The English Department is pleased to announce that a full academic major in Journalism is coming fall 2018. Stay tuned for more information.
What is Journalism?
As readers and writers, we are concerned with stories-- who tells them about whom, how they are told, how they arrive at an audience, and what happens to them when they become “public.” Journalism at LMU connects the educational values of the Jesuit and Marymount traditions and the core creative and critical practices of the English Department to the rapidly changing future of global communication. Our program directly engages LMU’s mission of the promotion of justice by critiquing media representations and their immediate social and political impact, and also by exploring the history of community journalism.
What Do Journalism Majors Do?
Journalism at LMU is not merely theoretical; we offer hands-on instruction in the reporting, writing, editing, and technological skills across multiple platforms that students need to become professional journalists. The journalism program has as its pedagogical foundation the hands-on approach of project-based learning, which connects our students to communities and lives whose stories transmit issues of social, political, cultural, and moral import. It is also rigorously interdisciplinary, incorporating instruction in film, television, photography, and radio production; communication studies; digital media; social media; and modalities not yet known or articulated. Ethical discussions suffuse the entire curriculum, first in the traditional sense of a basic professional ethics and also in the larger frame of an ethics of representation: who is reporting about whom, and why and how. Telling people’s stories is our mission.
Students can begin their Major their first year or declare it later. They learn the foundations of reporting and writing journalism in their first two years and explore journalism as a literary practice through foundational English courses. In their third and fourth year they learn new technological tools for storytelling, explore ethical and critical issues that affect journalism, and begin their specialization in modes of practice or content focus. They also begin to develop specific projects drawing on LA-based subjects, culminating in a long-form capstone project their senior year. The Major also requires hands-on experience via either an off-campus internship or work with campus media.
Our courses have included:
- Language of Journalism
- Writing the Article: Workshop
- Journalism and New Media
- Investigative Reporting
- Purblishing a Journal
- Arts and Culture Journalism
- Journalism and Law
- Broadcast Journalism
- Mobile Media Journalism
- Writing Internship in Media
- Reporter in the Story
- Hard News to Blogs: Post-1800 Journalism
- Sports Journalism
- Twentieth-Century Women's Writing
For further information, please contact the Director of the Journalism Program, Evelyn McDonnell, at Evelyn.McDonnell@lmu.edu.