The Journalism concentration teaches students a variety of writing styles exhibited in the daily press, both in print and on the web. News reporting skills, feature and magazine writing, and newsletter writing are among the skills taught. Through this concentration, students publish in the award winning University publication called The Impact found online at https://theimpactnews.com/ . Other creative writing courses are available such as screen writing, digital writing, sports writing, entertainment writing, and enterprise writing.
Media Studies: Journalism Overview
In our Media Studies program, you’ll develop the creative and technical skills
to set you apart in any media-related path you choose. You’ll learn to use media technology to communicate effectively and keep up with the industry’s ever- changing demands.
Media Studies offers three specializations so you can tell your story your way. Explore Film/Culture, Journalism, and Radio & Television Production.
Our faculty are professionals working in the fast-paced industry with teaching experience. The knowledge and techniques you acquire will prepare you for a lifetime of unforgettable storytelling.
News and content are more important than ever. Your Media Studies degree can set you up in just about any field where great writers, producers and communicators are needed.
- Editorial/Column Writing
- Investigative Journalism
- Technical Writing
- Creative Writing
- Public Relations
- Media Relations
Video and Radio
Internships & Experience
Internships are crucial in obtaining real-world experience, building connections and exploring career choices. Students can intern at major media outlets near campus in the New York City area or anywhere they want.
Students have completed internships for organizations including:
- New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
- Westchester Magazine
- Journal News
The Mercy Advantage
Help produce our award-winning newspaper, The Impact, which is distributed to the entire University community and online to the world, enables you to build a published writing portfolio.
Internships are a required part of the curriculum and let you gain real-work experience and network with industry professionals. Students may do up to three internships (9 credits) counting toward credit in their major.
Learn in state-of-the-art facilities including our newspaper lab and television & radio studios right on the Dobbs Ferry campus under one roof.
Academically qualified faculty with private sector experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Yes, internships are a required part of our curriculum. Students have interned at leading news and communications organizations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Westchester Magazine, The Journal News, and MLB.com to name a few.
Writers are needed in all organizations and the valuable writing skills you learn can be transferred to many career paths. Over 67 percent of the program's graduates got jobs after graduation in the file they studied or related fields. These graduates work at Time, Inc., Wiley Educational Publishing, Christian Science Monitor, Gannett Newspapers, and The Rivertowns Enterprise.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice here what you might not elsewhere, including writing in a variety of writing styles. Complete semesters are spent in individual areas such as news reporting, feature article writing, enterprise writing, web writing, and magazine writing just to name a few.
Students in this concentration produce a news publication called The Impact. This award winning newspaper, which is distributed to the entire University community and available online at theimpactnews.com enables its student writers to build a portfolio, a useful tool when interviewing for a job as a writer.
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
History: 48 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Develop appropriate creative, technical, and communication skills necessary for work in media related fields
- Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in their chosen fields
- Use media technology to communicate and present material as per their major
- Create personal and social presentations in their chosen media
- Find ready employment in their chosen fields or continue onto advance study