Academics

Journalism

Journalism classes combine the basic principles of journalism (reporting, writing, ethical and legal principles) with new forms (social media, video and data journalism) 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 as reporters, writers, editors, photojournalists, researchers, sports journalists, correspondents, investigative journalists, scriptwriters, politicians and more.  Journalism alumni have also used the major as a solid foundation for graduate school programs such as law school.  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
  • Experimented with new courses in Video Storytelling, Social Media, Environmental Journalism, Data Journalism, Web Apps, Health Media Innovations, Sports and Social Issues, and more…
  • Visiting professional Cynthia Barnett (teaching Environmental Journalism) was a National Book Award finalist (on the longlist of 10 finalists for Rain) and adjuncts Chris Davis and Michael LaForgia (Fact Finding and Investigative Reporting) were part of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for the Tampa Bay Times
  • Undergoing another curriculum revamp to continue to be current, flexible and relevant to the next generation of media specialists

Notable Alumni include:

  • Stephanie Sinclair,  National Geographic Photojournalist
  • John Cox and Drew Harwell, Washington Post writers
  • Aminda Marques Gonzalez, executive editor, The Miami Herald
  • Jeff Darlington, JOU 2004, NFL Network Reporter