Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Journalism News/Editorial Minor

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Journalism, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

35 credits


Journalism is the work of supplying content, primarily news, for the ever-expanding world of mass media. Journalists are responsible for gathering information, analyzing and editing it for a mass audience, and dispensing it using some form of media platform. Increasingly the methods of distribution have become more complex, but the basic mission of a journalist remains the same: to serve the public by finding, defining, writing and editing information.

Today’s journalist can be found on traditional publications such as newspapers and magazines, broadcast outlets and specialized publications. They may utilize online delivery or other forms of electronic communication. Trained journalists may use their skills in the expanding field of public relations, working to serve as a bridge between those with a message to communicate and the journalist who seeks information.

Why Consider a Journalism News/Editorial Minor?

The Journalism News/Editorial Minor focuses on writing, reporting and editing. These communication skills are useful in many fields, and journalism minors may work in some aspect of publishing or may apply their journalist expertise to another industry, such as education.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Brian J. Bowe
Communications Facility 253

Academic Department Manager
Jennifer Dalton
Communications Facility 255

 Sample Careers

Reporter | Editor | Customer Service Representative | Public Relations Specialist | Community Relations Director | TV News Anchor | Speech Writer | Advertising Copywriter | Copywriter | Market Research Analyst | Lobbyist | Photojournalist | Designer | Multimedia Producer | All careers involving communication

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students interested in completing a Journalism News/Editorial Minor must have a 2.5 GPA or higher at Western. Students should contact the Journalism department manager as early as possible to complete the paperwork. Journalism courses are in high demand, and we work closely with minors to place them in classes in a timely fashion for graduation.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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