Major in Newspaper Journalism




Education reporter, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.

“In my first job as a reporter with a newspaper, knowledge of writing and reporting were the most helpful skills. While I still had lots to learn, I had a foundation in writing and reporting to build on. I had a solid understanding of grammar, AP style and sentence structure, which made the job easier for the editors who reviewed my stories. As I gained experience as a reporter, another valuable ability was having a modest understanding of various subjects, like education, criminal law, and government.”

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S.) in Journalism: Newspaper Journalism

The newspaper journalism major prepares students for jobs as newspaper reporters, editors, and page designers. While the program contains a large practical component with hands-on courses in news, reporting, copy editing, page layout, and desktop publishing, it also contains a strong theoretical component in courses that teach press history, ethics, and law. Students take newspaper-specific courses in which they

  • write articles on speculation for the Press-Republican, Plattsburgh’s daily newspaper
  • work as reporters, photographers, section editors, copy editors, page designers, editorial cartoonists, graphic artists, and advertising designers for Cardinal Points
  • design camera-ready publications for a variety of intended audiences

Program Requirements

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about the journalism and public relations programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Jonathan Slater, Chair
Office: Ward Hall 241
Phone: 518-564-2284
Fax: 518-564-2349