Preparation for a Fast-Moving Field

The field of journalism moves at a fast pace, and we prepare you for that challenge.  While traditional outlets such as local newspapers are fading away, there's more news content being created and consumed than ever before, and the foundations of democratic nations rely on a strong and independent press. 

From day one in your Intro to Journalism course, you'll learn to research and report stories across all media platforms including digital/mobile, broadcast, and print. Our students get immediate exposure to both traditional media outlets as well as insights into the burgeoning areas of independent and entrepreneurial journalism through internships, guest speakers, and through our own Park Center for Independent Media. The curriculum  balances the traditional journalistic skills with new ways of news gathering, news distribution, and audience engagement and address media history, ethics, economics, media ownership, globalization, and cultural diversity.

    Student-Operated Media

    From their first semester, journalism students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to work in student media, including:

    ICTV – the country’s oldest and longest-running cable television outlet that produces about 20 different shows each week, including the award-winning Newswatch

    WICB-FM, and VIC radio, named Number 1 in college radio by the Princeton Review; and

    The Ithacan, our print and online student newspaper which regularly places among the top five nationally in competitions including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the NY State Press Association.

    National Distribution In Your First Semester

    Our students have opportunities to work alongside journalism professionals to create content that is being distributed regionally and nationally. 

    This summer, we funded a group of students -- from rising sophomores to those who will be entering their final year here - to attend the The Center for Strategic and International Studies Journalism Bootcamp in Washington, DC.  It  connects journalism and international relations students with policy experts and multimedia specialists to tell pressing stories from around the globe.  Check out the multimedia story they created on the threat of cyberattacks on our national power grid.

    We have relationships with WENY -TV where we have both internships and are sharing content for their new cable TV channel focusing on Ithaca news and with WCNY - Syracuse-based public broadcasting and with WRFI local independent radio where our students produce investigative news features. 

    Since 2006, NBC has selected a group of Park School students to intern at the winter and summer Olympics. They have amazing opportunities to work both at the Olympics site or at NBC's digital sports headquarters in Stamford, CT  - check it out!

    Our faculty have organized relationships with networks to have our students as reporters on nationally significant events such as the 2019 Women's March for MSNBC/NBC and WENY-TV, MLK50 for NPR, the March For Our Lives for MSNBC/NBC, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration for PBS NewsHour; the 2016 South Carolina GOP Primary for NBC Nightly News and NBC.com; the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for NBC Nightly News and NBC.com; the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for PBS NewsHour Online and NBC Nightly News,  and the documentary With Infinite Hope: MLK and The Civil Rights Movement which has aired more than 300 times on more than 75 public-television affiliates throughout the country.

    Where Are Our Alumni?

    You’ll find Ithaca College journalism alumni throughout the United States – and beyond.  They are always delighted to mentor our students and frequently host visitors and speak in our classes. They include alumni at the top of the field such as ABC World News anchor David Muir and Jill Agostino, Deputy Editor, Special Sections, The New York Times as well as young alumni who land prestigious fellowships right out of school like Kyle Stewart '18 the Tim Russert Fellow at NBC News

    Check out our alumni page for more profiles.

    Here's where our 2019 grads have already landed:

    • Danielle Allentuck  '19   New York Times sports fellow  
    • Jaysha Patel  Multimedia reporter, WPMJ - Mobile, Alabama
    • Michael Pyskaty , producer, NY1 cable news, NYC
    • Margaret Gorman, reporter, CNY Central, Syracuse
    • Sophia Tulp, News Associate, Associated Press, Atlanta
    • Katie Jones, reporter, WBNG-TV  Binghamton, NY
    • Grace Elletson, reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education Washington, DC
    • Jack Sears, Producer, WPBF-TV West Palm Beach, FL

    Visiting Professionals

    We frequently bring in guest speakers such as New York Times columnist David Brooks, Democracy Now's featured reporter and independent journalist Amy Goodman, and professionals like network news producer, Jamie Kraft, who regularly teaches a mini-course for us.

    JOURNALISM PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

    James Rada, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
    jrada@ithaca.edu
    607-274-3637

    Brandy Hawley, Administrative Assistant
    bhawley@ithaca.edu
    607-274-3590
    Fax: 607-274-7972

    Mailing address:
    Ithaca College Journalism Department
    953 Danby Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850