Overview

Make a difference. Tell compelling stories that inform and entertain people. Share your passion for journalism with others just like you and learn from the very best in the business. Our award-winning faculty can help you learn to write, shoot and edit like a pro on whatever platform you choose: digital, broadcast, mobile, podcast or print media.

About this program

97.3%


Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

Top 10


Well prepared professionals

Quinnipiac ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals.(Linkedin 2014)

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Margarita Díaz leading a class in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

Globally engaged

Associate professor Margarita Díaz prepares to translate a question into Spanish during a meeting between journalism and social work students in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

Students seek the other side of Nicaragua

The philosophy of global engagement and solidarity runs deep in the School of Communications, as does a commitment to integrity. All of these form the foundation of journalism professor Margarita Diaz’s course, Telling Global Stories. 

The course immerses students in the history, economy, media, politics and culture of Nicaragua and culminates in a trip to the Central American country during spring break. In the cities of León and Chinandega, students conduct interviews with a range of Nicaraguan citizens, including market vendors, farmers, fishermen, teachers, artists and former revolutionaries.

“Students are not only learning about a different country and culture, they also get the chance to practice real journalism,” Diaz said.

The trip usually marks the first time that many in Diaz’s class have stepped foot in a developing nation.

“This first-hand experience is both challenging and illuminating for them,” said Diaz. “They must navigate linguistic and cultural barriers, as well as overcome their own insecurities.”

The stories and photography that Diaz’s students return with are collected and published on the website Tellingglobalstories.org. They reflect day-to-day life in a poor country deeply affected by decades of civil war, political corruption, economic downturn and a complicated relationship with the United States. Moreover, they challenge commonly held beliefs about Nicaragua and its people.

“International journalism in the U.S. tends to stick to a prescribed story about the rest of the world,” Diaz explained. “By reporting with sensitivity and care, these students produce journalism that challenges the prevalent narrative.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Hands-on learning opportunities

Ayah Galal '17 , a journalism and political science double-major, applied what she learned in the classroom throughout her extracurricular activities and internships — securing a prestigious internship at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The aspiring political reporter credits her professors with helping build her foundation of success.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus Caroline Moses shown holding her diploma in the air in front of the bobcat sculpture on campus.

Fearless journalist

Caroline Moses '16, is currently the Digital Editor at Trinidad and Tobago Newsday where she has taken a lead role in developing and implementing a strategy to ramp up the paper's digital presence.

Putting knowledge to good use

Quinnipiac alumnus Caroline Moses '16 has never been afraid of tackling difficult assignments, and that fearlessness has enabled the recent journalism grad to fill some large shoes.

Moses is currently the Digital Editor at Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, a top three newspaper in her home country of Trinidad. Her position makes her responsible for developing the paper's entire digital strategy, which, prior to her arrival, had been almost nonexistent for many years.

"Trinidad is a bit behind the U.S. in terms of the media industry," Moses explianed. "The Newsday really needed to set up its' digital prescence."

For Moses, stepping up to the Newsday's digital prescence meant introducing a new workflow for breaking news, a social media strategy and a complete reboot of its' website. She would also lay the groundwork for a full-scale marketing plan that included animation, video content and traditional platforms such as billboards, press ads and radio takeovers.

"I am so proud of what we've accomplished," Moses said. "We are breaking through the norms of social media here and creating something that's never been done before".

Student Spotlight

Student Victoria Rutigliano shown on set of NBC Golf.

Shining on set

Victoria Rutigliano '18, has interned with sports news stations across the US including Fox Sports, the Golf Channel and WCVB Boston.

Student Spotlight

Real-world experiences

Victoria Rutligliano '18, has already interned at Fox Sports West in Los Angeles, the Golf Channel in Orlando and WCVB in Boston.

Victoria credits her on-campus roles with Q30 Television, the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network and the Bobcats Sports Media Group for preparing her to work in major markets.

“My student media experience was the best part of my first three years here on campus,” said Victoria, a journalism major with a minor in legal studies. “Sure, it was a lot of work, but the opportunities I had because of my involvement were second to none.”

She is also president of Quinnipiac’s chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media, and has recently joined her colleagues at the men’s ice hockey game against arch-rival Yale.

“I love the energy in the arena and the passion from the players on the ice. It’s definitely one of the games I look forward to most,” she said.

Class Blogs

Journalism students are encouraged to cover current events or to write about their interests inside and outside of the classroom. Through a variety of blogs and digital media, students display their passions for social issues and events taking place in local communities.

The Giant's Belly is a digital journalism project about food, health and restaurant grades in Hamden, CT

QU Labs gives a glimpse into students' views on journalism and how advances in technology affect the industry.

HQ is a student-run newsroom covering news affecting the Quinnipiac community and its surrounding area.

Dual-Degree Programs

In order to succeed in the vast field of journalism, you'll need an understanding of all media outlets, how they work together and how to properly communicate through them. Our Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) program expands your education experience and allows you to earn your Master's degree in four years - at a considerable cost-savings over traditional Graduate programs.

Visit our Accelerate Dual-Degree (3+1) page for program features, eligibility requirements and all of the majors the program covers. 

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Journalism Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses: 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Journalism Courses
JRN/SPS 106Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)3
JRN 260News Writing3
JRN 263Broadcast News Writing3
JRN 275News Reporting3
JRN 380Fundamentals of Digital Journalism3
JRN 450Senior Seminar3
JRN 498Journalism Capstone4
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Electives
Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing-intensive” list:12
Writing-Intensive Electives:
JRN 280
The Art of the Podcast
JRN 285
Mobile Journalism: the Future of News
JRN 291
Reporting for Television I
JRN 300
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 311
Reporting for Television II
JRN 325
Telling Global Stories
JRN 341
Sporting Culture Through Nonfiction
JRN 343
Literary Journalism in the '60s
JRN 360
Watchdog Reporting
JRN/SPS 361
Sports Reporting (SPS 361)
JRN 365
Effective Editing
JRN 470
Narrative Journalism
JRN 480
Advanced Digital Journalism
JRN 495
Advanced Reporting
JRN 496
The QNN Newscast
Other courses with chair's approval
Other Electives
JRN 315
The Art of Journalistic Interviewing
JRN/SPS 362
The Story of Football (SPS 362)
JRN 372
Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)
JRN 395
Broadcast Performance
COM 215
Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age
FTM 372
Screenwriting
FTM 380
Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)
MSS 231
Media and Society
MSS/WS 311
Diversity in the Media (WS 311)
MSS/WS 345
Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)
MSS/SPS 420
Sports, Media & Society (SPS 420)
STC 201
Writing for Strategic Communications
Other courses with chair's approval
Minor Courses18
Total Credits124
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the journalism program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. Students are encouraged to minor outside the School of Communications to acquire subject knowledge beyond their primary field of study, but may choose to minor in any program within or outside the School of Communications in consultation with their advisers.

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