Journalism

Journalism

The CSUN Department of Journalism, a nationally accredited undergraduate program, is home to eight award-winning, student-run contemporary and digital news media operations as well as a thriving public relations curriculum.

Converging newsrooms include the The Sundial, the bilingual multimedia outlet El Nuevo Sol, the mobile Pop-Up Newsroom and cloud-based Scene magazine, plus the broadcast programs, Valley View News, Matador News, On Point public affairs and KCSN HD2, the Golden Mike-winning newscast heard on the campus-based public radio station housed in the Valley Performing Arts Center. The department is a key member of the myCSUNtablet project, involving faculty and students in teaching and learning with mobile technology.

FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As one of 111 programs accredited by the National Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), the CSUN Journalism department is distinguished by:

  • More than 800 undergraduates and 40 graduate students, making it one of the largest in California.
  • Five active campus student chapters of professional organizations, including the CSUN Latino Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Strong links to professional internships and jobs at national-level media outlets throughout Southern California and across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, Times Community News, the Ventura County Star, La Opinión, as well as NBC, ABC, CNN, KTLA, KFWB, NPR, ESPN, Univisión, Hispanic Link, Warner Music Group, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures and the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • More than a dozen scholarships, including the $25,000 Flip Wilson Memorial Scholarship, which funds tuition/fees, room and board, plus books for a student’s senior year.
  • Close ties to regional high schools and community colleges as well as nearby universities.

STUDENT SUCCESS

  • To provide public accountability as required by ACEJMC's standards for improving student services, the CSUN Journalism Department maintains information on several indicators of student success. The data include retention and graduation rates for first-time freshmen and new transfer students as well as overall enrollment and other relevant information about majors and minors.
  • Similar data about the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication as well as the entire university is available at CSUN by the Numbers, maintained by the Office of Institutional Research.