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Journalism Program: About the Major

Miami University’s Journalism Program has a strong commitment to professional training across all media and to liberal arts education. We are a part of the College of Arts and Science – unusual for a journalism program – and so our emphasis is on educating students broadly as capable writers and critical thinkers.

Our graduates land diverse media and communication jobs around the globe - see our alumni listings.

Journalism-political science double major Jessica Stringfield, a Meet the Press intern, with veteran newsman Tom Brokaw and other interns in 2010.
Tom Brokaw Jessica Stringfield Meet the Press

Miami’s Journalism Program requires a double major, but virtually all students finish in four years. Our 225 current students are double-majoring in 15 different areas. Political science and English are the most popular double majors, but others include psychology, business, history, theater and even zoology.

Our faculty – many of whom have won national journalism awards – ground students in basic and advanced reporting, interviewing, storytelling and editing skills. That ably prepares them for careers in daily news (print and web), broadcast news, non-fiction writing and documentary film.

About half our majors want to become professional journalists, and half just want to be better writers and communicators.

Check out our Journalism courses.

Download the curriculum requirements for Journalism Majors.

Miami's many student media groups keep expanding and winning awards. Check them out.

Opportunities for Students

Miami’s Journalism classes are closely tied to regional media and regularly produce news and features for local newspapers,

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magazines, National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting System affiliates. For example, a News Reporting and Writing I class covered the Dalai Lama's visit to campus live on a multimedia blog, which numerous professional media linked to. Check it out.

We also have a strong internship program, and many of our best students do multiple internships – locally, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago; and at KosovaLive! in Pristina, Kosovo, where we have a summer program.

The independent student newspaper and website, The Miami Student, is a regular Pacemaker finalist. Other student-run media include MQ magazine, Up! fashion magazine, Inklings literary magazine, WMSR radio, GreenHawks environmental e-media and the Recensio yearbook.

Journalism major Colleen Rasa interviews Jerry Springer before his 2012 political speech on campus.
Colleen Rasa interviews Jerry Springer

Living Classrooms

Miami regularly brings internationally known news media figures to campus. Recent visitors include former New York Times editor Bill Keller, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, eminent journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney and syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts.

Our Graduates

Our graduates pursue journalism work across the globe in myriad media formats. For example, Journalism Program graduate Stacey Skotzko, an honors student from Chicago who was editor of The Miami Student, interned for WGN radio in Chicago and for the Chicago Tribune’s “Redeye” edition. She now works as a researcher and writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington.
Heather Reed
Heather Reed

Other graduates work for NPR, ESPN, major daily newspapers like The Cincinnati Enquirer and Chicago Tribune, and numerous network TV news affiliates.

Some find communications arts to ultimately be most appealing. For example, 2012 Journalism graduate Rachel Petri is a press assistant to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and 2009 graduate Heather Reed is an assistant to U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Many of our graduates pursue law school or grad school eventually. For example, Kathy Rowings, who graduated in 2004, worked for USA Weekend and other news media before heading to Northwestern's School of Law. Today, she is an attorney at Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. Others join the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

Drop in on a Journalism Class While Visiting

Future Miami students can schedule a visit to Journalism class, or with a faculty member, through Miami Admissions. Or, after enrolling, you can take the Miami Plan course JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism to see if the Journalism major is right for you.

Upper-level coursework trains students in print, broadcast and online journalism, and students can specialize in particular areas of interest.

Thank you for your interest in the Miami University Journalism Program. We welcome your questions and comments.


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  • Journalist/immigration reform advocate (and former Washington Post reporter) Jose Antonio Vargas will return to campus to show his documentary “Documented.” ASC Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
    April 28

    Photojournalist Ron Haviv presents “Not in Our Name: Documenting Conflict, Violence & Genocide Around the World.” An independent photographer who focuses mostly on humanitarian crises, Haviv will show and talk about his work documenting genocide in Central America, the Balkans and the Arab Spring. Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures, with several co-sponsors. FSB Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000), 7:30 p.m.
    May 1

    Pearson COM 135 Showcase. The top eight students in the spring 2014 sections of COM 135 will present live speeches and compete for prizes from publisher Pearson. Pearson Hall 128, 7:00 p.m.
    May 7

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