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Journalism

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Communication: Journalism at Fredonia

The need for strong, independent, thorough and transparent journalism is greater today than ever. At Fredonia, you’ll learn the necessary skills and approaches to succeed in contemporary journalism, including writing, audio and visual storytelling, research and analysis, digital reporting techniques, communication law and ethics, and media convergence approaches for the current multimedia landscape.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia’s unique multidisciplinary approach places emphasis on critical thinking, research, and reporting in relation to word, image and sound. You will learn how to apply journalistic skills to a variety of platforms, from television, to print, to radio, to the internet.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Business communication
  • Editing
  • Media planning
  • Newswriting
  • Reporting

It's Different Here

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communication clubs and organizations

Groups include Applied Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta (honor society), Public Relations Student Society of America, and several campus media outlets.

Real productions

Your classwork will be delivered to a worldwide audience through our campus media

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Mac workstations

Available to use in two-state-of-the-art multimedia labs

Student Story

Keah Brown
“The professors at Fredonia really get to know you. My writing classes helped me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. They were instrumental in helping me become the writer I am today.”

Keah has gained national recognition as a feature writer for publications including Cliche Magazine and ESPNW.

Keah Brown B.A. Communication: Journalism Class of 2013

Why Journalism at Fredonia?

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Student-run media

Fredonia has two student-run radio stations and a student-run television station. You can get involved your first semester on campus.

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Professional faculty

You will learn from award-winning faculty members with years of professional and commercial experience.

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Travel

Communications majors have studied abroad in England, Italy, Australia, Ireland, and many other countries.

Sample Courses

COMM 231 Storytelling

Words, Images, Sound - Storytelling will emphasize the presentation aspect of journalism: how information is conveyed to the reader/viewer/listener. Topics include identifying good stories, leads and story structures across media, identifying the heart of a story and the best way to tell it. Special emphasis will also be given to fairness and ethical implications of how a story is told.

COMM 230 News Gathering

The course will emphasize the news gathering process/reporting across media, as well as some basic news writing. Areas covered will include identifying subjects for stories/research, basic research techniques, interviewing, beat coverage, computer-assisted/data-based research, background, special considerations of various coverage areas, and challenges specific to individual media.

COMM 345 Broadcast Writing and Presentation

This course will help students develop their broadcast journalism skills with an emphasis on scriptwriting/producing and on-camera presentation. Students will learn to write for broadcast news and also how to do stand-ups, report and anchor for newscasts.

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