Digital Journalism Major

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Journalism in the English department is a rigorous, 12-course program designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to understand and take part in today’s quickly changing, digital journalism world. The major includes a large focus on ethics, consistent with Fairfield’s mission, and a multidisciplinary approach that will draw on courses offered by other departments. It is inspired by the eloquentia perfecta approach to which the English Department aspires, consistent with Jesuit ideals.

The Digital Journalism major, alone or in combination with other majors and minors, will prepare students for professional careers in print and online journalism, broadcast journalism, technical writing, online writing, public relations, social media, marketing, law, and other fields. Students taking coursework in this major will build proficiency in media literacy and develop the ability to navigate the digital media spheres in their roles as civic leaders.

By completing a major in Digital Journalism, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to collect information and report on stories of public interest, using a conventional print format, social media tools like Twitter, and multimedia platform like WordPress.
  • Demonstrate their ability to synthesize information from varied sources, including research, interviews, eyewitness accounts; analyze its veracity and usefulness; and build it into stories to help their audience understand an issue.

  • Describe and debate the varied and sometimes conflicting roles of the press (to inform and amuse, educate and titillate, give readers what they want and what they need).
  • Explain the privileges given to U.S. journalists through the First Amendment and the limitations – legal, ethical, and from professional standards – that guide and influence their work.
  • Describe how the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and experience they develop in the program can be used in non-journalism settings such as law, public relations and marketing, and a variety of writing careers.
  • Demonstrate their ability to write and communicate clearly across multiple platforms.

Students may start the Digital Journalism sequence as early as their freshman year. Students are also encouraged to gain experience from various campus media outlets such as the Mirror, WVOF, or Stag TV.

For a 36-credit major in Digital Journalism, students complete the following:

Digital Journalism Core 21
News Media and Society
News Writing I
News Writing II: Digital Design
Media Law and Ethics
Big Data Storytelling
Journalism Practicum
Introduction to Film and Video Production
Media Electives (select 3)9
Television Studio Production
Broadcast Communication
Misinformation in Digital Media
News Media and Democracy
Introduction to Sports Writing
Journalism Editing and Design
The Power of Podcasting
Writing the Feature Story
Issues in News Writing
Sports Journalism
Documentary Film Production
English Elective (select 1)3
Literature of Illness and Healing: Wounded Storytellers and Dedicated Healers
Writing the Self: Autobiography
Creative Writing: Nonfiction I
Rhetorics that Matter: Personal, Public, Political
Rhetorics of Resistance
World of Publishing
Magazine Writing
Persuasive Writing
Issues in Professional Writing
Multimedia Writing
Capstone (select 1)3
Independent Writing Project
Total Credits36