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Journalism

Gain the experience, skill and clips you need to work in the professional reporting industry.

Student reads the university news paper.

As democracy’s fourth estate, journalists seek the truth and uncover the facts.

As a journalism major, you’ll learn how to report stories by developing and honing skills in interviewing, writing, design, and multimedia production. Our media production facilities will keep you ahead of the tech curve, while coursework will place an emphasis on growing a strong writing and interviewing foundation.

You’ll use the Mac Computer Lab to design pages and infographics, fine-tune your photography skills, and edit digital portfolios and websites. The newsroom is home to the award-winning 16-page university newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, and you can earn your first byline as early as your first month on campus as part of the staff. As a journalism major, you can explore news reporting, online reporting and social media, and you can expand your portfolio by getting involved in the campus television and radio stations.

What sets us apart

Join the ranks of success

Our student journalists have worked, interned, or freelanced with many local and national news organizations, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Fox Business News. In addition to growing as a writer and journalist, you’ll have ample opportunity to study video and audio production, news package generation, social media, design, and photography to make you well-rounded and marketable to any number of news organizations.

Strengthen your degree

Study feature and news writing, web design, photography, and newsroom production under the guide of expert faculty and seasoned pros through the journalism minor program. Understanding mass communication and the role of the media can well serve a range of career paths, especially as the lines of truth blur amid rapid technological and political change. 

Coursework

View the academic catalog to further explore the curriculum.