Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

  • Think, write & produce across electronic & print news universe
  • Variety of journalism platforms 
  • Internships, independent studies, professional & student-based organizations
  • Broadcast Journalism majors participate in a weekly newscast, which is broadcast to over 150,000 homes on the Comcast Network

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Journalism at Marywood

Our Broadcast Journalism program will teach you how to think, write and produce across the electronic and print news universe. You'll learn how to create and edit stories for television and radio news programs, social media sites, web-based publications (e.g., blogs) and for the traditional print media. While you'll explore ethics, writing and other core journalistic principles, you'll also be introduced to new technologies and techniques that are revolutionizing the way we receive, create and exchange news. As part of this process, you'll learn about documentaries, community-based news reporting, audience analysis, research, strategic planning and how to use cameras, ranging from cell phones to professional systems, to produce a story. You'll be prepared for a career in journalism and related fields and will benefit from hands-on training in our computer labs, media production suites, television station, award winning radio station and on the University's newspaper, The Wood Word.

The department also offers students a number of opportunities to enhance their education. These include professional internships, independent studies, and membership in professional and student-based organizations.

Student Esperanza Gutierrez discusses what it is like to be a TVM news anchor (video)

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WOOD WORD: Marywood's student newspaper.

WVMW-FM:
On-air stereo radio station licensed by the FCC; studio for interview programs equipped with PC-based music system and a digital delay for talk shows. A student staff manages and operates the station's daily broadcasting schedule with a coverage area that encompasses northeastern Pennsylvania; affiliated with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

TV MARYWOOD:
Digital facilities with full audio and video production capabilities, electronic field, graphics, and post-production facilities. Students have ready access to computer-based audio labs, nonlinear editors, and a comprehensive television control room and studio. Professional audio and lighting kits complement sophisticated digital field production systems. Student management and operational staff direct live and taped programming via regional facilities of Adelphia Cable; programming may also be produced for internal and external clients.

MARYWOOD THEATRE:
1100-seat, professionally equipped auditorium with sophisticated lighting control system; supports the production of classical, contemporary, musical, and children's theatre.

BLACK BOX THEATRE:
Laboratory theatre with flexible staging; designed for student directed productions and to support experimental theatre.

MULTIMEDIA THEATRE:
Audio-video facility for public presentations involving cinema, slides, audio and video recordings, and computer-based media.

Chris

I wouldn't be where I am today without the opportunities Marywood afforded me.

In the past, I've reflected on my time at Marywood and realized that the ability to simply get involved and be creative was a crucial point in my life.  I wouldn't be where I am today without the opportunities it afforded me to get involved and be myself.

Today, I am lucky enough to work in New York City as New York University's Social Media and Mobile Product Coordinator.  It's a position I hardly envisioned being in after I took a few years to explore multiple opportunities ranging from sports journalism to government.  When I eventually settled into the marketing, social media, and training career path I had determined it was the right choice.

Working in social media is a challenging field.  It's always changing - always moving.  It's not something one just "does" contrary to the belief of many ill-informed "experts".  From building strategy, developing content standards and guides, to successfully delivering engaging campaigns that excite your audience, it's a field that offers a new challenge every day. 

...and I love every minute of it.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements -- All Majors

The following courses are required for all Communication Arts students, in Advertising/Public Relations, Digital Media, and Broadcast Journalism (23 credits):

COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech Communication 2
COMM 112 Communication Theory
3
COMM 115 News Writing
3
COMM 130B First-Year Practicum
1
COMM 230A and B Communication Arts Practicum
1,1
COMM 233 Video Production I
3
COMM 233L Video Production I Lab 0
COMM 330A and B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1,1
COMM 336 Broadcast Newswriting
3
COMM 430A or B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1
COMM 451 Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts
3

Note: Seniors must take 430A or 430B during the semester in which they are not registered for COMM 451.

Broadcast Journalism

Major in Broadcast Journalism requires 50 total credits:
 

COMM 118 Introduction to Electronic Journalism and Social Media 3
COMM 224 Electronic Newsgathering Seminar 3
COMM 234 Video Production II 3
COMM 234L Video Production II Lab 0
COMM 237 New Communication Technologies 3
COMM 238 Media Scriptwriting 3
COMM 306 Communication Graphics 3
COMM 320 Communications Ethics and Law 3
COMM 418 Electronic Storytelling and Documentary Production 3
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric 3