Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Journalism Writing, Minor (403)

Program Coordinator

Gordon D. McKerral, mac.mckerral@wku.edu, (270) 745-4144

Program Requirements (21 hours)

The minor in journalism writing requires a minimum of 21 hours. Students pursing the minor can gain valuable knowledge and skills in professional media writing and journalistic storytelling.

SOM 101Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology3
JOUR 202Introduction to News Writing3
JOUR 301Press Law and Ethics 13
JOUR 302Intermediate Reporting3
JOUR 325Feature Writing3
Select two of the following: 26
Multiplatform News Presentation
Advanced Reporting
News / Editorial Internship Practicum
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Editing and Publishing
Writing Memoir and Autobiography
Folklore and the Media
Media Diversity
Survey of Electronic Media Writing
Total Hours21

The prerequisite for JOUR 301 includes PS 110, which may be applied toward Colonnade requirements.


One selected course must have a JOUR prefix. Additionally, some courses among these have prerequisites. Please check the catalog.

Half of the hours in the minor must be at the 300- or 400- level.