Journalism Communication

    • Gannon University's student- operated radio station, 90.5 WERG-FM, won several awardsat the annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Conference in 2014, including the IBS Golden Microphone Award for Excellence in Station Programming and Operation, and the Abraham & Borst Award for Best College Station in the Nation.
    • Also in 2013, The Gannon Knight, the University's student-produced weekly newspaper, received a first-place award in the annual American Scholastic Press Association contest.
    • Located in the School of Communication and the Arts,the program has access to the resources of all of the University's communication, media and arts faculty and technology under one roof. Students benefit from the synergy this co-location provides.

    You Will Learn

    The journalism communication program, housed inthe University's School of Communication and the Arts, enables students to master journalistic skills in news and multi-platform digital media as well as traditional media. Students acquire the reporting, writing, speaking and design skills needed to work successfully in each medium, and also tackle theoretical and ethical issues confronting today's media.Students complete practicum classes and pursue internship opportunities where classroom learning is put into practice. The Gannon Knight, with a weekly print product and a redesigned website, and 90.5 WERG-FM and WERGFM.com-Gannon's own 3,000-watt broadband web streaming station-provide students with valuable hands-on experience. The University also boasts a full TV production, digital editing and multimedia studio used for student instruction.

    You Will Experience

    Journalism communication majors have broadopportunities for internships including:

    • Downtown Cultural District - ArtsErie, Erie Art Museum, Erie Insurance Arena
    • Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
    • Fortune 500 companies - Erie Insurance, GETransportation
    • local broadcast affiliates of national networks -ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and NPR
    • local radio stations - with formats including: country,contemporary hits, mainstream rock, top 40
    • local print and online products, including the ErieTimes-News, the Erie Reader and Lake Erie LifeStylemagazine
    • medical industry - Erie VA Medical Center, UPMCHamot Medical Center, Saint Vincent Hospital
    • professional sports teams - Erie Bayhawks, ErieExplosion, Erie Otters, Erie Seawolves
    • SafeNet Erie, a social service organization

    You Will Achieve

    Students graduating with a degree in journalism communication have the opportunity to enter a variety of career fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • advertising producers and copywriters
    • broadcast and sound engineering technicians
    • corporate communication and marketing
    • film and video editors and camera operators
    • online and print news, sports and features/entertainment reporters and editors
    • online and print page designers and layout artists
    • photojournalists
    • play-by-play sports broadcastersand game analysts
    • public relations managers andspecialists
    • radio broadcasters, programdirectors, copywriters and audioeditors
    • technical writers
    • television commercialcopywriters, production editors and on-air reporters

    You will Study

    Journalism communication students will take courses in English, communication arts and electronic media. Students gain practical hands-on, real-life experience through required practica and an internship, as well as through participating in Gannon's various student-run media outlets. Journalism communication majors take various core and elective courses including:

    JCOMM 216:Advanced/Specialized Reporting

    In this course students spend much of their time outside the classroom and inside venues where news occurs - Erie County Courthouse, U.S. District Court in Erie, Erie City Council chambers and the School District of the City of Erie board chambers. Students cover criminal trials, City Council, school board meetings and other live events, and then turn those events into stories. They also have the opportunity to meet and interview leaders in the criminal justice, local government and environmental fields to sharpen their reporting skills and further their knowledge.

    COMM 356:Digital Graphics

    In this course students explore the balance between technology and design, learning basic design principles and the basics of Adobe Photoshop and digital image manipulation. Projects include tinting, repairing and adjusting photographs, illustrating digital poetry, tabletop photography and both print and digital advertising design.

    JCOMM 252:Photojournalism

    This course introduces students to the principles
    of photojournalism. Students study and practice photojournalism techniques, with consideration of the ethical issues involved with creating and using visual images.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $38,100
    • Mid-career salary: $67,700

    For a current curriculum listing, visit gannon.edu/academic-offerings
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).