Journalism at the University of Northern Iowa
Journalism at UNI starts with a minor that focuses on reporting, news writing, editing and design, online journalism, photojournalism, and mass communication law and ethics, and is taught by experienced and capable faculty. The minor is popular with students from all areas across campus who want to write well and understand the best practices in journalism.
The program helps place students in internships at the Waterloo Courier, the Cedar Falls Times, and print, radio and television newsrooms throughout the Midwest. Our students also often write and edit for the campus newspaper, the Northern Iowan.
Our graduates work for a number of news organizations in Iowa and around the country, including Radio Iowa, KIMT (Mason City), KCRG (Cedar Rapids), KWWL (Waterloo), KWCH (Kansas City), the Waterloo Courier, and the Washington Post.
Interested in a career in journalism?
There are three excellent options for combining the journalism minor with one of the Communication Studies majors to get a well-rounded plan of study for a career in journalism.
1. Electronic Media major + Journalism minor:
This is a popular combination for students who want to combine the print, design, and online skills of the Journalism minor with the radio, television, and documentary film strengths of the Electronic Media major.
2. Political Communication major + Journalism minor:
Students who are focused on politics and public affairs reporting will be drawn to this option, which brings together the skills of journalism and an in-depth understanding of campaigns, elections, public opinion, and research methods.
3. Interactive Digital Studies major + Journalism minor:
As all journalism organizations move online, the Interactive Studies Major becomes the key path in obtaining the skills and knowledge about digital culture and theory. Areas of study such as Digital Visualization, Digital Computation, Digital Imaging, and Digital Advertising give students an edge in Internet journalism and entrepreneurial journalism start-ups.