Journalism majors will learn the bedrock skills of news reporting and writing and acquire the technical capacity to apply them in the rapidly changing world of print, broadcast, and web journalism. Students will complement the hands-on skills training with in-depth study of media law, history, theory, criticism, and ethics.
This course of study will prepare students for careers in the media and also provide the background in critical thinking, problem solving, and clear writing necessary for success in a wide range of other careers or graduate programs.
Journalism majors learn the basic skills of news reporting and writing and acquire the technical capacity to apply them in the rapidly changing world of print, broadcast and web journalism.
For instance, in Advanced Journalism the class focuses as a group on covering the news in one nearby suburb. Each student brings his or her unique insights to the analysis, adding depth to the group’s coverage. Students cover real issues in the community in real time. Then, in true 21st–century style, they post their stories on the Web. See the Berwyn News for the Fall 2010 Advanced Journalism class’s coverage of nearby Berwyn, IL.
Communications coursework tends to be broadly focused and multidisciplinary. As such, communications graduates have highly polished speaking and writing skills that help them stand out from the crowd, no matter what type of career they ultimately pursue.
Dominican’s communications programs help students develop what employers call “transferable skills”—the ability to:
- Work well with others
- Think critically
- Learn quickly
- Ask the right questions.
And their technical skills are good, too, giving Dominican students an edge in a crowded job market.
The skills acquired in the communications majors will prepare students for ethical, informed and rewarding careers in a wide range of fields, including the media, public relations and advertising. Their education will give them the insights they need to serve their respective audiences and to help create a more just world.