How will you learn?
Journalism classes and experiences at Youngstown State University are designed to give you the necessary theory and background and then the opportunities to apply that knowledge.
For instance, journalism majors have the opportunity to:
- Work as part of the Youngstown State University News Service. As a member of this innovative project, you will be reporting, writing and producing stories that can be published or broadcast by The Vindicator or WYSU-FM.
- Work as a staff writer, photographer or editor for The Jambar, the student newspaper of YSU, or The Yo, the student magazine of YSU.
- Participate in field reporting experience projects that are offered approximately once a year. Students, faculty and area media professionals travel out of the area for several days to report about a community or an issue of interest.
See a student report from a field experience class.
- Complete an internship at a media organization in the community or elsewhere. These internships can be completed during the academic year, or, ideally, during a summer term. See your adviser for advice about where to complete an internship and how to find internship opportunities.
- Spend an afternoon in one of our two journalism labs, where you will find students actively engaged in telling stories for multiple platforms. One lab, open to all journalism students, is in the basement of Fedor Hall. The second lab, reserved for students actively working on stories for the news service, is on the second floor of DeBartolo Hall. Both are equipped with multimedia software, large monitors, and the technology you need to tell a great story. You bring the idea and the reporting. We have a full range of camcorders, digital cameras, microphones, and voice recorders to use in the field.
Other special programs and opportunities
The journalism program is an incredibly active major and often brings professionals and others to campus to talk about opportunities or issues in the field of journalism and media in general. Additionally, YSU is home to two journalism organizations you may want to join. And we regularly host roundtable discussions with majors about current issues in the news.
The multimedia director for Time.Com, Craig Duff, conducted a two-day workshop for students and area professionals in Spring 2009. Read a Jambar story about his visit.
Journalism majors and faculty gathered to discuss the media coverage of the Presidential race. Read and watch a Jambar story about this spirited discussion.
The journalism major, The Vindicator and the Center for Working Class Studies brought three national journalists to campus to talk about political coverage of the Mahoning Valley. Read and watch The Vindicator's coverage of this large event.
The journalism major and Press Day brought New York Times sports reporter Karen Crouse to campus to talk with students about careers in journalism.