Welcome to the Department of Journalism

Journalism jobs move at a fast pace and the industry seems to be changing even faster. The Ithaca College Journalism program prepares you for the challenge. One way we do this is to have our students hit the ground running from day one. From their first semester, journalism students 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 106-VIC-FM, 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. Our facilities include: a state-of-the-art news set, a remote television production truck, a film sound stage, audio recording studios, digital photography studios and gallery, an innovation / emerging media lab, an analytics / new media classroom, and advanced digital editing and design stations.

For the past six years, Ithaca College journalism students have helped to cover major events for national news outlets. We’ve covered 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; and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for PBS NewsHour Online and NBC Nightly News .

But that's not all. Students in the Park School of Communications have helped to produce two public-television documentaries. In January, 2019, With Infinite Hope: MLK and The Civil Rights Movement premiered on public television. To date, the program has aired more than 300 times on more than 75 public-television affiliates throughout the country.

As we said before, that's not all. Our student-journalists have taken their talents on the global stage. Ithaca College students have interned at the Olympics since 2008 and will do so again. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Professor Anthony Adornato took students to Italy to participate in a digital storytelling/reporting program through the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia). You can check out their work here.

Another way we prepare budding journalists is through a curriculum that balances the traditional journalistic skills with new ways of newsgathering, news distribution, and audience engagement. Journalism courses address media history, ethics, economics, and other contemporary issues that face the news industry, including media ownership, globalization, and cultural diversity.

Last, but not least – the Ithaca College experience doesn’t end once you graduate. You’ll find Ithaca College Alumni throughout the United States – and beyond. And no matter where they are, they stay connected to each other and to the college. Check out the Alumni Profiles link to your left to see what our graduates are doing – and where they’re doing it!

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Our journalism faculty members comprise a diverse area of contemporary research interests.

Assistant Professor Anthony Adornato specializes in the use of mobile devices and social media in journalism.

Associate Professor Mead Loop specializes in how fantasy sports journalists do their jobs.

Assistant Professor Tim Mirabito researches the intersection of sports media and tragedy, as well as language use impacting people with disabilities.

Associate Professor and Journalism Department Chair James Rada focuses on issues of race and the civil rights movement.

Associate Professor Todd Schack studies narrative journalism, media studies and graphic nonfiction.

IC Covers the 2019 Women's March
IC in DC - Women's March 2019

In January 2019, 13 Ithaca College student-journalists traveled to Washington DC to cover the Women's March for NBC/MSNBC as well as WENY-TV out of Elmira, NY. You can see some of their work here

IC Students Help to Produce MLK Documentary
Memphis

Six students from the Park School collaborated with James Rada in the production of With INFINITE HOPE: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. The program, produced in conjunction with Memphis PBS-affiliate WKNO-TV, is a feature-length documentary that takes a look at the life, legacy, and leadership of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program premiered January 2019. To date, it has aired 468 times on 250 PBS/public-television stations (72% of all PBS stations nationwide) .

Ithaca College Covers MLK50
Memphis

Ithaca College sent a dozen student-journalists to Memphis to work with Memphis NPR affiliate WKNO-FM to cover the commemoration of the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some of the images from the week.

IC Covers the March for Our Lives
March for our Lives

In March 2018, a crowd estimated at 800,000 gathered in Washington DC for the March For Our Lives. Ithaca College was there. Five student-journalists from IC helped to cover the day's activities for NBC/MSNBC. You can see, and hear, more here.

Journalism Students Cover Presidential Inauguration and Campaign
Students cover Inauguration

Ithaca journalism students covered the Presidential Inauguration for PBS NewsHour and the South Carolina Republican Primary for NBC News. They even took over NBC News's Snapchat.

> Read about our collaboration with PBS NewsHour.

> Learn more about our partnership with NBC News.