Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Department of Journalism. The Journalism Department is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Here students learn skills in the classroom necessary for their future careers. Students can choose from five different emphases: Advertising, Media Studies, Public Relations, Visual and Writing/Editing.
Classes are kept to around 15 seats so students can receive one-on-one attention from professors. Each classroom is well equipped with Mac computers used solely for journalism department students. After students have been in the program for a few semesters, advisement is taken over by the department to ensure students are taking courses that will provide the most benefit to them entering their careers. To supplement required coursework, students are encouraged to participate in several journalism clubs including Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Ad Club, Photo Club and other related organizations hosted by other departments.
The Journalism Department boasts more “Outstanding Alumni” awards than any other department at UW Oshkosh. These alumni include graduates who now work at the Detroit Free Press, Harley-Davidson Inc., Politico.com, ESPN.com, Fitness Magazine, CNN, as well as others. Our esteemed alumni are found in media jobs in Wisconsin as well as both coasts and abroad, from Madison Avenue to Pulitzer Prize boards to the Olympics.
The department has recently created the Social Media Initiative to engage students with the rapidly changing media landscape. By developing and maintaining a Facebook, Twitter and this blog, it is our hope that UW Oshkosh Journalism students will begin to practice professional social networking skills not only with each other, but also with alumni and the community as a whole. It will serve as a conduit of information pertaining directly to on-campus activities, a way to get students used to interacting professionally online and also a means to connect talented students with the resources they need to be successful.