Journalism and New Media, B.A.
While the need for trustworthy news hasn’t changed, the way we tell that news has. The field of journalism is evolving to coincide with advances in digital media, and CBU’s bachelor's in journalism program is keeping pace.
The new media available to us has opened up new methods for how we share stories. As Christians, we are naturally seekers of truth — an essential quality of a journalist — and at CBU, students learn how to tell the truth, share stories, build communities and uncover injustices in the most powerful ways.
Why Study Journalism and New Media at CBU?
Learn transferrable skills
CBU’s journalism and new media major teaches students how to research, interview, write, edit, design and use a camera—not just in a classroom but in field assignments, student publications and internships. Students also use social media to engage different audiences and publish stories across a variety of traditional and digital platforms. The skills students gain are transferrable to many other fields, including marketing, business and politics.
Tell untold stories
For the last three years, a group of journalism students have traveled to Louisiana to capture the stories of Angola prisoners. They write articles, take photos and create videos for a nonprofit that seeks to teach biblical parenting to the prisoners and coordinate visiting opportunities with their children.
What You'll Learn
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of journalistic industry standards in publication layout and design.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the components of producing a multimedia journalism package — text, photography, video, audio, social media.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the components of a various journalistic stories and styles.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of the impact of the press on society.
- Students will display knowledge of AP style and journalistic reporting and writing to industry standards.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of publication organization structure, workflow and practice.
- Students will demonstrate digital photography skills.
- Students will demonstrate advanced photography skills and knowledge of composition, lighting, and the photography marketplace.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the components of multimedia story packages.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of still photography, videography and audio principles in journalism.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of various multimedia platforms for publication production.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal aspects of media.
- Students will write stories for publication across multiple platforms and industries.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of faith-based media writing and reporting.
JRN 215: News Production for Broadcast and Print Journalism
Meets weekly for discussion, instruction and critique of assignments as they pertain to news reporting, writing and editing, followed by production.
JRN 370: Social Media Strategies
This course provides students opportunities to analyze, use and produce content for current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumbler, YouTube, Reddit and other professional business platforms.
JRN 430: Multimedia Reporting, Editing and Producing
This course prepares the student to work as a journalist in today’s newsrooms, where the online and digital platforms are at least as important as the traditional print or broadcast platforms.
- Broadcast Journalism Concentration
- Photojournalism Concentration
- Writing and Publishing Concentration
Associate Professor of Public Relations
Department Chair, Communication Arts
Office Phone: 951-552-8310
Office Location: James Building 044
Professor of Communication and Leadership
Faculty Adviser, Lancer Media Group, Fellow Kienel Leadership Institute
Public Relations, Journalism, Leadership and Communication
Office Phone: 951-552-8186
Office Location: James Building 040
Instructor of Journalism
Director of Student Publications
Office Phone: 951-552-8911
Office Location: James Building 065
Studying journalism at CBU taught me the value of research and the vital role that news media play in society. Being able to be a part of Lancer Media was tough and pushed me daily, but gave me experience in the media field that I don’t think I could get anywhere else.
Adam Douglas '20
I want to write for television. A degree in journalism helps you get internships with production studios and helps you write well. Most of what we do is very hands on, which gives us the advantage of experience that other students don't have.
Isabella Damen '21
I love to write and tell stories, so journalism felt like the perfect option for me. I love the journalism program at CBU. The professors all have extensive experience in the field, and they teach you using books as well as real-world experiences. I hope to write for a well-known publication in the future or maybe venture into the world of public relations.
Kylie Voda '21
Student Opportunities: Lancer Media Group
In Lancer Media Group, students have the opportunity to write, edit, design, shoot and produce stories, photos and videos for CBU's five campus publications: Angelos yearbook, The Banner newspaper, The Banner Online, CBU TV, and Pursuit magazine. There are many opportunities to grow in leadership skills and build a portfolio of works.
Student Opportunities: Serve the Community
In the journalism and new media program, students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice with hands-on experiences that also answer the call to serve. In the past, CBU students have partnered with the Inland Empire nonprofit Social Work Action Group to visit homeless communities in the desert to tell the stories of men and women working on their journey to exit the streets, reunite with family and lead independent lives.
Journalism and new media majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.
- Freelance Writer
- Magazine Editor
- Copy Editor
- Corporate Communicator
- Marketing Specialist
- Social Media Coordinator
- Foreign Correspondent
- Broadcast Journalist
- Public Relations Specialist