Community Journalism


Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

21 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Communications and Journalism Department, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

The certificate program in community journalism provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of covering communities as a journalist including reporting, researching and crafting stories. In addition, they will learn the fundamentals of state and local government as well as the basic principles governing responsible, effective journalism.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper news coverage of state and local governments.
  • Write news and feature stories.
  • Articulate the historical roots and accepted practices of community journalism.


  • JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2140 Advanced Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2350 Outdoor/Nature Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2360 History and Principles of American Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3060 Community Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3130 Feature Writing (3 hours)
  • POLT 1750 State and Local Government (3 hours)