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Journalism

Overview

Imagine launching your journalism career in the media capital of the world, with access to some of the most renowned news outlets and mentored by professors who have worked for leading international, national and regional media companies. Hofstra’s nationally accredited Journalism program offers that and more, including opportunities for real-world experience - in the classroom, with campus media outlets, and through internship opportunities.  

Our award-winning professors bring outstanding professional resumes to the classroom, where they mold the newsmakers and news breakers of tomorrow. Students can prepare for a career in online, broadcast, or print journalism, learn the latest in digital storytelling, social media, and information graphics, and even pursue a concentration in sports media.

In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism earn an average annual salary of $51,610 and job growth for this major is projected to increase nearly 17 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Curriculum

The Journalism program is fully accredited, distinguishing it as one of the finest in the country.Students develop strong communication, writing, and critical thinking skills through courses in their major as well as a required liberal arts minor. They study media ethics and law, and gain expertise in news writing and reporting, shooting and editing video, and designing mobile websites, using the latest industry tools and software. Journalism majors are required to complete one internship, but many often do more.

In addition to a major in journalism, Hofstra offers minors in journalism, media studies, public relations, and integrated media

Students also have the option of pursuing a cost-effective dual-degree program where they can earn their Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Journalism in five years, instead of the usual six.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Journalism Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra produces some of the finest journalists and communication experts in the country.  Recent alumni began their careers at The New York Times, Billboard Magazine, ESPN, Fox News, iHeartMedia,and other prominent organizations. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Columbia University, New York University, Boston University, American University, and Syracuse University, among others.  

90% job, grad school or both
81% accept a position within six months
$43K median salary
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What You'll Learn

Students in Class

Journalism majors learn how to use their creativity and skills to not only identify and report a story, but also produce and adapt it for a variety of platforms including television, radio, digital, or print.   

Course offerings in advanced social media, data journalism, design and visual strategies, radio and podcast production, news management, and photojournalism, to name just a few, also give students cutting-edge expertise in subjects that are highly valued in professional settings.

You’ll learn from professors who have years of professional experience working at national and international newspapers, major magazines, leading websites, and network television stations.  They are Emmy Award winners, top news executives, and innovative scholars who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring a new generation of journalists to face the challenges of a 21st-century media landscape.    

Internships

Attending school just 25 miles from the media capital of the world significantly improves your chance of securing valuable internships that are almost sure to advance your career.  

Journalism majors are required to take three credits of internship, and are guided by an internship advisor as well as Hofstra’s Career Center to make sure the experience is valuable for both you and the site, whether you intern in New York City, on Long Island, or out of state.

Our students have interned at scores of highly-sought-after companies across a variety of industries including CBS News, Atlantic Records, AMC Networks, 1010 WINS, Brooklyn Nets, and Spectrum News NY 1. 

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Journalism Internships

Experience

Students in class

The Herbert School’s facilities and its student-run media outlets and organizations provide students with hands-on opportunities to express their creativity, sharpen skills, and network with working professionals starting right in their very first semester.  

The NewsHub, a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom, contains Avid Media Composer digital editing software with ENPS integration, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and the Adobe Media Suite. Students also have access to three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras, several edit rooms, color correction suite, large screening room, and the latest in field/mobile gear.  

More than a dozen award-winning campus media outlets. including The Hofstra Chronicle newspaper, WRHU 88.7 FM radio station, Required Radio internet station, Long Island Advocate news website, Hofstra Today news show, and Her Campus online magazine allow you to explore and work in a variety of mediums covering real-world stories -- such as presidential debates, White House inaugurations, and the NHL’s NY Islanders play-off games.  

Students can also join organizations such as the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hofstra University Association of Black Journalists, and the Lamda Pi Eta communications honor society.  

You can also network with industry executives and Hofstra alumni working in all areas of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, and explore one of the most vibrant cities in the world,  Rome, the media center of Italy, where a rich heritage of communication in all forms  complements its breathtaking arts, culture, and “dolce vita.”

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Meet Kaeli Van Cott

Kaeli majored in journalism, with minors in Spanish and RTVF (Radio, Television, Film).  She used the skills that she learned in a journalism tools class to create a film blog, which led to her first internship at online film site IndieWire, where she got the chance to write about film and TV.  Hear how that first opportunity opened doors for her at Viacom and NBC’s BravoTV.com.