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.


2018 Journalism Prizes

Senior Claudie Joaissant was awarded the 2018 William E. Rowley Award for Journalism for her thought-provoking piece about colorism's impact on race and gender. Brian Minutolo earned an honorable mention for his story on the ethical challenges in sports journalism. It features an incisive interview with a veteran journalist, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No award was made for the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Award for Journalism. Details on our Awards & Prizes page.

To learn more about these awards go to our Awards & Prizes page.