Journalism (BA)

Students attracted to Journalism are interested in becoming strong communicators and telling the stories of others. Ohio State’s hands-on curriculum gives students the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art classrooms and lab settings to perfect their writing, editing and multimedia skills.

Ohio State’s program in Public Affairs Journalism gives students that have a passion for investigating and disseminating news information the opportunity to work for The Lantern, an award-winning student media group, as early as their freshman year. The Lantern was recently named “Best Ohio Student Newspaper” by the Ohio Newspaper Association for the fifth year in a row.

Students leave the program as back pack journalists, having the ability to put together a story not only with written word, but with photo, audio, video and online content. Journalism majors are required to complete a news-based internship as well as a minor in a secondary content area so that they can develop a deeper knowledge of a subject area they hope to report on. The program addresses the changing landscape of journalism by pairing foundational print journalism skills with the ever-changing multimedia skill set needed by today's journalists.

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Degree Outcomes

Degree Outcomes

  • 100% of the students graduating with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism have completed at least 1 Internship experience. 50% of our students have completed 2 or more Internship experiences. 
  • Although Ohio State University is known for its size, the skills-based courses required by the Journalism program have enrollments of under 30 students.
  • Graduates of the Public Affairs Journalism program enter careers in writing, reporting, editing, producing and broadcasting in a variety of print and multimedia settings.
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Students will prepare for a career in public affairs journalism in both traditional and emerging media. Students with a bachelor’s degree in journalism can seek employment with daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and interactive information vendors (blogs, social media and multimedia). The undergraduate degree in journalism is also excellent preparation for further study in mass communication and fields such as law or public policy.

courses you might take:

COMM 3404: Media Law and Ethics

Ever wonder how the media decides to cover a story, or what happens when it crosses ethical or legal lines? This course takes an up-close look at the First Amendment and delves into the court cases that have helped to shape media law. Students also explore ethical theories and apply them to real-life situations to better understand the decisions that create news coverage.

COMM 4221: Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities

Reporting, interviewing, research, writing, video and audio production, blogging and social media all come together in this course, which allows students to spend an entire semester creating a capstone final project. All the skills learned throughout the journalism major classes are put to the test here, immersing with one diverse community and reporting its story in writing and various media forms, and showcasing as an interactive blog.

COMM 3226: Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia journalism, including relevant theories and practices, and hands-on instruction and experience creating an original news-oriented web site.

COMM 3597.02: Media and Terrorism

Focuses on the portrayal of terrorism in the media and on how terrorists use the media to influence public opinion.



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