Journalism News and Information Major (B.S.J.)
Today's media professionals create news and information in a variety of platforms, such as print, video, audio and digital. This semesters-based program responds to the new media landscape by giving students flexibility to take courses across what were previously narrow industry niches. The program includes courses in professional journalistic skills and conceptual issues in journalism along with a solid foundation in liberal arts.
Program Learning Objectives
The core competencies of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism are aligned with the professional values and competencies formulated by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). As such, the faculty endorses the adoption of the ACEJMC goals. Journalism graduates should be aware of certain core values and be able to:
- Apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, in a global context, and for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the multicultural history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
- Demonstrate culturally proficient communication that empowers those traditionally disenfranchised in society, especially as grounded in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability, domestically and globally, across communication and media contexts;
- Present images and information effectively and creatively, using appropriate tools and technologies;
- Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
- Apply critical thinking skills in conducting research and evaluating information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
- Effectively and correctly apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
- Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
- Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism strives to admit the best academically and professionally qualified freshmen. The school considers the following criteria in granting admission:
· Strength of high school curriculum
· Performance in high school curriculum
· High school class rank (if your class ranks)
· High school grade point average
· ACT and/or SAT scores are no longer required but will be considered.
Students demonstrating notable talent or experience, as well as applicants from historically underrepresented populations, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to include in their application essay information about all media-related experience, as well as participation in the school's High School Journalism Workshop, if applicable.
Instead of reporting minimum test scores and GPA requirements, we report the middle 50% range to give a more accurate picture of the students who we are admitting. Our incoming freshmen class will be made up of students who are in the top 25% with higher scores as well as students in the lower 25% with lower scores. See the university-wide profile for comparison.
For example, the middle 50% of the school's admitted freshman classes for the fall of 2012 and 2013 had:
· High school class rank: top 7-34%
· ACT composite scores: 24-28
· SAT composite scores (Math + Critical Reading): 1050-1250
· High school grade point average: 3.64 (4.0 scale)
NOTE: Students who attended our High School Journalism Workshop and earned Ohio University credit should indicate on the freshman application that they previously attended Ohio University (they should use the traditional application for incoming freshmen, despite the credit hour earned as a high school students).
Change of Program Policy
Students seeking to change their major to journalism follow the same requirements as external transfer applicants.
External Transfer Admission
Transfer students are admitted to the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism twice each year. The policy applies to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University, as well as from other colleges and universities. Transfer students will be considered only when they have completed at least 30 semester hours, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition to grades, consideration will be given to journalism courses taken, journalism experience or background in a program offered by the School (professional or college), test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements of intent, and work samples. Applicants for transfer must use the School's Application for Transfer form, which is available on the "Admissions Information" section of the school's website. Official transcripts, letters, and other supporting documents must be attached to the Application for Transfer at the time of its submission.
Transfer applications are accepted – no later than September 25 for transfer in spring semester and February 12 for transfer in fall semester. Application for transfer can be made only once per academic year. Applications must be received by the above dates. Late applications will not be considered. A special faculty committee will conduct evaluations and recommendations. The School's director and associate director will make final decisions.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students will find career opportunities in mass communication fields such as journalism, including news reporting and producing online and offline for digital, broadcast and print platforms. Students will be prepared to pursue graduate study in mass communication, international communication and news media.