Journalism and Electronic Media

Journalism and Electronic Media

Are you a news and information junkie? Do you enjoy learning about new things and sharing them with others? If so, create headlines in your career by majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media.

About

This communication major is an updated approach to traditional print and broadcast journalism. With in-depth exploration of online media, the focus is on the communication of information. Solid communication skills enable students to adapt to future developments in technology. 

Why Journalism and Electronic Media is in Demand:

  • Journalism and communication are listed among the college majors most in demand today. (Source: CareerBuilder.com)
  • Strong written and verbal communication, creative thinking and digital media acumen are applicable skills in any career.
  • Social media positions posted on LinkedIn have increased a whopping 1,357% since 2010.
  • Today’s digital age provides unprecedented opportunities in electronic media.

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Curious and creative?
  • A good writer?
  • Technologically savvy?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Journalism and Electronic Media

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Dedicated faculty.   Our faculty are exceptional professors in the classroom – they're also advisors and professional advocates for your career. We have faculty who have worked in radio, as news reporters and journalists. As a result, they know what it is like to be on the front lines and how to get on the front pages.
2.
Jesuit education.   The focus on intellectual curiosity is key in developing journalistic skills. The Jesuit principles of excellence, reflection and discernment, and concern for the individual bring deep levels of meaning to each student’s experience.
3.
Strong community.   In the College of Arts and Sciences, the liberal arts environment provides a supportive community. Students are treated as individuals, and professors know each student personally.
4.
Employment.   Graduates from the Communication Department have an impressive record of full-time employment in the field. In fact, our breaking news is that it’s 22% higher than the national average!
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Facilities and student organizations.   Journalism and electronic media majors have the opportunity to work with campus radio and television stations, as well as a student newspaper (online and print) and social media. The recently upgraded audio production lab and television station provide technology and equipment for class projects as well as campus media such as WUSR Radio and the Aquinas. Students gain professional experience without leaving campus.

Human knowledge used to double every century. Now it’s doubling every 18 months. As a result, it’s hard to know what the world is going to look like four years from now. That’s why we equip our students with skills that will stand the test of time. You'll become an exceptional writer and learn how to adapt through the next big technological change – and the one after that – and the one after that.

-Matthew Reavy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Adapt to new and emerging technology
    • See “the big picture” surrounding issues and conflict
    • Write for search engine optimization (SEO)
    • Master the art of reflection and learn how to question

    Internships

    There’s no better way to discover what a career in journalism is really like than to spend a summer as an intern in a professional media environment. Here you will refine your aspirations and make invaluable contacts and connections.

    Imagine interning in the second largest TV market in the United States. That’s where Sarah Beckley, Class of 2016, found herself when she became the proud recipient of a highly coveted summer internship at Channel 7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Sara was one of just 40 college students nationwide selected for a paid eight-week work-study in professional production.

    Some recent internship sites for communication majors include:

    • Discovery Channel
    • Fox News
    • Yankees
    • 93.3 WMMR radio
    • Good Morning America
    • Golf Magazine
    • Phillies

    The Communication Department at The University of Scranton gave me the tools I need to succeed in the professional world. Hands-on, real-world teaching and learning is what sets the department apart from others. I owe it to the Communication Department for providing me with a learning experience that challenged my thoughts and sharpened my skills.

    -Andrew Donet, Class of 2013

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    The communication curriculum features a solid foundation of writing and public speaking. In addition to specific courses in journalism and electronic media, you are able to choose electives in political science, government, or geography to round out your knowledge base for your chosen field of interest.

    Click here to see the curriculum

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Online and traditional journalists are in positions to lead and create change in society. Whether this means reporting the news to keep people informed in an emergency, covering local political races, uncovering scandal, or sharing entertaining stories – journalists have their fingers on the pulse of society.

    Communication majors contribute work and energy to local organizations through internships and class projects. While the students gain practical experience, they also contribute to society. 

    Students and faculty often participate in University-sponsored service trips to other countries, such as a recent mission to Uganda. The January trip is part of the Christianity in Africa course team taught by Kim Pavlick, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, and two professors from other disciplines. The trip exposes our students to the kind of consequential global stories they are likely to cover as journalists.  

Careers

Where will Journalism and Electronic Media take me?

Students enter the workplace armed with practical skills and experience to hit the ground running. Even as technology and methods of communication evolve, as they inevitably will in today’s constantly changing world, the lifelong skills you’ll learn in this program will enable you to remain competitive in the field.

Some examples of jobs are: blogger, staff writer, feature writer, copyeditor, content editor, producer, broadcaster, video producer and columnist.

Top Graduate Schools:

We are proud to list just a few of the prominent graduate schools which have admitted our communication graduates:

  • University of Hawaii
  • New York Law School
  • Liberty University

Leading Employers

You’ll find Scranton graduates working in a wide range of companies and organizations including:

  • 1010 WINS
  • BBC America
  • CBS Radio
  • Cumulus Media
  • Discovery Channel
  • Golf Magazine
  • NBC Sports
  • SB Nation
  • The Scranton Times Tribune

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

University of Scranton alumni retain strong ties to their alma mater. This means that you will have access to a wide and influential network for informational interviews and job placements.

You’ll gain solid practical experience through internships, class projects, study and service trips, and campus media for an impressive resume that will stand out in the competitive job market. 

Exceptional students have been recognized regionally and nationally, sending a message about the strong journalism preparation and high quality of graduates coming from Scranton. For example, Colleen Day was awarded the Lawrence K. Beaupre Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism. The award honors the late editor of the Times-Tribune.

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Department of Communication
Howard Fisher, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication
(570) 941-7513
howard.fisher@scranton.edu