The Journalism major teaches students the skills necessary to be successful regardless of which branch of the profession they choose to enter.
Journalism students learn and practice news writing and editing for multiple platforms, multimedia production, design, and photojournalism. They also learn to navigate the ever-changing social media landscape to promote their own work or crowdsource a story. Students are able to report breaking news and complete longer investigative projects for print, broadcast and online media, cover sports, design publications, and frame major events through their lenses. Students learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.
The skills required of a journalist are the foundation for any job that requires researching, talking to people, asking questions and synthesizing what is learned into a cohesive, coherent article or report. Our alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy Awards, among other kinds of recognition for their work. You will find our alumni working in traditional journalism fields of broadcast, multimedia and print, but they have also parlayed their skills into other fields. You can find Eastern Journalism alumni working in the movie industry, lobbying, social media marketing, political campaigns, public relations, law enforcement, the legal profession, and book editing and publishing. What can you do with a Journalism degree? In short, just about anything you put your mind to.
Complete one of the following:
Journalism majors are required to complete 30 hours in liberal arts and a non-journalism specialty.
The Journalism program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and the faculty believe strongly in the council’s requirement that Journalism students be exposed to a broad liberal arts background while in school. In consultation with their academic advisors, Journalism majors choose six courses from among a list updated every year. Some courses that satisfy the university’s general education requirement also satisfy Block A requirements.
In consultation with their academic advisors, Journalism majors choose a block of upper-division courses that allow students to develop an area of expertise in something besides Journalism. A second major or a non-Journalism minor satisfies this requirement, but students who choose not to have a minor are able to put together an area of specialty that reflects their career interests. Block A and B courses may not overlap.