Journalism, BSC

Tell a Story. Change the World.

The program in Journalism includes coursework that prepares a student to be a writer and/or designer for print media and the internet.

The program enables students to gather information, learn how to assimilate that information and then communicate that information to the interested parties.

Both a major and a minor are offered in Journalism.

Journalism majors are taught through hands-on practice to gather information, verify facts, exercise news judgment, write against deadlines, edit, practice ethical decision-making, and adhere to press laws and regulations.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Journalism projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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Groups & Organizations

  • UMTV

    The University of Miami’s Emmy Award-winning, student-run cable TV station. Guided by SoC faculty, UMTV produces weekly newscasts and a variety of programming, including a live newscast, a weekly sports show, a late night comedy show, and a Spanish-language news program. In addition to airing in the Coral Gables area, shows are also streamed live and archived online at

  • The Miami Hurricane

    An Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame Newspaper, The Miami Hurricane is the University of Miami’s campus newspaper produced by students that includes news, sports, opinion and entertainment sections. The Hurricane is published twice a week and is also available online at

  • WVUM 90.5 FM

    An Award-winning, student-run radio station broadcasting from the University of Miami throughout South Florida and streaming worldwide on, WVUM plays a variety of music, including alternative, world, hip hop, techno and more. The station also produces news and information programming, including sports broadcasts and a political affairs show. Students participate as DJ’s, newscasters, station managers, ad sales reps, and more.

  • Distraction

    A lifestyle, entertainment and fashion magazine focusing on student culture at the University of Miami. Students write and edit stories, take photos and design layout for the magazine, which also has an online edition,

  • Ibis Yearbook

    The University of Miami’s Ibis yearbook, made its debut in 1927 at the end of the University’s first year. In the foreword of the first yearbook, the strength and spirit of those pioneering students rang out: “We have no traditions to follow, no precedents to guide us in our venture into the realms of education…. We are constructing this yearbook for the purpose of making permanent record of accomplishments of our first year.” The Ibis has been published annually since that first year and has grown considerably. The most recent volume of the Ibis was 480 full color pages, and created by staff of nearly fifty.

Featured Courses

Advanced Documentary Photography is a class designed to improve the visual storytelling news gathering, and photographic technical skills introduced in the introductory course.

A study of First Amendment law and theories concerning libel, privacy, copyright, advertising, corporate communications, reporter privilege, free-press/fair trial, pornography, access to government information, broadcasting and new communication technologies. Discussion of international perspectives on media regulation.

Computer Assisted Reporting introduces students to the use of computer tools for newsgathering, including online tools, Internet tools and database tools for reporting. Prerequisite: CNJ 111 and 216.

Skill development in gathering facts and other material for, and in preparation of, news stories in a variety of genres across platforms. Focus on gathering information from multiple sources, analyzing and organizing information for dissemination, and presenting the most pertinent facts clearly and cohesively to multiple media outlets.

A capstone experience that requires students to use effectively their full range of journalistic knowledge, newsgathering, and writing skills tp prepare n ews and information for different media platforms.

Introduction to informal graphic procedures and practices as they pertain to print and online media. Layout and design typography, mechanical production techniques, and production vocabulary will be an integral part of this course.

Survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods used to collect and analyze data on media audiences. Course also covers metrics used by media industries. Practice in conducting small-scale audience measurement is included.

Introduction to electronic editing and development of skills in copy editing, headline writing, picture editing, and newspaper layout.

Emphasis on reporting, writing and analysis about institutions, issues and acti ons of local government, and their effects on society.

Introduction to editing and design, with emphasis on the development of skills in editing copy and photos, writing headlines, news judgment and designing print publications and websites.