Phone: (845) 257-3460
Location: Coykendall Science Building, Room 48
Web Address: www.newpaltz.edu/comm_media
The Journalism major offers students practical training in how to gather and write news, as well as a theoretical understanding of how the news media operate in American society. The program focuses on developing skills that will prepare students for careers in media.
Students in news-writing courses work in computer laboratories, writing stories under deadlines. In other classes they edit and design publications on state-of-the-art computers. All journalism students are required to complete an internship. Many do so at the Legislative Gazette, a weekly newspaper in Albany. The Gazette, which has a full-time professional editor, readies students for the work force, where more than one-third of the nation's economy is now centered on the processing of information.
Students may not receive a grade lower than "C-" in any course considered part of the student's major program.