Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Journalism BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in journalism combines courses offered through the School of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences, the Saunders College of Business, and the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences. Through a multifaceted educational experience, journalism students learn the conceptual and practical skills to gather, critically analyze, and synthesize information, and prepare that information for delivery across various media platforms. Graduates possess, in addition to writing and reporting skills, multimedia abilities and knowledge that set them apart in the digital age from more traditionally trained journalists.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

Enrollment

  • Approximately 30 students are enrolled in the Journalism program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete a one-semester co-op work assignment. Co-op students are able to work up to 6 months.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $11.19                     $10.00 - $15.00
*BS:       $33,065                   $30,242 - $40,200
 
*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for Spring 2016 graduates

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • All students will have completed a sequence in information gathering, newswriting, Ejournalism, and news editing.
  •  All are experienced writers, capable of writing news articles, news releases, newsletters, and feature articles.
  • All are capable of designing layouts for print and online media.
  • All are capable of writing and producing content for dissemination in a variety of multimedia platforms.
Professional/Technical Skills

Students have polished skills in interviewing and concise storytelling.  All students have experience in digital photography, website design and development, basic HTML and CSS coding, and digital entrepreneurship or building a web-based business.

Nature of Work

Journalists research topics assigned to them by editors, interview people who have information or an opinion on a news story, write articles for newspapers, blogs, and magazines, and review articles for accuracy and proper grammar. Reporters and correspondents spend a lot of time in the field, conducting interviews and investigating stories. Many reporters spend little to no time in an office.

Training / Qualifications

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations.

Job Outlook

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts are expected to face strong competition for jobs; those with experience in the field—experience often gained through internships or by working for school newspapers, television stations, or radio stations—should have the best job prospects.

Job Titles

News analyst, reporter, correspondent.

Employment

Reporters and correspondents held about 49,300 jobs in 2014. Broadcast news analysts held about 5,100 jobs. Most reporters and correspondents work for newspaper publishers or in radio or television broadcasting. About 1 in 6 were self-employed in 2014.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS News, NBC-Universal/E! Networks, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Gannett), Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (Gannett), Cortland Standard, Tooele Transcript Bulletin, The Hill Newspaper Institute on Political Journalism, York Dispatch, Rochester City Newspaper, Open Mic Rochester

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in hiring RIT co-op, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to make your recruiting endeavor a success. Call our office and ask to speak with Tabitha Arrendell, the career services coordinator who works with the Journalism program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at http://www.rit.edu/recruit.

Tabitha L. Arrendell, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7823
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301

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