Our journalism program focuses on the foundational skills of proper reporting, editing and analysis with emphasis on convergent media—preparing you for a future with multiple career options in journalism and communication.
This includes print, broadcast, online and magazine journalism; traditional and online publishing; corporate or not-for-profit communication; public relations; media relations; and more.
- Media Planner
- Advertising Manager
- Public Relations Specialist
- Crisis Communication Manager
- Account Executive
- Radio Broadcaster
Journalism Program and Degree Overview
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.
In this major, 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.
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.
Journalism Major Opportunities
Our location near downtown Chicago gives you access to internship opportunities in one of the nation’s largest media markets.
They include 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.