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Journalism

The Journalism major is based on the premise that journalists are essential in a democratic society because they inform its citizens, give voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable.

The major emphasizes both the academic heart of journalism and its practice through its courses in history, law, ethics, philosophy and media criticism, as well as newswriting, reporting and multimedia journalism.

Welcome to the Journalism Community

The field of journalism is changing rapidly. The emphasis on traditional, ethical journalism remains, but the ways in which journalism is gathered and transmitted have been transformed. Reporters who once wrote for a newspaper are likely now to find themselves also writing for the paper’s website, taking digital photos to accompany articles, and recording podcasts (audio) and vodcasts (video). Multimedia reporting is the reality not only for newspapers, but also in television, radio, photography, public relations, and online jobs.

As equipment becomes cheaper and more portable, freelancing work for a variety of media has also become easier. “Backpack reporting” allows one person to report, write, take pictures and record audio and video on assignments, both domestically and abroad, and transmit them to media outlets instantaneously. Journalism also continues to be a solid foundation for many going into teaching, the law, government and other fields where communication and critical thinking skills are paramount.

Spotting Fraudulent Employers

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Protect Yourself from Scams

An employer that seems “fraudulent” or illegitimate should be taken very seriously. Fraudulent employer scams are often “phishing,”a crime related to identity theft.

How to spot a phishing scam:
The sender is suspicious.  The domain …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Where to Find Journalism Opportunities

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Wondering where to find opportunities in the Journalism field?

Check out more than 25 places to find journalism jobs and internships!

By Odessa Burkett
Odessa Burkett Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development Odessa Burkett
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