Journalism, Associate in Arts Degree
This program focuses on developing a student’s written communication skills alongside mastering modern storytelling techniques in new media and broadcasting. Students employ a variety of software programs and applications that are standard in the industry today. The Journalism emphasis allows students to specialize in particular beats including sports, crime, government, politics, entertainment and education. Students work in a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose journalism classroom with access to the full Adobe suite.
Students in this program will be prepared for careers in print media, online media, new media, social media, advertising and public relations.
Write for an award-winning newspaper!
Working on the campus newspaper, “The Youngtown Edition,” is a requirement for journalism majors. Each year, the paper is entered into the New Jersey Press Association competition for college newspapers. In the past 10 years, “Youngtown” has received numerous awards at the collegiate state level. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association also conducts a thorough yearly critique of the newspaper and has awarded it Gold and Silver Medalist rankings.
Students in this program have internship opportunities with local print outlets and online media.
Students who work on the campus newspaper are eligible for Campus Life monetary awards that are given each semester. In addition, the Edith P. Margetts Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding member of the “Youngtown” staff.
This program allows students to transfer as a journalism or communication major. Journalism students have transferred to William Paterson University, Kean University, Ramapo College, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, as well as to Syracuse University, the University of Maryland, Penn State University, Emerson College and the University of Pennsylvania.