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JRN/320

Research for Journalism

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Course length

Take this course on its own, or as part of a degree or certificate program.

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Course level: Upper Division

This course focuses on the research methods employed in journalistic writing and reporting. The goal of this course is to enhance the understanding of the characteristics of credible sources and accurate information. Information will be assembled and evaluated to support journalistic goals by interpreting information needs, choosing accurate and unbiased sources, and selecting relevant and reliable information. The importance of employing ethical practices to research techniques is emphasized throughout the course.

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

  • Describe the various research methods used in journalism.
  • Compare and contrast journalistic research to research methods used in the field of communication.
  • Apply primary and secondary research to storytelling.

  • Define the characteristic of credible sources.
  • Evaluate the sources to determine credibility.
  • Compare and contrast credible versus inaccurate sources of information.
  • Apply credible sources to storytelling.

  • Assemble information to strengthen and support reportable deliverables.
  • Analyze information to judge accuracy.
  • Develop strategies to report accurately based on gathered data, audience, and media.
  • Apply accurate information to storytelling.

  • Define the role of ethics in journalism.
  • Describe how the value system of the journalist can influence the storytelling.
  • Analyze ethical practices in storytelling.
  • Apply ethical practices in research for storytelling.

  • Assemble required research to meet journalistic goals.
  • Organize the research to support storytelling.
  • Prepare a journalistic story for publication.
  • Evaluate storytelling for the credibility of the sources, accuracy of the information, and ethical practices used in research.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. Although our continuing teacher education courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing teacher education courses are not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.