Journalism

Students in our Journalism program become more than just great writers. Through rigorous coursework and real-world experience at internships and the weekly student newspaper, you’ll learn how to gather news, report current events in an ethical manner and use a variety of different platforms, including emerging digital media, to communicate with the world as a reporter, editor, broadcaster or correspondent.

The Journalism Major

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At its core, Journalism is—regardless of the medium—a writing major. The purpose of the Journalism major is to teach students the craft of news gathering and writing. The curriculum begins with an emphasis on the rigor and traditions of news reporting before introducing tools and training for electronic-based media production. As students move through the major, they will add to their writing skills an appreciation for digital journalism. With completion of the Journalism major, students will have excellent writing and verbal skills, an understanding of media history and ethics, a proficiency in digital journalism and a superior understanding of news in all its forms.

Degree Requirements

Students who declare Journalism as a major must complete COMM 101, COMM 310, and JOUR 170 with a grade of C or higher in order to continue in the program. Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete 14 major courses, including a Portfolio and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Courses

COMM101Introduction to Mass Media 
COMM240Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods 
COMM305Mass Communication Theory and Criticism 
COMM310Media Law and Ethics 

and one of the following required Internships:

COMM460Internship 
COMM461Washington Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar 

Required Courses

JOUR170News I: Basic Journalism 
JOUR270Journalism and Society 
JOUR355Digital Journalism I 
JOUR370News II: Advanced Journalism and Lab 
JOUR455Digital Journalism II 
JOUR470Journalism Capstone + Portfolio 

and three (3) additional courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or above from the following offerings, some of which have prerequisites*:

JOUR280Feature Writing 
JOUR299Special Topics in Journalism 
JOUR315Introduction to Photojournalism 
JOUR320Broadcast News 
JOUR430Special Topics in Journalism 
FILM270Documentary Film* 
VARTS261Foundations of Photography 
POLSC303Politics and the Media 
POLSC361State and Local Government* 
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Breaking into the Field

Phil Devitt, RWU Class of 2009 Journalism

Many of our students find that getting involved on the Roger Williams campus often provides key experiences and skills they can use to build the skills employers want in order to secure future jobs.

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