Comm graduates in Multi-Media Journalism find that their study at DU has prepared them to compete successfully for entry level positions or higher in fields where good writing, reporting, criticism, strategic thinking, and organizational skills are prized. The DU Print and Web Journalism course of study includes in-depth practice in writing and rhetorical processes, experiential learning, analytical and critical thinking, and coursework enriched with the offerings of other departments such as Humanities, Science and Business.
A significant part of the Print Journalism concentration is involvement in school publications such as the school newspaper, The Habit, and webzine projects. Students research and write articles on news, cultural events, entertainment, opinions, lifestyle, technology, and feature stories in single articles or series.
This is only the beginning, though. With a relatively small department and small class sizes, DU Comm students also benefit from a unique approach that embraces foundational experiences in a much broader sense. They learn how to conceptualize, organize, and manage complicated productions that take into consideration market factors and audience, art direction and visual and aesthetic concerns, as well as practical business concerns such as quality control, estimating, manufacture, and distribution. They also learn to use the industry standard tools of the profession whether they are programs that facilitate design and layout or technology-driven content management systems for Internet-based publishing.
Student editors and publication team members learn everything there is to know about the productions from the cradle of conception in the pressroom and layout studio to the printing plant, hosting service, newsstand and recycling bin. With such a broad approach, it’s no wonder that some of our graduates have risen to management and administrative positions in the fields of journalism and publishing.
The study of communications also creates value by convergence with other areas of study. The writer who can clarify and explain complicated scientific findings or processes (Science/Technology), defend a company’s financing decisions to its shareholders (Business), or convey the advantages of one learning rubric over another (Education) will find him- or herself a valued resource in the professional employment market.
Dominican Print and Web Journalism major prepares students for professions in: