Business Journalism Curriculum

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The following curriculum is for those entering the university beginning fall 2016 and later. Curriculum requirements for students who entered the university prior to fall 2016 can be found by speaking with a MJ-school academic advisor or by consulting the academic worksheet.

Students must complete at least 21 credit hours of C grades or higher from the School of Media and Journalism (MEJO). The following journalism school courses are required.

  • *MEJO 141 (3) Media Ethics. Intensive study through concepts and cases of ethical issues and problems facing mass communication professionals in modern society.
  • *MEJO 153 (3) Writing and Reporting. Prerequisites, sophomore standing and keyboarding skills. Study of elements of news writing, writing of leads, organization and writing of various types of news stories.
  • *MEJO 221 (3) Audio-Video Information Gathering. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Restricted to declared journalism majors and minors. Introduces students to the tools and skills needed to engage in quality news-oriented storytelling with audio, video and multimedia. Students will learn to deliver news stories using multiple platforms, taking advantage of the strengths of each. 
  • *MEJO 340 (3) Media Law. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Introduction to press freedom and the First Amendment, including libel, privacy, access to information, free press-fair trial, advertising and broadcast regulation, journalistic privilege and prior restraint.
  • *MEJO 450 (3) Business and the Media. Role of media in United States society and effects on public perceptions of business. Relationship of business press and corporate America. Current issues in business journalism.
  • *MEJO 451 (3) Economics Reporting. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Coverage of Wall Street and the economy, including stocks, bonds, and economic indicators. Reporting on the Federal Reserve, labor, consumer sector, manufacturing and inflation, and certain industries.
  • *MEJO 452 (3) Business Reporting. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Methods and tactics of covering businesses for mass communication. Why and how companies operate and how to write stories about corporate news from public records and other sources.

MEJO Electives (optional)

  • MEJO 137 (3) Principles of Advertising and Public Relations. Survey of the economics, psychology, philosophy and history of both fields, with emphasis on research foundations and the design, execution and assessment of strategic communication efforts.
  • MEJO 157 (3) News Editing. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Study and practice in copy reading, headline writing, and proofreading; with attention given to printing terminology, page makeup, type structure, computer use in editing, and analysis of newspapers.
  • MEJO 253 (3) Reporting. Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Exercises in news gathering, interviewing and writing news.
  • MEJO 551 (3) Digital Media Economics and Behavior. Prerequisites, MEJO 153 and 137 or 253. Study of the changing economics affecting 21st century news organizations, and the economic drivers of other content providers – such as music companies, movies, online aggregators and commerce sites – for lessons that can be applied across industry segments. This course is designed for future journalists, as well as for advertising and public relations majors.
  • MEJO 552 (3) Leadership in a Time of Change. Examines in depth the critical strategic choices facing executives in those companies – both start-ups and established ones. It offers advanced seniors majoring in business or communications, as well as graduate level communications students, the opportunity to observe and research a media or technology company making the transition and produce a case study on that effort.

Kenan-Flagler Core
Students must complete at least 17.5 hours of C grades or higher from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Four business school courses are required.

  • *BUSI 101 (4) Management Accounting. Elements of accounting for management planning, budgeting and control. Emphasis is on management uses of accounting information. 
  • *BUSI 403 (3) Operations Management. Analysis of the production/operations function in both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing organizations. Developing production policies that support total organizational goals under various constraints.
  • *BUSI 404 (1.5) The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. An introduction to the legal system with special emphasis on its relationship to business. Topics include an introduction to the judicial system, torts, and contracts.
  • *BUSI 408 (3) Corporate Finance. Theoretical foundations of optimal financial policy. Problems and cases provide application of theory to financial decisions involving cash flow, capital structure, capital budgeting.

Kenan-Flagler Electives
In addition, at least two courses must be taken from the following list.

  • BUSI 401 (3) Management and Corporate Communication. Open to junior-senior business majors only. Writing- and speaking-intensive course that emphasizes professional communication. Combines lecture, discussion and draft workshops that focus on letters, memos, reports, resumes, email and business presentations.
  • BUSI 405 (3) Organizational Behavior. An introduction to the study of human behavior in organizations. Examines from a managerial perspective the impact of individual, group, and organizational variables on organizational performance and employee satisfaction.
  • BUSI 406 (3) Marketing. Introduction to marketing with emphasis on the social and economic aspects of distribution, consumer problems, marketing functions and institutions, marketing methods and policies.
  • BUSI 407 (3) Financial Accounting. Role of accounting; basic concepts and methodology; mass data processing; valuation and income determination principles; management and internal control problems; and basic financial statement components.
  • BUSI 409 (1.5) Advanced Corporate Finance. Prerequisite, BUSI 408 or equivalent. Recommended for completion in the semester following BUSI 408 and concurrently with BUSI 409. A follow-up course to BUSI 408 that goes more deeply into the theory and application of financial management. Emphasis is placed on investment, financing, and dividend decisions.

Additional Requirements

  • *MATH 152 or 231 or 232 (Exempt if credit for both MATH 231 and 232) or STOR 112 or 113
  • *ECON 101
  • *STOR 155
  • *POLI 101, 130, 150, 202, or 203