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.
This 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.
6 'working' majors for undergraduate students
The hallmark of our undergraduate programs is experiential learning. Each major requires 400 hours of internships.
- BROADCAST JOURNALISM 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.
- JOURNALISM 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.
- MEDIA STUDIES 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.
- SPORTS MEDIA 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+.
- STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION 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.
- VIDEO PRODUCTION majors want to use their creativity and technical prowess to create dynamic videos for television, film, streaming networks, sports corporations and nonprofits.
2 fully online graduate programs
- COMMUNICATION will help you master the art of strategic storytelling and creative thinking while demonstrating strength in strategic planning and campaign analysis. Specialize in:
- LEADERSHIP will prepare you 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.
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
From 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.
A record of accomplishment
New York Times columnist Dan Barry (right), a 1980 SBU graduate, says every time he sits down to write one of his former SBU professor's 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
Meet Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School, and read about our mission, our learning objectives, and our promise to our majors.
Plus, learn about:
ABOUT THE JANDOLI SCHOOL
- 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
Dec 07, 2020 | An activist movement launched in 1970 to bring more attention to African American jazz musicians will be the focus of the Jandoli Institute’s next Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts forum on music and social justice. The session, Outrage, Protests and Passion 50 Years before BLM, will take place online on Dec. 21, starting at 7 p.m.
Dec 07, 2020 | Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, has been hitting the speaking circuit lately. On Oct. 24, he did a Zoom program for the Chambersburg Civil War Seminar about a May 10, 1864, attack at the battle of Spotsylvania.
Nov 16, 2020 | Twenty-four hours. That’s the amount of time in which the Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC) at St. Bonaventure University will host #GivingTuesdayatBonas, an online fundraising event with a goal of $40,000 on Dec. 1.