Journalism

B.F.A. in Journalism


Journalism is a challenging and fast-paced career. Given the flood of information that surrounds us, the public looks to skilled journalists to provide news and commentary that informs civic dialogue, and to report the latest trends and events in politics, government, culture, entertainment, sports, technology, and much more. The Journalism major trains students to be strong writers, a skill that can be applied to jobs in many other fields as well.

The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism provides you with an understanding of the increasingly complex task of reporting, writing, editing and delivering the news in a multimedia environment. Our program develops practical knowledge and conceptual foundations for work in the varied forms of print, broadcast and online journalism as well as for graduate study in journalism and related fields. Journalism students are strongly encouraged to select a minor in another field, such as a science, social science or business to better prepare them to report in a specific content area with deeper understanding. 

Students in other majors with an interest in writing may want to consider a minor in journalism, specialty reporting or communications. These 15 credit minors offer students an opportunity to develop their writing and reporting skills. Having these skills also opens up career paths in a variety of fields. 

Journalism majors study in small classes with professors who have extensive professional experience. They sharpen their skills with reporting for The Pioneer, the award-winning LIUPost student newspaper; PTV, the campus television station, WCWP, the campus radio station; and The Bottom Line, the student magazine. Students also gain real world experience at internships at some of the nation’s top newsrooms, including Newsday, MTV Networks, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, WFAN Radio, News 12 Long Island and The Associated Press. Campus resources for journalism majors include state-of-the-art television and radio studios, a journalism lab and newsroom, HD video cameras and digital editing suites with professional-level computers and software.


Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
ORC 1 Public Speaking 3
CMA 2 Mass Media in American Society  3
CMA 4  Media Literacy: Behind the Message 3
CMA 10 Media Law and Ethics 3
CIN 24 Intro to Documentary Production 3
BDST 11 Digital Tools: Audio 3
BDST 12 Digital Tools: Video 3
Required Journalism Courses (42 Credits) 
JOU 3 Basic Reporting 3
JOU 4 Beat Reporting  3
JOU 20  Photojournalism 3
JOU 5 Writing for Electronic Journalism 3
JOU 52 Interviewing for Media (Fall only)  3
JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory* 3
JOU 56 Electronic Newscast 3
PR 38 Social Media Tools 3
BDST 25 Video Field Production 3
BDST 46 Web Video Production 3
JOU 91 Senior Research (Fall of Senior Year) 4
JOU 92 Senior Thesis & Portfolio (Spring of  Senior Year) 4
JOU 89 Independent Study - special interest reporting  3
Elective Journalism Courses
(courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements. Student must take 5 (15 credits) of JOU electives.
BDST 63 Applied Radio 63 3
JOU 12 Investigative Journalism 3
JOU 40 Topics in Journalism 3
JOU 6 Feature Writing 3
CIN 5 History of Documentary Film 3
BDST 34 Audio - Podcasts 3
JOU 87 Internship 3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
4
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 78
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Free Electives 10
Total Degree Credits 120



High School Summer Journalism Institute

From July 9-13, 2018, high school students passionate about journalism participated in a residential program at LIU Post. During this boot camp for high school reporters, they learned investigative reporting skills, including how to interview sources, write stories, take pictures, and blog, among other skills. They worked with the college editors of LIU Post’s award winning student newspaper, The Pioneer, and learned from renowned journalists from Newsday, CBS, Herald Community Newspapers, and Anton Media Group, among others. Read their work at www.liupostpioneersummer.com.

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Pioneer Awards 2011-2018

2018
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 2nd place, Best College Newspaper, The Pioneer
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 1st place, Narrative Feature Story/Student category, Anand Venigalla
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 2nd place, Narrative Feature Story/Student category, Ashley Bowden
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 2nd place, Best College Newspaper Reporter, Jada Butler
• American Scholastic Press Association, 2018 Scholastic Newspaper Awards, 2nd place. Spring 2018
• Fair Media Council Folio Award, Feature Story, Long Form (newspaper), Jacqueline Escobar
• Fair Media Council Folio Award, Entertainment Feature (newspaper), Kristina Huderski
2017
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, Narrative Feature Story/Student, Moa Golster
• Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, Finalist Breaking News category, Maxime Devillaz
• Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, Finalist General Column Writing category, Harry Pearse
2016
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 3rd place, Best College Newspaper, The Pioneer
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 3rd place, Narrative News Story/Student category, Joseph Iemma
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 3rd place, Narrative Feature Story/Student category, Melanie Spina
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 3rd place, Narrative Sports Story/Student category, Thomas Scavetta
• Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, Finalist Feature Writing category, Marxime Devillaz
• Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, Finalist General Column Writing category, Harry Pearse
2015
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 3rd place, Narrative, College News Story category, Kristen Linsalata and Dorianna Valerio
2014
• Press Club of Long Island Media Award, 1st place, Narrative, College News Story category, Dorianna Valerio and Adrianna Alvarez
2013
• Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, 2nd place, Breaking News Reporting category, Dorianna Valerio
• Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award, 1st place, General News Reporting category, Dorianna Valerio
2011
• New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) Certificate of Achievement upon the re-launch of the Pioneer. The Pioneer was the first college newspaper to ever receive a NYNPA award. April 11, 2011



CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall
Post-CACD@LIU.edu