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What Can I Do With This Major?

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication publishes the 
Winter 2015 edition of its magazine.
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School of Journalism & Mass Communication

The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication teaches students how to gather, analyze and communicate information, skills valued by virtually every occupation.

It's no surprise, then, that our graduates work in a variety of professions: journalism, public relations, advertising, Internet enterprises, even law. Our professors have more than 230 years' experience in these areas and others.

We teach these skills within the context of a broad liberal arts background, and, in keeping with our Franciscan tradition, we pride ourselves in weaving ethics into each of our courses.

The hallmark of each of our majors is experiential learning, In Strategic Communication and Digital Media students work in an agency setting developing campaigns for clients; Journalism and Mass Communication students will work in the SBU-TV broadcast studio, the SBU-TV Sports broadcast facility or the Journalist's Workshop covering local news and sports stories.

You'll put your education to work

Majors must complete 400 hours of internships, both with on-campus student media and off-campus, under the supervision of industry professionals.

Our skills courses are taught in computer labs, a broadcast journalism studio, and in a TV production facility.

Students run a highly ranked campus radio station, publish weekly and daily print and online newspapers, broadcast a weekly news program, cover SBU athletics on campus, and publish the oldest consecutively published student literary magazine in the country.

A record of accomplishment

Five of our graduates have won journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize. In the annual Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholarship essay contest, which invites participation from only the strongest journalism programs in the nation, St. Bonaventure has had more winners than any other school.

St. Bonaventure has had winners of the Tim Russert Medal of Merit, presented by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, the last four years of the six it has been awarded.

A degree from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication means not only that you have learned from the best, but that you're prepared to claim your spot among them.

J/MC News

    Apr 01, 2015 | St. Bonaventure University is launching a Community Perceptions Study to gain insights and opinions from regional community members about the University and its outreach efforts including admissions, athletics, community service, cultural and educational programming, and events and conferences.

    Apr 01, 2015 | St. Bonaventure’s University Ministries, in conjunction with The Franciscan Center for Social Concern, will host a Holocaust memorial service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. The event will take place in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall and is open to the public.

    Apr 01, 2015 | The issues surrounding ethics and values are becoming more complex in a globalized era, which is why international businessman Dick Kearns is committed to developing cultural skills and a global mindset in today’s students. Kearns and his wife, Maureen, sponsor the Kearns Global Business Lecture Series at St. Bonaventure University, an annual event that brings industry leaders to campus and highlights diverse perspectives on global business matters.

CommDay exposes high school students to media professionals and gives them a taste of the excitement a career in journalism can bring. For more information, view the participant application below or  contact Sue Ciesla at 716-375-2520 or