“We want our students to be able to experiment and be capable of working in an ever-changing media environment. We want them to think about what journalism can be, not just what it is now.”–Andrew Mendelson, Chair, Dept. of Journalism
Temple University’s Department of Journalism seeks to develop critical-thinking journalists who can communicate creatively in a multimedia environment and remain sensitive to the diversity of perspectives within urban, underrepresented communities of our increasingly multicultural world. This requires an appreciation for the practice of journalism in all its forms, as well as its foundation in the First Amendment. We hope to empower practitioners, analysts, scholars and media consumers to understand journalism’s societal role and to value its ethical responsibilities.
Why study Journalism at Temple?
Temple’s Department of Journalism offers students the opportunity to learn multimedia journalism with top faculty in a vibrant urban environment. Our curriculum is also enriched by our location in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth largest media market. Our internship program takes advantage of our location, offering year-round opportunities to gain professional experience at practically every journalistic outlet in the area, including:
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com
- KYW Newsradio 1060
- Comcast SportsNet
- Philadelphia Weekly
- WPVI 6ABC
At Temple, all Journalism students take a core of courses, which emphasizes solid reporting, writing, editing and research across online, print and broadcast news platforms; audio and video newsgathering skills; and introductory and advanced approaches to Web/multimedia storytelling. Then students will be able to create their own areas of specialization such as entrepreneurial journalism and international reporting. They can also choose to concentrate in more traditional news media tracks such as Broadcast Journalism, magazine reporting or photojournalism. The journalism courses build upon a solid foundation in liberal arts and sciences. We also offer a Master of Journalism degree.
The cornerstone of our program is the award-winning PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, located at our Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple’s Center City campus across from Philadelphia’s City Hall. Here, our students experience 21st century journalism in a mutlimedia newsroom emphasizing neighborhood reporting. Students fan out over the city to find unique stories not covered by anyone else. In 2012, PN.com won three national journalism awards for best college news site.
We are just one of two Pennsylvania programs meeting professional standards of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. This status means we are recognized that our program emphasizes small, hands-on classes, accomplished faculty and forward-thinking curriculum (and the technology to support it) which prepares students for the journalism world of tomorrow, not just today, with attention to diversity and commitment to a strong liberal arts foundation.
Our full-time faculty members are leaders in journalism education, research and practice, including one Temple Great Teacher Award winner, four Temple Lindback Teaching Award winners and five School of Media and Communication Distinguished Teaching Award winners. Complementing our full-time faculty are a number of adjunct faculty who are professional journalists working in one of the top media markets in the country.
The Department of Journalism is one of the nation’s oldest communications programs. We have nearly 6,000 alumni since 1966 in all aspects of journalism and mass communications. Our graduates have long dominated the region’s media market, but many have high-level positions across the nation. We boast of seven Pulitzer Prize winners – Clarence Williams, Joby Warrick, John Dotson, Dylan Purcell, Kristen Graham, David Wood and Kurtis Lee.
Temple University’s Department of journalism provides countless opportunities both on and off-campus.
On-Campus: Temple’s Department of Journalism is a leader in journalism education, providing a program of study that balances a multimedia foundation with an individual focus. The department’s committed professors strive to pass on their expertise to aspiring journalists, helping them to think critically and creatively to see new opportunities. There are numerous on-campus media outlets and student journalism organizations to provide professional experience, networking and engagement with peers.
Off-Campus: Philadelphia is a center of arts, politics and business. There is always experience to gain in Philadelphia’s diverse, news-rich community. Students hit the ground running by learning and working in one of the country’s most vibrant journalism markets. There are always new stories to uncover and professional opportunities to pursue.
Temple University’s Department of Journalism is committed to fostering the development of aspiring young journalists into engaged and innovative professionals; highlighting their strengths and helping them find their niche.
With so many opportunities to offer, why would you study journalism anywhere else?
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