Journalism Major

We live in an information society where new technologies create even more opportunities for sharing news and telling stories. Develop skills that will serve traditional media, new media and many other careers that focus on gathering, processing, creating and distributing information.

What You'll Study

Modern journalism is full of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

As a Journalism major, your classes will open up a world of experiences that take you right into the action of finding, covering and sharing news and information. Be an editor, contributor or photographer for YSU's student newspaper, The Jambar;Yo Magazine; Rookery Radio; our student-run literary online magazine, Jenny; The Penguin Review or tons of other publications around campus to put your skills to the test.

Although your studies may start at YSU, our program quickly takes you off of campus as well and into Youngstown, Warren and the greater Mahoning Valley. With two major newspapers, three television news stations and a myriad of other print and digital publications, you will have plenty of opportunities to hone your journalistic talents.


  • Journalism Major

    Using new and traditional tools for news gathering, you'll learn strategies for using video and still cameras, data collection tools, social media and blogging platforms, and more for crafting and distributing compelling, credible stories.

    Before moving into your core journalism courses, you will first complete basic writing and English courses. You'll also complete a professional internship to build up your knowledge and skills.

    Course Listing


Internships and Jobs

  • 21 WFMJ-TV
  • The Vindicator
  • The Arizona Republic
  • Youngstown Business Incubator
  • The Plain Dealer
  • The Vindicator
  • Prodigal Company
  • NBC News
  • C-SPAN
  • Akron Beacon Journal

One More Thing

In the Journalism program, you become a family, you get the chance to learn and grow together. The program is preparing me for my future by giving me as many opportunities as possible in order to succeed."

Nikki Pizzuto, Class of 2017