Journalism and New Media Program Offered in Fall 2012

BROOKLYN, NY – June 25, 2012 - St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it recently received approval from the New York State Department of Education for its new journalism and new media major. This program will launch in September 2012 on the College’s Brooklyn Campus.

In contrast to a traditional journalism curriculum, the journalism and new media program at SJC seeks to prepare students for a career in the ever-changing media spectrum by exposing them to the latest technological trends in media and having them learn their craft in a hyper-local media landscape.

"To launch a successful career in media, young journalists need to know how to report and write good stories in a variety of formats,” said Christian Parenti, staff writer for the Nation and an Emmy Award nominee. “In addition, they need to learn the business side of things—St. Joseph’s new program accomplishes both tasks.”

In order to provide SJC students with first-hand experience in the field and to contribute to public discourse, the College has partnered with several leading media outlets, including television, print, online and radio. Following completion of their sophomore year, journalism and new media majors will have the opportunity to learn their craft alongside some of New York City’s most dynamic news personalities.

"St. Joseph’s is building one of the most practical journalism and media studies programs in the country, right in the core of urban life,” said Bill Carey, news director, WPIX 11. "It is exciting and humbling to join the advisory board of the journalism and new media studies program at the College. The vision to offer students a blend of academic and practical skills and prepare them to compete in the workforce is something I'm eager to help build."

For more information about the journalism and new media major at SJC, contact Theodore Hamm, Ph.D., director of journalism and new media studies on the Brooklyn Campus, at thamm@sjcny.edu or 718.940.5307.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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