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E. W. Scripps School of Journalism

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Athens, OH 45701

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Journalism News and Information  

Journalism is a profession that incorporates knowledge from various disciplines, as well as critical thinking and practical application skills.At the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, the curriculum blends a strong liberal arts foundation and professional skills courses.

The News & Information track covers the fields of broadcast news, magazine
journalism, news writing and editing, and online journalism.Students can select courses that focus specifically on one of those areas, but they also have the option of choosing a wider array of courses to more broadly prepare for the changing industry. Students will be prepared for the new digital world of electronic journalism.

New technology is an important element within any journalism career. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and provides courses and practical experience to aid students in developing the skills required to adapt to the new age of journalism.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the News and Information track obtain jobs with radio and TV stations;
regional, trade, and national magazines; newspapers, news services, and online media organizations.They find jobs across the nation and abroad.These could be general interest outlets or more specialized arenas, such as sports, entertainment,
fashion and many others.

The School of Journalism lists job and internship opportunities on its website. The College of Communication office also provides students with information about jobs and internships.


Special Features

All students will complete an internship before graduation.Students take hands-on courses and there are also many hands-on opportunities on campus for students, many of which they can become involved with as freshmen.

Students with a strong broadcast news interest can work on public broadcast and cable news and sports programs.Students can volunteer for the nightly newscast, WOUB's "Newswatch," or the Emmy-winning "Gridiron Glory" sports program. Students intern at Washington, New York and London bureaus for broadcast and cable news networks, as well as The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, ABC's Nightline, 20/20, and many others. Students with specialized reporting interests also intern at ESPN, MTV News, and E! Entertainment network.

Students with a strong magazine interest can develop their professional skills by
working on campus publications such as Backdrop, Thread, College Green, the
InterActivist, Southeast Ohio magazine, the Ohio Journalist, and, and through internships. Students intern with trade, regional, and national magazines, both print and online.

Students with a strong news writing and editing interest work on campus and local media such as The Post, the Athens News and the Athens Messenger. Students intern
with news organizations throughout the region as well as with national and even
international media outlets.

Students with a strong online journalism interest work on any number of campus and local media with websites (e.g., The Post, WOUB News, the Athens News,, etc.). Students intern with news organizations throughout the region as well as with national and international media outlets.

The School of Journalism also has very active student chapters of national professional organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), and the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Students can also become involved with the Black Student Communication Caucus and the Students for Global Media and Diversity.These organizations provide exposure to issues in the field as well as contact with rofessionals and opportunities for networking.

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Ohio University offer incoming freshmen a
wide variety of learning communities, each with its own set of specialized offerings.The Scripps College of Communication Residential Learning Community is unique because communication students take their first-quarter classes together as well as live in the same residence hall.

As a program accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, we keep the size of skills courses at a student-teacher ratio that optimizes learning conditions for students. Accreditation ensures the quality of our faculty, facilities, as well as curriculum.

Our Faculty

The Journalism School's faculty have the ideal blend of professional journalism
experience and advanced degrees. We are committed educators, with strong
classroom skills. We are also scholars, adding knowledge to the broad field of
journalism. And we value advising, matching every journalism student with a
faculty member for regular discussions of coursework and professional opportunities.
o view a complete list of our faculty, please click here



The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is one of Ohio University's signature programs, ranking among the top journalism schools in the United States. The JSchool offers two undergraduate sequences:

* News & Information (encompassing broadcast news, magazine journalism, news writing and editing, and online journalism)  

* Strategic Communication (encompassing advertising and public relations)  

In addition, undergraduates may develop an approved program of study under the School's Carr Van Anda degree option. The JSchool also offers masters and doctoral degree programs.

Scripps College of Communication

The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is a leader in communication education—and it is the pride of Ohio University. Generally regarded as one of the top five programs in the nation, Scripps prepares students to be effective and responsible communicators in a global society and advances the field through creative activity and research on communication concepts, issues and problems.

Since its founding 40 years ago, Scripps has grown from just two schools – communication and journalism – to five schools offering more than 40 nationally acclaimed programs. These range from the very technical in the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems to the deeply theoretical in the School of Communication Studies – and everything in between in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Schools of Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication. In May 2006, the University received a commitment of $15 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the college was named in its honor.

Scripps also houses the WOUB Center for Public Media, which operates five public radio stations, two public television stations and one cable television station serving more than 60 counties. Through the center’s Student Development Program, more than 250 of the college’s students gain hands-on radio and television experience by assisting with the stations’ day-to-day operations.

Scripps has been recognized as “one of Ohio University’s most distinguished programs” by the Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities.

In the fall of 2010, Scripps was named a Center of Excellence in the state of Ohio.
Scripps alumni number 26,000 worldwide and are some of the most recognizable names, successful leaders and notable contributors in the field of communication.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.