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Katie Tercek

B.A. in Journalism Major

The objectives of this program go beyond teaching students to write clearly and concisely. Our students will also learn to:

  • craft messages in ways that are appropriate for specific audiences;
  • research critically, filter the results and present them in a cogent manner;
  • have a practical understanding of their chosen field of work;
  • integrate broad-based learning into their professional activities;
  • understand that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility;
  • understand the meaning of citizenship in the context of their professional activities and their personal lives;
  • recognize and overcome biases, prejudices and limited viewpoints (including their own) so that they can communicate effectively in a diverse world. 

Majors take 40 hours of required journalism (J/MC) courses — 11 required courses and three J/MC electives. Each student is is assigned a faculty adviser who will review the student's program.

Additional journalism requirements for graduation include the completion of 400 internship hours, under the guidance of an internship coordinator.

Majors are eligible for the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., which carries 12 credits and internship hours; and may also participate in St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs or the Oxford Summer Program.

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    Mar 14, 2018

    Jandoli School of Communication
    Jandoli School of Communication Faculty and Staff
    A research project prepared by Jandoli School faculty and students was presented Saturday, March 10, at the 2018 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University. The study, “Dawkins vs. Lautenberg: Exploring the Impact of New Jersey’s 1988 U.S. Senate Campaign,” was presented by faculty members Anne and Richard Lee and students Christian Gravius and Nicholas Youngs. Students Tyler Grudi, Michael Nelson and Sarah Waychoff assisted with the research. In their presentation, the Jandoli School faculty and students suggested that the campaign had long-term implications on politics, media and democracy because it helped fuel an era in which negative ads and personal attacks dominated political campaigns and news coverage, placing less focus on important public policy issues and ultimately leading to a less educated and informed electorate. In the years that followed the election, several of the consultants who worked on the campaign, among them Roger Ailes, Paul Begala, James Carville and Roger Stone, helped shape the nation’s political climate. The Jandoli School presentation was part of a “Politick & Rhetoric: Mass Communication Across the Political Spectrum” panel at the conference, which took place in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The one-day interdisciplinary conference was co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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