About the Department

Why study journalism at Temple?

The journalism industry is changing. In our nationally accredited journalism program, faculty and curriculum prepare students to enter the industry with the technical and critical-thinking skills needed in 21st century newsrooms. Students learn multimedia journalism in a diverse, urban setting in the nation’s fourth largest media market. The cornerstone of our program is PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, located at our Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple’s Center City campus across from Philadelphia’s City Hall. In 2015, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com was named the nation’s best college/university web site by Editor & Publisher magazine. Student work in this and other classes has won regional Emmy awards as well as awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, the Hearst Foundation, the Keystone Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.


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 are 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 editing or photojournalism. The journalism courses build upon a solid foundation in liberal arts and sciences. We also offer a Master of Journalism degree.

We are just one of three Pennsylvania programs meeting professional standards of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. This status means that our program emphasizes small, hands-on classes, accomplished faculty and forward-focused classes (and the technology to support it), preparing students for careers in rapidly changing journalism industries. Our curriculum also provides a solid foundation for graduate study and careers in other communication fields.


Our full-time faculty members are leaders in journalism education, research and practice, including one Temple Great Teacher Award winner, three Temple Lindback Teaching Award winners and six 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, and many have high-level positions across the nation. We boast of seven Pulitzer Prize winners – Clarence Williams, Joby Warrick, John Dotson, Dylan Purcell, Kristen GrahamDavid Wood and Kurtis Lee.


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:

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Students also take advantage of opportunities to work in on-campus media outlets and student journalism organizations.

Mission statement

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 multicultural world. This requires an appreciation for the practice of journalism in all forms, as well as its foundation in the First Amendment. We empower practitioners, scholars and consumers to understand journalism’s societal role and ethical responsibilities.

With so many opportunities to offer, why would you study journalism anywhere else?

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