Journalism Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in journalism will have the following 12 competencies upon graduation:  

1.  Knowledge and practical application of the full range of journalistic reporting, researching, interviewing, editing and writing.

2.  Practical experience in a news media or other company through an internship. (required for B.S. students; optional for B.A. students.)

3.  Understanding of First Amendment principles, law, ethics and their application to professional journalistic practice and the pursuit of truth.

4.  Understanding the history and role of professional journalists in shaping American society.

5.  Understanding the role of multimedia technologies, including social media, in the journalistic practice.

6.  Ability to effectively cover the diversity of groups in a global society.

7.  Understanding of journalism concepts and theory in the use and presentation of images and information.

8.   Ability to conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

9.   Ability to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.

10.  Capacity to critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness. 

11.  Knowledge of basic numerical and statistical concepts, as well as an understanding of how to attribute sources, both human and physical, into stories.

12.  Ability to apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.