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Journalism & 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?

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Opportunity to work in the Writing Center
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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

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.

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.

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.