The Honors Tutorial College program in Journalism offers an individualized course of study for exceptional students.

Maximum opportunity will be afforded for the student to work at their own pace.The tutorial program serves as preparation for graduate study or employment in various fields of journalism such as newspaper or broadcast reporting, magazine writing or editing, online journalism, public relations, and advertising.

Typically, the tutorial program is designed along a four-year degree track. The first three years focus on journalism tutorials, on core and sequence courses in journalism, and on liberal arts education. The fourth year will be used to broaden and deepen the journalism education, both professionally and academically. Students also will prepare a professional project or thesis during this year.

Program Overview

There are five components of the tutorial program in journalism:


A tutorial consists of a one-on-one course, a mini-group, or a small seminar. Such a setting provides the type of individualized attention and academic challenge capable of stimulating the intellectual growth of talented and creative students. The Director of Studies for the tutorial program assigns tutors in accord with the interests of the individual student. The tutor, in consultation with the student, develops an individual plan of instruction. Students complete a total of eight tutorials:

  • Three tutorials on core issues: Media Ethics, Media Law, and Communication Theory or History of American Journalism(1st and 2nd year)
  • Two advanced tutorials on conceptual/theoretical issues, such as Computer Assisted Reporting; Investigative Reporting; Gender, Race and Mass Media; Advanced Media Law; Social Media; Multimedia Reporting; Science Journalism; Business Journalism; Media Journalism; Political Journalism; Media Metaphors and Rhetoric; Methods of Qualitative Research, and others (2nd and 3rd year)
  • A research tutorial in a small-group format to prepare for the thesis/professional project (spring semester of 3rd year)
  • Two thesis tutorials with the thesis advisor to work on and complete the thesis requirement (4th year)

Professional courses in journalism

Tutorial students are required to take additional core courses not covered by tutorials (JOUR 1010 Past, Present and Future of Media and JOUR2310 Multiplatform Reporting). Students are also expected to take an appropriate number of approved electives in journalism, usually three courses. Some professional courses, such as multiplaform journalism, editing, graphics, strategic communication, etc., are experiential by nature, usually taught through labs and writing courses. Other courses provide conceptual knowledge and/or theoretical approaches to journalism and related fields. Students will usually follow one of the two tracks in journalism (news and information track or strategic communication track).

Liberal education

Journalism programs generally require the student to develop a broad background in liberal arts. In the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, we expect students to complete a year of a foreign language; courses in history, sociology or anthropology, political science, economics, philosophy, English, psychology, and statistics. Also, students must take courses in fine or comparative arts, Afro-American Studies or Women's and Gender Studies, as well as natural and applied science.

A detailed overview of the HTC Journalism curriculum is available in the Ohio University undergraduate catalog.

Areas of specialization

Students are expected to select an area of specialization outside of the School of Journalism, Media Arts and Studies, and Visual Communication. The area of specialization requirement can be met through a planned series of courses in a single department, a combination of courses, or a certificate program.


Consistent with its policy of combining class work with practical training, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism requires students to complete an advisor-approved internship. It should entail a minimum of 200 hours and be in a field that is relevant to journalism and the student's track or emphasis. Interns receive hands-on experience in a media-related organization and may be paid a moderate stipend. Internships are located throughout the nation and abroad.


Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated undergraduate study and research. Students already enrolled at Ohio University must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.6 and should have earned fewer than 60 hours.

The deadline for applications for admission and scholarships is November 15th. Interviews are held in January.

Director of Studies

Portrait of Victoria LaPoe

LaPoe, Victoria
(740) 856-0345


Ph.D., Media and Public Affairs, Louisiana State University

MA, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa

BA, Journalism and Mass Communication and Theatre, University of Iowa

Scholarly Interests

LaPoe focuses on media diversity, digital media and marketing strategy of media. Previously, she served as broadcasting and film coordinator and assistant professor at Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting.

Selected Publications

Articles published in Communication Research, Visual Communication Quarterly, Electronic News, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Public Interest Communications, Communication, Society and Media, and Global Case Series.

Books include Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster (2013); Indian Country: Telling a Story in a Digital Age (2014); Resistance Advocacy as News: Digital Black Press Covers the Tea Party (2017); and Getting Voices Heard: Underserved Communities and Digital Discourse (2018)