SUMMER MINOR IN JOURNALISM

One Summer.
Commun­ication Skills for a Lifetime.

"Why Minor in Journalism If I Don't Plan To Be a Journalist?"

Whatever your field, success in the digital age demands skill in communicating across a variety of media platforms. Berkeley’s summer minor in journalism will prepare you for a future in which communication skills will be a vital part of any endeavor.

This is a hands-on curriculum that gives students real world experience. Instruction focuses on core techniques of reporting and writing, specialized reporting skills, video, still photography, audio, social media, and the creation of online multimedia packages that will enable you to attract and engage an audience in your work.

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For UC Berkeley Students

Journalism Minor

The Minor in Journalism consists of two required courses and three elective courses taught in two consecutive, six-week summer sessions. Once the required core courses are completed, any three electives will satisfy the minor. Students declaring a minor must do so in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Graduate School of Journalism. The minor can be completed in one summer or more.

For non-UC Berkeley Students

Journalism Certificate

The Certificate in Journalism consists of two required courses and three elective courses taught in two consecutive, six-week summer sessions. Once the required core courses are completed, any three electives will satisfy the requirements of the certificate. The certificate can be completed in one summer or more.

Required Courses

REQUIRED CORE COURSE

J100 Principles of Reporting & Writing

This is an intensive introduction to basic principles and practices, introducing students to the fundamentals of what it means to be a journalist. Students will learn classic forms of expository writing, study contemporary practices, meet professional practitioners and newsmakers, and be introduced to the ethics of gathering and relating information.

REQUIRED CORE COURSE

J110 Introduction to Multimedia

Competence in the use of new media tools is essential for any communicator in the 21st century. This intensive introductory course is designed to teach foundational skills for students who have little or no experience creating multimedia news packages. The first half of the course will consist of lectures, guest-speakers and seminar-style discussions. The second half will be a hands-on introduction to how to use video, photography, data and other elements to create effective visual and multimedia stories. Students will be taught how to use smartphones as their primary tool.

Elective Courses

ELECTIVE COURSE

J111 Social Media

Social media has entered a new age of relevance, making it of critical interest to journalists and communicators of all kinds. This course will help students better understand and use social media by focusing on how social networks, conversational media, and associated digital media tools and platforms can be used to develop new sources, converse with end users, identify new ideas and emerging trends, aggregate and curate the work of others, and promote their own work.

ELECTIVE COURSE

J120 Investigative Reporting

This is an introduction to the basic tools and techniques of investigative reporting-how to identify sources, obtain and use public records, and craft inquiries that go behind the curtain of political, civic, corporate, and institutional life. The course is also an opportunity to gain practical experience working collaboratively on in-depth projects. By the end of this course students will be able to apply investigative techniques to routine reporting as well as produce longer expositions.

ELECTIVE COURSE

J134 International Reporting

In a globalizing world local stories often become international ones. From politics to financial markets to terrorism and climate change, a more closely connected world means critical issues do not stay put. This course will familiarize students with methods used by international journalists to find and produce stories – including developing sources, obtaining credentials, understanding customs and local institutions, coping with language barriers, and identifying key issues. This course is aimed at both US-based and non-US-based students interested in learning how to cover international news.

ELECTIVE COURSE

J115 Advanced Multimedia

This advanced course provides hands-on instruction in digital storytelling techniques, lessons on capturing multimedia, and how to build websites. Curriculum begins with considering how to choose which media forms—video, audio, photo, graphics or text—are best for a particular story or story segments. This is followed by lessons on capturing video, photo, and audio, and in working with live subjects. Equipment for this class will consist primarily of student- owned smartphones.

ELECTIVE COURSE

J130 Specialty Reporting

Specialty Reporting teaches background and techniques for students interested in deepening their journalism skills as well as their subject-matter expertise through intensive coverage of a single topical area. The course will explore the concepts and methods used by specialists to conduct inquiries that go beyond general reporting- including source development, finding and interpreting key documents, understanding important issues, and knowing how key institutions function. 2017’s Specialty Reporting topic is Global Business Reporting, From Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

How To Enroll

FOR UC BERKELEY STUDENTS

Journalism Minor

1 - Choose your journalism courses and enroll for Summer 2017 courses through CalCentral. Enrollment opens February 1, 2017

2 - At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of Minor form.
◦ Email the form to journalismminor@berkeley.edu.

3 - Or print out the Completion of Minor Confirmation form and
◦ bring to the Office of Undergraduate Programs at the Graduate School of Journalism.

◦ You will receive a Completion of Minor document signed by the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and the Journalism Minor Program Director.

FOR NON-UC BERKELEY STUDENTS

Journalism Certificate

1 - Choose your journalism courses and enroll. Enrollment opens Feb 13, 2017

2 - At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of Certificate Confirmation form.
◦ Bring the form to the Office of Undergraduate Programs at the Graduate School of Journalism.
◦ Or Email the form to journalismminor@berkeley.edu.

◦ You will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Dean the Graduate School of Journalism and the Journalism Minor Program Director.

UC Berkeley Students who do not choose to complete the minor
but wish to take individual summer journalism courses may enroll through Cal Central without notifying the School of Journalism. Please note that enrollment in electives require permission of the instructor.

Non-UC Berkeley students who do not choose to complete the certificate but wish to take individual summer journalism courses may enroll through the visiting Student Portal without notifying the School of Journalism. Please note that enrollment in electives require permission of the instructor.

Financial Aid

UC Berkeley students who enroll in the minor in Journalism in Summer Sessions 2017 and complete it by the end of summer 2017 or by the end of summer 2018 are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.
To be awarded the scholarship you must:

- Be currently enrolled as a UC Berkeley student.

- Complete the academic requirements of the Minor by the end of Summer Sessions 2017 or Summer Sessions 2018.

- Receive a grade of "C" or higher in all courses comprising the Minor and complete all courses before graduation.

- Print out or complete the online Completion of Minor form and email/bring to the Office of Undergraduate Programs in North Gate Hall within two weeks of the start of your final course.

- This will trigger the process of awarding your scholarship. You will receive an acknowledgment from the School of Journalism that you have successfully completed the Minor. Your $2,000 scholarship will be posted as "Scholarship" to your CARS account by December 1 of that year. Please note that Certificate candidates and students not enrolled at UC Berkeley are not eligible for the scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE SUMMER PROGRAM IN JOURNALISM?

The summer program in Journalism is an intensive academic program designed to help students of all majors improve their skills as communicators in digital media. The curriculum focuses on hands-on reporting, writing, photography, video, audio, social media and multimedia work.

WHAT KIND OF CAREERS WILL THE MINOR PREPARE ME FOR?

The minor in Journalism prepares students to succeed in a world where skilled communications is vital. Students will learn how to craft engaging narratives and create visibility and build audiences for their professional work, whether they are in the sciences, business, humanities, the arts, or other fields.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL?

Courses are open to all UC Berkeley students as well as visitors, including all University of California system students, out of state students currently enrolled in a college or junior college, college graduates, as well as international visitors from around the world.

WHAT IS THE JOURNALISM MINOR?

A minor degree is available to matriculating UC Berkeley students upon successful completion of five journalism courses.

WHAT IS THE JOURNALISM CERTIFICATE?

The academic requirements for the certificate are identical to the requirements for the journalism minor, but the certificate is available to non-Berkeley students only. Like the minor, the certificate represents a standard of achievement that is recognized by employers.

WHAT PREREQUISITES ARE THERE FOR ENROLLMENT?

There are no prerequisite courses for enrollment in summer journalism.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED COURSES FOR COMPLETION OF THE MINOR AND THE CERTIFICATE?

Both the minor and the certificate require the successful completion two core courses in Session A and three electives in Session D, for a total of 15 units of credit.

CAN I COMPLETE THE MINOR/CERTIFICATE OVER MORE THAN ONE SUMMER?

Yes. Students may complete the minor or certificate in one summer or multiple summers.

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR CLASS?

No, but students are expected to bring an iPhone or Android phone with working audio, video, and photography capability.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

This is a writing-based curriculum that also demands plenty of class participation. All students must demonstrate reasonable fluency in written and spoken English.

WHAT ARE THE GRADING REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE MINOR OR CERTIFICATE?

Students must receive a "C" or better in each of five courses in order to qualify for the minor or certificate.

CAN COURSES TAKEN AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY BE APPLIED TOWARDS SUMMER JOURNALISM AT UC BERKELEY?

No.

CAN COURSES TAKEN AT UC BERKELEY BE CREDITED AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

That decision is up to the student's home college or university.

CAN I OPT OUT OF THE REQUIRED COURSES AT BERKELEY?

No. Students intending the minor or certificate cannot opt out of the required courses.

WHEN CAN I SIGN UP FOR COURSES?

Enrollment opens February 1, 2017 for Berkeley students and Feb 8, 2017 for visitors.

Important Dates

ENROLLMENT OPENS
February 01:   UC Berkeley Students
February 13:  Visitors and International Students

CLASSES BEGIN
May 22:  Session A
July 03:  Session D

SUMMER SESSION ENDS
August 11 

What Students Are Saying...

Thank you for a summer to remember and for this opportunity! I'm glad I was able to take advantage of this program before my senior year at Cal.

As a political science major, I have found that the journalism courses have taught me how to concisely articulate information on politics when people ask me questions.

Gives international students more time to learn new skills and digest them, as well as get used to the American media system.

My communication skills improved greatly! In fact, I believe the multi- media story I worked on in J110 helped me obtain a job at a non- profit that focuses on helping non-citizens.
I have become a better writer and learned how to effectively voice my views. Furthermore I thoroughly enjoyed the multimedia classes with the focus on Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.
I am a media studies major so the production aspect of digital communication can complement the theoretical approach of the media studies program at Berkeley.
The great professors! It was amazing to gain from the J school's professors experience. They were great!

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