The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture offers a Journalism Concentration as part of its B.S. degree in Mass Communications to prepare students for careers in the news media. Reflecting today’s media landscape, we’re a "converged" curriculum: All students learn the basics of delivering news for broadcast and digital platforms. Undergraduate students choose one of two concentrations – broadcast or digital journalism.
Journalism students learn how to find story ideas, conduct interviews and other research, write in a variety of styles, produce video reports, take photographs and publish on both traditional and new media platforms. In the concentration, you will learn by doing: In many of our courses, you will get practical, hands-on experience, generating news content that will be seen by the public. For example, the school operates such student-produced news outlets as Capital News Service, a news bureau for Virginia newspapers during the spring General Assembly session, and VCU InSight, a 30-minute TV news show that airs monthly on VPM - Richmond PBS.
Our courses prepare students in the journalism concentration to work as reporters and editors for newspapers, television newsrooms, news websites, radio news operations, magazines, news-oriented newsletters and other organizations. Moreover, these journalism skills transfer to many other fields, such as law, business, teaching and government service.