The Ithaca College journalism program is positioned to approach journalism education from a fresh perspective. Our majors are required to address the cultural issues and technological changes that are currently affecting the news industry. Ithaca graduates can be found in newsrooms across the United States and around the world. Our goal is to see our graduates play a vital role in the 21st century, helping citizens of diverse interests and backgrounds to understand and to participate in civic affairs.
Journalism majors are required to take a series of skills courses that will prepare them for internships and entry-level jobs in print, broadcast, and online journalism. Most majors take advantage of opportunities to work in student media, including the Ithacan weekly newspaper, ICTV, WICB-FM, and 106-VIC-FM, as well as alternative and online student-produced magazines. Most majors also complete at least one internship at a professional news organization before they graduate; many complete several.
But the mission of the Department of Journalism is not simply to prepare students for entry-level jobs; it is also to prepare them for careers as journalists. The Park School believes that a healthy journalism industry is a fundamental necessity for an effective democracy. Journalism majors are therefore required to take courses designed to help them think critically about journalism, media, and culture. Journalism courses address media history, ethics, economics, and other contemporary issues that face the news industry, including media ownership, globalization, and cultural diversity. Beyond their journalism courses, majors are expected to have a strong academic foundation; they are required to take a broad base of liberal arts courses and to complete an academic minor outside the Park School.