Information has always been one of the most valuable commodities in any society. In olden times, people would anxiously await news as it was brought from the next city by travelers spreading the news by word of mouth. After the printing press was invented, newspapers and other forms of printed news began to spread. Today, news is shared by a variety of digital mediums: television, radio, blogs, electronic periodicals, and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Rowan University’s Journalism major teaches students the principles of journalism, and trains them in how to apply those principles to any news medium, from traditional print news to the newest forms of digital information sharing. In the Journalism program, you’ll learn the skills needed to become a news reporter, broadcast anchor, news blogger, or a social media expert. You can also learn about web design in order to have the skills needed to make your own news website. You can also get the chance to practice your skills working for one of Rowan’s own news services.
Careers in Journalism cover a wide range of fields. You can become a copy editor, working to polish the news stories written by reporters in order to get them ready for publication. You can become a photojournalist, showing the public the real impact of important events through the artistic use of professional photography. You can write articles for a newspaper, magazine, blog, or other periodical. You can also choose to specialize in certain fields, like sports writing, entertainment, the arts, political news, or international events.
The strong writing skills you’ll develop as a Journalism major will also be useful if you want to pursue a career in publishing. You’ll also develop strong investigative and communication skills which can be useful in a variety of business fields, such as public relations, advertising, or marketing. Companies wanting to get the word out about new products, changes in their business plans, or other innovations in their field can use the skills of a Journalism major, including social media expertise, as a means of getting such information to the public.
Additionally, strong writing and media skills can be useful for recruitment programs and human resources. Many organizations need websites and blogs geared towards sharing information about their purpose, in order to increase enrollment and membership. Charity groups use such resources to spread awareness about their cause in order to increase donations and recruit volunteers. Colleges use them to spread interest in their school and increase enrollment. Even hospitals and treatment centers need to spread information about their services in order to keep the public informed of new treatment options and advances in the medical field.
While enrolled in Rowan’s Journalism program, students will develop strong writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. They will learn about the principles and practices of good journalists, including the ethical principles that are important for fair and unbiased reporting. They will learn the importance of thorough investigation and adherence to facts and details. They will also learn about all of the laws relevant to a journalist’s career, such as copyright laws and how to avoid plagiarism.
Courses in the Journalism program cover traditional and digital writing methods, including copy writing, article writing, and broadcast news writing. There are also courses on publication layout and Design, which teach students how to effectively organize text, photographs, and advertisements on a printed page. These courses will teach students how to create magazine layouts, newspapers, brochures, newsletters, letterheads, and various other forms of printed media.
Students can also take a minor in Journalism, which goes well with many other Communication & Creative Arts majors, such as Communication Studies or Writing Arts. A Journalism minor could also be paired with a major like Political Science, if a student wants to both learn about that field and develop the skills to write and report about it as well.
Students can also get a chance for firsthand Journalism experience writing for The Whit, Rowan’s student-run newspaper. The Whit runs every week during the academic year, providing Rowan students with news about local, regional, and global events. Some articles printed in The Whit relate directly to on campus events and other news about Rowan itself. Others are about national politics and other events that go beyond the college. There is also a sports section, which covers both Rowan sporting events and mainstream professional sports. Then there is the arts and entertainment section, which covers movies, music, and other entertainment events, including on campus performances and art exhibits by Rowan students and alumni.
In addition to gaining experience through Rowan’s school newspaper, students can pursue internship opportunities with local newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations. The combination of on campus experience and real world work experience will help prepare students for their future careers. It’s also a great way to add to a student’s resume or professional portfolio.
Becoming an expert journalist is about more than just reporting the news. There are many important skills in a journalist’s profession, including investigation, writing, communication, attention to detail, ethics, accuracy, and a commitment to the people in one’s audience. Students will learn all of these skills and more in Rowan’s Journalism program.
If you enjoy writing, sharing your opinion, and digging for the truth instead of taking things at face value, a career in Journalism might be the right choice for you.
To learn more, check out the Journalism page in the College of Communication & Creative Arts.