporting3 credits
Sportswriting3 credits
Topics in Journalism3 credits
Press Coverage of Politics and Policy3 credits
A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption and Governmental Crooks3 credits
Journalism and the Literary Imagination3 credits
Investigative Reporting3 credits

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

4 credits
Independent Study in JournalismVariable

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052

Media Internship4 credits
Journalism Honors I and II3 credits
Plus 
Two Courses in Literature at the 3000 level or above6 credits

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Business Journalism Specialization

This program will teach students how to function as business and financial journalists, for a news organization or on their own. Students will learn how to report on companies, analyze economic trends and find regional variations in them, understand financial markets and their impact on society, and write journalistic articles for a wide range of outlets, including newspapers and magazines, television and radio and the Internet. The specialization will help students develop research, reporting, and interviewing skills; learn to mine data; develop article ideas, and communicate news to different audiences.

 Program Prerequisite
Perspectives on the News3 credits
Core Curriculum            (15 credits)
Journalistic Writing4 credits
Business and Financial Writing4 credits
Media Ethics3 credits

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052 

Media Internship4 credits
or 

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

 

4 credits
Business Journalism Elective    (3 credits)
One course chosen from:
Covering the Financial Markets3 credits

Covering Wealth and Poverty

3 credits
Additional Journalism Electives    (6 – 8 credits)
Two courses chosen from the following:
Feature Article Writing3 credits

Electronic Research Methods and   Resources for Writers ( LIB 3065)

3 credits
Copy Editing3 credits
Television Field Reporting3 credits
Journalistic Blogging3 credits
Advanced Reporting and Writing4 credits
Multimedia Reporting4 credits
JRN 3520Advanced Multimedia Reporting3 credits 
Creative Nonfiction3 credits

Sudden Fiction -- Crafting Short Short Stories ( ENG 3615)

3 credits
Environmental Reporting3 credits
Sportswriting3 credits
Topics in Journalism3 credits
Covering the Financial Markets3 credits

Covering Wealth and Poverty

3 credits
Press Coverage of Politics and Policy3 credits
A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption and Governmental Crooks3 credits
Investigative Reporting3 credits

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

4 credits
Independent Study in JournalismVariable

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052 

Media Internship4 credits
Journalism Honors I and II3 credits

With permission of the journalism advisor, writing-related Feit seminars ( IDC 4050H) and Harman Writer-in-Residence courses may be counted toward the major.

Other Electives: Two additional courses (6 credits) drawn from the offerings of other programs throughout Baruch College, subject to approval by the journalism advisor.

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Business Communication Major: 
Business Writing Specialization for the BA Student

For the BA student who is interested in combining business writing with preparation in business administration, the following interdisciplinary specialization within the business communication major is suggested.


Base Curriculum Courses 
No credit toward the major
Writing I (or its equivalent)3 credits
Writing II3 credits

Great Works of Literature I ( CMP 2800)

3 credits
or 

Great Works of Literature II ( CMP 2850)

3 credits
Program Prerequisites       12 credits
Marketing Foundations3 credits
Fundamentals of Management3 credits
Business Statistics I3 credits
or 
Statistics for Social Science3 credits
or 
Micro-Economics
  (may be applied to the base curriculum - Baruch Common Core)
3 credits
or 
Macro-Economics
  (may be applied to the base curriculum - Baruch Common Core)
3 credits
or 
Current Economic Problems3 credits

Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies

(Students must complete BUS 1000 as a course prerequisite)

3 credits
Major/Specialization:       30–33 credits
Interdisciplinary Core:      12–13 credits
Business Communication
Journalistic Writing4 credits
or 
Business Communication3 credits
and 
Media Ethics

3 credits
Marketing/Advertising
Choose one course:
Advertising and Marketing Communications3 credits
Marketing Research3 credits
Consumer Behavior3 credits
Public Relations

3 credits
Management
Choose one course:
Management: A Behavioral Approach3 credits
Management and Society

3 credits
Business Writing Specialization Requirements              
Required Courses                  (10 – 12 credits)
Business and Financial Writing4 credits

and two from the following:
Copy Editing3 credits
Business Communication3 credits
Advanced Reporting and Writing4 credits
Multimedia Reporting4 credits

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052 

Media Internship

4 credits
Electives         (6 – 8 credits)
Feature Article Writing3 credits
Copy Editing3 credits
Television Field Reporting3 credits
Media Ethics3 credits
Journalistic Blogging3 credits
Advanced Reporting and Writing4 credits
Multimedia Reporting4 credits
JRN 3520Advanced Multimedia Reporting3 credits

Sudden Fiction - Crafting Short Short Stories ( ENG 3615)

3 credits
Creative Nonfiction3 credits
Environmental Reporting3 credits
Sportswriting3 credits
Topics in Journalism†3 credits
Press Coverage of Politics and Policy3 credits
A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption and Governmental Crooks3 credits
Investigative Reporting3 credits

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

4 credits
Independent Study in JournalismVariable

JRN 5050, JRN 5051, or JRN 5052 

Media Internship

4 credits
Journalism Honors I and II3 credits
†Students may enroll in JRN 3900 more than once if the topic is different.

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The Minors

The department offers two Tier III minors, one in journalism and one in business writing. Each provides students in business, public affairs, and liberal arts a range of courses to strengthen their writing and communication skills. These minors are particularly recommended for students preparing for careers in media, law, and politics and with nonprofit organizations.

Business Writing

The minor in Business Writing provides students in business, public affairs, and liberal arts with a firm foundation in professional writing for business purposes.  The program includes options to study business and marketing-related writing, Internet communications, legal writing, journalistic writing, and financial writing.  Students will expand their research, analytical, and writing abilities as they study and become proficient in the use of workplace-related writing. This minor is particularly recommended for students preparing for careers in business, government, marketing, management, public relations, media, law, education, politics, and with nonprofit organizations.

To fulfill the College-wide requirement for the Tier III minor with a concentration in business writing, students are required to complete a minimum of nine credits, including one course chosen from among JRN 3050, JRN 3150, and JRN 3200; one additional 3000-level course; and one course at the 4000 level or above, all drawn from the curriculum of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. All department courses at the 4000-level or above, except for the Media Internship (JRN 5050, 5051 or 5052), may serve as the capstone course.

Journalism

The minor in Journalism provides students in business, public affairs, and liberal arts with a range of courses to strengthen their writing and communications skills. This minor is particularly recommended for students preparing for careers in media, law, business, politics, and with nonprofit organizations.

To fulfill the College-wide requirement for the Tier III minor with a concentration in journalism, students are required to complete a minimum of nine credits, including two courses at the 3000 level or above and one course at the 4000- or above, drawn from the curriculum of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. All journalism courses at the 4000-level or above, except for the Media Internship (JRN 5050, 5051 or 5052), may serve as the capstone course.

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Special Program

The Sidney Harman Writer-In-Residence Program

The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, an endowed residency in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, offers gifted undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in writing workshops taught by distinguished visiting professors. Since its inception in the fall of 1998, Harman Writers-in-Residence have included poets Yehuda Amichai, Agha Shahid Ali, April Bernard, Carol Muske-Dukes,  Charles Simic, and Major Jackson; playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner; authors William Finnegan, Philip Gourevitch, Jane Kramer, Mark Kurlansky, and George Packer; fiction writers Paul Auster, Susan Choi, Anita Desai, Francisco Goldman, Colum McCann, Lorrie Moore, Sigrid Nunez, Francine Prose, Joseph O'Connor, and John Edgar Wideman; and graphic novelist, Ben Katchor.

Harman courses vary in numbering and in subject, depending on the choice of the visiting writer. Interested students of all majors are encouraged to submit transcripts and writing portfolios for review to Professor Bridgett Davis, 646-312-3927; e-mail: Bridgett.Davis@baruch.cuny.edu.

Harman classes can be taken for honors credit and students can use the Harman courses to fulfill their honors course requirements. The courses also can be used in the Journalism major and minor and in the English major and minor.

Additional information on the Harman Residency is available at www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/harman.

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Journalism Laboratory

The department's facilities include Studio H, a state-of-theart computer lab and classroom for journalism students. Studio H offers students the latest technology for multimedia journalism, with 25 Apple iMac computers and software for editing photos, audio, and video. An audiovisual system allows for the viewing of multimedia features, television feeds, and other video on a large screen at the front of the room, and large flat-panel monitors on the side walls offer additional screening options. For example, when a news story is developing, students can follow coverage on at least three stations simultaneously. Studio H, funded by the Harnisch Foundation, also offers wireless Internet access and has its own server for easy file transfers

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Courses

Courses in Journalism

The Individual and the News in the Information Age

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalistic Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Feature Article Writing

3 hours; 3 credits

Photojournalism ( ART 3064)

4 hours; 3 credits

Electronic Research Methods and Resources for Writers ( LIB 3065)

3 hours; 3 credits

Copy Editing

3 hours; 3 credits

Business Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Business and Financial Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Television Field Reporting

3 hours; 3 credits

Media Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Documentary Film ( ENG 3280)

3 hours; 3 credits

Science Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalistic Criticism and Reviewing

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalistic Blogging

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Reporting and Writing

4 hours; 4 credits

Multimedia Reporting

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Multimedia Reporting

 

3 hours; 3 credits

Creative Nonfiction

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Fiction Writing ( ENG 3610)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sudden Fiction - Crafting Short Short Stories ( ENG 3615)

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Playwriting ( THE 3052)

3 hours; 3 credits

Workshop: Film and Television Writing

3 hours; 3 credits

Environmental Reporting

3 hours; 3 credits

Sportswriting

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Journalism

3 hours; 3 credits

Covering the Financial Markets

3 hours; 3 credits

Covering Wealth and Poverty

3 hours; 3 credits

Press Coverage of Politics and Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption, and Governmental Crooks

3 hours; 3 credits

Journalism and the Literary Imagination

3 hours; 3 credits

Investigative Reporting

4 hours; 3 credits

Narrative Writing ( ENG 4920)

4 hours; 4 credits

Independent Study in Journalism I

Variable hours and credits

Independent Study in Journalism II

Variable hours and credits

Independent Study in Journalism III

Variable hours and credits

Media Internship I

4 hours; 4 credits

Media Internship II

4 hours; 4 credits

Summer Media Internship

4 hours; 4 credits

Honors Journalism I

3 hours; 3 credits

Honors Journalism II

3 hours; 3 credits

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