Wayne State University

Journalism

Major in Print and Digital Journalism

Wayne State University’s print and online journalism major prepares successful graduates for a wide variety of careers in journalism and other fields. Students learn how to get information, how to write effectively, and to tell stories and communicate on a wide variety of platforms for many different media. Additionally, they learn feature writing and how to design and package information for the web, information some of them use to create their own blogs, newsletters, and other digital or print publications. Students also get a thorough grounding in the history and law of American journalism and study management techniques and professional ethics. All students do at least one professional internship, many of which have led to jobs. Alumni have gone on to careers in newspapers, magazines and other print publications; have gone to medical schools and law schools; and have used the communications techniques they learned to be successful in business and many other careers.

Major in Broadcast Journalism

Wayne State University’s broadcast journalism concentration prepares our graduates for careers in TV, radio, and the fast-growing field of the internet. Students learn the fundamentals of journalism, and also learn a wide variety of state-of-the-art on-air and producing and editing techniques. All students get real-world experience by doing internships with some of the many professional TV and radio stations in Metropolitan Detroit. Additionally, they learn how to write news for broadcast and how to design and package information for the web, information some of them use to create their own online or broadcast productions. Students also get a thorough grounding in the history and law of American journalism and study management techniques and professional ethics. Alumni have gone on to careers in radio, television and the web; some have used their broadcast journalism techniques to be successful in business and other careers; many have also gone on to graduate school.

Wayne State also offers a minor in journalism, open to students majoring in any other program of the university.

Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at WSU is the first of its kind and is one of the few programs in the country dedicated to increasing diversity in the area of journalism. JIMD awards first semester scholarships to new students and other scholarships are available after one semester as a journalism major.

The Benjamin J. Burns Journalism Library

The holdings of Wayne State's Benjamin J. Burns Journalism Library are available for students to take out on loan and use in their own writing and research. The library itself is located on fifth floor Manoogian Hall, room 560, across from the Journalism Office. The holdings are arranged into the two categories of non-fiction and miscellaneous. Basic lists, as universal, keyword searchable, PDFs, are linked below. The list can be obtained also as a Microsoft Access Database. To arrange to check out materials, contact Carol Horn in the Journalism Office at c.n.horn@wayne.edu or (313) 577-2627.

Non-Fiction Holdings (PDF)   Miscellaneous Holdings (PDF)

 

 

The library is named for the late Professor Ben Burns who was a head of the Journalism Program for nearly twenty years and founded Wayne State's Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. His career in the newspaper business spanned thirty years, where, among many positions, he worked as executive editor and chief administrative editor of The Detroit News and editor and publisher of The Macomb Daily and The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak. He also was founding editor of GrossePointeToday.com. Professor Burns was named to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and the Michigan State News Alumni Hall of Fame. He was an American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Excellence fellow and a Pulitzer juror.