The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism is a pre-professional program that provides students with both a solid foundation in journalism fundamentals and mastery in delivering news and information using multiple media and platforms. The course of study includes the theory and methods of gathering information, and reporting and writing for specialized audiences. The program also introduces students to the professional responsibilities faced by journalists and news organizations through in-depth study of the ethical and legal ramifications of news gathering and dissemination. Throughout their course of study, students will report, write and produce news stories that will contribute to a professional employment portfolio. Students are expected to have access to a high-speed Internet connection on a laptop or desktop computer, as well as an Internet-enabled mobile device such as a tablet computer or smart phone. Program graduates will be prepared to embark on varied journalism career paths at print, broadcast and online news outlets, or to work as journalism entrepreneurs.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Tell compelling stories across platforms in a variety of forms.
- Demonstrate mastery of the elements of style and structure across story forms.
- Demonstrate mastery of copyediting and fact-checking techniques.
- Exhibit mastery of journalism ethics in reported stories.
- Balance journalistic freedom with responsibility in reported stories.
- Exhibit a global perspective in reported stories.
- Evaluate the impact of one’s own published stories.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Digital Journalism, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below. Forty-five (45) quarter units must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 must be completed at the upper-division level, with a minimum of 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
- ENG 100 Effective College English I
- ENG 101 Effective College English II
- COM 100 Intro to Mass Communication
- JRN 200 History of Journalism
- JRN 301 News Writing and Editing
- JRN 302 New Journalism Technology
- JRN 303 Global Journalism
- JRN 306 Mobile Reporting
- JRN 309 Documentary Techniques
- JRN 311 Editing Multimedia
- JRN 326 Enterprise Reporting
- JRN 330 Investigative Reporting
- JRN 360 Journalism on Screen
- JRN 421 Journalism Law and Ethics
- JRN 422 Long-form Nonfiction
- JRN 492 Journalism Business Skills
- JRN 495 Capstone Project in Journalism