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School of Communication

Journalism Major

PROGRAM GUIDES: FRESHMEN; TRANSFER | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | FACULTY | SCHEDULE OF COURSES

Students work on The Globe, Point Park's student-run newspaper. It is open to all major, but is especially beneficial to journalism majors. | Photo by Andrew Weier Students can gain hands-on experience by working at The Globe, Point Park's student-run newspaper.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in Downtown Pittsburgh

As a journalism major, you’re in for some intense classes in writing, editing, reporting and interviewing. You will learn to write on deadline in courses that cover all aspects of journalism, such as feature writing, magazine writing and investigative reporting.

The Point Park News Service, operated in partnership with Trib Total Media, enables our journalism students to believe any story they write can be published and read by a wide audience. The news service, built as an advanced-level class, operates as a wire service based at the University. Students are expected to write five stories per semester, and all stories are offered first to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for publication in one of its outlets. The Trib pays a stringer fee for every published article, and stories appear under students’ bylines.

Students are also encouraged to work at any of the student-run media outlets. You can also travel regularly to local, regional and national seminars and conferences by joining the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Journalism Degree Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the journalism program include:

  • Desktop/Electronic Publishing
  • Feature and Interpretive Writing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Magazine Article Writing
  • Public Affairs Reporting
  • TV Production and Editing
  • Writing for Multimedia and Web

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide links at the top of the page and School of Communication course descriptions.

Internship Opportunities for Journalism Majors

Internships can be found at one of the many area newspapers, magazines and specialty papers, or national wire service.

Career Opportunities in Journalism

With a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Columnist
  • News assistant
  • Page designer