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 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.

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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

We believe the learning process isn’t complete until you practice your skills out in the world. As an SOJC journalism student, you'll get the chance to:

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Meet Seth Lewis
JOURNALISM AREA DIRECTOR AND SHIRLEY PAPÉ CHAIR IN EMERGING MEDIA

How does misinformation affect public perception of pivotal events like the pandemic or the U.S. presidential election? How do people experience news when AI algorithms decide what headlines they see? Technology is changing the relationship between journalists and their audiences, and Seth Lewis wants to understand how. His award-winning research explores the intersection between technology and journalism.

Read About Seth's Research

Meet the Journalism Faculty

Seth Lewis gestures to a student while seated in his office
Meet Seth Lewis
JOURNALISM AREA DIRECTOR AND SHIRLEY PAPÉ CHAIR IN EMERGING MEDIA

How does misinformation affect public perception of pivotal events like the pandemic or the U.S. presidential election? How do people experience news when AI algorithms decide what headlines they see? Technology is changing the relationship between journalists and their audiences, and Seth Lewis wants to understand how. His award-winning research explores the intersection between technology and journalism.

Read About Seth's Research

Meet the Journalism Faculty

Beth Maiman holds her Emmy
What Our Alumni Say

"The SOJC provided a strong foundation for me to learn the basics and principles of journalism, media ethics, media law, interviewing, and reporting.... The opportunities I had in school definitely helped me get to where I am today."

—Beth Maiman '15, Sports Digital Producer, Emmy Award Winner

Read About Beth's Job

Hit the Ground Running

Earn a master’s degree within a year of completing your bachelor’s degree in journalism! With our one-year Multimedia Journalism Master’s program based at SOJC Portland, you’ll learn all the storytelling and technical skills you need to stand out in the field, from immersive media and virtual reality to podcasting, drone journalism, and 360 video.

Lori Shontz in class
Meet Lori Shontz
Professor of Practice, Journalism

Punishing hours, rigorous deadlines, and sweltering heat are just a few of the challenges Lori Shontz’s students have endured to cover some of the world’s biggest track and field events—including the Olympic Trials and the Track and Field World Championships in Qatar. Affectionately known as “Mama Lori,” the journalist and former newspaper editor is a tireless mentor who has helped her students publish more than 630 stories in 38 news outlets. She still finds time to conduct research on the coverage of mass shootings and trauma, a project funded by the Agora Journalism Center.

Read Lori's Story

Lori Shontz in class
Meet Lori Shontz
Professor of Practice, Journalism

Punishing hours, rigorous deadlines, and sweltering heat are just a few of the challenges Lori Shontz’s students have endured to cover some of the world’s biggest track and field events—including the Olympic Trials and the Track and Field World Championships in Qatar. Affectionately known as “Mama Lori,” the journalist and former newspaper editor is a tireless mentor who has helped her students publish more than 630 stories in 38 news outlets. She still finds time to conduct research on the coverage of mass shootings and trauma, a project funded by the Agora Journalism Center.

Read Lori's Story

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, the SOJC’s 2021 Eric Allen Outstanding Young Alum, 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

Read about Jake's Oscar