Georgetown Journalism Program

Georgetown’s undergraduate Journalism Program provides a bridge between an interdisciplinary, service-oriented liberal arts education and the practice of journalism, drawing on the university’s vast academic resources while bringing some of the top reporters in the nation and the world to campus, and students to newsrooms and newsmaking events in Washington, D.C. and beyond. 

Georgetown graduates have earned Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy and Peabody Awards, and held key reporting and editorial management roles at some of the profession’s top news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, CNN, and elsewhere. Others have put their own safety on the line in service of the truth, including Austin Tice (SFS ’02).

The program, offered as a minor, 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, and the pressures of a changing media ecosystem.

The program’s interdisciplinary approach, rooted in Georgetown’s deep strengths in the study of politics, public policy, international relations and law, also highlights the university’s commitment to public service and social justice. It encourages real-world experience and the development of core reporting skills, along with a grounding in of the theoretical, historical and literary context necessary for a fuller understanding of the journalist’s role and responsibility in society.

Combining traditional commitments to accuracy, fairness and accountability with a passion for new media experimentation, the program prepares students for careers in a rapidly evolving media environment and a changing world.

The Journalism Program is led by Director Rebecca Sinderbrand and Assistant Director Ann Oldenburg.


Upcoming events & programs

GEMA Externship Program Application

The Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA) Externship application opens on August 24th. and is open to undergraduate seniors and others enrolled in Georgetown graduate programs. The upcoming externship program will take place during spring break (March 6 – March 10, 2023) in Los Angeles and New York City. The application is due at close-of-business on Friday, November 4th.

Follow this link to learn more and apply (new window).

Covering D.C. Workshop

Washington, D.C. is an amazing – and challenging – place to live in…and to report on. With Hilltop journalists already hard at work in the capital this semester, the Journalism Program will hold a special 90-minute “Covering DC” workshop featuring professor and Washington Post reporter Theresa Vargas, who teaches the “Covering the City” class, along with her award-winning Washington Post colleague Ian Shapira.

This crash course on what student journalists need to know to report on this city – the history, context, problems, process, and more – will be held on Monday, October 3 at 4:30 pm. Register for the event by September 30 using this link (new window).

A conversation with journalist Ali Vitali, author of “Electable”

Join the Journalism Program, the Institute of Politics and Public Service and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program for a Political Pageturners event featuring NBC News correspondent and veteran campaign trail reporter Ali Vitali, author of the new book “Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House…Yet” on the extra hurdles she’s seen women running for president face firsthand — and what it will take for someone to overcome them. Moderated by Journalism Program Director Rebecca Sinderbrand on Monday, October 3 at 6:30 pm in the IOP living room in Healy Hall.

Register for the event using this link (new window).

Report for America Information Sessions

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms across the country to report on under-covered issues and communities.

The program is hosting several virtual information sessions: August 25th at 3:30 p.m. ET, September 8th at 2:00 p.m. ET, and September 29th at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for the sessions at this link (new window).

Virtual Media, Journalism, & Public Affairs Networking Fair

Join Georgetown Washington University, American University and Georgetown students and alumni for a virtual networking fair hosted by GW on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The smaller, more intimate networking opportunity will give students and alum the chance to meet with representatives from dozens of communications-related organizations to learn about their companies, discuss career plans and learn about possible internships and jobs. Registration for the event opens on Sept. 19 and closes on Oct. 18. Visit this link for more information and to register (new window)!

Alumni Chat with Allie Canal of Yahoo Finance

Join the Fall 2022 Creative Industries Programming for an alumni chat with Allie Canal, who graduated in 2016 and now works in on-air entertainment and as a food reporter for Yahoo Finance. Hear about her career in media and on-air reporting on Tuesday, October 25th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Register on Handshake using this link (new window).

Virtual 5K for Georgetown Alumnus and Journalist Austin Tice

Sign up today to #RunForAustin, a virtual 5K race on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

Austin Tice is a Marine combat veteran, a seventh-generation Texan from Houston, a graduate of Georgetown University, and an award-winning journalist who has been unjustly detained in Syria since 2012. After seeing reports of the refugee crisis unfolding in Syria, Austin picked up his camera and headed straight to the front lines as a freelance reporter. He delivered important dispatches to The Washington Post and McClatchy before he was detained at a checkpoint near Damascus on August 14, 2012. Austin is currently the only U.S. journalist being held overseas, and after more than ten years, he has endured the longest detention of any U.S. journalist to date.

Lace up and hit the road, trail or track for this Virtual 5K race anytime on November 12, 2022 using this link (new window). #RunForAustin

Internships and Jobs

Looking for an internship or full-time job opportunity? Check out this list of internship opportunities across the country, or this list of career opportunities.

For information about scholarships and resources for Hispanic and LatinX students, check out this online guidebook (new window).


Need to get in touch with us? Want to share an internship, scholarship, fellowship or job posting? Please email us at jourminor@georgetown.edu. We are happy to put the information on our program Twitter feed. A more detailed description of classes can be found here.