Overview

The Department of Journalism and Media Management offers majors in Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media, Journalism and Media Management.

The Department of Journalism and Media Management emphasizes hands-on learning and critical thinking within a multicultural, international context. Our students consistently win regional and national awards, and obtain prestigious internships and long-term positions in a competitive media marketplace. Additionally, they are meeting the challenges of the evolving media industry through entrepreneurial leadership.  Our graduates also gain admission to excellent graduate programs and professional schools in a variety of fields.

Four majors are offered in the Department of Journalism and Media Management. The department's programs attract students interested in working in these specific fields, but also provide strong writing, creative, and analytical skills to students who pursue careers in other fields, such as law and business.

The School's major in Journalism prepares students to be writers, editors and designers for a variety of media from mainstream and alternative newspapers and magazines to online media and entrepreneurial ventures. We emphasize effective storytelling through writing, audio and video recording, photography, graphics and data visualization. Reporting skills, analytical thinking and journalistic ethics are stressed throughout the program. Students are encouraged to work for The Miami Hurricane, the student-run newspaper, Distraction magazine and the Ibis yearbook, all of which are nationally award-winning publications.  The robust South Florida media market also provides off-campus opportunities at various professional publications and websites. 

Students majoring in Journalism may concentrate their studies in one of several tracks or areas or they may customize their course of study. The suggested tracks include: Reporting and Writing (which is the general journalism or custom track); Media and Journalism Studies (a more conceptual and less applied track for students interested in media analysis); Visual and Documentary Journalism (which allows for the study of photography, web design and videography or documentaries); and Sports, Travel and Lifestyle Features (which focuses on these as related areas of content). These tracks allow students the flexibility to design programmatic concentrations in everything from writing to web design to documentary and visual storytelling. 

The School's facilities include a state-of-the-art radio studio, two high-definition television studios, digital post-production suites and related capabilities.

Curriculum Requirements for Journalism

Core Courses
JMM 102Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age3
JMM 108Writing for the Digital Age3
JMM 208Fundamentals of Newsgathering3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
Choose one of the following:3
Public Speaking
Business Communication
Television Performance
Track Requirement
Choose one of the following:6-12
Reporting and Writing
Communication Law and Policy
Public Affairs Reporting
Feature Writing
Seminar in News Ethics and Problems
Visual and Documentary
Introduction to Electronic Media Production
Communication Law and Policy
Intermediate Electronic Media Production
Social Media
Media and Journalism Studies
Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
Media Research and Analysis
Communication Law and Policy
Sports, Travel and Lifestyle Features
Communication Law and Policy
Public Affairs Reporting
Feature Writing
JMM Electives - Based on track and selected with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor15-21
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Choose one of the following:
Finite Mathematics
Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management 1
Statistical Reasoning for Strategic Communication
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor or Second Major and Electives 251-54
Total Credit Hours120

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from you major, minor, and/or second major and electives.

Suggested Plan of Study for Journalism - Reporting and Writing Track

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age 3
JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 208 Fundamentals of Newsgathering 3
JMM 285 or MTH 113 Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Finite Mathematics
3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 303 Communication Law and Policy 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Television Performance  
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
JMM 444 or 544 Public Affairs Reporting
or Feature Writing
3
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 461 Seminar in News Ethics and Problems 3
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study for Journalism - Visual and Documentary Track

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age 3
JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 208 Fundamentals of Newsgathering 3
JMM 285 or MTH 113 Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Finite Mathematics
3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
JMM 245 Introduction to Electronic Media Production 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 345 Intermediate Electronic Media Production 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Television Performance  
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
JMM Elective in Visual and Documentary track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
JMM Elective in Visual and Documentary track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 333 Social Media and Journalism 3
JMM Elective in Visual and Documentary track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
JMM Elective in Visual and Documentary track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 541 Advanced Audio Video Narratives 3
JMM Elective in Visual and Documentary track with approval from JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study for Journalism - Sports, Travel and Lifestyle Features Track

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age 3
JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 208 Fundamentals of Newsgathering 3
JMM 285 or MTH 113 Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Finite Mathematics
3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 303 Communication Law and Policy 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Television Performance  
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
JMM 444 or 544 Public Affairs Reporting
or Feature Writing
3
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 461 Seminar in News Ethics and Problems 3
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM Elective in Sports, Travel and Lifestyles Features track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study for Journalism - Media and Journalism Studies Track

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age 3
JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 106 Visual Design 3
JMM 208 Fundamentals of Newsgathering 3
JMM 285 Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
JMM 245 Introduction to Electronic Media Production 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 303 or 305 Communication Law and Policy
or Legal Issues in Media Management
3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Television Performance  
JMM Elective in Media and Journalism Studies track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
JMM 301 Media Research and Analysis 3
JMM Elective in Media and Journalism Studies track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM Elective in Writing and Reporting track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
JMM Elective in Media and Journalism Studies track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
JMM Elective in Media and Journalism Studies track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM Elective in Media and Journalism Studies track with approval of JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The Journalism program at the University of Miami teaches students to identify news, recognize the story in complex matters, distinguish between fact and opinion, and present the story in the format best suited to the subject and audience.

Goals

Upon graduation, students are prepared to work in a variety of news and information settings and are equipped to gather and analyze information, critically evaluate it, and write and produce material for various media formats, all within the guiding ethical and legal principles of journalism.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically analyze, and report stories s in an appropriate format using sound reasoning and journalistic principles.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of contemporary equipment, technologies, and workflows, as well as key theoretical concepts of audio/visual/interactive storytelling.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and practice the values, ethics, laws, social responsibilities and expectations of the profession.