Minor in Journalism
What does it mean to be media literate? How do the news media influence public opinion? What are journalists' obligations in free and democratic societies? What does reliable journalism have to do with democracy? Do Facebook and Fox News have anything in common? The Brandeis journalism program will empower you to answer these questions and more.
In our unique interdepartmental program — which is open to all Brandeis students, class size allowing — you’ll take a liberal arts approach to the study of journalism, exploring it through historical, sociological and ethical lenses. As a journalism minor, you’ll learn how social, political and corporate institutions interact with media institutions. Working with both scholars and practitioners, you’ll gain real research, writing and production skills that you can apply to print, broadcast and internet media platforms.
In an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” telling verified stories, and telling them well, has never been more important. Regardless of whether you go on to practice journalism, you will find our program has helped you become a critical thinker, an effective writer and a more informed and analytical consumer of the news.
Brandeis is located mere minutes from Boston, one of the largest media markets in the country, with many award-winning print and broadcast institutions. You’ll be able to see local, national and international news reporting up close, be taught by local talent and even intern in a major newsroom.
Internships and Student Clubs
Careers and Alumni
About half of our minors in journalism pursue careers in the field immediately after graduation. Still others pursue careers in professions like education, law, public relations and advertising, where they are called upon to understand complicated arguments, make clear and concise statements about those arguments, and make complex ideas or issues accessible and interesting to mainstream audiences.
Here's a snapshot of graduates of our program:
Jen Abidor ’11 is a senior editor at BuzzFeed.
Gilda DiCarli ’13 is a trilingual journalist and producer based in Miami and specializing in audio.
Lydia Emmanouilidou ’14 is AI Fellow at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the former Atlanta bureau chief for The World from Public Radio International.
- Lauren Katz ‘13, Manager of Products and Strategy for Vox Media
Claire Moses ’08 is a London-based writer for The New York Times.
- Brittney Nanton ‘21, contributing writer for Essence and Forbes
Chaiel Schaffel ’20 is a news writer at WBZ Newsradio 1030.
Other Brandeis Alumni Working in National Media
Mitch Ablom ’79, journalist and author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Five People You Meet in Heaven.”
- Yoni Applebaum ‘14, historian and Deputy Editor of The Atlantic
Elizabeth Bruenig ’13, staff writer for The Atlantic.
- Daniel Estrin ‘06, NPR's international correspondent in Jerusalem.
Thomas Friedman ’75, New York Times foreign affairs columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
- Spencer Jakab ‘91, Heard on the Street Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Walt Mossberg ’69, technology columnist and founder (with Kara Swisher) of “Recode” and “AllThingsD.”
Guy Raz ’96, NPR host and co-creator of “The TED Radio Hour,” “How I Built This,” and other top podcasts and radio programs.