Welcome to the Department of Journalism
The Ithaca College journalism program approaches 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. Our graduates can be found in newsrooms across the United States and around the world.
Journalism majors are required to take a series of hands-on skills courses that will prepare them for internships and jobs in print, broadcast, and online journalism. From their first semester on campus, most journalism students 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 journalism students also complete at least one internship at a professional news organization before they graduate; many complete several.
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.
Students in Action
Using the Ithaca area as our laboratory, journalism students produce stories that are of interest to the local community. Here’s a sampling of the types of classes and projects you will produce as a journalism student at Ithaca College:
Ithaca Week is an online magazine created and produced by students taking Multimedia Journalism.
Mobile and Social Media Journalism
Students use social media and mobile devices to produce and distribute stories.
Students learn how to produce video stories for broadcast and online media.
Documentary Journalism Workshop
Student documentaries created as part of Documentary Journalism Workshop.
Students create multimedia websites focused on a specific issue or topic.
Get to Know Our Faculty
Our journalism faculty members comprise a diverse area of contemporary research interests.
Associate Professor and Journalism Department Chair Matt Mogekwu researches media and peace building; international communication; press freedom and sustainable development in Africa.
Associate Professor Mead Loop specializes in how fantasy sports journalists do their jobs.
Associate Professor Todd Schack studies narrative journalism, media studies and graphic nonfiction.
Associate Professor James Rada focuses on issues of race and the civil rights movement.
Assistant Professor Anthony Adornato researches journalists’ use of social media.
Assistant Professor Pei Zheng researches on news and politics, new media technology, and international communication.