The School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho combines classroom learning, hands-on experience and personal guidance from seasoned faculty to prepare you for a successful future as a media professional. With a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism, you will have the exceptional research and writing skills, broad media knowledge, sharp news judgment and practical experiences needed to launch your career in print, online or in broadcast journalism.
As a journalism major, you’ll learn to gather and organize information from multiple sources for news stories and features. You’ll form the ability to apply news judgment in a variety of contexts. Courses in literature, history, sociology, political science and other disciplines give you the well-rounded perspective and global awareness you need for a career as a professional journalist. You’ll also learn the theory and history of journalism as a foundation for applying ethical and legal principles to your decision making.
Journalism majors receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty experts who know what it takes to succeed as a journalist in the real world. Your professors draw from years of personal experience as newspaper reporters and editors, specialized writers, broadcast journalists and publications specialists.
Journalism majors develop their skills across multi-media platforms, including print, broadcast and online. Social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are incorporated into writing and editing classes. Journalism students have the opportunity to write for the Argonaut, the University of Idaho’s student newspaper or Blot, the award-winning student magazine. You also may write and produce news for KUOI-FM, the student-operated campus radio station. This student media experience allows you to develop quality writing samples for your professional portfolio, and it can also serve as a stepping stone to a position at a local, regional or national media outlet.
Additionally, our strong ties to the regional media industry open doors to internships and job opportunities at regional newspapers, magazines and broadcast stations. Field trips, guest speakers, alumni events and other activities give you the chance to network with practicing professionals from around the world.