Columbia College Chicago

Multimedia Journalism – News and Features, BA

In a crowded digital media landscape, we need ethical, accurate journalists more than ever. As a News and Features major, you’ll learn how to place news in a context that helps readers, listeners and viewers make sense of the world.

You’ll report on topics such as business, urban affairs and the environment and build a body of work that includes the ability to use social media to break news and report human-interest stories. You may want to join the team at our award-winning weekly student newspaper, the Columbia Chronicle, and its website, which are produced by student editors, reporters and designers. You’ll also have opportunities to enter professional journalism award competitions, study abroad and find internships.

What to Expect Your First Year

You’ll take Introduction to Journalism, which is part of the foundational course requirements for the Multimedia Journalism major. This intro course is not, however, your traditional survey class. In your first few weeks, you’ll venture out into the city, finding and developing stories with close guidance from your professors. There are even opportunities to have your stories published so you can start building a body of work. This practical application will help you hone your reporting skills and support your study of theory, practice and historical perspectives.

What to Expect Your Last Year

As a senior, you’ll curate your body of work and refine your portfolio. You’ll take electives like Covering Politics and Launching a Journalism Startup, and hone your portfolio by publishing on ChicagoTalks, the Journalism program’s news website.

By your last year, you’ll likely be working on your second internship, bringing with you a practical knowledge of industry standards, technology and practices. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a portfolio that reflects your experience reporting news in a major media market.

Detailed Program Information

Real-world Opportunities

What experience will I get outside the classroom?

Columbia prides itself on giving you real-world opportunities. As a Journalism student, you’ll have the chance to cover exciting issues across Chicago in spheres such as politics, culture, entertainment and sports. The city will be your laboratory, as you learn and report alongside professional journalists.

You’ll have the chance to work on award-winning, student-produced media outlets like the Columbia Chronicle newspaper, Echo magazine, ChicagoTalks and AustinTalks online publications.

You can also take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Past locations have included Ireland and Italy.

What are my internship options?

You’ll have access to an array of internship opportunities at companies ranging from globally known media outlets to startups, both locally and nationally. Our students have landed assignments at the Chicago Reader, Time Out magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Dow Jones, U.S. News & World Report, O magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Ad Age magazine, Modern Luxury, banks and nonprofit organizations.

Our full-time internship coordinator can help you find opportunities, professional environments and internship learning experiences that best complement your coursework. Though internships are not required, we encourage you to find multiple internship experiences beginning your junior year.


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