Minor in Journalism

Enter the thrilling and fast-paced world of news and communication!

The media today is overflowing with constantly updating stories on trending articles and the latest events, but have you ever thought about the writers and reporters who create all that content? Journalism is flourishing with modern communications, creating opportunities for news enthusiasts to get involved as anything from citizen journalists to part of a news network.

Frostburg State University’s program gets you ready for success in the world of journalism by helping you get involved before you graduate. You’ll meet personable teachers with years of experience working in the field, and every semester will bring new opportunities to stay active, whether you’re publishing your own articles or writing for The Bottom Line, FSU’s student newspaper. No matter which experiences you go for, Frostburg’s journalism program can hone your writing and critical thinking skills to give you an edge wherever your career takes you.

  • Develop your writing ability to complement any major with this widely useful minor
  • Learn not just how to do quality reporting yourself, but also how to analyze reports created by others, a valuable skill in the modern era.

Journalism Highlights

  • Flourish in a program that emphasizes practical experience and offers lots of opportunities to research and publish stories.
  • Prepare for your career with a well-rounded program that features courses in history, mass communication and political science as well as English and leaves plenty of room in your schedule to pursue other topics like politics or biology, which can boost your employment prospects.
  • Test your abilities with a Field Experience, which lets you develop your skills through practical applications and helps get you out into the job market.
  • Become familiar with 21st century media, a necessary skill as the journalism world shifts toward online media.
  • Find friends and share ideas in FSU’s chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, which helps students network with each other and professionals and strive for excellence. Fun events and friends also await in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
  • Get a glimpse into the world of professional journalism with opportunities to attend conferences and meet guest speakers.

About Our Journalism Faculty:

  • Meet experienced and involved professors who can help you find your way and connect you with the professional world in this rapidly evolving field.

Sample Journalism Courses:

Editing and Production – Design, layout and editing technique for professional publications. Reinforcement of copy editing and proofreading skills.

Journalistic Writing – Introduction to the journalism industry, including citizen journalism. Effective, responsible and deadline-driven newsgathering, reporting and editing. Specialized demands of straight news, feature stories and the public-relations profession.

Writing for Electronic Media – Fundamentals of media and multi-media writing; vocabulary, syntax, organizing ideas according to industry needs. Sound message versus print message; print versus electronic writing.

Media and Politics – Effects of mass media, particularly television, on American politics and society; use of the media by politicians; nature and impact of news reporting; media and the socialization process; freedom of the press.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Journalism program

Career Outlook for Journalists

Beyond possessing widely desirable research and writing skills good in any field, journalists are finding more and more opportunities to publish through online media, whether as freelancers or as staff writers. A journalist’s communication skills are also highly valued in a variety of jobs, particularly in public relations, advertising, marketing, publishing and other fields that require effective communication to both defined and general audiences. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Writers, Editors, Public Relations Specialists and other Media & Communications Careers.

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