Journalism Program: About the Major
Miami University’s Journalism Program has a strong commitment to professional training across all media and to liberal arts education. We are a part of the College of Arts and Science – unusual for a journalism program – and so our emphasis is on educating students broadly as capable writers and critical thinkers.
Our graduates land diverse media and communication jobs around the globe - see our alumni listings.
Miami’s Journalism Program requires a double major, but virtually all students finish in four years. Our 225 current students are double-majoring in 15 different areas. Political science and English are the most popular double majors, but others include psychology, business, history, theater and even zoology.
Our faculty – many of whom have won national journalism awards – ground students in basic and advanced reporting, interviewing, storytelling and editing skills. That ably prepares them for careers in daily news (print and web), broadcast news, non-fiction writing and documentary film.
About half our majors want to become professional journalists, and half just want to be better writers and communicators.
Miami's many student media groups keep expanding and winning awards. Check them out.
Opportunities for Students
Miami’s Journalism classes are closely tied to regional media and regularly produce news and features for local newspapers,
We also have a strong internship program, and many of our best students do multiple internships – locally, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago; and at KosovaLive! in Pristina, Kosovo, where we have a summer program.
The independent student newspaper and website, The Miami Student, is a regular Pacemaker finalist. Other student-run media include MQ magazine, Up! fashion magazine, Inklings literary magazine, WMSR radio, GreenHawks environmental e-media and the Recensio yearbook.
Miami regularly brings internationally known news media figures to campus. Recent visitors include former New York Times editor Bill Keller, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, eminent journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney and syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts.
Our GraduatesOur graduates pursue journalism work across the globe in myriad media formats. For example, Journalism Program graduate Stacey Skotzko, an honors student from Chicago who was editor of The Miami Student, interned for WGN radio in Chicago and for the Chicago Tribune’s “Redeye” edition. She now works as a researcher and writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington.
Other graduates work for NPR, ESPN, major daily newspapers like The Cincinnati Enquirer and Chicago Tribune, and numerous network TV news affiliates.
Some find communications arts to ultimately be most appealing. For example, 2012 Journalism graduate Rachel Petri is a press assistant to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and 2009 graduate Heather Reed is an assistant to U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Many of our graduates pursue law school or grad school eventually. For example, Kathy Rowings, who graduated in 2004, worked for USA Weekend and other news media before heading to Northwestern's School of Law. Today, she is an attorney at Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. Others join the Peace Corps or Teach for America.
Drop in on a Journalism Class While Visiting
Future Miami students can schedule a visit to Journalism class, or with a faculty member, through Miami Admissions. Or, after enrolling, you can take the Miami Plan course JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism to see if the Journalism major is right for you.
Upper-level coursework trains students in print, broadcast and online journalism, and students can specialize in particular areas of interest.
Thank you for your interest in the Miami University Journalism Program. We welcome your questions and comments.