Department of Journalism

Undergraduate Programs

Terry Stackhouse on the Journalism Program

Terry Stackhouse gives a sneak peek at how Emerson will prepare you for a career in journalism — both in the classroom and through such extra-curriculars as The Emerson Channel. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

Almost from the first day they arrive, Emerson's journalism students are immersed in the rich reporting opportunities all around the College, from the State House just two blocks away to the adjacent Theatre District, Chinatown, major sports franchises, world-class museums, historical sites—all part of Boston's diverse and teeming metropolis.

Our program prepares students to report their stories in words, images, and sounds. They incorporate the latest technologies and have at their disposal a state-of-the-art television production studio, editing labs, cameras, and recorders. Program and college opportunities routinely extend beyond the classroom to include coverage of national political conventions, inaugurations, the Olympics, the Oscars, baseball’s spring training, and a host of other exciting venues.

Associate Professor Jerry Lanson teaches a course on feature writing.

Keeping pace with the profession and industry trends, the department has adopted a new multimedia curriculum, beginning in Fall 2011. It positions our students to assume meaningful roles in the field, doing much more than just writing news. As an undergraduate student, you will have ample opportunity to work with award-winning on-campus media outlets: WERS and WECB FM radio stations, Emerson Independent Video, WEBN-TV, and the Berkeley Beacon (Emerson's weekly newspaper). Our students also contribute to the Boston Globe, local television and radio stations, and websites. Emerson alumni flourish and are eager to create professional opportunities for our students. Internships abound and a distinguished faculty drawn from across the spectrum of media and universities stand ready to assist in creating a network of possibilities.

Whether your passion is hard news, investigative reporting, features, sports, music, theater, social media, the environment, or foreign reporting, you can find someone on our faculty who has covered the area and is eager to prepare you for the field. We take pride in combining the very best in technology and tradition, preparing you not only for the field as it is today, but as it will be tomorrow. Welcome to journalism at Emerson. 


His Dream Was the Olympics

Broadcast Journalism major Brandon Penny ’12 was the executive producer of a 90-minute special on the Winter Olympics for Emerson’s student-run news station WEBN. The project, and a subsequent application to the United States Olympic Committee, got him an unimaginable summer internship with

Watch an interview with the student journalist »