The UNH Journalism Program is respected nationwide for turning out highly-trained professional writers and editors, many of whom have landed on the staffs of the country’s best known publications and media outlets. Founded in 1963 by legendary writer Donald Murray, the program is taught by journalists in a small classroom setting (no more than 20 students per class). We emphasize hands-on training with a strong liberal arts foundation. From the first week of your first journalism course, you’ll be out reporting and writing, eventually practicing other skills such as shooting video and still photography, recording audio, as well as editing copy and writing headlines. As the world of news delivery has changed, so have we and you will learn to tell all sorts of stories over all sorts of platforms, from print to video to audio slideshows. The day you graduate, you’ll be ready to work.
We invite you to sit back and enjoy the slide show. Then keep exploring the journalism links at the right for program info, career resources, and news about our talented alumni and the five Pulitzer Prizes they've won. You can also read about Michael Kelly ’79, the first American journalist to die covering the war in Iraq. Journalism students can apply for a scholarship established in his name.
Why Major in Journalism?
For all of you who fear that Twitter and Facebook and blogging have replaced the need for professional journalists, think again. Because so much information inundates us every day, there is more of a need for journalists than ever. As professionals trained to recognize what’s important, report deeply, behave ethically, and write clearly and compellingly, journalists perform the essential task of deciphering the information upon which our democracy depends.
What have changed are the mediums used to deliver news. How strong a role traditional newspapers and magazines – or radio or TV for that matter – will play in the future is anyone’s guess, but what is clear is the need for journalists to provide the stories that help us understand our world. The heart of the work – the interviewing, fact gathering, observing, writing, and editing – remains the same whether you are composing a multimedia slideshow or a Page One feature, and it is upon those skills that the UNH Journalism Program is built. We will teach you to understand news. We will teach you to ask the questions that will elicit answers. We will teach you to simplify the complicated. Most important, we will teach you to become storytellers.
Today’s students will determine the future of journalism. That’s an awesome responsibility and an incredible opportunity. Don’t hesitate to start the adventure now.