PROGRAM OVERVIEW: You’ll learn how to report and tell stories that serve the public good; how to gather news and information accurately, fairly, and ethically; and how to produce your stories for distribution across traditional and digital media platforms. There are about 71 students in this major, which means your class sizes will typically be between 12 and 15 students. Upon graduating, you can be a reporter, editor, or producer. You can work for online news media, a newspaper, radio or TV station, news magazine, or documentary film company. You can lead communications for a start-up, nonprofit, corporation, or government agency.
FACULTY: Grace Provenzano, Jill Van Wyke, and Chris Snider serve as the lead faculty for news majors. All have extensive professional experience and connections.
ACADEMIC PREPARATION: All SJMC students take alases in communications history, law and ethics from a multicultural perspective, reporting and writing, multimedia basics, career development and financial literacy workshops, and a course in emerging and evolving media.
The curriculum for news majors continually adapts to and embraces the newest technologies available, while adhering to the foundations of principled and meaningful journalism. You can select from a menu of classes that supports your area of specialization, applications, documentary film, studio production, sports producing, public affairs reporting, and advanced social media strategies.
During your senior year, you'll collaborate with students in magazine media and digital media production to create a multidisciplinary Capstone project: an award-winning website that showcases rich multicultural content.
For specific class descriptions, visit the SJMC web page.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR: You’ll need to earn 124 credit hours for your degree, with a maximum of 44 credit hours in School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) classes. The additional credit hours must be in non-SJMC courses, including 48 hours in liberal arts studies.
INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES: We’ll help you identify internships locally—and in the industry’s top markets—that can jump-start your career while you’re still a student. Drake news students have found internships with The Des Moines Register and Gannett Company, the Associated Press, KCCI-TV, WHO-TV, WOI-TV, the World Food Prize, Meredith Corporation, ABC News, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Iowa Department of Human Rights, and more. With our own full-time internship coordinator, we’ll help you find the right job.
CAREER OPTIONS: Drake news alumni work or have worked at WHDH-TV Boston and ABC7 Chicago, the National Journal, Washington Post, Time Out Chicago, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Denver Post, WSMV-TV and WTVF-TV in Nashville, ZLRIgnition advertising agency, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the National Pork Board in public relations, CNN, ESPN, the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the staffs of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, and the communications departments of the Omaha and Des Moines public school systems.
HONORS: News majors frequently win awards such as Iowa Broadcast News Association radio and television reporting awards, including top newscast and in-depth series; Iowa College Media Association awards for writing and photography, including newspaper of the year; Associated Collegiate Press Association and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication top awards for Think news magazine and website; Fulbright post-graduate fellowship; and outstanding campus Society of Professional Journalists chapter.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES: Join the staff of The Times-Delphic, Drake's award-winning, student-run print and online newspaper. Or get involved with one of our many student-produced magazines; the Drake Broadcasting System, including our campus radio station KDRA-FM; or the Drake chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. SJMC students' annual live coverage of the Drake Relays is the nation's oldest, largest, student-run broadcast.