Are you interested in covering local, national and world events and writing about the community in which you live? Would you like to learn how print, online, broadcast and social media converge in this exciting field? If you answered yes to these questions, our Journalism program could be a perfect match for you.
Our courses prepare you for working in all forms of journalism, writing for a range of traditional and new media, and working with public relations and publishing.
Journalism has shifted significantly in the past few years to embrace the digital age. From traditional newspapers to magazines to broadcast outlets, more and more journalists rely on the Web, blogs, video and social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr to gather information, report the news, and engage with sources and audiences.
We train our future journalists how to research, write and craft stories for print or visual media and critically use the Internet and other new media platforms while applying traditional journalism practices and ethics. We will prepare you to fit into the ever–evolving media world.
General Course Information
Required courses cover the fundamentals of journalism. Creative courses in photojournalism, magazine writing and feature writing will further build upon your skills. You may also choose electives in television production, desktop publishing, graphic design, public relations and more.
For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.
As part of your coursework, you will take two required practicum courses and complete an internship. These provide you with hands-on working experience in the field.
Our location near downtown Chicago gives you access to internship opportunities in one of the nation’s largest media markets, including major newspapers, national magazines, international media bureaus, Fortune 500 companies, online journalism outlets, not-for-profit organizations, publishing companies, and more.
The campus newspaper, The Spectator, also provides a great opportunity to build a journalism portfolio. You can write, edit and lay out news, features, reviews, opinion articles and more. You can also learn the process of publishing as an editor of the paper, and fine-tune your new media skills with the paper’s online presence.
Our campus broadcast station WCGR is completely student-run, allowing you to experience the radio and television worlds. Check out WCGR Radio and WCGR TV.