Program Spotlight

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE ARTS

Program Spotlight

The Department of Journalism tells their students, “You have the same duties and responsibilities as reporters,” says department chair Mark Berkey-Gerard.

That trust is nurtured both in and outside of the classroom. Small classes allow instructors to provide students with hands-on instruction and mentoring as they develop the skills necessary to compete in a fast-changing media landscape. Many courses are taught by working journalists from area news outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, KYW NewsRadio, WHYY, Courier Post, The South Jersey Times and NJ.com.

As students’ skills grow, so does the depth of their assignments. In Health Reporting, for example, students are paired with first semester medical students at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. The budding journalists accompany the aspiring doctors on their first cadaver dissection and write stories about the experience. In Data Journalism, students hone their analytical skills in inspecting and interpreting complex data, a growing need in the journalism field.

On campus, students write and publish the student newspaper The Whit, produce radio shows for WGLS and operate the Rowan Television Network.

Rowan's location in southern New Jersey allows students to connect with internships, alumni and professional networks in the Philadelphia area, the fourth largest media market in the nation, as well as in the New York City area. Students intern at local news outlets, as well as with national and international organizations like NBC, BBC America and Conde Nast. Our alumni work across the nation at news organizations such as The New York Times, Associated Press, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune and U.S. World & News Report.

Alumna Melissa Lange, who works for HarperCollins Publishers, reflects on her time as a journalism major, "I learned invaluable skills from the plethora of experienced professionals in the department, and was able to transfer those skills to a job in book publishing that I love." She continues, "The professors treated me like an emerging industry professional. Their trust, respect and guidance prepared me for my career."

Degree Programs

The College of Communication & Creative Arts offers a wide range of degree offerings and is dedicated to excellence in communication and creative arts theory and practical application.

CCCA Research

College of Communication & Creative Arts faculty engage in a wide array of research, scholarly activity and creative work.

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