I would highly recommend students at the Missouri School of Journalism to take J4502 – Multimedia Planning and Design. More and more, employers are looking for reporters with as many skills as possible. And although most of my peers use Photoshop to edit their pictures for Facebook or can edit a basic video package, most seem terrified when someone mentions coding.
Take a look at the progression of my work this semester.
If J4502 doesn’t fit your schedule, consider taking intro to web development (IS_LT 4360). It’s online and teaches you the same basic skills as J4502, just without the focus on news content.