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Sue Ciesla
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(716) 375-2520
sciesla@sbu.edu

School of Communication
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St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

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B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication Major

The objectives of this program go beyond teaching students to write clearly and concisely. Our students will also learn to:

  • craft messages in ways that are appropriate for specific audiences;
  • research critically, filter the results and present them in a cogent manner;
  • have a practical understanding of their chosen field of work;
  • integrate broad-based learning into their professional activities;
  • understand that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility;
  • understand the meaning of citizenship in the context of their professional activities and their personal lives;
  • recognize and overcome biases, prejudices and limited viewpoints (including their own) so that they can communicate effectively in a diverse world. 

Majors take 40 hours of required J/MC courses -- 11 required courses and three J/MC electives. Each student is is assigned a faculty adviser who will review the student's program.

Additional Journalism and Mass Communication requirements for graduation include the completion of 400 internship hours, under the guidance of an internship coordinator.

Majors are eligible for the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., which carries 12 credits and internship hours; and may also participate in St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs or the Oxford Summer Program.

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    Sep 13, 2017

    Rich and Anne Lee
    Faculty in the School of Communication

    Journalism faculty members Rich and Anne Lee have had their presentation proposal titled “Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting: Using a Spring Training Blog to Teach Journalism Students How to Cover a Beat” for inclusion in the Journalism and News Media area of the 2017 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association in November. Because of St. Bonaventure's rural location, opportunities to cover local governments, school boards and other traditional news beats are limited.To address this challenge, Anne and Richard Lee use a baseball spring training blog. At the start of the semester in spring reporting classes, each student is assigned to follow a Major League Baseball team during spring training and blog about the team. Students are required to keep the blog up-to-date on spring training activities on and off the field. They also are assigned to blog about specific topics, to tweet and to conduct podcasts. In their conference presentation, the Lees will describe the blog assignment in detail, share examples of blog posts, discuss the anecdotal evidence that demonstrates the success of the assignment and outline a plan for a quantitative study to better gauge the project’s impact on journalism students.






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