Please note: The Add/Drop period has been extended to two weeks.  The new Add/Drop deadline is Feb. 7th.

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.

Add/Drop Deadline: What to Know

Spring 2022 begins on January 25th and before you know it, the Add/Drop period is ending. For additional information, link here.

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Your Spring Semester Job or Internship Search

Whether you are graduating in May and haven’t found a job yet, or you are an undergrad seeking a summer internship, there is plenty of time, and plenty of opportunities are being posted every day!

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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

Featured Resources

These weekly newsletters, grounded in the understanding that “No one is born knowing how to ‘do college,'” offer a wealth …

With our move to the Intergrative Learning Center in 2014, the Journalism Department now has more dedicated computers, video equipment, photo equipment …

An independent study in journalism requires independent reading, research and some type of substantive final project, which may be academic …

We recommend that students consider a course or exchange program that provides experience abroad. Few courses can deliver the impact …

The Journalism Honors Track is available only to Journalism majors who are in the Commonwealth Honors College, the UMass Honors …

Students interested in pursuing broadcast journalism careers can develop their skills in our state-of-the-art broadcast studio, the ultimate lab for …

The UMass Journalism Department offers a specialized concentration geared toward students interested in sports journalism. The SJC is a unique …

The Public Relations concentration at UMass Amherst is designed to help you become a better communicator and strategic thinker, preparing …

Research Opportunities

The Journalism Honors Track is available only to Journalism majors who are in the Commonwealth Honors College, the UMass Honors …

We’ve dedicated part of our website to research resources. Link here.

 

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