As a result of successful completion of the Journalism Program, graduates will:
- Exhibit professional practices and skills of journalism and communication, which include a process approach for writing, speaking, and producing.
- Use technology to effectively communicate.
- Be prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate school.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of a professional journalist.
Upon completion of the Journalism major, students will be able to:
- Identify basic terms of the profession and report, design, edit and function within the climate of the newsroom.
- Produce useful interview questions and conduct interviews in ways that are ethical.
- Present solidly written, clear and concise pieces that illustrate standard journalistic style at high levels of proficiency.
- Edit stories using proper symbols as discussed in the APA Stylebook.
- Exercise judgment regarding newsworthiness.
- Utilize knowledge of basic laws related to journalism.
- Act with a deep understanding of journalistic ethics and a personal system for resolving ethical conflicts.
- Use the basic technology of the profession in order to aide in collection of material and dissemination of news through multiple mediums.
- Write in traditional news, feature, and opinion styles as well as literary methods and in public relations forms.
- Utilize knowledge of the development of the profession and historical figures, trends, and practices, especially related to African Americans in the media.
- Utilize the role of the journalist in society and the multiple proficiencies expected of a journalist including, but not limited to reporting on government, business, or community.
- Use professionalism, leadership, and critical thinking skills related to the presentation of information.