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The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Program in Temple University’s School of Media and Communication

As School of Media and Communication (SMC) Journalism majors, students focus on developing talents in reporting, writing and presenting information across platforms—online, in print, and on radio and TV. They cover a wide range of subjects, from community meetings and political events to music, sports and diverse cultures.

Whether your career aspirations involve creating content for online outlets, documenting international events or reporting from election headquarters, SMC will help you play a crucial role in delivering accurate and timely information in an engaging fashion, using the city of Philadelphia as your laboratory.

Temple University’s Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program includes core classes that ensure you graduate with a wide variety of talents, from reporting and writing to video production and basic web design. You can either focus on one area and develop your particular strengths once you have a multimedia foundation under your belt or explore the program’s options. Temple’s Journalism program is rooted in liberal arts, which means you’ll be taking classes in programs universitywide to develop the breadth of knowledge required to produce credible and nuanced journalism in today’s media environment.

Our renowned faculty will guide students to gain access to a diverse community of media companies, organizations and post-graduate programs in the Philadelphia region and around the nation to get you started in on your career.

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Typical Careers

Journalism majors are employed across a wide variety of media outlets, from digital and print publications to radio and TV stations, as well as related organizations. Whether you want to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, opportunities for today’s journalists include

  • anchor,
  • blogger,
  • broadcast journalist,
  • content creator,
  • data specialist,
  • editor,
  • educator,
  • magazine writer,
  • media entrepreneur
  • news reporter,
  • on-air personality,
  • online reporter,
  • photojournalist,
  • producer,
  • reporter,
  • researcher,
  • sideline reporter,
  • social media specialist, and
  • videographer.

Visit the SMC Career Center to explore specialized, career-related services and programming available exclusively to you as a Temple student.

Target Employers

Situated in the media-rich market of Philadelphia, SMC graduates have direct access to some of the largest and most well-respected media companies in the tristate area, including ABC/WPVI, Billy Penn, CBS/KYW, Comcast, NBC/WCAU, Newsworks, NFL Films, PHL17, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, WHYY and many others. To make an appointment to discuss your job and career opportunities, visit SMConnect, our exclusive internship and job portal.

Graduate School Placement

Join the more than 200 graduate students who pursue professional and scholarly opportunities in SMC’s five graduate programs, in which they prepare for advanced research and doctoral work or for careers in communication management, communications policy, media and production.