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Jack Rosenberry, Chair
Douglas Bicket, Mary Loporcaro, Miri Pardo, Thomas Proietti, Kyle F. Reinson, Jeremy Sarachan, Todd Sodano, Lauren A. Vicker
St. John Fisher College’s Communication/Journalism program features a hands-on curriculum based in convergent media that educates students to become communication professionals in a rapidly changing world.
The program combines communication theory with practical experience as students learn how to create messages in a variety of forms and also study how the media have affected the history and development of society. Students learn how to research and write effectively across various media platforms; how to produce messages using multimedia skills; and how to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations as preparation for a wide variety of careers.
For students who are interested in traditional careers such as radio and television broadcasting, print and online news, or public relations and advertising work, Fisher offers outstanding preparation. Every major broadcast station and newspaper in Rochester has recent Fisher C/J graduates working as news reporters, copy editors, sports writers, anchors, producers, sales representatives, and promotions executives. Advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, hospitals, colleges, and non-profit organizations in Rochester and around the country have recent Fisher C/J graduates working as account executives, copy writers, sports information specialists, special events coordinators, and communication specialists.
But the contemporary world has many job prospects for Communication/Journalism graduates that go well beyond these traditional careers. Some recent graduates are working in local, regional and national organizations using their skills in social media management, digital media production, and Web-based presentation. Fisher’s C/J program has kept pace with the developing digital environment to prepare students for this exciting new work as well as the more traditional jobs.
Outside of the classroom, Communication/Journalism students build their skills with a wide range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities including the award-winning Cardinal Courier, our campus newspaper and online news site; Cardinal Television, an on-campus closed-circuit broadcast station; Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); PRIMA Connections (a student-run marketing communications firm); and Lambda Pi Eta, a national speech communication honor society.
Another important part of the Communication/Journalism major is the internship experience. The department has one of the largest, most active, and most effective internship programs in the region. Fisher interns are placed at local television and radio stations, newspapers, public relations firms, advertising agencies, corporations, and non-profit public service organizations. Internships allow students to gain valuable experience and build a portfolio, while making contact with leading professionals.
Students may double-major by combining Communication/Journalism with another academic discipline or elect to have a minor in Communication/Journalism. Such pairings can open the door to communications careers in specialized fields.
Transfer students are welcome and are easily acclimated to the department and the program.
The major in Communication/Journalism leads to a B.A. degree.
Communication/Journalism majors may take advantage of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. Please refer to The Washington Experience for details.