To educate students to think and act as responsible professionals and ethical citizens in a global community; to help students develop competencies necessary to prepare them for professional employment or advanced studies; and to develop skilled professional communicators who understand their social, legal and ethical responsibilities, and their career opportunities in a technological society.
We have embarked on a journey at the Department of Journalism into the expanding world of real-time, 24-7 digital news.
Our curriculum has been expanded to provide for a solid foundation in journalism concepts and skills and the ability to specialize in content creation across a variety of media platforms.
Classes in the Department of Journalism include intensive reporting instruction and courses that take students on “deep dives” into specific coverage areas such as sports, public affairs and business journalism. Long-form and investigative journalism is covered as well.
Founded in 1927, the Department of Journalism is one of the oldest journalism departments in the country. Full accreditation means the highest academic standards among journalism programs. TCU was the first private institution in Texas to receive accreditation in journalism.
All of our professors have professional experience in addition to their academic credentials. Full professors teach some of our first-year and sophomore classes. Graduate students don’t teach any of our undergraduate courses. Our student-teacher ratio is 14 to 1.
In the classroom
After completing a core of journalism classes that teaches the essential skills and promotes critical thinking, students may receive certificates in broadcast, news-editorial, online, business or sports journalism.
All journalism majors complete the Multi-Platform Capstone as seniors, a semester-long individually tailored news project that involves major under-covered news issues or ongoing news stories on and off campus.
On the job
Experiential learning has top priority at the Department of Journalism. Reporting classes have assignments in TCU media and also partner with local professional media. We focus on internships as well, the top program being full-time internships and courses of study in Washington, D.C.
All students leave with the ability to succeed in a deadline-driven environment. We employ the teacher-scholar model, placing major emphasis on student instruction. TCU is located in the 5th-largest media market in the country, perfect for hands-on study and exposure to major news operations.
TCU 360 is the digital-first nerve center of TCU Student Media, available online via computer, smartphone and tablet. All students involved with campus news coverage are part of the TCU 360 staff. Student leaders decide what stories to cover and publish, with the assistance and advice of faculty mentors. Students also produce:
- skiff x 360, a newspaper staffed by Department of Journalism students.
- TCU News Now and TCU Sports Now, the campus broadcast news operations that produce daily newscasts and a weekly sportscast from our $1.5 million digital studio.
- the109, a community news website that covers the Zip code surrounding the TCU campus.
- Image, our national award-winning, long-form journalism magazine that covers the TCU community.
Just for you
All these opportunities in and outside of class propel students toward rewarding careers in journalism and other communication-related fields. Students build portfolios, make contacts and earn special recognition through degree plans so they have basic attributes of a journalist, can pursue their craft with a foundation in ethics, and also may distinguish themselves with more specialized skills and knowledge of the subjects they cover.