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Bachelor's in Journalism (BA)

The journalism program at Roosevelt University is a mix of hands-on professional courses and theoretical courses focused on issues common to all journalistic fields. The program offers state-of-the-art technology to allow students to research their subjects, shoot and edit photos as well as digital video and audio, write articles, and design publications in print and online. Students who complete this "convergence" program will have completed coursework in online, broadcast and print journalism and are thus prepared for work in today's multimedia news environment.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor
Faculty members bring their professional journalism experiences into the classroom to provide students with real-world perspectives. Students learn in our multimedia newsroom-style computer labs working hands-on with all of the most up-to-date graphics and digital video and audio editing software. All courses stress ethics and the social role of journalism and offer practical experience in reporting, writing, editing and design skills.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students complete a sequence of required and elective courses designed to develop advanced skills in writing and reporting news. All students in this major are required to complete a capstone, convergence reporting project course as well as a professional internship for hands-on field experience in journalism.

Minor Requirements

Students can complete a minor in journalism by taking five JOUR courses (16 credit hours). Students in the minor complete four required courses and choose as a fifth course one of the two convergence project courses offered in the program (JOUR 390 or JOUR 392). Students in the minor are not required to complete a professional internship.

Sample Courses

  • Essential Multimedia Skills
  • News Video Production
  • Journalism Today

Outcomes

Graduates of the Roosevelt journalism major have gone on to work in the media as reporters, writers, editors, photographers, bloggers and production assistants.

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Clubs & Activities

The Torch is the University's student-run weekly newspaper; The Blaze is the student-run internet broadcast radio station; and, The Fire is our start-up, student-run video channel. All student-run media are advised but not edited by a member of the journalism faculty. All Roosevelt students are eligible to work for any of these three media outlets.

Testimonials

“I broke into a top 100 market the month after I graduated from college and I have my Roosevelt journalism professors to thank for preparing me well for this experience.”

Giacomo Luca - BA '14

“Many of our journalism graduates are doing great things. One of the keys to our program is that it positions students to be prepared for the rapidly changing field of journalism by providing instruction in different media, from newspapers to video to Internet reporting.”

Marian Azarro
Chair, Department of Communication, Roosevelt University