We understand that students in the journalism department have certain goals in mind when they choose to join the program. While we can help you meet your academic and career goals, you must also be an agent of your own success. That means being engaged in learning. We believe that an essential trait of a good journalist is curiosity. Your curiosity can lead you down many interesting paths. Use this same curiosity in the classroom. This means coming to class prepared, having read assigned readings, meeting deadlines, and having good questions for the instructor during class time. Be the agent of your own success. The faculty has established rules and policies that are well established in the journalism profession. We see our job as preparing you for real world experience. So understand these rules and policies in that context.
Expectations of Students
Journalism plays an important role in our democratic society and therefore must uphold the highest ethical standards.
Mistakes are bound to happen, but in journalism, a mistake can be costly.
The department discourages the use of anonymous sources except when the story cannot otherwise be done.
If you’re serious about journalism, you must talk to people outside of your circle.
If the instructor allows you to use cell phones and computers during class, you still need to pay attention.
Attendance is essential to success in the classroom.
It is important to let an instructor know about any long-term illnesses that may affect your ability to attend class and perform well in the class.