The journalism major at the University of Arizona combines rigorous academic theory with hands-on experience. The focus from the first day is putting students on the street covering real news so students truly learn by doing. Students will find classes that are:
- hands on
- small in size (skills courses are limited to 20 students)
- taught by experienced faculty, the majority of whom are former or current working journalists
Sequential courses lead from learning to write basic stories to longer, more complex pieces.
Starting with campus stories and moving to community stories on meaningful social, political and environmental issues, students will learn to research from personal interviews, Internet searches and government records searches. Classroom assignments will include writing stories that inform, inspire and entertain the general public.
All assignments lead to developing students who have basic skills to do it all -- research stories, take still photographs, shoot video, and upload to print, broadcast and online news outlets.
The curriculum offers some unique learning experiences. ArizonaSonoraNewsService.com, for example, allows students to report and write stories from the state capital for distribution to small media outlets throughout the state. Numerous internships and independent study opportunities provide students with "on-the-job" experience at local and regional radio and TV stations, newspapers, and elsewhere.
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- Understand the relationships among the press, the public and policy makers in democratic societies;
- Understand legal and ethical principles relating to journalism, and how to use them in real-world situations;
- Acquire the critical thinking and professional skills necessary to collect, evaluate and organize information in ways that fulfill the journalist's responsibility to the public;
- Obtain experience applying these principles and skills in the field, utilizing multiple media platforms;
- Understand how different communication technologies affect the way in which news is presented and perceived in the United States and around the world;
- Understand the similarities and differences among press law, traditions and practices in the United States and those in other countries.
International journalism is an interdisciplinary program giving undergraduate and graduate students a strong foundation in journalism, regional studies and language so they can effectively report on global issues.
Several UA courses introduce students to careers in the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism.
Students learn the intricacies of writing for broadcast before getting in front of, and behind, the camera to learn how television news comes together. The final course, Journalism 490, lets students produce their own video news programs in a "hands on" broadcasting environment.
Students who seek careers in print journalism get the opportunity to handle every phase of production for two publications that are vital sources of news and information for two Arizona communities. By producing real-world newspapers, students allow their work to be judged by faculty and the public at large. Students also develop critical thinking, research, visual communication and writing skills and learn to deal with the legal and ethical issues that confront professional journalists.
The Tombstone Epitaph and the El Independiente are distributed to specific localities in southern Arizona and are available online.
Since stories are told with words and pictures, journalism students get a full understanding of photography's role in the news industry. An introductory course covers the basics of photojournalism. Advanced skills courses are available for students considering a career in photojournalism.
Students interested in online journalism can get real-world experience by working Web-based publications or on the websites of community publications produced by students in the School.
Students get experience in online journalism throughout the curriculum, but particularly when working on a school media course.
The Tombstone Epitaph has a dedicated website: TheEpitaph.com. Students produce all content, upload photos, create links to other websites and create slideshows and videos. El Independiente, the student-produced magazine serving South Tucson, features elinde.com. View the most recent edition of Arizona Cat's Eye, the broadcast school media course, on its dedicated website azcatseye.com.
And in The Hub - Arizona-Sonora News Service readers and media outlets are offered the best journalism being produced by students in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Students produce stories and videos that may be found at ArizonaSonoraNewsService.com.
The journalism minor provides students skills and knowledge for applying journalistic skills, including information gathering, writing, photography, video, web development, and media literacy, to enhance their careers and community. The 18-credit program is intended to help students effectively gather facts, critically evaluate them, and disseminate them clearly through a variety of media to their co-workers, employers, and fellow citizens. The minor emphasizes skills in online communication and applying journalistic practices to enhance civic engagement. The minor is not intended to provide students an education that would prepare them for a career in journalism – that is still something intended for majors – but the minor can help students intending to go into other careers communicate more effectively and become better informed citizens. For more information, click here.
ACCELERATED MASTER'S PROGRAM
The Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) enables undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.3 GPA to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five years. Students apply for admission in spring of their junior year. If they are accepted into this program, they can take 12 graduate credits in their fourth year and at least 12 credits in their fifth year. In the fifth year they could take four electives and their project or thesis.