Ithaca College Journalism Students share their thoughts and experiences from their time at IC

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 NewswatchWICB-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.

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.

Then, we take you beyond the halls and walls of the traditional college classroom to give you the opportunity to put your education into practice on a global scale. Ithaca College students have interned at the Olympics since 2008 and will do so again in 2018.

In the summer of 2017, 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.

For the past four years, Ithaca College journalism students have helped to cover major events for national news outlets. We’ve covered events such as: the 2017 Presidential Inauguration for PBS NewsHour; the 2016 South Carolina GOP Primary for NBC Nightly News and; the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for NBC Nightly News  and;  and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for PBS NewsHour Online  and NBC Nightly News .

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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Students in Action

In this video, journalism major Katie Jones '19 anchors a mock newscast as part of her internship in Sacramento.

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:

Multimedia Journalism
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.

Visual Journalism
Students learn how to produce video stories for broadcast and online media. 

Documentary Journalism Workshop
Student documentaries created as part of the Documentary Journalism Workshop.

Narrative Journalism Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Student projects created as part of the Narrative Journalism Workshop


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 Matt Mogekwu researches media and peace building; international communication; press freedom and sustainable development in Africa.

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.

Assistant Professor Pei Zheng researches on news and politics, new media technology, and international communication.



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