Journalism

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Bachelor's Degree in Journalism

Join a new generation of journalists committed to uncovering and sharing the information a democratic society needs to thrive. Gain hands-on experience in a rapidly evolving industry under the guidance of award-winning professional journalists and internationally renowned scholars.

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Journalism at the SOJC

We’re pioneering and teaching innovative approaches to the field—like solutions journalism, engaged journalism, data journalism, and more—that prepare students to work with communities, find answers for society’s problems, and inspire action. One thing that never changes, however, is our commitment to the ethics that define us as journalists. You’ll develop the skills to tell an ethical, accurate, and compelling story in any medium while exploring new communication forms.

 

School of Journalism and Communication student Duck TV anchors

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Kira Hoffelmeyer in the Duck TV broadcast room

 

380+
undergrad majors
13
Pulitzer Prizes won by faculty and alumni
3
student-run publications
3
student-run multimedia outlets

 

What You Can Do with a Journalism Degree

The way we share information is changing, but the need for ethical and accurate reporting is stronger than ever. As technology transforms the field of journalism, exciting new careers continue to emerge. Many of our graduates work in digital and multimedia fields, from documentary filmmaking to visual storytelling. With a journalism degree, you can join them—or blaze your own path. Check out what three of our graduates are up to now:

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Hands-On Learning, 
Real-World Experience

Uncover history’s forgotten stories in Ho Chi Minh City. Capture the sounds and colors of Sri Lankan village life. Work for a renowned student digital publication. Build a job-landing portfolio while gaining real-world journalism experience. From the award-winning FLUX magazine to overseas reporting trips to the student-run DuckTV broadcasting network, the SOJC offers endless opportunities for hands-on learning. 

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Katie Miller
What Our Alumni Say

"Between my internships the SOJC helped me get and the live-news experiences the SOJC provided, I arrived as a CBS intern miles ahead of many other students. The SOJC helped provide me with the right work ethic to walk into a network newsroom and not be afraid to volunteer for any job thrown my way. I was confident not only in the skills I had been taught, but had been able to hone through the hands-on SOJC programs." 

—Katie Miller ’10, Production Associate, CBS News

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Meet Seth Lewis
Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media

Seth Lewis sees a future where reporters and machines work together to tell stories that are thorough, accurate, and engaging. Through his award-winning research on digital-era journalism, the SOJC associate professor explores how reporters can use tools like artificial intelligence, social media, and data analytics to do their jobs even better. At the SOJC, he also helps his students build digital literacy skills in courses like Fact or Fiction.

 

 

Where Our Alumni Are Now

First he helped expose Russia’s athletic doping program. Then he got a seat at the Academy Awards. Now with an Oscar under his belt, documentary filmmaker Jake Swantko ’11 is contemplating what risk to take next—all because an SOJC instructor put a camera in his hands. 

Jake Swantko filming

“When you pick up a camera, the lens and light speak adjectives and verbs for you. You start to become a more visual storyteller. The camera started to speak for me. If not for the school, I don’t know exactly what I would be doing.” 

—Jake Swantko ’11, director of photography, Icarus, winner of 2018 Oscar for Best Documentary

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