As digital technology evolves at a breathtaking pace and in directions yet unknown, what remains constant is the need for the skills of gathering, assessing, and processing newsworthy information.

Here's What to Expect

Male and female students in the UAB Media Lab. The journalism specialization offers courses that meet this need, among them news writing and reporting, feature writing, editing and design. You will make use of a state-of-the-art Digital Commons and a Journalism Lab. You will also hone your skills by writing and editing the UAB student newspaper (Kaleidoscope) and literary magazine (Aura) and through internships at various newspapers and magazines.

Why Study With Us?

Our graduates pursue careers in newspaper and magazine journalism, online journalism, corporate communication, and political communication, among others. One of our graduates was part of the team at The Tuscaloosa News that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Another recent graduate is a freelance contributor to The New York Times, following stints at the Times Daily (Florence, AL) and the Anderson-Independent-Mail (South Carolina).

The Journalism concentration annually offers competitive scholarships that range in value from $750 to $2,000.

Program Requirements

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for Communication majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. In addition to the required classes listed below, students must take 2 credit hours of an internship and select 9 hours from 300-level or 400-level Communication Studies courses that are not already required. You will take a total of 41 credit hours of Communication courses.

The history of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, cinema, recording industry, and the internet, focusing on current events, civic responsibilities and the role, value of diversity when appropriate. 3 hours.
Communication and persuasion as ideas in Western thought, ranging from Greek to contemporary period. 3 hours.
Recognizing news, gathering information, and writing news. Though the emphasis is on newspaper journalism, this is a foundational news writing course for all mass communication majors and minors. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: EH 102 [Min Grade: B].
Gathering and writing in-depth news; covering courts, police, schools, and county and city governments. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MC 210 [Min Grade: C] or CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
Practice in gathering and writing news, with experience in writing under pressure of deadlines and covering beats. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
News selection, copy editing, picture editing, and headline writing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or CM 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
Finding subjects, collecting information, interviewing, writing, and marketing magazine and newspaper features. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
Legal limitations and privileges affecting publishing and broadcasting. Major court decisions. Fair comment, libel, right of privacy, fairness doctrine, and license renewal. 3 hours.
Research questions, design, methodology, data gathering, and analysis. Practice in conducting, interpreting, and communicating research findings to public. Ethical considerations of conductions research with human subjects. Junior standing required. 3 hours.
Mass communication research from 1940s to present. Transactional model of communication and symbolic-interactionist perspective used among other approaches to evaluate role of mass media in twenty-first century America. 3 hours.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions that we haven't answered? Ask us! Email Dr. Minabere Ibelema, director of the broadcasting program, at

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