Journalism

The journalism minor provides familiarity with a dynamic, challenging field for writers who are quick, curious, adaptable, and expressive.
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This program is available as a minor.

The field of journalism is constantly shifting and changing, as both traditional news institutions and up-and-coming outlets provide their own competing but distinct takes on politics, culture, local stories, and more. The journalists and writers who provide information to the public have continued to build and refine their craft for the digital marketplace.

Our journalism minor aims to prepare students for careers in public writing by introducing them to the rules, styles, and practices of the field. From research, interviews, and writing stories; to editing, layout and publishing; to photography and digital art—you'll figure out the basics and learn what appeals to your interests and skills.

The minor provides a foundation in theory through courses in the history of the field. How has journalism approached political and cultural power? What does "mass media" mean, and how have citizens viewed journalists? How do other topics—such as history, political science, or ethics—affect the work of writers?

At the same time, you'll practice writing and editing—learning to express yourself clearly and effectively—and develop your skills as a writer for a public audience. A variety of writing courses and topics classes combine with first-hand experience through campus publications and periodicals that are staffed, managed, and published by Wells students.

Additionally, internship opportunities with professional organizations offer chances to work within professional news organizations, learning how—and by whom—news is organized, prepared, and distributed to the public.

"I like to think of my writing as bridging divides; I want to encourage people to think of how the personal is always political, not just the reverse. I love making connections—between people and between ideas."

Atiya Jordan '16
English: Creative Writing major, Communication Studies minor, Chief Editor of the Yearbook
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Students choose their minor based on their interests and compatibility with their major program. For students interested in journalism, a major in English will reinforce writing and critical reading skills; the program in visual arts can provide a focus in photography, digital media, or 2-D design; or the biological and chemical sciences major could lead to a career in science writing.

As a student, it's important to carefully consider your options and speak with your advisor about the best combination for your own interests and goals.

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