SUNY Stony Brook to Establish Undergrad J-School

By: E&P Staff

Stony Brook University has announced the establishment of New York State?s first undergraduate school of journalism at a public university. The journalism school will begin its bachelor degree program in the fall of 2006.

The school will offer one of the nation?s first courses in news literacy, which focuses on news coverage; the students will be asked to critically evaluate both the credibility and reliability of the coverage.

Howard Schneider, the former editor and managing editor of Newsday, has been appointed the founding dean of the new school. During the 17 years that Schneider worked at Newsday, the publication was awarded eight Pulitzer Prizes.

The journalism program at Stony Brook?s new school will prove particularly rigorous. Students will be required to achieve 47 credits in journalism courses–approximately 11 credits more than the typical credit load nationwide. Additionally, journalism students will have to earn 80 credits in areas not pertaining to journalism. Before graduating, enrolled students will participate in a specially designed Writing Immersion laboratory.

Stony Brook University is planning to build what it calls a ?newsroom of the future,? a space that will allow students to experience what it is like to work in a multimedia newsroom.

Over 100 students are registered for Fall 2006 journalism courses, and the university anticipates that several hundred students will declare journalism as a major over the next five years.

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