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What is Journalism?

Journalism emphasizes the essential skills of print media -- reporting, editing, feature writing, and design. Specialized topics are covered in supplementary courses.  All Journalism students must complete a Journalism internship, selecting from an extensive schedule which provides valuable and necessary practical experience.


What can I do with a degree in Journalism?

Students who graduate with a degree in Journalism can apply for jobs in a number of different areas.  Some of the most popular areas are Newspaper Publishing, Magazine/Newsletter Publishing, Book Publishing, Writing, and Business.

As an undergrad, taking on an internship is a great way to obtain experience, build relationships, and test different career choices.  Building a portfolio with creative materials will also help to further your career goals.  Students should be prepared to being a journalism in a small market, performing entry level tasks before moving to larger markets and positions with more creative freedom and responsibility.

Program Mission Statement 

The Journalism Program supports the mission of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, namely, "to guide students in developing disciplined, informed thinking; communication skills; problem-solving skills; strategies for information access; respect for the views of other; and a lifetime love of learning."

In particular, the program seeks to provide students with a variety of courses in the theory and practice of journalism, with an emphasis on print journalism, preparing them for professional careers in newspapers, magazines, the news agencies and wire services.

What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Journalism courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Journalism course descriptions, click here


A course designed to provide both philosophical and historical foundations for consumers of mass media & those wishing to practice journalism. Provides an overview of American journalism--its underlying philosophies, history, theories, functions and ethics.


A course in news gathering and reporting with coverage of Richland Township supervisors' meetings or in-class exercises. Students are called upon to produce a range of journalistic writing, including hard news and human interest stories. Emphasis is on deadline writing, reporter initiative, and clear and concise writing in Associated Press style.

Designed to introduce journalism students to an area of specialization in communications—the editorial. Emphasis is on writing opinion for newspaper and electronic media and discussion of editorial policy making; the means of persuasion; and the roles of syndicated and local columns, editorial cartoons, letters to the editor; and journals of opinion.

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012