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Program Overview

The Digital Journalism program is infused with the spirit of investigative, explanatory journalism, a civic-rooted journalism that seeks to make good on H.L. Mencken’s call for journalists to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.” Beyond informing the public, the young journalists in our program seek to engage citizens, create a public debate, and push readers and viewers to be more than mere spectators.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Journalism in the English Department is a rigorous, 12-course program designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to understand and take part in today’s quickly changing, digital journalism world. The major includes a large focus on ethics, consistent with Fairfield’s mission, and a multidisciplinary approach that will draw on courses offered by other departments at Fairfield. It is inspired by the eloquentia perfecta approach to which the English Department aspires, consistent with Jesuit ideals.

Requirements

The major in Digital Journalism 12 courses (36 hours).

Core Courses

  • ENW 220: News Writing
  • ENW 221: News Writing II: Digital Design
  • ENW 321: Big Data Storytelling

Three literature courses required. They should be chosen in consultation with your advisor, with an eye toward those more relevant to the broad field of journalism.

  • 100-level EN literature course
  • 2 EN literature courses at the 200- or 300- level

Production Component Courses

Two courses required from the following list:

  • FTM 11: Introduction to Film and Video Production
  • FTM 108: Sports Broadcasting and Remote TV Production
  • FTM 231: Documentary and Experimental Film Production
  • FTM 232: Studio Television Production
  • CS 101: Introduction to Computing
  • CS 131: Fundamentals of Programming
  • ENW 323: Photojournalism
  • ENW 336: Issues in Professional Writing: Multimedia Writing

Ethics Component Courses

One course required from the following list:

  • AE 281: Ethics of Communications

Elective Courses

Students will choose two courses from the following list.

Tier 1 - Digital Journalism Creation - Students must take AT LEAST one (1) of the following courses.

  • EN/W 222: Journalism Editing and Curation
  • EN/W 223: Introduction to Sports Writing
  • EN/W 224: The Power of Podcasting
  • EN/W 306: Creative Nonfiction II
  • EN/W 320: Writing the Feature Story
  • EN/W 329: Issues in News Writing
  • EN/W 330: Literary Journalism
  • EN/W 342: Sports Journalism
  • EN/W 397: Journalism Practicum

Students can take UP TO one (1) of the following courses.

Tier 2 - Media Theory - (CO 130 Media and Society is a prerequisite for all of the following courses).

  • CO 231: Media Institutions
  • CO 330: Misinformation in Digital Media
  • CO 331: American Media/American History
  • CO 334: Comparative Media Systems
  • CO 335: Globalization, Media, and Culture
  • CO 336: Social Media

Capstone Course

One course required from the following list:

  • ENW 345/346: Internship
  • ENW 347/348: Individual Writing Project
  • ENW 397: Journalism Practicum

Note: students can only use one internship and/or one Journalism Practicum course toward completion of the major or minor. Students can take a second internship and/or a second Journalism Practicum as a free elective toward graduation, but it does not count toward the major or minor.

Digital Journalism Minor

The minor in Digital Journalism is five courses (15 credits).

Required Courses

Two courses required:

  • ENW 220: News Writing
  • ENW 221: News Writing II: Digital Design

Elective Courses

Students will choose two courses from the following list.

Tier 1 - Digital Journalism Creation - Students must take AT LEAST one (1) of the following courses.

  • EN/W 222: Journalism Editing and Curation
  • EN/W 223: Introduction to Sports Journalism
  • EN/W 224: The Power of Podcasting
  • EN/W 306: Creative Nonfiction II
  • EN/W 320: Writing the Feature Story
  • EN/W 329: Issues in News Writing
  • EN/W 330: Literary Journalism
  • EN/W 337: Sports Journalism
  • EN/W 397: Journalism Practicum

Students can take UP TO one (1) of the following courses.

Tier 2 - Media Theory - (CO 130 Media and Society is a prerequisite for all of the following courses).

  • CO 231: Media Institutions
  • CO 330: Misinformation in Digital Media
  • CO 331: American Media/American History
  • CO 334: Comparative Media Systems
  • CO 335: Globalization, Media, and Culture
  • CO 336: Social Media

Capstone Course

One course required from the following list:

  • EN/W 345/346: Internship
  • EN/W 347/348: Individual Writing Project
  • EN/W 397: Journalism Practicum

Course Offerings

See Digital Journalism course descriptions from our catalog for more information.

  • AE 281: Ethics of Communications
  • AE 294: Ethics of Media and Politics
  • AE 296: Ethics in Government
  • AE 396: Seminar in Ethics and Government
  • CO 231: Media Institutions
  • CO 233: Information Technologies
  • CO 331: American Media/American History
  • CO 333: News Media and Democracy
  • CO 334: Comparative Media Systems
  • EN/W 206: Creative Writing: Non- Fiction I
  • EN/W 214: Professional Presentations: Writing and Delivery
  • EN/W 220: News Writing (pre-requisite for the other listed writing courses)
  • EN/W 221: News Writing II: Digital Design
  • EN/W 222: Journalism Editing and Design
  • EN/W 223: Introduction to Sports Writing
  • EN/W 224: The Power of Podcasting
  • EN/W 230: Media Law and Ethics
  • EN/W 317: Teaching and Learning Grammar
  • EN/W 320: Writing the Feature Story
  • EN/W 321: Big Data Storytelling
  • EN/W 323: Photojournalism
  • EN/W 329: Issues in News Writing
  • EN/W 330: Literary Journalism
  • EN/W 332: Business Writing
  • EN/W 335: Technical Writing
  • EN/W 337: Multimedia Writing
  • EN/W 338: Persuasive Writing
  • EN/W 339: Grant and Proposal Writing
  • EN/W 340: The World of Publishing
  • EN/W 341: The World of Publishing II
  • EN/W 345/346: Internship
  • EN/W 347/348: Individual Writing Project
  • EN/W 397: Journalism Practicum
  • EN/W 398: Publishing Practicum
  • FTM 10: Introduction to Film, Television, and Media Arts
  • FTM 12: Art and Language of Film
  • FTM 232: Studio TV Production
  • FTM 233: Remote TV Production
  • SW 151: Introduction to Computer Game Modeling
  • SW 304/SW 406: Web Development I

Faculty

The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the members of our digital journalism faculty. 

Internships

English internships are designed to provide you with on-the-job training in areas related to the English major and minor. An internship provides a continuous period of on-the-job experience in professional settings, accompanied by on-campus workshops and assignments related to workplace writing. These experiences can provide you with new skills and insights, new ways to think about your classes, a collection of writing samples, professional references, three academic credits toward your English major or minor, and perhaps contacts for future employment.

Internship opportunities are available in journalism, public relations, business writing, publishing, and other areas. Several of our internships support community projects related to social justice initiatives. You are not limited to the internships listed below; you are encouraged to propose an internship that fits your needs and interest.

In an internship, you will:

  • Use the knowledge and skills you have gained in English courses in a professional setting
  • Develop the “soft skills” needed in the workplace
  • Have opportunities for reflection, critique, and social engagement
  • Engage with government, non-profit, and private sector entities on behalf of the Department of English and the University.
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Internship Requirements

  • Be a senior or junior English major or minor
  • Have at least a 2.8 overall Quality Point Average
  • Have the Internship Application Form (Independent Study Form) approved by the faculty advisor and by the Chair of the Department

Internships in the Fairfield Area

  • City of Bridgeport Internship Program, Bridgeport CT
  • Center for Women and Families, Bridgeport CT
  • Connecticut Post, Bridgeport CT
  • Images and Details, New Canaan
  • Moffly Media, Westport CT
  • Morris Media, Ridgefield CT
  • New Haven Register, New Haven CT
  • Prosek Partners, Fairfield CT
  • Webster Bank Arena/Harbor Yard, Bridgeport CT
  • WWE, Stamford CT
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Internships in New York City

  • Hearst Publications (Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Esquire, Redbook)
  • Overlook Press
  • Rizzoli Publications

For additional opportunities, check Ed2010 (magazine internships), bookjobs.com (publishing), and mediabistro (social media internships).

Summer Internships

A limited number of students may choose to do internships for credit during the summer. Additional tuition is charged.

For more information about our internship program, please contact:
Dr. Emily Orlando, Internship Coordinator
Department of English, DMH 113

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School Of Communication, Arts, & Media Alumni Panel

Once a year, the College of Arts and Sciences’ invites alumni from each of the School of Communication, Arts, and Media’s four departments (Communication, Visual and Performing Arts, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures) to participate in an interactive panel discussion. From public relations professionals to digital managing editors, the panelists represent a wide breadth of careers and share their professional advice and personal journeys with current students.

Publications

Dogwood

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Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is an annual national literary journal seeking works from writers during its fall reading period of August 1-October 15 each year. We publish fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction of both contest winners and other writers every May. The literary journal is produced by the faculty in the Department of English at Fairfield University, and Fairfield undergraduate students gain hands-on experience in helping to edit and produce the journal by taking EN 340:The World of Publishing or The World of Publishing II.

 

 

The Inkwell

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‌The Inkwell is Fairfield's undergraduate literary magazine, written and edited by University students. Submissions in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry are developed and submitted by the student body. Open, biweekly meetings function as a forum for content creation and peer review. Editing and layout are performed by the magazine's undergraduate staff. Two editions are published per semester.

 

CauseWayLit

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CauseWayLit is an online literary magazine sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing and run by the graduate students of the program. We publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, visual art, craft essays, writing exercises, and audio works, and focus each issue on an aspect of the writing craft we wish to learn more about. Our issues are published twice a year, in July and December, during our residencies at Enders Island.

 

The Mirror

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A weekly newspaper reflecting Fairfield culture since 1977, The Mirror aims to project an independent and accurate student perspective with professional journalistic integrity. The Mirror strives to be the primary and most extensive provider of newsworthy content for the Fairfield student body and surrounding community.

 

 

Now What?

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‌Now What? a Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA is a comprehensive resource to help aspiring authors thrive professionally, financially, creatively and even spiritually, while they continue pursuing their craft.  It’s an invaluable resource for any serious writer, and would make for a thoughtful gift for the aspiring writers in your life.

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