Faculty members have developed 14 competencies that they would like to see journalism students develop by the time they finish the program. At the end of the program we will assess our ability in helping you develop these competencies.
Work demonstrates news judgment that identifies and develops story ideas through observation, reading and paying attention to their environment.
Critical and Independent Thinking
Work demonstrates an ability to synthesize information and think independently and work through problems using inference and logic.
Work demonstrates an understanding of a variety of cultures and how those cultures influence perspectives, attitudes and personal interaction with the world.
Work demonstrates concise, clear, and accurate writing that engages the audience with compelling storytelling.
Work demonstrates an ability to discern and weigh the quality of information they gather, as well as know how to analyze and interpret it.
Research and Reporting
Work demonstrates an ability to methodically find information through the Internet, public documents and personal interviews.
Work demonstrates an ability to competently navigate through a rapidly changing media world, understanding media’s influence on society, community and the democratic process, and that students also understand the power of image in shaping society’s understanding of the world.
News Media Law
Work demonstrates an understanding of the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press and the rights protected by the First Amendment.
Work demonstrates an understanding of professional ethical principles and students work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
Work demonstrates an understanding of the history and role of journalists and journalism institutions in shaping the dissemination of information.
Work demonstrates an ability to critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
Data and Numbers
Work demonstrates an ability to apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
Work demonstrates an ability to apply technology in their professional work.
Work demonstrates an ability to research, find and capture in a technically competent, concise, well composed and visually compelling manner the gamut of human experience in a variety of formats.