Journalism Major

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Journalism at Rider University

If you are looking for a career that brings you to the heart of action in important current affairs and breaking news, Rider’s B.A. in Journalism will prepare you to think critically and produce powerful multiplatform news, sports and features content to meet the needs of today’s dynamic digital field.

Rider’s journalism major combines traditional reporting and writing with digital video production, photography, data analysis and social media skills that are in demand today. Rider's multiplatform journalism majors graduate with polished, digital multiplatform portfolios to showcase their work and talents.

In addition, unlike many larger journalism programs, freshman journalism students at Rider can write, take photos, design pages and edit for the campus's award-winning student newspaper; have their own radio show at New Jersey’s 2016 Best College Radio Station The Bronc; or produce broadcast shows for The Rider University Network

Some of our best students have performed statehouse political reporting, supervised by a professor, for newspapers across New Jersey.

Journalism, professional ethics and the analytical skills the field fosters are highly valued at Rider:  each year, the student executive editor of The Rider News is awarded a full-tuition scholarship and the student managing editor is awarded a half-tuition scholarship. In addition, newspaper section editor posts are paid positions and serve as these students’ on-campus jobs.

Journalism Internship Opportunities

Rider's Communication and Journalism Department offers one of the most extensive communication internship programs anywhere. Because the University is located in a media-rich corridor, opportunities usually outnumber available students. Rider has working relationships with organizations such as Condé Nast Publishing, the New York Giants and Comcast Sportsnet. Our students have also won internships with the Trenton Thunder; Pinstripes Plus; and regional newspapers like The Times of Trenton and The Hudson Reporter.  Read about how Thomas Regan ’17 picks up a beat with the 'Times of Trenton'.

Journalism Success Stories

Journalism graduates from Rider have gone on to jobs as digital news reporters; an anchor/reporter for a local broadcast station; an online editor for a national magazine; an editorial coordinator for a lifestyle magazine; and multimedia producers for the MLB and NHL. Read about Allie Ward, a Digital News Reporter for Newsmax Media.