Scripps College of Communication
Scripps Hall 105
Robert Stewart, Director
Ellen Gerl, Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Michael Sweeney, Director of Graduate Studies
Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. It is one of a limited number of accredited schools and departments of journalism in the United States.
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is dedicated to the needs of its students; to excellence in teaching, advising, service, and research; and to leadership in journalism education. The School provides a liberal arts foundation combined with a professional education and practical experience for its students. The goals are to search for truth; to develop critical analysis, thinking, writing, and speaking abilities; and to enhance free, responsible, and effective expression of ideas. To that end, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism:
stresses the importance of the First Amendment;
fosters the highest standards of journalism ethics;
prepares students to enter the journalism professions;
provides a liaison between students and professionals;
involves students and the faculty in an extended University;
values an international presence and perspective;
attracts, nurtures, and retains a diverse group of outstanding students;
expands scholarly activity to enhance the body of knowledge within journalism;
supports a diverse faculty offering an array of contributions;
offers an environment that equips students to live in a diverse world; and
upholds the University mission of commitment to educational excellence through focus on the individual student.
Studying Journalism at Ohio University
Journalism is a profession that incorporates knowledge from various disciplines, as well as critical thinking and practical application skills. At the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, the curriculum is blended with a strong liberal arts foundation and with professional skills courses.Two tracks are offered, all leading to the Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree: news and information (encompassing broadcast news, magazine journalism, news writing and editing, and online journalism) and strategic communication (encompassing advertising and public relations) Journalism students also can put together their own program of study. The Carr Van Anda sequence, named after New York Times managing editor Carr Van Anda, allows juniors with a 3.0 accumulative GPA in all work to elect an approved sequence of courses in journalism to go along with the journalism core courses, to equal 36 - 40 semester hours. The program of study must be approved by the student’s advisor and the director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
A basic philosophy of the school is that students need media experience while working toward their degrees. Experience is available on ATHENSi.com, a portal website; WOUB News, news programs broadcast on the University’s AM, FM and television stations; The Post, the independent daily campus newspaper; Southeast Ohio, the school’s laboratory magazine; the Athena, the University yearbook; The Ohio Journalist, the school’s alumni publication; and on Web magazines published by student organizations on campus. Public relations students gain hands-on experience through ImPRessions, a student-run public relations agency. Advertising students participate annually in the National Student Advertising Competition, working on a campaign for a national client. Online journalism opportunities are available for students through virtually any department or agency on campus or in the community. Students also work on the staffs of local newspapers and University publications. [read more]
Consistent with its policy of combining classwork with practical training, the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism requires each student to complete an advisor-approved internship. Internships provide varied hands-on experiences in media-related organizations and are located throughout the nation. In addition, the school’s Institute for International Journalism has helped more than 250 Ohio University journalism students complete John R. Wilhelm foreign correspondence internships in about 30 countries since the program began in 1970.
Technology in Journalism Education
New technology is an important element within any journalism career. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and provides courses and practical experience to aid students in developing the skills required to adapt to the new age of journalism.
The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism admits only the best academically and professionally qualified freshmen with a 3.5 or higher GPA in their high school classes and meet minimum standardized test score requirements (25 ACT/1130 SAT). Students demonstrating notable talent or experience and members of disproportionately represented groups will be given special consideration. Note: The school has a priority consideration date of December 15, which is earlier than the University’s application deadline.
The faculty of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is dedicated to quality instruction in preparing students for careers in the journalism disciplines. To provide this quality of instruction, the School’s policy is to maintain an enrollment at a number that can be served effectively by its faculty. The policy on transfer students is a means by which the School can better maintain its academic quality. The policy applies to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University, as well as from other colleges and universities.
Transfer students are admitted to the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism twice each year. Transfer students from within or outside Ohio University will be considered only when they have completed at least 30 semester hours, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition to grades, consideration will be given to journalism courses taken, journalism experience or background in a program offered by the School (professional or college), test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements of intent, and work samples. Applicants for transfer must use the School’s Application for Transfer form, which is available on the “Admissions Information” section of the school’s website (scrippsjschool.org/about/admission.php). Official transcripts, letters, and other supporting documents must be attached to the Application for Transfer at the time of its submission.
Transfer applications are accepted – no later than September 28 for transfer in spring semester and February 15 for transfer in fall semester. Application for transfer can be made only once per academic year. Applications must be received by the above dates. Late applications will not be considered. A special faculty committee will conduct evaluations and recommendations. The School’s director and associate director will make final decisions.