Journalism

What Is It?:

Journalism prepares students for varied and long-term careers in areas such as newspaper, magazine, broadcast, and online journalism. The primary professional aim is to train students as public affairs journalists by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and understanding required for success. The department aspires to prepare broadly educated professionals who eventually assume decision-making and leadership roles.

For more information, please visit the Department of Journalism.

Concentrations:

  • Broadcast Journalism: challenges students to meet the demands of a multimedia experience by not only operating equipment but also understanding and putting into action the methods and practices of public affairs journalism. Students work with award-winning faculty and learn to use the latest technology and techniques in laboratory classes that include live student-produced radio and television broadcasts. The program prepares them not only for work on camera or behind a microphone but for successful careers as writers, reporters, producers, editors and managers.
     
  • News-Editorial Journalism: prepares students for careers in newspapers, magazines, books, the Internet and related professions. Alumni of the program have proven themselves at news organizations such as The Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, the Associated Press and many more. Students learn to ask intelligent questions, to get the facts right and to tell fair, balanced and thorough stories.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • JOUR 199—Open Seminar
  • JOUR 200—Introduction to Journalism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Circulation
  • Editing
  • Editorial/Column Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Photojournalism
  • Production
  • Proofreading
  • Reporting
  • Sports

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Announcer
  • Circulation Worker
  • Columnist
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Critic
  • Disc Jockey
  • Engineer
  • Executive Producer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Information Analyst
  • Media Librarian
  • Newscaster
  • Photo Editor
  • Promotions Manager
  • Project Editor
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Reporter
  • Script Writer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Station Manager
  • Video Jockey

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • JAMS of the College of Media: unites students across majors in the College of Media.  Students of all years and majors – even those outside the College of Media –  are welcome to join to gain more knowledge about the college, work on a variety of different media projects, form new friendships with a diverse group of students, and enrich leadership skills.
    • National Association of Black Journalists: works to improve the quality of news coverage by promoting diversity and ethical reporting.
    • Society of Professional Journalists: provides student journalists with networking, internship and future job opportunities. SPJ offers a place to socialize and connect with the campus' journalism community, as well as supplements classroom work through extracurricular opportunity to practice journalism skills.

Related Skills:

  • Computer skills
  • Gathering information and data
  • Interviewing skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Working as a team
  • Working with deadlines
  • Writing skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Journalism, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Journalism.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Journalism.  These organizations include American Society of Newspaper Editors, Magazine Publishers of America, and National Press Photographers Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Journalism, visit Undergraduate Programs.