What our students learn

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • knowledge of media laws and First Amendment rights and limitations
  • they understand how media profession­als, institutions, and industries produce and shape the news
  • they understand ethical principles relat­ed to mass media
  • they are able to gather information from diverse sources
  • they can write clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications profes­sions, audiences, and purposes they service
  • they can critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
  • they can tell non-fiction stories across media forms using visual and audio tools and technologies.

The journalism major prepares students for careers in news, public relations, and related fields. As early as their freshmen year, stu­dents can produce multimedia stories for our award-winning student newspaper The Lumberjack, Osprey magazine, and KRFH radio station.

Our primary focus is on producing good, ethi­cal journalists and media practitioners. But our goal is also to make students more criti­cal thinkers about the media. Students learn ways to communicate information effectively and tell compelling stories across media forms. They study the role of the media in our society and how the media industries shape our culture and are affected by political and economic systems.

Possible careers for our graduating stu­dents include: news writer, reporter, editor, magazine writer, page designer, copy editor, photographer, television or radio reporter, news anchor, broadcast news director, pro­ducer, public relations representative, adver­tising director, sports information director, sports writer, online editor, and webmaster.