Journalism

Journalism That Matters

The journalism major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become socially responsible digital journalists who produce in-depth journalism stories based upon authentic, reliable sources and data. In short, they learn to do Journalism that Matters. Students learn to gather, synthesize and present news and information using a variety of digital story techniques and platforms. Courses provide hands-on opportunities to develop strong writing, reporting and editing skills as well as an understanding of evidence based data gathering and analysis using appropriate research methodologies. Grounded in the liberal arts, journalism majors also gain familiarity with the law, history and the ethics of the profession.

Majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a co-curricular path that includes working for Student Media (MU Wire, Marquette Tribune, Marquette Journalism, MUTV and MU Radio) beginning their freshman year. As majors gain experience it is expected that they would advance to leader/mentor positions in Student Media, obtain internships, work for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS), and/or work on year-long O’Brien Fellow projects.

In print, online, or on the air… be the difference. Report, write, edit and publish evidence-based stories that can change lives and affect the way people think.

Think digital, be global. Using state-of-the-art computer, television, radio, editing and graphic platforms, as well as advanced interactive digital equipment, report on the world. Change the world by doing Journalism that Matters.

Promote the people’s right to know and be informed. Learn how to mine databases, analyze and interpret data, access public records, and research complex issues and events. Gain practical, relief experience, in contacting authentic, reliable sources and data. Interview thought leaders as well as citizens in the community.

Tell stories that make a difference. The basis of all journalism is telling a story in a compelling way. Dive deep into a problem and learn how to apply the critical thinking and practical hands-on skills you need to tell the story effectively, and clearly.

Practice, Practice, Practice. Whether it is in “boot camp” where you polish your grammar and AP Style skills or the more advanced courses where you tweet, blog, shoot, edit, report, write and publish, journalism students prepares you to arrive on the job ready to work in all formats. Our award-winning student media offers employer-impressing, hands-on experience in state-of-the-art digital newsrooms, and television and radio studios.

Jump start your journalism career. Begin by working for student media (MU Wire, Marquette Tribune, Marquette Journal, MUTV, MURadio) your freshman and sophomore years. Your goal? Leadership/mentor positions in Student Media, internships with news organizations around Milwaukee and the United States, internships with the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS), and/or securing an elite position working with our O’Brien Fellows in Public Service Journalism.

To learn more, see the Journalism Curriculum.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Journalism major, the digital journalist graduating from our program should be able to:

  1. Gather evidence-based and authentic information from reliable sources.
  2. Evaluate the accuracy and reliability of sources, data and other evidence.
  3. Create news accounts that accurately convey the substance and importance of the evidence.
  4. Tell compelling stories that interest and engage audiences in complex and important issues, across a variety of digital platforms.
  5. Articulate the norms and values of socially responsible journalism and understand relationships between journalism, law, ethics and society.

Internships and Employment
Recent alumni have gone into a variety of careers including: business, health, law, public relations, sports, and journalism! Recent journalism internships (indicated by an *) and jobs include:

Television

  • WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
  • WCSC-TV (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • WLWT-TV (Cincinnati)
  • WLKY-TV (Louisville)
  • WSAW-TV (Wausau, Wisconsin)
  • KALB-TV (Alexandria, Louisiana)
  • ESPN (Bristol, Connecticut)
  • WISN-TV (Milwaukee)*
  • WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee)*
  • WITI-TV (Milwaukee)*
  • WDJT-TV (Milwaukee)*
  • WABC-TV (New York)*
  • WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pennsylvania)*
  • KEYC-TV (North Manketo, Minnesota)*
  • WBKB-TV (Alpino, Michigan)

Online

  • Texas Tribune
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service*
  • CQ Roll Call
  • Flotrack*
  • NBC Sports (New York)

Magazine

  • U.S. Catholic (Chicago)
  • Self (New York)
  • America Media (New York)*
  • Sports Illustrated (New York)
  • Esquire (New York)*
  • Women's Wear Daily (New York)*

Newspapers

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • The Washington Post
  • The Boston Globe
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Baltimore Sun*
  • Journal Times (Racine)
  • Island Packet (South Carolina)
  • Milwaukee Business Journal
  • The Arizona Republic*
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette*
  • The Seattle Times*
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Star Tribune (Minneapolis)*
  • San Diego Union Tribune*
  • The Wichita Eagle (Kansas)*
  • The Buffalo News*

Radio

  • NPR*
  • Voice of America*