Montclair State University School of Communication and Media to Offer BA in Journalism

Release Date: March 5, 2014

Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media will be adding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism to its curriculum beginning in September 2014.

“Journalism is going through a dramatic transformation and our exciting new program is designed to prepare students for careers in emerging, new and traditional media,” said School of Communication and Media Director Merrill Brown. “Our students will become the reporters, producers, documentary filmmakers and digital media creators of the future.”

The Journalism major, which has been approved by the State of New Jersey Department of Education, combines a strong liberal arts education with a specialized curriculum that provides training in writing, reporting, research and interviewing techniques. The program will give students the tools and versatility which are needed to create and deliver content across print, audio, video and social media platforms.  Elective courses, such as Filmmaking, Public Relations, Television and Digital Media, will allow students to expand upon their expertise.

“One of the outstanding components of our program will be our faculty,” said Brown. “Besides having extraordinary talent on campus, we are also engaging some of today’s most accomplished media professionals to instruct and engage with our students.” 

According to Brown, Journalism students will have many opportunities for hands-on media experience. The School’s WiredJersey.com website gives students the opportunity to report and edit web content. They can also work at WMSC-FM, the University’s on-campus radio station and contribute to The Montclarion, the University newspaper.

Internships that provide on-the-job experiences will be another crucial program element.  Students will have access to internships through the School’s Center for Cooperative Media, which includes the New Jersey News Commons and its 75 media partners, as well as other opportunities with leading news organizations in New Jersey and New York City. Montclair State students have recently interned at media companies that include CBS News, CNBC, News 12 New Jersey, NJTV News and WABC-TV.

Brown adds that the new Journalism major is designed to meet the challenges of an evolving media landscape and generate a new vitality in the industry.  

“The best opportunities for students will come from a faculty and University committed to reinventing the field,” said Brown. “We intend to be at the center of this emerging revolution in news gathering and storytelling.”

To learn more about the Journalism major and requirements for admission, contact program coordinator Marc Rosenweig at rosenweigm@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-3169.