BA in Journalism

Global internet communication has had a profound impact on the way news is delivered. However methods of researching, acquiring and writing stories that provide accurate information remain the same. Webster University's Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism degree teaches you to identify and evaluate potential news stories that will impact, inform and engage a defined audience. You'll learn how to tell a story based on an analysis of purpose, audience and available media, and how to maintain global context.

Webster faculty are working, professional journalists. Their insight will help you perfect essential elements of reporting, writing and producing news and features for a variety of media, including print, broadcast and online. You'll also get plenty of hands-on training working for the university's award-winning publications: The Journal, weekly campus newspaper; and The Ampersand, a biannual magazine, as well as the university radio station and television studios.

International campuses throughout the world provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about philosophies and economic structure of media in developed and underdeveloped countries.

In addition to news organizations, corporations are increasingly hiring journalists to gain media exposure, create and execute branding communications, develop crisis communications and maintain blogs to accurately convey products and services they provide.

Points of Distinction

  • Internships are available in production houses and studios, agencies, healthcare, sports entertainment, non-profit organizations, educational environments, commercial studios, publications, radio, television, corporate settings and cultural institutions.
  • Journalism students prepare a professional portfolio to use in job interviews.
  • Award-winning faculty practice in the field and instruct using the latest communication technology, techniques and guidelines.
  • Journalism majors have access to mentors, including the j-school faculty and have the chance to network with professional alumni like William Broad, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.
  • The opportunity for international study at our campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; Leiden, the Netherlands, and; Thailand and China, as well as short-term study abroad assignments.

Degree Requirements

This degree requires a minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following: 54 required credit hours, applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours and electives.

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