Journalism for a ‘Multiplatform’ World

The Journalism Program is an undergraduate emphasis area within the Department of Communication. The mission of our program is to help students develop strong analytical and communication skills for careers in digital and traditional media.

At the program’s core is our commitment to educating journalism students about content creation, content curation and audience engagement for the many “platforms” now used to distribute news and information.

We embrace a digital-first philosophy, even as we remain committed to teaching fundamental journalistic values and techniques, such as accurate information gathering, excellent writing, sound ethical decision-making and valuable public service.  Our faculty seeks to instill in students the entrepreneurial spirit required to succeed in today’s media environment.  Through courses such as News Lab, we offer immersion experiences that force our students to grapple with real-world challenges.

Our Premier Internship Program places top students at leading media organizations across the Seattle metropolitan area.  Each summer, our Foreign Intrigue Program sends up to five students to developing countries to work as interns for English-language news organizations.  And for more than 40 years, the unique Olympia Reporting Program has been dispatching our students to the state capital, where they cover the Legislature for Northwest newspapers, websites and broadcast outlets.

The Journalism Program’s innovative curriculum couples demanding instruction on modern journalistic practice with rigorous courses on communication, ethics, law and research.  Students who complete the program graduate with a bachelor of arts in Communication: Journalism.

Our students, faculty, and alumni have heard it before: Journalism is dead. Not so, we argue. The Journalism program at the UW offers students the unique chance to explore news in as dynamic an environment as possible while taking advantage of Seattle’s vibrant media scene. Read more about what our students have to say!