Department of Communication and Journalism

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Department Overview

Challenging, dynamic and ever-evolving, Rider’s multifaceted communication and journalism department blends creativity with critical-thinking to provide students with the competencies and skills needed to succeed in the communication and media industries.

Whether you want to direct and produce digital films, design cutting-edge multimedia projects, plan and run effective publicity campaigns or report and write compelling news stories, we offer the programs, courses and experiential learning opportunities that will lead you towards your goals.

First-year students pursuing any major in the Department of Communication and Journalism also have the option to reside in our on-campus learning community - the hub for bringing academic and social programs directly to where our students live and connecting them with fellow students who share their interests.

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Apply your classroom knowledge to a professional setting, network with industry experts and expand your resume - all while setting the stage for a fulfilling career. Discover how Rider’s close proximity to New York City, one of the world’s most influential, media-rich cities, and our extensive internship and co-op program provides students with numerous opportunities to gain valuable field experience and academic credit.

Rider’s Semester in Los Angeles 

Dream of a career in the entertainment industry? Rider’s 14-week Semester in LA offers an unforgettable way to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in the world's center of media production and entertainment. Learn more about how you can take your talents to the West Coast.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Students work closely, often one-on-one, with distinguished faculty who have extensive knowledge and experience in their fields of expertise. All of our award-winning student media organizations give students opportunities to get involved with media production on day one. From The Rider News to The Rider University Network and Rider’s own radio station, 107.7 The Bronc, students can hone their professional skills right on campus.

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Shawn Kildea
Associate Professor and Chair of Communication and Journalism
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B.A., M.A., Rider University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Dr. Kildea teaches courses primarily in studio and field production. He founded R.U.N., the Rider University Network that produces campus programming. Kildea's research interests include digitization of news. His doctoral thesis, A Comparative Analysis of the Student Use of the New York Times Print and Digital Formats, was successfully defended in 2009.