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Journalism and technical communication have dramatically changed in the past few years. Convergence, mobile and social media, advances in video technology and the ongoing transformation of print media have altered the manner by which we create, transmit, receive and comprehend media communication.

How do these changes affect journalists and technical communicators? As professional communicators, students must be able to identify the story or program purpose, design the message and use the appropriate communication medium for large, small-scale or individual audiences. 

Journalism and Technical Communication students apply the underlying theories, principles and aesthetics of their respective disciplines to communicate. Whether in a traditional classroom or the online environment, students learn how to create concise, informative messages for traditional and online print, video, audio, interactive or combinations of media formats.   

The Department houses two distinct and separate programs: Journalism and Technical Communication

The Journalism program offers three concentrations and two minors:

  • Convergent Journalism – major and minor
  • Magazines
  • Public Relations – major and minor

The Technical Communication program offers five concentrations and one minor:

  • Interactive Media Production
  • Mobile and Social Media Communication
  • Technical Writing and Editing
  • Video Production
  • Extended Major in Technical Communication
  • Technical Communication minor

In conjunction with the Departments of Art and Communication Arts and Sciences, both Journalism and Technical Communication also offer an interdisciplinary Digital Media Minor.

A sampling of department courses content includes: 

  • Feature Article Writing
  • Interactive Media Production
  • Public Relations Strategic Planning
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Technical Writing for Translation
  • Mobile and Social Media Communication
  • Usability Testing
  • Print and Interactive Document Design
  • 2D, 3D and Video Animation
  • Photojournalism and Social Documentary
  • International Technical Communication
  • Video production and editing
  • Internships

Welcome to the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.  We look forward to seeing you in the department and online.