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Public Affairs Journalism


Public Affairs Journalism (PAJ)
teaches you how to investigate and disseminate news. Our multimedia focus prepares you to integrate this training with the multimedia skills necessary for packaging news stories with word, still photo, audio, and video.

As a journalism student, you also are taught to consider the context in which you will practice the field, including an understanding of the social, legal, and ethical implications that all journalists encounter.


Curriculum Sheets

PAJ Curriculum Sheet (for students admitted to major Summer 2012 or later)

PAJ Transition Curriculum Sheet (for students admitted to major prior to Summer 2012)

General Education Requirements

Advising Resources
DARS & Minors: DARS & Minors ppt
For powerpoint, please turn up the volume on your speakers and play slideshow from the beginning to hear the voice narration of the presentation.

Our students focus on reporting, interviewing, news writing and feature writing, as well as more interactive journalism such as blogging, micro blogging, social media and multimedia.

To better allow for domain-specific expertise, students in our journalism program complete a minor in an approved area-such as political science, international studies, business, criminology, etc.--that best fits their interests.

All journalism students further hone their "real-world" skills by working on our pride-and-joy publication, The Lantern, named Ohio's Best College Newspaper, as well as by participating in a journalism-related internship.

Graduates leaving our journalism program are equipped through our extensive array of classes to enter the workplace as a multimedia journalist, ready to step directly from our classrooms into a newsroom.