Broadcast, Print, Web — today’s journalists do far more than gather and report the news. The 21st century demands journalism professionals be skilled writers, photographers, videographers, sound technicians, editors and producers. Interested in taking your reporting skills around the globe? Our International Journalism major provides all the same skills as Broadcast/Print/Web with the added benefit of a semester’s study abroad.
UW-Whitewater offers a well-rounded Journalism major that will prepare you for multiple career paths, whether you want to be on the air, behind the scenes, at the keyboard or even telling stories from abroad.
If you’re especially interested in print and web Journalism, you should know our award-winning newspaper is hot-off-the-press each week, and its online version publishes stories as news happens - meaning students get hands-on experience. While the editorial department focuses on interviewing and writing, the advertising department manages client accounts and places ads in the paper. The multimedia department takes photos and creates graphics, delivered through web publishing and print issues. For their hard work, students win Wisconsin Newspaper Association and American Collegiate Press awards each year.
100% of UW-Whitewater Journalism majors were employed in their field within one year of graduation. (2018-2019). In addition to gaining experience in student media, journalism majors can intern at area media organizations for credit. Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago media love our journalism students! The journalism program also has strong connections with alumni, as well as regional, national and international journalism organizations to ensure students are hired before graduation.
This signature, live sports talk program is simulcast on TV and radio Monday through Friday at 5 p.m.
As a Journalism major at UW-Whitewater, you can take part in many hands-on storytelling and producing experiences at campus media outlets:
You can also lend your print, web and broadcast Journalism skills to client projects with the UW-Whitewater Advertising Association.
Evan Halpop, Journalism major, works for the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Athletics Department covering games and taking headshots of athletics staff and players. He loves his work, saying “I was born to do this!” This fall Evan will be working as a photojournalism intern for the Milwaukee Admirals.
Journalism is a highly competitive field, and UW-Whitewater prepares you to stand out among other applicants. We encourage you to gain hands-on experience through campus media outlets, as well as in the field and across the globe:
Learn from media professionals while building your portfolio and industry connections. Our students often intern for local and regional news outlets and websites.
Learn more about Journalism internships
Study abroad program
If you’re choosing an International Journalism emphasis, you’re required to spend at least one semester abroad.
See study abroad options
Travel study courses
Each year, the communication department offers a travel study course: an on-campus class which culminates with a related international trip.
Learn more about travel opportunities
You’ll leave the UW-Whitewater Journalism program with a unique set of skills that will prepare you for positions not just in traditional and digital journalism, but in a variety of communication capacities in industries of all kinds.
Here are just a few places our recent graduates found Journalism careers and related jobs:
Our Journalism faculty members are award-winning journalists, former broadcasting professionals, writers, producers and others who bring a wide range of career and life experience to UW-Whitewater.
In WHY I TEACH, Jim Mead, the director of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s television station, talks about teaching and mentoring visual storytellers. Mead puts students behind cameras, in front of cameras, in the control room and into the community to bring back stories to broadcast.
"Dr. Keith Zukas has developed me into a confident and skilled journalist via constructive critiques, writing advice, and unwavering support. I had no prior journalistic experience and was insecure about my writing ability, however, he showed outstanding patience and confidence in my potential to improve. I look up to Dr. Zukas as a journalistic mentor, and his impact translates directly into who I am today." — Scout Springgate, Class of 2021
The UW-Whitewater Journalism major offers the following options:
In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, the Journalism major requires a set of core courses, including:
Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism majors will take either:
Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism majors will also complete two practicum courses, which involve working with a campus media outlet in an editorial, production, director or other role.
International Journalism majors will also complete Cross Cultural Communication and study abroad for at least one semester.
Journalism majors will also take a variety of elective courses, which could include:
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in Journalism.
Note: To declare a major in Journalism with an International Journalism emphasis, you need a minimum GPA of 2.75.