Communication, Journalism (BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

LAW & ETHICS: Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of journalism law and the components of ethical journalism.

  • Students will compose effective news leads for news articles.
  • Students will compose effective and compelling feature leads for articles.
  • Students will create news stories that meet professional publication standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find and communicate with diverse sources.
  • Students will identify components essential to ethical journalism.

MULTIMEDIA: Identify and employ the components of audio and video production that are essential to quality journalism.

  • Students will compose effective news leads for news articles.
  • Students will compose effective and compelling feature leads for articles.
  • Students will create news stories that meet professional publication standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find and communicate with diverse sources.
  • Students will identify components essential to ethical journalism.

WRITING & EDITING: Demonstrate the ability to edit a news story for grammar, style, mechanics and structure.

  • Students will compose effective news leads for news articles.
  • Students will compose effective and compelling feature leads for articles.
  • Students will create news stories that meet professional publication standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find and communicate with diverse sources.

WRITING & REPORTING: Demonstrate the ability to cover a beat to create news and feature stories for a variety of publication formats.

  • Students will compose effective news leads for news articles.
  • Students will compose effective and compelling feature leads for articles.
  • Students will create news stories that meet professional publication standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find and communicate with diverse sources.
  • Students will generate interactive content and design a basic multimedia website.