News, broadcasting & documentary

Learn to tell stories of the human condition using video and audio, social media and data journalism.

In-class experience

  • Produce complex written, audio and visual stories to engage with your audience.
  • Learn how to ask relevant questions, find and verify information and make data meaningful.
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Internships/practicums

What you'll learn

  • How to report effectively and ethically
  • How to create audio, video, graphic design and photojournalism elements
  • How to produce compelling multimedia stories

Where you'll intern

  • Broadcast and print news organizations
  • Online news websites and blogs
  • Podcast and video production companies

Possible careers after graduation

  • Reporter, editor or producer
  • Engagement editor or social media manager
  • Podcaster or documentarian
  • Bilingual journalist

What you'll study

Students must complete 39 units of journalism courses for the major and 120 units overall to graduate. Find details below about completing your journalism courses with a news, broadcasting & documentary emphasis. View all required courses on our bachelor's degree of journalism page.

  • Journalism core (21 credits)
    1. Complete all required core courses. (21 credits)
      • JOUR 103 – Introduction to Media and Society
      • JOUR 107 – Media Writing
      • JOUR 108 – Media Design
      • JOUR 208 – Media Production
      • JOUR 305 - Media Ethics
      • JOUR 401 - First Amendment and Society
      • JOUR 499 - Professional Internship or JOUR 416 – Practicum (3)
  • News, broadcasting & documentary emphasis (12 credits)
    1. Complete one required emphasis course. (3 credits) 
      • JOUR 307 – Multimedia Reporting and Editing
    2. Choose three courses from the following list, including at least one 400-level course. (9 credits)
      • JOUR 300 – Visual Communication
      • JOUR 308 – Web Design for Social Engagement
      • JOUR 312 - Web Video for Social Engagement
      • JOUR 313 - Photojournalism
      • JOUR 318 - Narrative: Art of Storytelling
      • JOUR 319 - Data Journalism
      • JOUR 320 - Social Journalism
      • JOUR 402 - Business Journalism
      • JOUR 405 - Motion Graphics
      • JOUR 416 - Reynolds Media Lab Practicum
      • JOUR 418 - Magazine Writing
      • JOUR 423 - Newscast Production
      • JOUR 425 - Audio: Radio, Podcasting, and Beyond
      • JOUR 448 – Data Visualization
      • JOUR 452 – Web Design
      • JOUR 460 - News Studio
      • JOUR 462 - Documentary Filmmaking
      • JOUR 465 - Noticiero Móvil
      • JOUR 481 - Race, Gender and Media
      • JOUR 482 - International and Cross-Cultural Reporting (CO11)
      • JOUR 490 - Special Problems (different topics offered every semester)

  • Journalism electives (6 credits)
    1. Complete six credits of upper-division journalism courses from any emphasis. Students are encouraged to take additional credits in their chosen emphasis but are also free to select courses from other emphases.

  • Recommended minors / double majors
    • Political Science
    • English
    • Spanish/French/other languages
    • Geography
    • Art (Digital Media, Photography, Graphic Design)
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Cinema and Media Studies
    • Cybersecurity

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Meet emphasis faculty

News, broadcasting & documentary News, reporting, faculty, journalism
Caesar Andrews
Caesar Andrews
Professor and Leonard Distinguished Chair in Media Ethics and Writing He, him
(775) 784-4702
RSJ 303C
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Kari Barber
Kari Barber
Associate Professor of Electronic Media She, her
(775) 784-1791
RSJ 103D
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Nico Colombant
Nico Colombant
Lecturer of Digital Media and Cross-Cultural Reporting
(775) 784-4101
RSJ 103B
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Alan Deutschman
Alan Deutschman
Professor and Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism
(775) 784-4397
RSJ 215E
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Kathleen Masterson
Kathleen Masterson
Reynolds Associate Professor of Practice in Science Communication
(775) 682-7500
RSJ 103E
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Melissa McClinton
Melissa McClinton
Assistant Professor of Video Production and Immersive Media
(775) 682-7642
RSJ 215A
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Donica Mensing
Donica Mensing
Professor She, her
(775) 784-4198
RSJ 206
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Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell
Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention He, him
(775) 784 4563
RSJ 301C
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Paromita Pain
Paromita Pain
Assistant Professor of Global Media She, her
(775) 682-9403
RSJ 215C
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Alan Stavitsky
Alan Stavitsky
Dean, Professor and Fred W. Smith Chair He, him
(775) 784-6531
RSJ 301
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