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Learn through doing


Take courses that let you write for real newspapers and design publications.

Journalism: News Major


What Will I Learn?


The news journalism major prepares you for jobs as a news reporter, editor, and page designer. 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.

  • Write articles on speculation for the Press-Republican, Plattsburgh’s daily newspaper
  • Work as a reporter, photographer, section editor, copy editor, page designer, editorial cartoonist, graphic artist, and advertising designer for Cardinal Points
  • Design publications for a variety of intended audiences

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Are you interested in having a rewarding career that makes a difference in people’s lives? Would you like to travel to exotic locations and meet interesting people? Do you have a natural talent in writing, photography, or designing graphics, websites or publications? Then perhaps a career in journalism is for you.

Our graduates have found work at:

  • Superstringer for the Chicago Tribune in Ill.
  • State House and higher education reporter at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.
  • General assignment reporter at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.
  • Writer at Vien Dong Daily News in Westminster, Calif.
  • Page designer at Paxton Media Group in Owensboro, Ky.
  • Page designer at Beaver County Times in Beaver, Pa.
  • Sports writer at Berkshire Eagle in Mass.
  • Copy editor at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sports writer at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Online advertising consultant for Newsday in Melville, N.Y.
  • City editor at Eagle Newspapers in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Sports editor at Spotlight Newspapers in Albany, N.Y.
  • Music editor at Syracuse New Times in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Editor of The News of Orange County in Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Reporter at Cooperstown Crier, Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • Reporter at Leader-Herald in Gloversville, N.Y.
  • Assistant City Editor for the Rutland Herald, Vt.
  • City Reporter at Lansing (Mich.) State Journal
  • Reporter/designer for The Citizen in Auburn, N.Y.
  • Editor of The Northern Light, Blaine, Wash.
  • Features Reporter, Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.
  • Managing editor at Marine Corps Times in Alexandria, Va.
  • Production team editor at the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
  • Senior editor and national editor at United Media Syndicate in New York City
  • Photojournalist at New York Post in New York City
  • Police reporter at The Daily News in southwest Utah
  • News reporter, associate news editor, special publications editor, and a page designer at Press-Republican in Plattsburgh
  • Sports editor and graphic artist for the Syracuse Herald Journal
  • Copy editor and features editor at the Ithaca Journal in N.Y.
  • Business reporter at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas
  • Reporter at the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Photojournalist for the New York Post.
  • Copy editor and page designer for the New Haven Register in Conn.
  • State editor for the Roswell Daily Record in N.M.
  • Crime and court reporter at the Lockport Union Sun and Journal in N.Y.
  • Sports editor, weekend editor, page designer, and reporter at the Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y.
  • Crime reporter at the Bradenton Herald in Fla.
  • City editor at the Jacksonville Daily News in N.C.
  • Reporter for the Schenectady Daily Gazette in N.Y.
  • Reporter, paginator, and photographer at The Saratogian in N.Y.
  • Copy editor and reporter at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise
  • Editor of The Northern Light in Bellingham, Wash.
  • Page designer at the Albuquerque Journal in N.M.
  • Sports reporter at the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y.
  • Reporter at the Lake Placid News in N.Y.
  • Photojournalist at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Copy editor and paginator at The Anderson Independent Mail in S.C.
  • Design editor at the Rutland Herald in Vt.
  • Copy editor at New Britain Herald in Conn.
  • Copy editor at Record-Journal in Meridian, Conn.
  • Paginator at Burlington Free-Press in Vt.
  • Reporter at Tonawanda News in N.Y.
  • Reporter at Colonie Spotlight in N.Y.
  • Sports editor at North Adams Transcript in Mass.
  • Reporter at Caribbean Life in Brooklyn
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