Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 003: Journalism

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Mass Media and Communication 001–004 23%
II Writing, Editing, and Reporting 005–010 33%
III Graphics, Design, and Production of Media 011–014 22%
IV Student Press and Publications 015–018 22%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—MASS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

Objective 001—Understand the history and evolution of mass media.

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Objective 002—Understand the functions, limitations, and influence of media and journalists.

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Objective 003—Analyze ethical issues and legal rights and responsibilities related to media.

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Objective 004—Identify career opportunities in mass media.

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Subarea II—WRITING, EDITING, AND REPORTING

Objective 005—Understand forms of writing for print and broadcast journalism.

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Objective 006—Understand techniques of writing for print and broadcast journalism.

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Objective 007—Apply elements of journalistic style and editing skills.

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Objective 008—Understand the news values that influence media decisions.

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Objective 009—Understand research sources and technologies.

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Objective 010—Understand interviewing techniques.

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Subarea III—GRAPHICS, DESIGN, AND PRODUCTION OF MEDIA

Objective 011—Understand techniques and equipment for taking, processing, and editing photographs.

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Objective 012—Understand publication design and layout.

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Objective 013—Understand characteristics and functions of visual elements.

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Objective 014—Understand uses of computer technology in media production.

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Subarea IV—STUDENT PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

Objective 015—Understand the evaluation, formats, and functions of student media.

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Objective 016—Understand planning and management for student media.

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Objective 017—Understand the role of business and advertising in media.

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Objective 018—Understand the roles and responsibilities of the student media adviser.

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