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Practical Training & Hands-On Experience

Want to break a big story, run a celebrity’s social media or shoot photos for a magazine? Want to help a corporate giant navigate a crisis or influence social justice? Our programs prepare you for the rapidly changing media environment with academic and real-world experience.

Journalism & Public Relations Department

The journalism and public relations professions have worked hand in hand for more than 100 years. The Department of Journalism and Public Relations combines both areas of study. The journalism and public relations programs emphasize practical experience, a key to rewarding careers in a rapidly changing media environment.

Our Program is Different

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to inform and entertain readers about the world?

We Teach Theory & Skills Balanced with an Emphasis on Practical Experience

To get the story, our students have interviewed presidential hopefuls in the New Hampshire primary, traveled to Quebec to listen to wolves, traveled to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, taken rides on an Olympic bobsled track, studied moose in Vermont, and attended national press conferences.

Public relations students participate in supervised practical experiences in the local community, while others take on internships around the world at public relations agencies, media firms, sports and entertainment concerns, healthcare institutions, government and non-governmental organizations, and major corporations.

Flexible Study Options

  • Our students can major in news, magazine, multimedia journalism, or public relations. We have the only magazine and multimedia journalism majors in SUNY.
  • If you like the outdoors, you will love our courses in Outdoor Writing.
  • If you are interested in digital journalism, you can produce multimedia news features, websites, and publications for the community.
  • If your goal is to be a sports reporter, take sports reporting from an award-winning former writer for the New York Daily News and ESPN The Magazine.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

To write stories, our teachers have traveled to New Hampshire to cover the presidential primary, to the World Cup in South Africa and to Beijing to cover the Olympics for ESPN. They have also written books and mobile device applications about travel in Montréal, Québec City, Boston, New York City and Long Island. Their articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times, SKI, Popular Science, Discover, College Media Review, Audubon, and ESPN The Magazine. They have also served as editors, photographers, writing coaches, journalism award judges, editorial consultants, web designers and multimedia journalists.

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