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Please join us Oct. 19 to celebrate our rich legacy and exciting future!  

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The Jandoli School of Communication’s 75th Anniversary and Hellinger celebration will be held Oct. 19 on campus. The festivities will include the 2024 Hellinger Award Ceremony honoring Rich Williams, ’24, and Cassidey Kavathas, ’24, and the Alumnus of the Year presentation to Lee Coppola, former dean of the school and a member of the Class of 1964. 

The Oct. 19 events will begin with a symposium at 1 p.m. followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jandoli School’s facilities expansion and renovation, the celebration program and a reception and dinner.

Book your room now at the Fairfield Inn & Suites using the St. Bonaventure University Group rate! 

Details for event registration coming soon.


Jandoli School of Communication

The Jandoli School is one of just 19 private university journalism and mass communication programs accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Logo for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass CommunicationThis accreditation, based on such standards as curriculum and instruction, faculty, scholarship, facilities, student services, diversity and inclusiveness, is outside evidence of the strength of our programs, and recognition of the work we have been doing for more than 70 years.

7 'working' majors for undergraduate students

The hallmark of our undergraduate programs is experiential learning. Each major requires 400 hours of internships.

    Majors are prepared for communication careers in a variety of video and audio media fields. Our students produce broadcasts for SBU-TV in our professionally equipped and supervised broadcast studio, reaching viewers on cable TV and the internet via Spectrum.
    Majors learn to write clearly and concisely, and to appreciate that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility. Students find plenty of opportunities to hone their craft, from writing for the Bona Venture student newspaper to producing hyperlocal online news for local communities via TapInto Greater Olean. 
    Majors want to explore big ideas and how media affects society. This interdisciplinary program offers great flexibility, allowing you to follow your passions with courses from other programs.
    Majors follow a course of study designed to prepare them for careers in a variety of sports-related fields. Jandoli School students broadcast many of the university's Division I athletic contests, including men's and women's home basketball games, on ESPN+.
    Majors acquire the practical skills and ethical decision-making needed to guide communication within businesses and organizations. You'll learn to create and execute integrated and complex communication plans while working in an agency setting, developing campaigns for clients.
    Majors want to use their creativity and technical prowess to create dynamic videos for television, film, streaming networks, sports corporations and nonprofits.
    Majors are provided with an ethical grounding as well as necessary practical knowledge and experiences in preparing them for communication and advocacy roles in nonprofit and nongovernmental professions.

  • 4 fully online graduate programs

      Master the art of strategic storytelling and creative thinking while demonstrating strength in strategic planning and campaign analysis. Specialize in content marketing or integrated marketing communication.

      This program prepares you to be competitive in today's modern news landscape by equipping you with the skills to develop original stories for traditional and digital media, based on the highest journalistic standards. You will learn to connect with audiences on a wide range of platforms by incorporating photography, video, design and audio.

      Prepare to lead with empathy and compassion in any business climate, leaning on a solid foundation of skills in communication, strategic thinking, change management, innovation and team-building.

      Learn the skills necessary to become a modern-day sports journalist, combining traditional news reporting with a wide variety of digital competencies, including social media and storytelling, podcasts, and mobile experiences. In our SBU Alumni Master Classes, you will learn from some of the top journalists in the field, including ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post.

    Early assurance programs

    Qualified high school seniors can earn guaranteed placement, as incoming freshmen, in one of two master's degree programs.

    • Early Assurance Journalism
      Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed placement in either of two online graduate programs:
      • M.A. in Digital Journalism
      • M.A. in Sports Journalism

    • Early Assurance Marketing Communication
      Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed placement in our M.A. in Marketing Communication program.
    To learn more about these early assurance programs, CLICK HERE.

    It's your game plan

    We provide the instruction, mentoring and opportunity, you carry the ball from there. Our students demonstrate time and time again that they have the talent and tenacity to succeed.

    Our grads are skilled, knowledgeable, in demand

    Above all, our students learn to write well, the foundation on which every successful communication career is built.

    As a student in the Jandoli School, you will learn how to gather, analyze and communicate information, skills valued by virtually every occupation. We teach these skills within the context of a broad liberal arts background, and, in keeping with our Franciscan tradition, we pride ourselves in weaving ethics into each of our courses.

    It's no surprise, then, that our graduates work in a variety of professions: journalism, public relations, advertising, sports media, broadcasting, corporate communications, law, government and more. Our professors have hundreds of years of experience in these areas and others.

    Experiential learning: Put your education to work

    A student works the camera during an SBU-TV broadcastFrom a 400-hour internship requirement for all Jandoli School majors, to numerous opportunities to work in campus media, to a course in which students serve as a marketing communications consultancy with real local business clients, experiential learning has long been a hallmark of a communications degree from St. Bonaventure.

    Students run a highly ranked campus radio station, publish weekly print and daily online newspapers, broadcast a weekly news program, cover SBU athletics on campus, and publish the oldest consecutively published student literary magazine in the country.

  • ESPN's 'Woj' uses his SBU education daily

    ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Class of 1991, credits his success to the fundamentals of accuracy, fairness and thoroughness that he learned at St. Bonaventure.

    A record of accomplishment

    Dan Barry speaking at Commencement in 2016New York Times columnist Dan Barry (right), a 1980 SBU graduate, says every time he sits down to write, one of his former SBU professors has his ear, "urging me to find a better word ... to seek the electricity that can be sparked by language."

    Our graduates work in a variety of professions and have won many of journalism's highest honors. In addition to five Pulitzer Prize winners, we have duPont, Peabody, Emmy, Sports Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winners, a National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame inductee, and National and New York Sportswriter of the Year winners.

    We have more winners than any other school in the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholarship essay contest, which invites participation from only the strongest journalism programs in the nation.

    A degree from the Jandoli School of Communication means not only that you have learned from the best, but that you're prepared to claim your spot among them.


  • About the Jandoli School of Communication

    Aaron ChimbelMeet Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School, and read about our mission, our learning objectives, and our promise to our majors.

    Plus, learn about:

    • Innovation: The Jandoli School digital magazine
    • Jandoli School scholarships, events and awards, including the prestigious Mark Hellinger and Woman of Promise awards
    • The Jandoli Institute, created in 2019 to explore today's media landscape in an effort to help ensure that media continues to play a constructive role in our nation's democracy

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    Siena/SBU Annual Sports Fanship Survey

    3 of 4 Americans will watch Super Bowl; 1 in 5 have an online sportsbook account

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    The Jandoli School of Communication and the Siena College Research Institute have again teamed up to conduct the annual  American Sports Fanship Survey. In Part I: All Things Super Bowl, results show that 75% of all Americans will watch this year's game. Part 2 explores the explosion of online sports betting. 

    All Things Super Bowl (available here)
    Impact of Legalized Betting (available here)