Communication and Journalism

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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. Kildea.

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.

Share a dorm with other communication majors

This Communication and Journalism Learning Community brings academic and social programs directly to the place where our majors live – it is a hub for students interested in communication, film, TV & radio, graphic design, journalism, public relations, sports media and web design.

Membership is open only to freshman majors in the Department of Communication and Journalism.
Incoming Rider freshman may select the Communication and Journalism Learning Community during priority room selection.

How Can I Succeed With This Major: Communication Studies (pdf)
How Can I Succeed With This Major: Film, Television, and Radio (pdf)
How Can I Succeed With This Major: Graphic Design (pdf)
How Can I Succeed With This Major: Journalism (pdf)
How Can I Succeed With This Major: Public Relations (pdf)

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.