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Undergraduate Program in Journalism

Plainsman staffers cover the SEC Championship game in AtlantaThe Journalism Program at Auburn University prepares students to tell stories through digital and traditional platforms because today’s news consumers want their content via print, television, the Web, on a tablet, smart phone or other digital device. Our students can expect to be prepared to work in a variety of media outlets because our graduates find employment at television stations, newspapers, magazines, online news sites, radio networks and a host of other communication companies. Students who want to work as reporters, editors or producers should major in journalism. We will prepare you for a career in digital, broadcast or print news. What we often hear from those who hire our graduates is that they prefer Auburn journalism majors because our students are able to hit the ground running on Day 1.

Core Journalism Values

AU Broadcast JournalismJournalism basics – that is what we are known for teaching. Each journalism major develops a thorough foundation in how to research and report news and features. Each becomes well versed in the importance of grammar, spelling, word usage and Associated Press style. Our students know that great journalism begins with a tireless search for the truth. They know the important role the media play in our democracy and that accuracy equals credibility. Our nationally accredited program holds fast to the most enduring principles of journalism as we have a strong commitment to the traditional tenets of journalistic excellence.

Digital Storytelling

The tools journalists use to tell their stories are always changing. Journalism graduates are expected to stay up to date on the latest software, digital technology, social network sites, microblogging platforms and Web design. Our majors begin that training in the classroom by using social networks to research and report stories, for source identification, crowd-sourcing, story promotion and story curation. Students become multi-platform content creators who can produce and edit broadcast and audio stories, Web videos, design newspaper and magazine pages and create websites. Our majors get additional hands-on practical experience through working at the student newspaper, television station, radio station, magazine or yearbook.

Journalism Curriculum

AU Digital Journalism, student with cameraThe journalism major requires 45 hours. All journalism majors must complete the same basic skills courses, reporting, media law and a required internship, which account for 15 hours. Majors are required to take six hours of specialized reporting courses, which can include digital news reporting, sports reporting or magazine and feature writing. Majors will also select six hours of journalism production courses, which can include courses such as digital news production, photojournalism or multimedia journalism.

Students are allowed to take 15 hours of elective courses in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Students can choose from entrepreneurial/business journalism, visual communication, community journalism, introduction to filmmaking, communication in organizations, literary journalism, PR and social media, intercultural communication or the rhetoric of sports, just to name a few. Students choose between our senior-level advanced reporting or advanced magazine and feature writing for their final three-hour journalism course.

All of our skills-based courses are limited to 18 students to ensure that our majors receive one-on-one instruction and feedback from their professors.

Most of a journalism major’s other coursework will fall outside of the Department of Communication and Journalism. This gives our majors a chance to learn about the areas and topics in which they are interested in covering as a journalist or communication professional.

Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose an area of emphasis to further specialize their journalism training. Students will earn a bachelor's degree in journalism and can select a specialization in the area of their choosing.

The areas of emphasis are:

 

Contact Information

Judith Sheppard

Judith Sheppard

Journalism Program Director
227 Tichenor
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4594
sheppje@auburn.edu

Last Updated: March 28, 2014