Pitt-Johnstown journalism graduates generally get jobs as reporters, editors and layout and design specialists at daily newspapers. A few who develop their visual presentation skills become professional photographers and one became a videographer for NFL Films. Two students have found careers in radio. But the vast majority of graduates are employed at daily newspapers and they can be found at all newspapers immediately surrounding the campus – the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the Altoona Mirror, and Somerset Daily American.
Graduates also have been or are employed at the Indiana Gazette, the Centre Daily Times and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has employed two program graduates as reporters. Further away, graduates have found jobs at the Butler Eagle, the Beaver County Times, and the Morgantown (W Va.) Dominion Post. Also, a graduate was employed at the Dayton (Ohio) Business Journal and one is employed at Crain’s Cleveland Business.
To the east, journalism graduates have found jobs at the Carlisle Sentinel, the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the York Daily Record, Allentown Morning Call, and the Annapolis (Md.) Capital. One graduate occupied a position for more than five years at America’s largest newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
Another graduate has started her own newspaper in Wyoming.
The Pitt-Johnstown journalism program requires all majors complete at least six credits of internships. Up to 12 credits of internships can count toward their 120-credit total needed for graduation.
Most students complete their internship requirement by working as a leader at the weekly student newspaper, The Advocate. Positions there eligible for internship credits are copy editor, news editor, features editor, sports editor, opinions editor, photography editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief. The circulation director position also is eligible for internship credits.
Three credits require 135 hours of work each semester. Student newspaper leaders often spend more than the minimum amount of time to earn their internship credits.
Writers for the newspaper are eligible for a practicum credit each semester.
The student newspaper is published each of 13 weeks a semester. Students learn not only to generate story ideas and write and edit stories, they also learn to write headlines and teases. Leaders get experience in supervising others and spend hours in an environment in which writing, accuracy and ethics are discussed extensively.
Students sometimes work outside the student newspaper to complete their internship requirements. Any meaningful experience is eligible for internship credits with faculty approval. Students have worked as interns at the Athletic Department and, of course, at publications off campus, primarily newspapers and a magazine. Students also find internship opportunities at television and radio stations.