Convergent Journalism

Stories change the world, but who will tell them? The Convergent Journalism major at IWU prepares students as effective storytellers in the 21st century: online, on-the-air through words, pictures and sound.

Choose from concentrations in Broadcast, Multimedia or Print/Online journalism. The digital tools for the next generation of newsgathering are joined with critical thinking, solid writing, clear judgment and ethical principles. Convergent Journalism at IWU is joining the latest technology with long-standing principles of reporting truth.

Convergent Journalism majors develop their skills at The Sojourn iwusojourn.com, the state and national award-winning student news source covering the campus news online and in print. Students in the broadcast or multimedia concentrations may also develop their talents through radio news at The Fortress 94.3 FM wiwu.fm or television at WIWU-TV wiwutv.com. Media facilities in Elder Hall include the digital newsroom, with labs for computer graphics, layout and design, web publishing and photojournalism.

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Courses

The Convergent Journalism major is designed to provide students with broad interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills for professional positions in media and their place in a free society. Each student completes a sequence of courses intended to develop practical skills, focused on writing and technology, related to a potential career area.

The program provides all students with opportunities to gain practical experience appropriate to their interest through The Sojourn, WIWU-TV51, WIWU-FM, Caesura, and Legacy.

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Division Core Courses

COM-105,COM-116,COM-329,COM-340,COM-479,COM-480

CONVERGENT JOURNALISM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

COM-112,COM-200,COM-211,COM-224,COM-363,COM-373,COM-483,COM-445

Concentrations (Choose 1)

Multi-Media

COM-113,COM-114,COM-214,COM-223,COM-250,COM-280,COM-314,COM-322,COM-321,COM-331,COM-332,COM-336,COM-364,COM-365,COM-422,WRI-282,WRI-353,WRI-457

Broadcast

(Required)

COM-322,COM-422

(Electives)

COM-113,COM-114,COM-214,COM-250,COM-314,COM-364,COM-365

Print/Online

(Required)

COM-223,COM-332

(Electives)

COM-331,WRI-353,WRI-457,COM-336,WRI-282,COM-280,COM-325

Convergent Journalism Minor

Division Core

COM-115,COM-340

Convergent Journalism Minor Requirements

COM-105,COM-329,COM-340,COM-112,COM-200,COM-211,COM-224

Electives - Choose 1

COM-223,COM-322,COM-332,COM-363,COM-373,COM-422,COM-483

Faculty

IWU Communication professors bring academic accomplishments and professional experience to Convergent Journalism classes. Dr. Randall E. King worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for television stations in South Carolina and has received national awards for feature reporting on WIWU-TV’s news magazine Crossroads.

Dr. Mark Perry anchored and produced morning news on WMBI – Moody Radio in Chicago and has worked in freelance video and multimedia production. Dr. YoungAh Lee ran her own public relations firm in South Korea and earned her Ph.D. from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Randall King; MA, PhD Professor; Communication | Director; Broadcast Media | Division Chair; Communication randall.king@indwes.edu View Profile
YoungAh Lee; MA PhD Asst. Prof; Public Relations youngah.lee@indwes.edu View Profile
Mark R Perry; MA, PhD Assoc Prof; Communication | Radio Advisor mark.perry@indwes.edu View Profile
 
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