Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Journalism

Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions

The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions offers many exciting ways to pursue the study of journalism in the heart of the media capital of the world.

Faculty members bring a wide variety of professional news reporting and writing experience to the classroom.  Students do reporting throughout the metropolitan area. Opportunities to publish are available in Dollars & Sense, which after three decades of winning awards will take on new challenges as a Web-based publication, on the student-written blog, Writing New York, and in special projects. Journalism students also gain valuable experience at internships at news organizations and publishing houses around the city, from newspapers, to magazines, to television and radio stations, to news and entertainment Web sites to book publishers.

As a Major
The Journalism major offers  specializations in Journalism and Creative Writing and Business Journalism. A third specialization in Business Writing is offered as part of the interdisciplinary major in Business Communication. Whether students are interested in a career in journalism, management, communications, entertainment, business, public service or law, the Journalism major can help advance their careers.  Students will improve their writing ability while learning to access information and data, evaluate the information they need, communicate effectively and publish accurately and responsibly, whether online, in print and/or over the airwaves. 

BBA students interested in combining journalism with preparation in business administration should click here for information.

As a Minor

The Tier III minor in Journalism provides students in business, public affairs and liberal arts a range of courses to strengthen their writing and communication skills. This minor is particularly recommended for students preparing for careers in media, law, politics and with nonprofit organizations. Students are required to complete a minimum of nine credits, including two courses at the 3000- level or above and one course at the 4000 level or above, drawn from the curriculum of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. All Journalism courses at the 4000-level or above, except for the Media Internship, JRN 5050 or 5051, may serve as the capstone course.

The Tier III minor in Business Writing provides students in business, public affairs, and liberal arts with a firm foundation in professional writing for business purposes. The program includes options to study business and marketing-related writing, Internet communications, legal writing, journalistic writing, and financial writing. Students will expand their research and analytical abilities and become proficient in workplace-related writing. This minor is particularly recommended for students preparing for careers in business, government, marketing, management, public relations, media, law, education, politics, and with nonprofit organizations. Students are required to complete a minimum of nine credits, including:

  • one course from JRN 3050, JRN 3150, or JRN 3200;
  • one additional 3000-level course;
  • one course at the 4000-level or above, which, except for the Media Internship, JRN 5050 or 5051, may serve as the capstone course.
Contact

Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions (646) 312-3974
Prof. Josh Mills (646) 312-3937

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