Program in Journalism

The Journalism Program attracts students with all kinds of career goals interested in improving their writing through practice and feed-back, learning to think more precisely and critically, and becoming more aware of world events, politics, the environment and life around them. The Program offers courses in nonfiction writing, media analysis and production, as well as the history and global context of journalism in the 21st Century. Program workshops are practical and down-to-earth, concentrating on writing and editing and telling stories with art and sound. Context courses cover legal, ethical, and business issues that today’s journalists contend with.

The Program's courses and internships prepare students for work as journalists, freelance writers, TV producers, broadcasters, webcasters, editors, magazine and book publishers, copy writers, and public advocates. It also provides excellent preparation for students looking for careers in law, government, history, educational policy, teaching, and research.

Our graduates turn up everywhere, in the Capital here in Albany, in graduate programs, on overseas adventures, and helping shape the futures in schools, banks, media outlets and sports stadiums nationwide. 

The Program has teamed with UAlbany’s Informatics, Documentary Studies and Women’s Studies department to insure that its students get hands-on experience not only writing print articles but designing and filling websites with content, filming, taping and photographing stories, and using spreadsheets and databases to report news. We encourage our students to take up serious study of foreign languages at UAlbany. And our internship program encourages students to get real-time experience at television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, publishing houses, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and public relations firms.

Students may choose Journalism as either a major or minor. Undergraduates in all fields interested in the skills described here are welcome in all classes on a space-available basis. Journalism majors may apply for admission into the Honors Program.

2016 Journalism Prizes

The entries this year were exceptionally strong and compelling. The judges were unanimous in how difficult it was to choose winners this year. This should make the winners feel exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and all of us proud of our program. Congratulations and much appreciation to the following winners and to all the contestants.
-- Rosemary Armao, Journalism Program Director, for the Journalism Program Faculty


Nicholas G. Muscavage
2016 winner of the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Connor Murphy
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Ashlee Madura
2016 Honorable Mention for the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Kassandra Parisi
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award


Madeline St. Amour
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award


Francesca McGuire
Journalism Program speaker
UAlbany 2016 Outstanding Senior Award & Ada Craig Walker Award

Nicholas G. Muscavage
2016 winner of the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Connor Murphy
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Ashlee Madura
2016 Honorable Mention for the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Kassandra Parisi
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award

Madeline St. Amour
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award

Francesca McGuire
Journalism Program speaker
UAlbany 2016 Outstanding Senior Award & Ada Craig Walker Award

Read the Awards and Prizes page for details. These awards will be presented at the Communication/Journalism Recognition Ceremony on May 14, 2016.