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.
|Departmental Introductory Course|
|COMM 1000||FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES 1||3|
|Major Introductory Course|
|JOUR 1701||INTRODUCTION TO MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM WITH LAB||4|
|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|
|HISTORY OF TELEVISION AND RADIO NEWS|
|TELEVISION NEWS INNOVATORS|
|HISTORY OF WOMEN'S MAGAZINES|
|MEDIA, REGULATION, AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST|
|MEDIA, MILLENNIALS, AND CIVIC DISCOURSE|
|DISSENT AND DISINFORMATION|
|FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION|
|Social Media Course|
|Select one of the following:|
|SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOURNALISTS|
|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|
|SPORTS WRITING AND REPORTING|
|ADVANCED MULTIMEDIA REPORTING|
|WRITING FOR BROADCAST NEWS|
|INTERMEDIATE TELEVISION PRODUCTION|
|INTERVIEWS AND PROFILES|
|FIRST PERSON JOURNALISM|
|PROFILE AND BIOGRAPHY|
|WRITING FOR MAGAZINES|
|SPECIAL REPORTING: IN-DEPTH REPORTING|
|ARTS AND CULTURE REPORTING|
|WRITING FOR THE MEDIA|
|AUDIO REPORTING AND PODCASTING|
|ADVANCED MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING|
|PRACTICUM – OBSERVER|
|PRACTICUM – CAMPUS TELEVISION NEWS|
|PRACTICUM – RAM|
|PRACTICUM – WFUV|
|CAMPUS JOURNALISM PRACTICUM|
|DIGITAL PRODUCTION FOR NEW MEDIA|
|DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION I|
|DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION|
|WRITING FOR ONLINE MEDIA|
|DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION II|
|Select two courses. 4|
COMM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES may be substituted if taken prior to Spring 2017.
Any JOUR course numbered x76x (i.e., any course where the second two digits are 76) may count for this requirement.
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.
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.