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.
- 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.
- 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.