​​​CMU's  journalism major​ focuses on practical, hands-on applications inside and outside the classroom that blend news judgment with information gathering, interviewing techniques and writing for a variety of media, including newspapers, magazines, online publications and editing.

In addition to learning the basics of reporting, writing and editing, students in the news editorial concentration, as in advertising, public relations, and photojournalism, learn to make sound decisions involving media law and ethics.

A journalism major​ will prepare you for success as a professional media practitioner, whether you want to work in daily or weekly newspapers, in magazines, or in up-to-the-minute online news services.

Students majoring in journalism have the opportunity to

  • Work on CM Life - an award-winning student newspaper

  • Work for Grand Central Magazine - an award-winning online magazine

  • Gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities

  • Join a vast network of distinguished CMU graduates

Your studies and career-building experiences are guided and provided through:

  • Faculty members who all hold advanced degrees - doctoral or master's degrees - and who have significant professional experience, having worked for a variety of media organizations throughout the world

  • A state-of-the-art computer lab equipped with the latest hardware and software

  • Internship possibilities with many local, state, national and international media and agencies that maintain a professional relationship with program faculty

  • Internship opportunities unique to CMU with the China Daily, Beijing's only English-language newspaper

  • Potential college employment as a reporter, writer, editor, graphics specialist, cartoonist, or other contributor to CM Life, the online website, Central Review, or Grand Central

  • Opportunities for involvement in professional organizations and student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Central Online News Association (CONA)

  • Classes small enough to provide individualized faculty-student interaction


A journalism major requires 39 hours of journalism coursework. The last 18 hours of journalism course work leading to a journalism major should be taken within the journalism department of CMU. A grade of C or better is required in each course counted toward the major and an overall grade point average of 2.5 for all journalism courses counted toward the major. A maximum of 44 journalism credits can be applied to graduation. No more than three credits of journalism internship can be applied toward the major. 

In order to graduate as a major in the Department of Journalism, a student must complete at least 80 semester hours of coursework in departments other than journalism. Of those 80 semester hours, 65 must be in the liberal arts and sciences, which are listed under the University Program and area requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees. Each journalism major must consult with a journalism faculty adviser prior to registering for courses each semester to ensure orderly progress toward meeting these requirements.​

Core Courses I (21 Hours)
​JRN 102Introduction to Journalism 3(3-0)
​JRN 202Writing for the Mass Media 3(3-0)
​JRN 203​Information Gathering for the Mass Media 3(3-0)
​JRN 220​Basic Media Photography 3(3-0)
​JRN 302​Introduction to Graphics and Visual Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 404​Law of Mass Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 500​​Current Issues in Mass Communication 3(3-0)

Core Courses II (3​ Hours)
Select one of the following:
​JRN 372International and Cross-cultural Mass Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 380​​Racial Diversity: Mass Media's Role 3(3-0)

Required Courses (12​ Hours) 
JRN 312Reporting
​JRN 315​Editing
​JRN 430​Magazine and Feature Writing
​JRN 516​​Public Affairs Reporting

Elective (3​ Hours)
Select an additional Journalism course, as approved by the advisor.
Core Courses I (21 Hours)
​JRN 102Introduction to Journalism 3(3-0)
​JRN 202Writing for the Mass Media 3(3-0)
​JRN 203​Information Gathering for the Mass Media 3(3-0)
​JRN 220​Basic Media Photography 3(3-0)
​JRN 302​Introduction to Graphics and Visual Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 404​Law of Mass Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 500​​Current Issues in Mass Communication 3(3-0)

Core Courses II (3​ Hours)
Select one of the following: 
​JRN 372International and Cross-cultural Mass Communication 3(3-0)
​JRN 380​​Racial Diversity: Mass Media's Role 3(3-0)

Required Courses (12​ Hours) 
JRN 350Public Relations Principles and Practices 3(3-0)
​JRN 450​Public Relations Writing 3(3-0)
​JRN 551​Case Studies in Public Relations 3(3-0)
​JRN 556​​Public Relations Seminar 3(3-0)

Elective (3​ Hours) 
Select an additional Journalism course, as aproved by the advisor.​​ ​​​
 
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Career Options

As a graduate of the news editorial concentration, you will find numerous career opportunities as a reporter, writer or editor in a variety of areas:

  • Newspapers

  • Magazines

  • Multimedia

  • Broadc​ast news

  • Advertising agencies

  • Public relations agencies


Accreditation

News editorial is a concentration within CMU's journalism program which is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. This designation is held by only one other university in Michigan.