Journalism

The journalism major prepares reporters to serve the public interest in the digital age armed with strong practical skills, a deep grounding in journalism history and ethics, and sharp critical thinking. By synthesizing theory and practice, our graduates will be ready to serve our rapidly evolving media landscape. Classes are taught by a mix of full-time Fordham professors and media professionals from the New York area. Our faculty, who come from such organizations as the New York Times, CBS News, MTV and Sports Illustrated, help our students by bringing real-world experience to the classroom, making sure our graduates are ready to compete in the job market.

The major moves students through introductory, intermediate, and advanced multimedia reporting classes to hone their skills and bring them to a professional level in reporting, writing, and creating digital content. Majors in journalism become grounded in the profession through one required course in ethics, and one course in the “social construction of journalism”—Media Law, Journalism History, or Sociology of News. Journalism majors are also required to take a course in social media to learn how to use such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for gathering and disseminating news. All journalism majors are also required to work for one semester for credit at one of our on-campus publications or broadcast outlets, helping students build their journalism skills under the guidance of a professor, ideally before seeking off-campus internships in junior or senior year.

 

Learning Outcomes

Fordham aims to train future journalists to understand the role of media and its effect on society, as well as our society's reciprocal effect on the media. Students who complete the journalism major will leave with a deep understanding of the role of the news media, be well versed in journalistic standards, and have a wide range of practical and critical thinking skills. By synthesizing theory and practice, our graduates will be ready to serve our rapidly evolving world with their journalism.

The Role of the Media and of Journalism:

  • Students will be able to understand how the media transmits ideas, especially about gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and culture in the U.S. and global settings.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate media performance and become educated media consumers.

Journalistic Standards:

  • Students will gain a grounding in the myriad ethical issues involved in journalism.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the legal landscape for journalism and main cases in American media law.
  • Students will come away with an understanding of the history of the American media.

Skills:

  • Students will be proficient in researching stories and doing interviews.
  • Students will be able to create high-quality journalism across platforms, including text, video, audio, and photo.
  • Students will be cognizant of the importance of language and the tradition of using neutral language in straight news reporting.
  • Students will gain critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate media critically.

Major Requirements

The Journalism (JOUR) major requires eleven courses.

  • Departmental introductory course: COMM 1000: Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies (new) or COMM 1010 - Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • JOUR 1701 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism with Lab
  • Journalism Ethics course (one of the following): COMC 3370 - Ethical Issues and the Media; JOUR 4750 - Values in the News; COMC 4360 - Community Ethics and Public Sphere; JOUR 4770 - Media Law and Journalism Ethics; or DTEM 4480: Digital Media & Public Responsibility
  • Social Construction of Journalism course: These are courses in Journalism and other majors that cover the role of journalism in society, including media law, journalism history, or the sociology of news. Any JOUR course numbered x76x may count toward this requirement, in addition to any other course on this list: 
    - JOUR 3760 - Journalist and the Law
    - JOUR 4766 - TV News Innovators
    - COMC 3340 - Freedom of Expression
    - COMC 3350 - Media Law
    - HIST 3515 - Media History from Gutenberg to Google 
    - POSC 3316 - Mass Media and American Politics   

  • Social Media course: JOUR 3776 - Social Media for Journalists; DTEM 2421 - Digital Production for New MediaDTEM 3476 - Social Media; or DTEM 3474 - Creative Explorations in Digital Media
  • On-campus Journalism Practicum (any course numbered JOUR-474x)
  • Three Intermediate/Advanced Journalism Reporting/Writing courses
  • Two Journalism-related electives (any course with subject code JOUR or on an approved list)

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*To become a journalism major, a student must demontrate an earned cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better or receive written permission from the associate chair or chair of the department. In addition, no D-grade work will be credited toward the major or minor.

**Double majors may count up to two courses from another major within our department, excluding any course with a COMM designator.

Minor Requirements: Journalism

The Journalism minor requires six courses.

  • JOUR 1701 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism with Lab
  • One Journalism Ethics or Social Construction course
  • Three Intermediate/Advanced Writing and Reporting Courses
  • One Journalism-related elective (any course with subject JOUR or on an approved list)

Minor Requirements: Sports Journalism

The Sports Journalism minor requires six courses.

 
 
 
 
 
  • JOUR 1701 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism with Lab
  • Sports communication course (one of the following two): COMC 3186 - Sports Communication or JOUR 2786 - Sports Writing
  • One Journalism Ethics or Social Construction course
  • One Intermediate/Advanced Writing or Reporting Course
  • One Journalism elective
  • One sports-related course in another subject such as: MKBU 4454 - Sports Marketing; CMBU 4488 - Business of Sports Media BLBU 4449 - Sports and the Law; PSYC 3360 - Sports Psychology, SOCI 3152 - Sociology of Sports; or AFAM 3110 - The Black Athlete