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Journalism, BSJ

Are you curious? Are you interested in current events or passionate about advocating for social change? Or maybe you’re creative and like storytelling — verbally or visually. Journalists connect people to the world through print, web, social media, television and radio.

Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s telling real stories about real people that impact lives. Whether it is a breaking news story, a sports story or a documentary, journalists are charged with seeking the truth and making it known.

Through our flexible and hands-on curriculum, you will learn to write, report and produce content across media platforms; engage with a variety of audiences; and gain valuable real-world experience by working with actual clients.

In addition to our fundamental Journalism courses, you will also have the opportunity to take a variety of special topics courses, such as adventure travel writing, data journalism and visualization, health communications, magazine design, social media strategy, sports journalism, virtual and augmented reality, and environmental journalism.

Your Degree Plan

Intro

Journalism today is about connecting people with their communities and the world. Journalism students learn how to ask tough questions and deliver meaningful answers to the people who want and need to know through a variety of media.

Journalism majors are required to take core courses in media writing, media tools and applications, media law and ethics, data and design and beat reporting. You’ll choose from a variety of 1-hour skills courses like podcast producing or video editing, and select two journalism electives from courses including photojournalism, video reporting and investigative reporting. By combining required courses and electives, you can specialize in a specific medium or design your own unique course of study.

All students must complete a capstone course in which they work in teams to produce multimedia stories and packages for a public audience. All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.

Journalism Major Requirements
Journalism majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) degree upon successful completion of the program.

To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Journalism students complete:

  • A media-focused first year seminar course
  • General Education Foundations (GEF) courses like English, math and science
  • Additional courses outside of the major including statistics, economics and sociology
  • Core media courses including writing and ethics
  • Foundation courses in Journalism
  • Journalism skills courses
  • Journalism electives based on your interests
  • Elective courses of your choosing

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • 3+3 Program

    This major is eligible for the 3+3 Law Degree Program that allows qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years.

  • Accelerated Program

    Journalism offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

    Accelerated Program Details
  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • Small class sizes with individualized attention.
  • Robust student media with the award-winning Daily Athenaeum student newspaper and U92 student radio station.
  • The Emmy award-winning “WVU News” student-produced broadcast news program streams on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV website and airs statewide on WV Public Broadcasting.
  • PolitiFact partnership where professionals mentor students during live fact-checking events that are published on the org’s website.
  • Funding available for study abroad and major market internships.
  • WVU College of Creative Arts and Media allows for collaborations with Art and Design, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Music, and Theatre and Dance.
  • One of only 115 journalism/communication programs accredited worldwide by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
  • Purpose Center - Discover your values and strengths to guide your educational path and personal journey.
Scholarships

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

Journalism majors can participate in hands-on reporting and immersion journalism projects, such as:

  • WVU News - Learn to write, report, shoot, direct, anchor, edit and produce a newscast, working alongside professionals in a modern, HD television studio. Covering events on campus and throughout the Morgantown community, the newscast streams on Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV website, on the HD Media website and airs statewide on West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the City of Morgantown’s Public Access Channel.
  • 100 Days in Appalachia - An independent, nonprofit news outlet initially incubated at the WVU Media Innovation Center. 100 Days is an open-source, co-publishing model and shares content from Appalachia’s diverse communities with regional, national and international media organizations.
  • The Daily Athenaeum - Official student newspaper at WVU. The DA was founded in 1887 and draws students from all disciplines to contribute original content for publication. Today, the DA is an award-winning 24/7 digital-first media organization that includes print, online, video and podcasting.
  • U92 - Since 1982, U92 The Moose, WWVU-FM is the source of new music and broadcaster development at West Virginia University. U92 plays a daily mix of fresh alternative music, along with news, sports and specialty and curated genre shows.

Journalism students intern with companies like The Washington Post, TODAY, CNN, Fox News and NPR.

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Outside of the Evansdale Crossing building.

What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Search Marketing Strategists

Employ search marketing tactics to increase visibility and engagement with content, products, or services in Internet-enabled devices or interfaces. Examine search query behaviors on general or specialty search engines or other Internet-based content. Analyze research, data, or technology to understand user intent and measure outcomes for ongoing optimization.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $68,230

Possible job titles include: Director of Search Engine Optimization (Director of SEO), Ecommerce Marketing Manager, Internet Marketing Specialist, Senior Search Engine Optimization Specialist (Senior SEO Specialist).

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Media Programming Directors

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $85,320

Possible job titles include: Director, Program Director, Program Manager, Programming Director, Station Manager, Newscast Director, Production Director, Television Program Director.

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Radio and Television Announcers

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Median Salary: $41,750

Possible job titles include: Anchor, Announcer, News Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor).

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News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Median Salary: $56,680

Possible job titles include: Anchor, Broadcast Meteorologist, News Anchor, News Director.

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Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Median Salary: $73,150

Possible job titles include: Author, Freelance Writer, Novelist, Songwriter.

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Film and Video Editors

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $63,520

Possible job titles include: Editor, News Editor, Video Editor, Videographer.

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Places and Spaces

Learn about all of the places and spaces you'll learn in.

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Media Innovation Center

The Media Innovation Center is an open-door, cross-discipline media space that provides the latest digital and interactive tools to develop original, story-based, digital media experiences. Our co-innovation philosophy and embrace of innovation for social change leads our belief that every community should have the access, tools and skills to shape its own story, identity and future.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Journalism major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Journalism at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Scholarships

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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Journalism major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Journalism can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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