Program Mission

Our focus

The Department of Journalism strives to prepare its students to become well-educated, principled citizens who are capable of initiating careers as skilled journalists, public relations practitioners and other related communication professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to report and write for diverse publics, using proper grammar and punctuation, word usage and spelling, sentence and storytelling structures across multiple journalistic formats.
  • Students will be able to gather and analyze information, including basic numerical concepts, using reporting techniques, such as interviewing, observation, and researching primary and secondary sources.
  • Students will be able to think critically, creatively and independently.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.
  • Students will apply tools and technologies appropriate for the news media professions in which they work to communicate for and with diverse publics.
  • Students will be able to understand and apply the historical, theoretical, legal and societal contexts for producing and consuming news media for consumers, ranging from local to global publics.

The Journalism program is designed for students who seek careers in a wide variety of contemporary news media options – digital and print newspaper/magazine concentrations, photojournalism/visual communication and graphics; television and radio news; new and ethnic media as well as public relations.

Located in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Manzanita Hall, Journalism’s modern facilities feature industry-standard news labs for broadcast and multimedia production, a digital photo lab and specialized instructional areas in both skills and lecture courses.