Journalism classes combine the basic principles of journalism (reporting, writing, ethical and legal principles) with new forms (social media, video, data journalism, coding, and more) to provide students with the skills they need to be effective and compelling storytellers, journalists and communicators. A major in journalism will help you develop the skills that you can apply to whatever career path you decide.
Graduates embark on careers in a wide range of specialties and platforms. They work in traditional roles as reporters, editors, writers, multimedia storytellers, broadcasters, investigative journalists, sports media members, and more. They also work in newer forms of media, including social media, data journalism, and coding. They can also work in careers in which journalism provides foundational skills, such as speechwriters, politicians, public relations professionals, lawyers, and more.
Our graduates work in traditional forms of media, emerging platforms, and in corporate roles. Ultimately, the major offers transferrable skills that make our graduates outstanding leaders with successful achievements across all fields.
Department faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students teach a variety of courses—from foundation principles of journalism to cutting-edge technologies and techniques. Virtually all faculty have professional media experience, and the faculty is a mix of those with scholarly specialties and those with professional specialties. They return often to the profession to enhance skills, stay up to date on industry practices and learn new techniques to teach students.
Five Things You Should Know:
- Launched a cross-discipline specialization called Sports and Media.
- Started up two-course sequences in data journalism and coding for journalists
- Experiments with new courses regularly (360 Video, Food in Media, Virtual Reality for Social Good, Solutions Journalism, Audience Engagement, and more…)
- Three new lecturers have been hired in narrative writing; investigative reporting; digital storytelling
- In the process of implementing a new curriculum that was designed to be current, flexible and relevant to the next generation of media specialists
Notable Alumni include:
- Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic photojournalist
- John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post writer and 2018 Pulitzer finalist
- Aminda Marques Gonzalez, executive editor, The Miami Herald
- Jeff Darlington, ESPN sports reporter