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Journalism


R.B. Brenner, Director

Welcome to the School of Journalism. There has never been a more dynamic or important time to study and practice our craft, and there is no better place to do it than at the University of Texas at Austin.

With the goal of preparing students to be leaders in journalism’s digital reinvention, we revised the curriculum – breaking down walls between print, broadcast, photographic and online journalism, and between skills and content courses. Students can now take courses in mobile app design and development, web and mobile programming, database reporting, data visualization, social media and multimedia storytelling. You can learn how to write for online audiences, how to think like media entrepreneurs and how to experiment with the next generation of technology: virtual reality, augmented reality, sensors and more.

Our emphasis on traditional skills – observational reporting, skillful interviewing, relentless fact checking and self-editing – remains as strong as ever. We have standalone courses in ethics and media law. All reporting classes hammer home the importance of verification and deep sourcing. Our internship and publishing partners include the top news organizations in Texas, as well as national outlets.

In addition to a large and exciting program for undergraduates, we have a highly regarded graduate program, with master's degrees both in the practice and study of journalism, and a Ph.D. course of study for those who want to teach and do advanced research in the field. We have a strong track record of placing students in top internships and launching graduates into choice jobs across the media landscape.

Our school benefits from a committed, well-placed network of alumni. Graduates and faculty, past and present, have won more than 25 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. Whether you're planning to become a journalist, teach and do research, or prepare yourself for the world of digital communication, our school is here to serve and challenge you.

 

Yours truly,

R.B. Brenner
Director of the School of Journalism
G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism