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Journalism and New Media

The Information Age has radically transformed many industries, perhaps none more than journalism. Yes, the tools have gotten better (you can shoot high-quality video and instantly broadcast it around the world with your phone, for example). But how do you embrace new technology while also upholding journalistic standards like objectivity and a commitment to the truth?

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Opportunity to work in the Writing Center
Applied Learning
The Free Press Student Newspaper

Explore the ethical dimensions of the new media landscape, and learn about how the evolving tools of the trade can help you tell important stories with creativity, quality, integrity. Courses cover a broad range of topics in journalism, media, publishing, and more.

Future Career Paths

A degree from McDaniel College prepares students for employment in a variety of fields and provides them the tools to be successful in their jobs. Graduates from our department have gone on to law school and pursued academic study. They’ve also become:

  • Novelists
  • Journalists
  • Teachers
  • Marketers
  • Scholars and Professors
  • Editors

Career Success

Recently, students from the department have found career placements at:

  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Baltimore City Board of Education
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc.
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Distinctive Courses

ENG 1103 - Introduction to Journalism

A study of the news media in America, including how they work, their strengths, weaknesses, problems, and priorities with an emphasis on print journalism and journalists. Students also receive instruction in the art of news reporting and writing.

CIN 2301 - Basic Video Editing

This course is designed to teach the theory and practice of digital video editing including capturing images and sound; manipulating them on a timeline; designing titles, transitions, and effects; and finally outputting the project tape, web or DVD. Each student is required to script, shot-list, cast, and shoot a short, original narrative, and then electronically manipulate the sound and images to explore the vast flexibility of the medium, gain a greater understanding of how an editor generates causality, and develop a recognition of the connection between one’s own edit technique and successful story telling.

ENG 3307 - Social Media: Rhetoric and Design

Students explore the rhetorical and cultural effects of social media as well as the shifting expectations for writers in these environments. Along with investigating how self and society are shaped by the ways information is presented, collected, vetted, and shared, students work with a variety of social media platforms to create a coherent web presence designed for real audiences. In the course, students learn to effectively curate information, create infographics, podcast, blog, and vlog.

Journalism and New Media Program Requirements

Special Opportunities

Memorial Bell in Spring.

McDaniel Free Press

Put your classroom learning in action by writing a column for the student-run newspaper, the McDaniel Free Press.

Two students in talking in front of a computer in the Writing Center.

Become a Writing Center Tutor

Are you passionate about correct citations? Grammatical clarity? Helping writers create the best intros and outros for their essays? You can put your passions in action as a Writing Center tutor.  

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Marya Kuratova, an English major at McDaniel College, is the national winner of the "Dear Abby" scholarship contest.

Free Press editor wins ‘Dear Abby’ national scholarship award for columns

Marya Kuratova, a senior English major with minors in Journalism and Writing, is the national winner of the 2019 “Dear Abby” College Columnist Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation. The award, a $5,000 scholarship, was based on three of Kuratova’s columns from the McDaniel Free Press student newspaper.  

Two Free Press editors sit on a wall while holding up copies on the student newspaper.

Free Press co-editors learn best practices in connecting local and global issues from veteran journalists

Juniors Molly Sherman and Ciara O’Brien were able to have Mark Seibel, technology policy editor at The Washington Post, and Carla Anne Robbins, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former deputy editorial page editor at The New York Times, at their fingertips during a webinar dedicated to student journalists.