An informed citizenry is essential to the healthy functioning of a democratic society, and the news media are essential to that health through their role in educating the public about what elected and appointed officials are doing. The Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) option gives students with a keen interest in government the knowledge and skills needed to provide accurate news coverage of all levels of state and local government. PAR students will learn about the activities of the state legislature, local governments, courts and police, and the impact of national and international events on local affairs. Students will learn how to find, interpret and use public records to document government action, organizations and individuals who operate in what is considered the public interest. In our program, students learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.
Completion time: 45 semester hours required for the major and 120 hours required for graduation
Accreditation: Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication