The journalism profession binds us together by giving us a shared understanding of what is happening in our community, our nation, and our world. Technological innovation and globalization have dramatically transformed the news business. Today information that journalists gather, interpret, and communicate is distributed across a range of platforms to an expanding audience of media-savvy consumers. In this age of convergent journalism, reporters must not only tell a good story, but also create different versions for print, broadcast, online, and social media.
As a Journalism student, you will learn to recognize a promising story topic, sharpen your research skills, analyze and interpret information, and master the art of interviewing. You will learn how to create stories for multiple platforms and to meet the ethical and legal responsibilities of reporting the news. And you will discover that, despite the recent changes in both the business and the craft, the core requirement of journalism remains the same - the ability to write credibly in clear and precise language.
Bryant encourages you to put theory into practice by participating in the student newspaper, The Archway ; the student-run radio station WJMF; and at the television studio.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
As a Journalism graduate, you may choose to become a reporter, anchor, or editor, but your skills will be valued in many professions – as a researcher, public relations specialist, and script writer, to name a few. These skills will also serve you well in graduate or law school.
Mary Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Communication
Lyons thinks of her 40 years of teaching at Bryant as being part of a closely knit family. “There is no other institution quite like Bryant,” she says. The journalism course at Bryant first came about because of the Watergate scandal and is still popular today, Lyons notes. “Business people think that artists – writers, philosophers, and the like– don’t understand them or don’t like them.” The fact is, Lyons says, that “many of the most successful business people are very creative. It’s being able to think differently that benefits them.”