Journalists provide a vital service to democracy by keeping citizens informed and holding elected leaders accountable. 

Journalists tell stories that educate and entertain, helping expand the perspective of their readers and viewers. When you study journalism and digital media at St. Edward’s, you’ll learn to interview, organize information, write, edit, and use digital tools, ensuring that you can update your skills as newsroom technology evolves. 

Journalism & Digital Media at St. Edward‘s encompasses news literacy, journalistic practice and digital skills through the lens of civic understanding and engagement. Our program trains students to conceptualize and produce stories using data and digital tools in a liberal arts context that holds humanism as a core value. Issues around privacy, data ownership, and automation are actively considered and discussed as students learn to write chatbots, create data visualizations, shoot and edit video, and tell compelling audio stories. We also teach our students to write with accuracy, rigor, and clarity.

You’ll learn how to write for digital outlets, use social media as a reporting tool, shoot and edit video, and use computer science and coding to enhance your work. You’ll graduate prepared to work in any type of media environment.

Outside the classroom, hone your craft as a reporter or editor at the student news outlet, Hilltop Views, and at internships in Austin. As a state capital and the home of multiple media organizations, Austin is an ideal place to work in the field of journalism. Your training will also help you succeed in public relations, business, research — and any field that prioritizes people skills and clear communication.

What do our graduates do?

Journalism and Digital Media minors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Reporters and editors at the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, the Juneau Empire, at the Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C. and other publications
  • Chief of Policy & Communications for the City of Dallas, Texas
  • Social Media Marketing and Communications professionals
  • Future newsroom leaders earning graduate degrees at elite 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 and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University 

For more information about Journalism & Digital Media  at St. Edward’s University, please contact  and Professor Jena Heath, who coordinates the program. The Journalism and Digital Media minor is part of the Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric.

The Classroom and Beyond

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.

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.