Columbia College Chicago

Journalism

The Journalism program is committed to educating students in critical, creative and independent thinking; ethical decision making; and the fundamentals of accurate and lively reporting, writing and editing for all media. You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a choice of concentrations: News & Features, Magazine, Health & Science, or Broadcast. We offer a Master of Arts degree focused on public affairs reporting. You can also add a Journalism minor to your existing course of study.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Multimedia Journalism, BA

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Gain hands-on multimedia experience in one of three concentrations within our Multimedia Journalism program: Broadcast Journalism (Television or Radio emphasis), Magazine, or News and Features.

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Concentrations:
Multimedia Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, BA – Television or Radio emphasis

Broadcast journalists are expert storytellers. At Columbia, you’ll learn how to find and tell compelling stories while gaining the social media and technical skills required to produce broadcast news, features and online content for blogs and podcasts. Radio students gain invaluable experience at our college station, 88.1 WCRX-FM, a fantastic training resource and creative outlet. As a Television student, you’ll get your hands on our industry-standard equipment and learn whether you want to work behind the scenes or deliver news on camera.

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Multimedia Journalism - Magazine, BA

Magazine publishers are increasingly moving their content online, a transformation you’ll be well prepared to handle with a degree from Columbia. Our Magazine concentration provides you unparalleled hands-on training for writing and editing careers in print or digital publication. You’ll collaborate with your peers on college magazine Echo and learn how to publish a glossy magazine in print and online. Your portfolio will reflect a broad understanding of contemporary magazine production practices.

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Multimedia Journalism – News and Features (with sports option), BA

Chicago and its many diverse neighborhoods provide a dynamic backdrop for you to begin your reporting career. In this writing-intensive concentration, you’ll learn how to report and write about public affairs issues across platforms, from deadline news to in-depth analysis. You’ll take advanced courses in investigative journalism, sports reporting and political reporting. You’ll have the opportunity to work on our award-winning student newspaper, the Columbia Chronicle.

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Multimedia Photojournalism, BA

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As a Multimedia Photojournalism student at Columbia, you’ll learn how to tell a compelling visual story—whether it’s captured with a DSLR camera or a smartphone. This program incorporates photography, video, audio and web development in addition to journalistic reporting and writing. You’ll learn to work on deadline and how to find, follow, capture and file your stories. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a skilled digital journalist with a visually compelling body of work.

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Interdisciplinary Documentary, BA

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Documentary filmmakers wear many hats. They’re directors and writers, photographers and voice actors. But above all else, documentary filmmakers are compelling storytellers with a passion for spreading the truth. As an Interdisciplinary Documentary major, you’ll take courses in a variety of departments and gain a comprehensive education that covers nonfiction storytelling through story, image and sound. You’ll graduate with a wide knowledge of documentary theory and practice and a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.

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Social Media and Digital Strategy, BA

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Columbia’s Social Media and Digital Strategy major is where digital content and marketing meet social media platforms. As a graduate of this dynamic new program, you’ll be valuable to companies and brands in the arts, media, entertainment, fashion, retail, startups, nonprofits, government agencies and a growing number of industries. You’ll produce creative content for Snapchat, Instagram and video platforms, and you’ll use social media to communicate with consumers. Here, you’ll learn about the business and strategic aspects of social media.

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Journalism Minor

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Explore an interest in journalism and discover more career options and freelance opportunities with a journalism minor. It’s a great fit if you’re studying fashion, management, public relations, graphic design and nonfiction. The program focuses on the fundamentals of writing and reporting and teaches you how to use technology and social media in the service of good journalism. The Journalism minor will help you become a better writer and digital storyteller, as well as a more sophisticated news consumer.

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