Journalism Concentration

The concentration in journalism prepares you to tell stories that change the world! You’ll learn to write and structure news stories for print, broadcast and multimedia platforms. You’ll gain experience seeking facts, finding sources and interviewing. You’ll develop techniques for sharing well-told narratives. You’ll dive into current events, and you’ll examine the legal and ethical considerations journalists weigh when reporting the news.

The journalism concentration provides a pathway into the field of journalism, but this concentration is not only for students who want to report the news! concentrations pursue a variety of fields – conservation, education, technology, filmmaking, medicine, marketing, public safety, publishing, public affairs, national and international politics, law and more.

No matter your interests or desired career path, the journalism concentration offers you salable communication skills. Graduating with a journalism concentration says to future employers, “I know how to analyze and explain complex events to broad audiences, I know how to investigate and ask questions, and I know how to craft nonfiction stories that will capture public attention.”


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 >>