About this program
A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Well prepared professionals
Quinnipiac ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals.(Linkedin 2014)
Journalists find sources, conduct interviews and gather the information needed to produce informative and interactive news, feature stories and documentaries for TV, podcasts, radio, mobile applications, digital and print media. You can even use your minor and electives to specialize in certain areas, such as sports or politics. At Quinnipiac, you’ll take courses that will provide a solid foundation for reporting, writing and storytelling. We’ll also teach you to become proficient with video cameras, non-linear editing and producing software in our state-of-the-art communications center.
Quinnipiac’s proximity to premier media centers in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts provides numerous internship opportunities. Many alumni work at such places as CBS News, ABC News, ESPN, the Oxygen channel, Major League Baseball Productions, NBC Universal, NBC News, CNN and Fox News. You also can intern at Quinnipiac’s own radio station—AM1220 WQUN. There are even internship opportunities in other countries.
Real-world experience can be acquired right on campus by working on the Quinnipiac Chronicle newspaper and website, the Q30 campus TV station, WQAQ student radio, and with the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.
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.”
Journalism students visit León and Chinandega, Nicaragua
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".
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.
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.
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 1||46|
|Required School of Communications core courses: 2|
|COM 120||Media Industries and Trends||3|
|COM 130||Visual Design||3|
|School of Communications Requirements|
|Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses||6|
|Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher||6|
|Seminars for Success|
|COM 101||Communications First-Year Seminar||1|
|COM 201||Media Career Development||1|
|Required Journalism Courses|
|JRN/SPS 106||Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)||3|
|JRN 260||News Writing||3|
|JRN 263||Broadcast News Writing||3|
|JRN 275||News Reporting||3|
|JRN 380||Fundamentals of Digital Journalism||3|
|JRN 450||Senior Seminar||3|
|JRN 498||Journalism Capstone||4|
|COM 490||Communications Career Internship||3|
|Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing-intensive” list:||12|
|The Art of the Podcast|
|Mobile Journalism: the Future of News|
|Reporting for Television I|
|Special Topics in Journalism|
|Reporting for Television II|
|Telling Global Stories|
|Sporting Culture Through Nonfiction|
|Literary Journalism in the '60s|
|Sports Reporting (SPS 361)|
|Advanced Digital Journalism|
|The QNN Newscast|
Other courses with chair's approval
|The Art of Journalistic Interviewing|
|The Story of Football (SPS 362)|
|Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)|
|Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age|
|Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)|
|Media and Society|
|Diversity in the Media (WS 311)|
|Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)|
|Sports, Media & Society (SPS 420)|
|Writing for Strategic Communications|
Other courses with chair's approval
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.
Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.
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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