Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Journalism

The Journalism minor is for student journalists who are excited about the new media world. This minor teaches journalism skills such as original reporting, strong writing, and investigative research. Student journalists will seek out and uncover breaking news stories, find and interview sources, and be engaged in the fast-paced writing and editing process from assignment to deadline. Student journalists will develop their own sources, conduct interviews, break news, discover several angles of a story and learn how to enter the complex world of multimedia journalism. Each course has tangible media projects so each student will build his or her portfolio. Student journalists get a taste of writing across all media, digital communication, multimedia journalism, broadcast journalism, ethical dilemmas facing reporters today, and storytelling. We welcome interested students from any major to add a challenging and fun journalism minor to their degree. Some of our professors include journalists from USA Today, CNN, and The Huffington Post. We also encourage our student leaders to get involved in the active George Mason chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). 

Opportunities

All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation. As a communication major you can:

  • Apply to the communication honors program and work closely with a professor on a research project of your own. Read more >>
  • Earn communication credit while studying abroad with Mason’s Center for Global Education.
  • Gain practical experience with a student media organization such as Fourth Estate (the student newspaper) or WGMU (the student radio station).
  • Develop speaking skills through the Debate or Forensics teams.
  • Learn valuable job skils by interning at major media outlets, government agencies, and private corporations (organizations such as the NBC Today Show, ABC News, ESPN Radio, or USA Today). Read more >>

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