Learn to understand and report the news as an expert

Students in the Journalism minor at St. Edward’s University learn to report, write, and produce news stories using a variety of digital tools. 

The core requirements for the Journalism minor and specialization prepare students for work in today’s fast-paced digital newsrooms. There are 21 hours required for this minor, including 9 upper-division hours.

There are three ways to minor in Journalism:
  1. Major in English Rhetoric and Writing and choose the Journalism specialization
  2. Major in Communication and choose the Media Arts and Broadcast Journalism specialization
  3. Major in the topic you want to cover and minor in Journalism

This minor can be extremely valuable for students in a range of fields. For example, public relations and business professionals benefit from learning clear communication for branding, marketing, and pitching new ideas. Students pursuing a career in science need strong writing and research skills in order to publish their scientific findings. In reality, almost every student can benefit from learning effective, clear, and concise communication, because nearly every employer values strong writing and multimedia skills.

Students learn:
  • Online news writing techniques
  • How to use social media as a reporting tool
  • How to shoot and edit video
  • An introduction to data visualization
  • The role of computer science and coding in newsrooms
Degree Plans:

For more information about Journalism at St. Edward's University, feel free to contact Associate Professor Jena Heath, at jenaheath [at] stedwards.edu or visit her website.

For course descriptions, please see the PDF iconUndergraduate Bulletin

View recent literary works by St. Edward's students in the Hilltop Views Student Newspaper.

Outcomes

The investigative aspect of journalism, including the process of interviewing, can be helpful for a number of different careers, such as a role as a public relations manager, a market researcher, or an ethnographer.

Students in this program acquire skills in:
  • Storytelling
  • Digital news writing and production skills
  • Investigative research
  • Interviewing
  • Writing with clarity and brevity
  • Prioritizing the most important information first
  • Copy editing and proofing written work
  • Understanding the role of ethics in journalism
Graduates of the Journalism program have:
  • Served as reporters at the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications
  • Earned acceptance into elite graduate programs, including the
    • Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
    • Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
    • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University 
  • Earned graduate degrees at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) multimedia graduate journalism program and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

Outside the Classroom

Hilltop Views

Students may practice their skills working at the Hilltop Views, the campus newspaper, which is both online and in print. There are opportunities for writing, shooting pictures or videos, designing, copy editing, and advertising sales. These positions can be for course credit and/or pay.

Internships

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships to get on-the-job experience and to get a better idea of whether or not you can see yourself in this career. Examples of past student internships students have done in Austin include the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Tribune. For advice about making the most of an internship in a newsroom, check out this discussion led by journalism veteran Joe Grimm

Interaction with Professionals in the Field

The Journalism program strives to give students opportunities to interact in person with practicing journalists as often as possible. 

Michele Kay Outstanding Journalist Award

Each year, an outstanding graduating senior in the Journalism program is selected for the Michele Kay Outstanding Student Journalist Award. They receive $300 underwritten by Hilltop Views in honor of Kay, a St. Edward’s University graduate, professional journalist for 40 years, and St. Edward’s University faculty member. She inspired students to participate in campus journalism and created the Journalism minor. She died in 2011.

Meet the Faculty

The Journalism faculty boasts years of experience working in newsrooms. They’re passionate about keeping students on top of the latest forms of journalism and preparing them for careers in an evolving industry. Our faculty thrive off of their students’ successes and continued interest in journalism. They are dedicated to providing students a solid foundation in journalism and continuously adding new tools to their toolboxes.

“I teach the same way I practiced journalism for nearly 20 years — with heart,” says Jena Heath, Associate Professor of Journalism, Faculty Adviser to Hilltop Views, and Coordinator of the Journalism program. “My particular areas of interest are writing with voice, precision and depth and helping young people become avid, thoughtful news consumers as we all navigate this socially networked world.”

About the Minor

For more information about Journalism at St. Edward’s University, feel free to contact Associate Professor Jena Heath, at jenaheath [at] stedwards.edu or visit her website.

For course descriptions, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.