The Journalism Program is excited to welcome Georgetown alum Norah O'Donnell back to Washington, as she begins hosting the "CBS Evening News" on July 15.
This fall, we are offering the following courses:
Introduction to Journalism (Ann Oldenburg or Arienne Thompson)
This course provides students an overview of the basics of journalism, from how to assess the news value of an event or situation to how to develop story ideas and put together a story.
Digital News (Ann Oldenburg)
This course gives students a firm grasp of the skills necessary to produce online news content as well as an understanding of the forces that are driving the rapidly changing and diversifying online news industry.
Fashion Journalism (Emilia Ferrera)
The goal of this class will be to not only equip journalists with the multimedia skills needed to report on the dynamic world of fashion but to train them to perceive the financial, environmental, human rights and artistic impacts of dress and style.
Covering the White House (Jon Decker)
This course will explore what it's like to cover the Oval Office and whether this presidency has forever changed how Washington works.
Broken News: Journalism & Citizenship (David Gregory)
This is a course designed to take students inside the media landscape in the age of cable news/social media dominance to take a critical look at what we consider news and who we consider to be a journalist.
Political Journalism (Doyle McManus)
This class will examine the intellectual frameworks journalists use, both explicitly and implicitly. You will wrestle with the tension between writing about the horse race and writing about policy debates. You will learn about polling, fundraising, social media, opposition research and disinformation. You will debate how political journalism can be improved. We’ll meet with guest speakers who are among the nation’s most distinguished political journalists.
This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in radio, media and/or journalism.
About the Program
The Journalism Program offers a Journalism minor, not a major. The minor provides a bridge between a liberal arts education and the practice of journalism, which contributes to democracy by informing citizens and promoting public discouse.
The program teaches the essential skills of good journalism: critical thinking, research and investigation, clear expression, and storytelling in every form. It explores the journalist’s duty to the truth, public and private ethics, the pressures of a changing media ecosystem, and all the other challenges that face the modern reporter, editor, critic, essayist and public intellectual.
The minor’s interdisciplinary approach highlights a commitment to public affairs, international issues and social change. The minor encourages real-world experience, includes a required internship, and aims to enhance students’ opportunities in journalism and related fields.
Combining traditional commitments to accuracy, fairness and accountability with a passion for new media experimentation, the minor prepares students for careers in a changing media environment and complements a wide variety of major fields of study.
Director: Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Doyle McManus brings experience from his work as a foreign correspondent, White House correspondent, and Washington bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, where he continues to write weekly columns. He can also be found on PBS's "Washington Week" and NPR. Learn more about his background and discover his work here.
Assistant Director: Ann Oldenburg began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades at USA Today. She began her career as a lecturer at Georgetown in 2016.
The journalism minor, founded by Barbara Feinman Todd, author and professor emerita, launched in the fall of 2012. On the rest of this site, you will find program information, resources, internship listings and the Journalism Program's own alumni stories.