Students can specialize to help gain edge in job market

Zeina Peterson and Malena Larson

• More info on undergraduate specialties: broadcast and global journalism

Photojournalism in Italy: The Colosseum in Rome (Photo by Prof. Kim Newton)

• More info on graduate specialties: digital, global and science/environmental journalism

Students in the School of Journalism will have the option of earning specializations on their transcripts and diplomas, starting this fall.

Undergrads can specialize in broadcast journalism or global journalism, while master’s candidates can specialize in digital, global or science and environmental journalism.

“Our students will now have more flexibility in terms of what they can specialize in,” academic adviser Paloma Boykin says.

In the future, Boykin said more specializations may be added, such as sports and entrepreneurial journalism.

“It could really change in the coming years, but this is a good starting point,” she says.

To complete the specializations, students will take the core courses required of all journalism majors, such as newswriting, law, ethics, reporting public affairs and a school media publication course. In addition, they will take three elective courses in the specialization of their choice. So, for example, students who would like to specialize in global journalism can take a variety of courses the school offers in foreign reporting, including an internship at a foreign news organization.

“The specializations really highlight the strengths of our school,” said Director David Cuillier. “We hope this will be one more way we can help students hone their interests and better compete in the job market.”

Professor Carol Schwalbe, director of graduate studies, hopes the change will make the school more competitive nationally.

“It’s a good thing because now the students will have the specialization on their transcript and diploma,” she says.



Published Date: 

08/20/2017 - 9:25pm