Journalism is an essential part of American life and culture, which makes journalists among the most influential people in our society. Journalists are in the unique position of interpreting the political, social, economic, cultural and everyday events that affect all members of society, influencing the choices we each make. The field of journalism is considered so important to the success of our nation that its freedom is protected in the Constitution.
What are the degree options?
The Journalism Program is located in Spokane, where students in all degree tracks work closely with professionals and have the opportunity to apply their education in practical situations and internships. The Journalism Program degree tracks are designed to provide students with the critical thinking skills, specialized knowledge and experience needed to be successful in any career. The Journalism Program at EWU also participates in EWU's Four-Year Guarantee.
While EWU's Journalism Program does not offer a master's degree, the program participates in the Master of Science in Communications Program, offering courses in the Organizational Communications/Public Relations Track.
What can I do with my degree?
Journalists work at large and small newspapers and magazines; for international, national and regional news services; on television and in radio; as public relations practitioners, and even on the Internet. In addition to the traditional positions of reporter, writer, editor, designer and publisher, journalists work as designers of Internet home pages and web sites, help determine and execute strategic policies in large and small organizations, and act as advisers to public figures-from the President of the United States to local politicians.
As the amount of information and the number of ways we can access it have grown, journalism has become a more important function in our society, and that trend will surely continue.
EWU graduates have gone on to work in:
- Large daily newspapers and small and medium-size community newspapers
- Freelance writing
- International news services
- Television and radio
- Public relations and advertising agencies
- U.S. Congress
- Federal, state, county and city government
- Multinational companies
- Banks and financial institutions
- Hospitals and other medical services providers
- Insurance companies
- Law firms
- Non-profit organizations
- Educational institutions
- Private and public utilities
- Retail business
Some journalism majors continue their education and go on to graduate work in:
- Public administration
- Urban planning
- Law school