Professor Henson“The First Amendment is under attack in the United States. I think our journalism program is trying to reinforce the notion that the First Amendment is about free expression of ideas and free speech. And that the press has a role in our democracy as a fourth estate, as a public watchdog, so that democracy can work better. This is a lesson for anyone who is an American citizen or aspires to be, not just someone who aspires to be a journalist. And so I hope that we are continuing to cultivate that notion of civic empowerment.” Maria Henson, instructor in News Literacy and Associate Vice President & Editor-at-Large at Wake Forest University



The Journalism Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the practice of journalism and its role in a free society. Students report and tell stories in a range of media as they learn to verify facts, establish their independence, and serve their readers or audience.  A minor in journalism pairs well with any major in the College or School of Business. It consists of 18 credits, beginning with the gateway course JOU 270, Introduction to Journalism. JOU 278, News Literacy, is a second required course and can be taken at any time. Students take 12 hours of elective credit, which can be drawn from upper-level JOU courses or a list of courses in other departments across the College. Students may only count one elective toward another major or minor. Students may also take Journalism courses for general elective credit.

Please contact jou@wfu.edu with any questions, comments or concerns. For urgent inquiries, please contact Program Director Phoebe Zerwick at zerwicp@wfu.edu.

Applications for Beyond the Classroom Now Available

Are you interested in taking your journalism to the next level? Do you have a project you want
to pursue? An unpaid internship you’d love to take? Maybe you want to study journalism
overseas? The Journalism Program can help, with grants for:
● Scholarships to study journalism overseas.
● Stipends to support you while you work at an unpaid internship in journalism.
● Travel to report a journalism project overseas or in the U.S.
● Fees and travel to a journalism conference or workshop.

Applications will be due March 15. Preference will be given to students minoring in journalism with
demonstrated financial need. The level of financial support will vary depending on each
student’s budget and needs.

Download your application here:Application for Beyond the Classroom



Journalism Courses

270. Introduction to Journalism. (3h) Fundamentals of news reporting, news writing and news judgment. Digital skills introduced and practiced. Intensive in-class writing.

278. News Literacy. (3h) Exploring the difference between news and propaganda, news and opinion, bias and fairness, citizen reporting and professional journalism with a goal of training more discriminating and thoughtful producers and consumers of news. Included: historical context of the news industry.

310. Editing. (3h) Fundamentals in copy editing and headline writing as it applies to print and online journalism. Applying grammar, adherence to Associated Press style, and use of photos, lay-out and news judgment to improve news and feature stories. Intensive in-class editing. P—JOU 270 or POI.

315. Beat Reporting. (3h) Fundamentals in identifying and developing news and feature beats. Emphasis on interviewing skills, source development, story identification and writing for print and online. Digital skills such as blogging, photography, video production and social media practiced. Highly interactive. P—JOU 270.

320. Community Journalism. (3h) Produce stories in a range of media for an online publication with a growing readership about the people, places and trends that create community in downtown Winston-Salem. Students will break news, explore the arts scene, tell stories about interesting people in town and practice journalism on the ground. P—JOU 270 or POI.

325. Writing for a Social Purpose. (3h) Combines writing, service learning, and entrepreneurship approaches in communication by partnering students with a local nonprofit organization to provide a range of writing solutions in print and online. Also listed as ENT 203. P—JOU 270 or POI.

330. Podcasting. (3h) Introduction to audio storytelling. As the world of podcasting and nonfiction audio grows rapidly, students will learn the building blocks and best practices of audio journalism, including sound, editing, interviewing, and story, and will discuss what journalism means in these changing times.

335. Multimedia Storytelling. (3h) Provides concepts and applied skills related to digital news production, digital research, use of search engine optimization and analytics, social media as a reporting and branding tool, navigating content management systems, visual storytelling and web publishing.

340. Magazine Writing. (3h) Analysis of magazine writing and long form journalism with practice pitching, reporting and writing articles in a range of styles and of varied lengths with specific audiences in mind. Also listed as WRI 392.

345. Sports Journalism. (3h) Introduction to the world of sports, the lives of athletes and the influence both have on American culture and college campuses. Students will keep a blog, conduct regular interviews, cover on- and off-campus sporting events, write opinion columns, produce multimedia stories and profile Wake Forest athletes. P—JOU 270 or POI.

350. Writing for Public Relations and Advertising. (1.5h, 3h) Principles and techniques of public relations and applied advertising and marketing. Students use case studies to develop public relations and advertising strategies. Also listed as COM 117.

355. Broadcast Journalism. (3h) Introduces students to best practices in broadcast storytelling, including scripting, producing, filming, editing and anchoring a news broadcast. Also listed as COM 215.

370. International Reporting. (3h) Students explore a part of the world as journalists do, interviewing, observing and exploring to produce stories that shed light on the people, culture and issues that define that place. P—JOU 270 or POI.

375. Special Topics in Journalism. (1h-3h) Study and practice of new trends, innovations and subject matters in journalism. May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic has changed. P—JOU 270 or POI.

390. Internship. (1.5h) Practical experience in journalism. Students work with a faculty adviser. Cannot be repeated except with approval of the director.

395. Individual Study. (1h-3h) Independent study with faculty guidance. By prearrangement.



Electives for Journalism
The practice of journalism, with its central role in American democracy and culture, requires students to tell compelling stories in a range of media. Increasingly, journalism is also a data-driven field, with some of the most important stories of our time based on the analysis of data. Students may pick one course from the following list to fulfill elective credit in Journalism. With approval of the director, students interested in tailoring the minor to a particular interest have the option of selecting a second interdisciplinary elective from the list below or choosing one upper-level course not listed below.

Please refer to departmental listings for more detail on each course.

Storytelling Courses

ART         114. Introduction to Video Art. (4h)
                 119. Introduction to Photography. (4h)
                 120. Introduction to Digital Photography. (4h)
                 214. Film and Video Art: Site-Specific. (4h)
                 224. Film and Video Art: Cyberspace. (4h)
                 229. Digital Photography. (4h)
                 232. Design Studio: Visualization of Ideas. (4h)

COM        216. On-Camera Performance. (3h)
                 217. Imagination Project. (3h)
                 247. Foundations of Digital Media. (3h)
                 309. Visual Storytelling. (3h)
                 310. Advanced Digital Media. (3h)
                 316. Screenwriting. (3h)

CRW        287. Creative Nonfiction Workshop. (3h)
                 397. Creative Nonfiction Writing. (3h)

ENV         306. Topics in Environmental Studies: Contemplative Approaches to Global Sustainability.                   (1h-4h) 

HST         367. Public History. (3h)

WGS        326. Telling Women’s Lives: Writing about Entrepreneurs, Activists, and Thought Leaders.                   (3h) (cross-listed as ENT 326)

WRI          210. Academic Research and Writing. (3h)
                 212. Literary Nonfiction: The Art of the Essay. (3h)
                 320. Writing in and About Science: Scientists as Writers and Writers as Scientists. (3h) 

Computer, Technology and Information Literacy Courses

CSC         101. Overview of Computer Science. (4h)
                111. Introduction to Computer Science. (4h)
                321. Database Management Systems. (3h)
                322. Data Management and Analytics. (3h)
                361. Digital Media. (3h)
                363. Computer Graphics. (3h)

Media, Democracy and Culture Courses

COM       245. Introduction to Mass Communication. (3h)
                304. Freedom of Speech. (3h)
                319. Media Ethics. (3h)

HST         362. American Constitutional History. (3h)
POL         217. Politics and the Mass Media. (3h)
WGS        271. Making Sense of the News Through a Feminist Lens. (1-3h)