SBU-TV news anchors on the air in the Bob Koop Broadcast Lab on campus

St. Bonaventure University

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.

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.

  • 4 fully online graduate programs



    • MASTER'S IN SPORTS JOURNALISM 
      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 Communication
      Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed placement in our M.A. in Communication program. Learn more.
    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 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


    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
    ABOUT THE JANDOLI SCHOOL

    News-Publications-Research- Banner
      Sep 09, 2021 | Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, associate professor of communication, recently wrote an article highlighting the story of local TikTok celebrity, content creator, speaker and LGBTQ+ activist Leo WT, for Orato World Media, a digital news platform run by SBU alumna Pamela Say.

      Sep 04, 2021 | Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, co-edited two hardcovers published this summer by Savas Beatie: "The Summer of ’63: Gettysburg" and "The Summer of ’63: Vicksburg and Tullahoma." He also published two articles on the Civil War and worked on several projects with the American Battlefield Trust.

      Sep 04, 2021 | Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication, has authored five chapters in a new book titled "Media, News, & Consumers: Exploring Media Literacy and Journalistic Responsibility," a collection of curated research, articles and essays.