Communication and Journalism
About Rider's Communication and Journalism program
For students in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider the learning experience is challenging, dynamic and high-tech—an excellent preparation for the professional world. We pride ourselves on providing a strong blend of courses that helps students to become critical and creative thinkers while also learning and then polishing their skills in reporting and writing news; in designing graphics, web pages and multimedia projects; in directing and producing digital film, radio and television content; in planning and running publicity campaigns, and in interacting with and presenting to audiences. Students take part in small classes and get hands-on experience in digital studios and labs. It's no wonder they produce portfolios, films, and web and multimedia projects that are professional quality.
Students work closely, often one-on-one, with distinguished faculty who have extensive scholarly knowledge and experience in their fields of expertise. Student media organizations, from the award-winning The Rider News to The Rider University Network and the radio station, 107.7 The Bronc, give students a chance to practice their profession right on campus.
A thriving internship and co-op program routinely offers students academic credit and professional experience in a number of prestigious locations.
In addition, we offer an honors program in the Department for high-achieving students who seek to explore topics or projects beyond the required courses. Students interested in graduating with honors in Communication and Journalism should consult with their adviser or with Dr. Brown.
We aim to make every student who becomes part of our learning community a thoughtful and effective communicator who is well prepared with the skills needed for the contemporary employment marketplace.
How can I succeed with the Communication Studies major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Film, Television, and Radio major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Graphic Design major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Journalism major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Public Relations major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Web Design major? (pdf)
B.A., Rider; M.A., Ohio; Ph.D., Iowa
Dr. Brown, who has professional experience in journalism and public relations, teaches writing, reporting, public relations, law and ethics. Her research is on 20th-century journalism history, the African-American press, and the law of cyberspace.