Through an interdisciplinary approach, SJMC works with other University of Minnesota departments such as design, English, art and art history to create apps. In the 2012-2013 school year, SJMC created an app for the Weisman Art Museum.
Each semester in JOUR 5174: Magazine Editing and Production, students create their own magazine as part of their senior capstone project. From Day One, the students are in-charge as they pick the topic, apply for leadership positions, create the stories, take the pictures and produce the corresponding website.
SJMC students work in a number of newsrooms around the Twin Cities as part of partnerships with local news organizations. Our practicums allow students to work with editors and have clips published in the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, as well as a number of local community newspapers. Our Murphy News Service functions as a mini-AP where students are given stories by editors and sent on assignment. Plus, innovative partnerships with various news outlets such as MinnPost and Minnesota Public Radio allow our students to continue growing their portfolios.
Students in JOUR 4242: Advertising Portfolio Development create advertising campaigns that include elements of print, digital, interactive and experiential elements. Students leave the class with a portfolio of work to show employers. At the end of the semester, professionals from the Twin Cities advertising community review work and give students feedback.
Students enrolled in public relations capstone classes analyze brands and look for insights into execution, planning and createive to help the brand move forward. In classes, students pitch their ideas and receive feedback from renown Twin Cities professionals.
Students in JOUR 4452: Electronic Newscast Producing create the weekly news segment, “University Report.” From the reporting to the producing and directing, students are in full control of the broadcast.
Students in JOUR 4451: Advanced Electronic News Writing and Reporting research, report, write, shoot and edit their own TV news packages. From University issues and student life to local government and policy, the news packages vary greatly in depth and topic.
Students in JOUR 4302: Electronic Photojournalism learn the fundamentals of electronic photojournalism as practiced by newsrooms across all forms of media. The focus of the course is on the fundamental skills of identifying stories and gathering facts. Each semester, the students create a portfolio of photographs on various topics.