Journalism is changing rapidly in the 21st century, with stories moving across a range of platforms – from newspapers and magazines to Web and social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. This means that the budding journalist needs to know not only how to gather facts and write informative and entertaining stories, but also how to work with audio and video clips and Online.
Students considering the Journalism program should have a talent for writing, and an insatiable curiosity about the world around them.
While students will be helped and encouraged to achieve a wide range of skills across mediums, those entering the program will choose from one of three sequences in which to specialize. The News and Editorial sequence prepares students to work in newspapers, magazines and on the Web. The Broadcast sequence trains students primarily for TV and Radio news, while Visual Communication focuses on photo journalism and teaching design and layout skills, both for print and the Internet.
Our journalism program mission is to educate students in the broad range of skills involved in gathering, analyzing, processing and presenting written, Web and broadcast news. To prepare students for productive and long-term careers in journalism, we seek to accomplish the following objectives:
While students will be helped and encouraged to achieve a wide range of skills across mediums, those entering the program will choose from one of three sequences in which to specialize.
Broadcast Journalism sequence majors learn and practice writing primarily for television and radio news outlets. Students completing this program tend to gain careers as news anchors, disc jockeys, news editors, and similar positions in both broadcast and non-broadcast industries.
Prominent courses include: Broadcast News 1, Television Production, Broadcast News 2, and internships at the campus television news station TV-10 and at the campus radio station WZND.
News and Editorial students gain theory and practice of writing for various print media such as newspapers, magazines, brochures and other printed sources of information, as well as Online news outlets. Students completing this program tend to gain careers as reporters, news writers, editors, copy editors, independent journalists and similar positions at newspapers, magazines, Online news outlets and in private industry.
Prominent courses include: Reporting 1, Reporting 2, Editorial and Feature Writing, and News Literacy: Critical Perspectives. Students often earn positions on the campus newspaper, the Daily Vidette, and the Online news magazine; J-News, as well as gaining internships on campus or at local newspapers. Internships are also available throughout the U.S.
Students in the Visual Communication sequence gain theory and practice of creating informative visual messages as photojournalists or designers and layout specialists, both in print and on the Web.
Online news is expanding rapidly expanding and offers a wide variety of opportunities for students who know how to combine images and text into meaningful messages.
Students completing this program may expect to find careers in Web-casting, Web design, photojournalism, as design and layout experts in a range of print mediums, and in similar areas.
Prominent courses include: Introduction to Visual Communication, Advanced Photography, and Web Production and Design. Students often earn internships on the Online magazine J-News and in various university departments, as well as off-campus.
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