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And students will be the beneficiaries.

The college plans to move all its students except those who will graduate in May 2013 to the new 2013-14 bulletin before registration for fall 2013 begins in March. The vast majority of CoJMC students will benefit by the move because the new curriculum provides maximum flexibility for you to set your own learning goals; eliminates some duplication; and reflects the ongoing changes in the world of journalism and mass communications.

Changes in structure of the visual literacy courses

The four two-credit hour mini-courses will be combined into two three-credit hour courses as follows:

  • JOMC 162 (photo) and JOMC 163 (video) – considered to be visual literacy “matching” courses – will be combined into a new course, JOMC 160 Visual Production: Photography and Videography.
  • JOMC 164 (design) and JOMC 165 (multimedia/web)  -- considered to be the other visual literacy “matching” courses – will be combined into a new course, JOMC 161 Visual Design Fundamentals: Graphic Design and Web.

If, for some reason, you have taken two sections of visual literacy but they are not the “matching” sections – for example, you took JOMC 162 and 164 or JOMC 163 and 165 – you should finish up the matches during summer sessions or in fall 2013 so the matching pair can substitute for either JOMC 160 or JOMC 161.

For ADPR majors

Visual Literacy:

For ADPR majors, you may take either JOMC 161 (Visual Design Fundamentals: Graphic Design and Web) or JOMC 160 (Visual Production: Photography and Videography). The other one would count as an elective in the major but is no longer required. If you have already taken JOMC 162 and 163 or JOMC 164 and 165, they can count toward the new requirement under the new bulletin.

Hours in the ADPR Major:

Under the 2013-14 Undergraduate Bulletin the ADPR major will require 39 hours instead of 38, still offering plenty of room for interesting electives in our college.

For BRDC majors on the news track

Visual literacy

Only one visual literacy course will be required – JOMC 160 (video/still photography). The new JOMC 160 three-hour course will replace JOMC 162 and 163.  Those who have completed both 162 and 163 will have nothing new to deal with.  Those who have completed one or the other will be able to take the remaining requirement in the summer or the fall.  After the fall, 162 and 163 will no longer be offered, and JOMC 160 (video/still photography) will be required instead. If you have taken only JOMC 164 and 165, they will count as elective hours; you will need to take the new JOMC 160 next fall to meet the new requirement.

Other curricular changes

Starting in the fall 2013, BRDC 372 will become BRDC 472 and become a six-hour class.  It will meet all day on both Tuesday and Thursday, producing a live newscast on both days.  It will also become the capstone course, and JOUR 450, NewsNetNebraska, will no longer be required.  The number for the new six-hour course will probably NOT show up in the bulletin when you register for classes for fall 2013.  It will be listed as JOUR 491, advanced television news. 

All broadcast news majors will be required to take the multimedia storytelling class.  The prerequisite is JOUR 202. 

For BRDC majors on the production track

Visual literacy

Under the new bulletin, you will be required to take both JOMC 160 and 161.  JOMC 160 combines the video/still photography content of the JOMC 162 and 163 courses. JOMC 161 combines the graphic/web design content of JOMC 164 and 165. The 162, 163, 164 and 165 courses will be offered in summer and then for the last time in fall 2013. After that, students will have to take JOMC 160 and 161.

Other curricular changes

Starting in fall 2013, BRDC 362 will become BRDC 462 and become a six-hour class.  It will meet all day on both Tuesday and Thursday, helping produce the live newscast and producing the program Fast Forward.  It remains as the capstone course for the broadcast production track. 

For JOUR majors

Visual Literacy

Only one visual literacy course will be required: JOMC 160 (video/still photography). The new JOMC 160 three-hour course will replace JOMC 162 and 163.  Those who have completed both 162 and 163 will have nothing new to deal with.  Those who have completed one or the other will be able to take the remaining requirement in the summer or the fall.  After the fall, 162 and 163 will no longer be offered, and JOMC 160 (video/still photography) will be required instead. If you have taken only JOMC 164 and 165, they will count as elective hours; you will need to take the new JOMC 160 next fall to meet the new requirement.

The journalism faculty recommends that students also take JOMC 161 (Visual Design Fundamentals) as an elective even though it will not be a required course.

Other curricular changes

JOUR 302, which used to be eight weeks of writing and eight weeks of video, will now become a 16-week “writing only” class. Prerequisites are JOUR 201 Editing I and JOUR 202 Reporting I.

The video portion of the class will be moved into a 16-week multimedia story-telling class, which will include video, photography and social media.  In spring of 2014, the class will have its own number (probably JOUR 304). For fall 2013, it will be listed as a JOUR 491 and offered on M-W from 9:30-10:50 a.m.  The prerequisites for the new class are JOMC 160 (or the old JOUR 162 and 163) and JOUR 202.

Both of these classes will be required for JOUR majors. 

In addition, “Mosaic” (JOUR 446) has been approved as an alternative capstone course. NewsNetNebraska (JOUR 450) will still be offered as a capstone course as well.  It is your choice. 

For all CoJMC students

The number of hours you’re required to take outside the CoJMC has dropped from 80 to 72. Among that 72, the college will accept any liberal arts course, any ACE course from any college AND any Art, Music or Nutrition course. This will make it easier than ever for you to do that double major or multiple minors or concentrations and still take more than the required number of journalism classes if you want to.

Moving to the new bulletin will benefit 99 percent of our current students. We will help the other 1 percent by moving them back to the bulletin under which they entered or finding ways to substitute one required course for another through the usual substitutions request process. If you think you are better off under your current bulletin, please see Mike Goff (mgoff1@unl.edu; 472-0219), who will help you do the paperwork to remain there.

Keep in mind, though, that if you choose to move back to your current bulletin, you will be required to take all four mini visual literacy courses (eight hours), which will be available in their current format only during 2013 summer sessions and in the 2013 fall semester.

That’s it.  Next year’s bulletin is more flexible, more user friendly for scheduling, and it will still allow students to acquire depth in a second major within CoJMC with a minimum of extra hours—sometimes nine (BRDC production and ADPR) and sometimes only three (BRDC news track and JOUR).