Journalism


Your Future in Journalism

Journalism is an exciting, dynamic career critical to the future of an informed and enlightened society. You can make a difference by pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to work in:

  • News and sports reporting, writing, visual
    journalism (video and still), design and publishing for the Internet, broadcast, newspapers, magazines and books
  • Advertising in agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and media
  • Public relations in agencies, corporations, government and nonprofit organizations
  • Web and desktop publishing
  • Teaching in secondary schools

A journalism degree with its emphasis on writing and critical thinking can also provide a solid foundation for graduate studies, law school or other corporate professions.

Our journalism alumni have won a total of eight Pulitzer Prizes, print journalism’s top award; and the Cannes Grand Prix for Good, the top international creative advertising award for public awareness and nonprofit organizations.

What we offer

In the Mayborn School of Journalism, we teach you how to communicate and tell stories relevant to society’s needs. You’re also equipped with the knowledge of current practices, which are constantly evolving as the industry changes.

You can pursue one of two concentrations depending on your career aspirations. The news concentration focuses on digital and print journalism, broadcast journalism and photojournalism. The strategic communication concentration emphasizes advertising and public relations. We also offer a certificate in sports journalism. Information about this certificate is at journalism.unt.edu.

You’ll receive extensive hands-on experience through required course work, state-of-the-art technology labs and
our student-created media while pursuing your degree. On the news side, you can work on the North Texas Daily, Denton Community Television and Mayborn magazine. In the strategic communications concentration, you can be a part of SWOOP, the student-managed advertising and public relations agency, or Gravitas, the student ad team that participates in the National Student Advertising Competition.

Internship opportunities also abound because of the university’s location in the nation’s fifth largest media market. Internships allow you to earn valuable work experience and possibly academic credit.

Our faculty members are experienced reporters, writers, broadcast journalists, visual journalists, copywriters and advertising/public relations professionals in addition to being well-known scholars. Many have won national awards, including:

  • DuPont Columbia Awards – the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize
  • Peabody Awards – one of the oldest international awards for broadcast media
  • Walter Cronkite Awards – for excellence in television and political journalism

You can meet other Journalism majors by participating in the student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association, Public Relations Student Society of America and Ad Club, affiliated with the American Advertising Federation.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together Journalism majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The nationally acclaimed Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference annually hosts well-known professionals who offer different insights into the profession. Past keynote speakers have included Joyce Carol Oates, N. Scott Momaday and Paul Theroux.

The Mayborn School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.; Lawrence, Kan. 66045-7575; telephone 785-864-3973). Only about one-fourth of the nation’s journalism and mass communications programs are accredited by this organization. This distinction means the school meets or exceeds high standards of excellence in journalism education.

What to expect

To become a Journalism major, you’ll need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in your pre-major journalism courses and have a 2.5 cumulative UNT GPA. The pre-major courses, which total 9 credit hours, provide a broad overview of the different aspects of journalism. From there, your courses will be more focused on your individual area of study.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management.

Academic advisors will assist you in planning your educational career, learning the skills needed for academic success and understanding how to access the resources and services available to you at UNT.

HOW TO ENROLL AT UNT

 

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit unt.edu/credit.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.