Journalism Major

The journalism major prepares reporters to serve the public interest in the digital age armed with strong practical skills, a deep grounding in journalism history and ethics, and sharp critical thinking. By synthesizing theory and practice, our graduates will be ready to serve our rapidly evolving media landscape. Classes are taught by a mix of full-time Fordham professors and media professionals from the New York area. Our faculty, who come from such organizations as the New York Times, CBS News, MTV and Sports Illustrated, help our students by bringing real-world experience to the classroom, making sure our graduates are ready to compete in the job market.

The major moves students through introductory, intermediate, and advanced multimedia reporting classes to hone their skills and bring them to a professional level in reporting, writing, and creating digital content. Majors in journalism become grounded in the profession through one required course in ethics, and one course in the “social construction of journalism”—Media Law, Journalism History, or Sociology of News. Journalism majors are also required to take a course in social media to learn how to use such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for gathering and disseminating news.

The journalism (JOUR) major requires eleven courses.

CourseTitleCredits
Departmental Introductory Course
COMM 1000FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES 13
Major Introductory Course
JOUR 1701INTRODUCTION TO MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM WITH LAB4
Journalism Ethics Course
Select one of the following:
ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA
COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
ETHICAL CONTROVERSIES IN 21ST CENTURY MEDIA
VALUES IN THE NEWS
MEDIA LAW AND JOURNALISM ETHICS
DIGITAL MEDIA AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY
Journalism Law, Policy, or History
Select one of the following: 2
THE POWER OF NEWS
THE JOURNALIST AND THE LAW
THE MURROW YEARS: 1938-65
TELEVISION NEWS AND TODAY’S WORLD
TELEVISION NEWS
HISTORY OF TELEVISION AND RADIO NEWS
TELEVISION NEWS INNOVATORS
HISTORY OF WOMEN'S MAGAZINES
MEDIA, REGULATION, AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST
MEDIA LAW
MEDIA, MILLENNIALS, AND CIVIC DISCOURSE
DISSENT AND DISINFORMATION
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Social Media Course
Select one of the following:
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOURNALISTS
SOCIAL MEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA
Intermediate/Advanced Journalism Reporting/ Writing Courses
Select three of the following: 3
INTERMEDIATE MULTIMEDIA REPORTING
INTERMEDIATE PRINT REPORTING
RADIO AND AUDIO REPORTING
INTERMEDIATE FEATURE WRITING
WRITING WORKSHOP
SPORTS WRITING AND REPORTING
ADVANCED MULTIMEDIA REPORTING
WRITING FOR BROADCAST NEWS
INTERMEDIATE TELEVISION PRODUCTION
ONLINE JOURNALISM
ON-AIR REPORTING
DATA JOURNALISM
INTERVIEWS AND PROFILES
FIRST PERSON JOURNALISM
PROFILE AND BIOGRAPHY
WRITING FOR MAGAZINES
SPECIAL REPORTING: IN-DEPTH REPORTING
ARTS AND CULTURE REPORTING
SCIENCE JOURNALISM
THEATER JOURNALISM
WRITING FOR THE MEDIA
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
AUDIO REPORTING AND PODCASTING
ADVANCED MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING
PHOTOJOURNALISM
PRACTICUM – OBSERVER
PRACTICUM – CAMPUS TELEVISION NEWS
PRACTICUM – RAM
PRACTICUM – WFUV
CAMPUS JOURNALISM PRACTICUM
PUBLIC MEDIA
BUSINESS JOURNALISM
SPORTS COMMUNICATION
DATA VISUALIZATION
DIGITAL PRODUCTION FOR NEW MEDIA
DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION I
DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION
WRITING FOR ONLINE MEDIA
DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION II
Journalism-Related Electives6-8
Select two courses. 4
1

COMM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES may be substituted if taken prior to Spring 2017.

2

Any JOUR course numbered x76x (i.e., any course where the second two digits are 76) may count for this requirement.

3

Any JOUR course numbered x71x or x72x (i.e., any course where the second two digits are 71 or 72) fulfills this requirement, in addition to any other course on this list. JOUR 1701 INTRODUCTION TO MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM WITH LAB (with Lab) is a prerequisite for any course on this list. At least one 3000-level course must be completed prior to enrolling in a 4000-level course on this list.

4

Any course with the JOUR subject code or the JOUR attribute code may fulfill this requirement.

Availability

The major in journalism is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) and Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC).

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.