Why study journalism?

The journalism program provides the broad knowledge required of a reporter, writer, or editor to enlighten their communities, facilitate the exchange of ideas and serve as a watchdog to administrations.

  • Students master industry standard Adobe products, digital cameras, WordPress website building and Avid software.
  • Media professionals often speak in journalism classes. 
  • This skill set can be applied to other areas of academic interest — making journalism an ideal secondary major for students working in natural science, government, economics and fine arts.
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English & Journalism at AU

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Megan Raposa '15, who majored in journalism and communication studies/business, is the owner of Sioux Falls Simplified, a local news outlet that “cuts through the clutter” and “delivers a bite-sized version of the local news” in weekly email newsletters and a Sioux Falls Welcome Guide.

Megan Raposa

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Augustana University will offer sports broadcasting as a minor beginning in the fall. The minor will help students build careers in a field that includes both traditional broadcast and cable outlets, and new and ongoing digital platforms.

The Augustana Student Association (ASA) honored three professors with the ASA Faculty of the Year Award on Monday, April 29. The award is given annually for excellence in teaching and distinguished service to the students of Augustana University. Along with writing thank you notes to professors, ASA asks fellow students to nominate their favorite AU faculty member for the awards. 

Augustana University and the Center for Western Studies (CWS) announced today that free tickets for the 27th Boe Forum on Public Affairs are now available to the public. This year, Augustana’s Boe Forum will feature an evening with New York Times opinion columnist, PBS NewsHour commentator and bestselling author David Brooks. The talk, entitled “America at the Crossroads: The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy,” will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, in the Elmen Center.




Graduates of the journalism program can expect to find careers not only in the fields of writing and editing, but in public relations, law, civil service and education.

Hands-On Learning

Journalism majors gain consistent, applicable experience by working for the student newspaper, The Mirror, and the yearbook, The Edda.

Off-campus internships are required for all journalism majors.

Internship opportunities include:

  • Avera or Sanford Health
  • 605 Magazine or Aberdeen Magazine
  • The Argus Leader
  • Dakota News Now and KELO News
  • South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB)
  • Agri-Pulse newsletter

Journalism students also participate in internships organized in the Washington, D.C., semester program that have included USA Today, WRC-TV, Cox News Service and the Coalition on Human Needs.

Journalism students study away in:

  • Barcelona, Spain — focusing on colonialism, identity and modernism with AU faculty
  • Scotland — focusing on its stories and scenes with AU faculty
  • England — focusing on Londinium and Brexit with AU faculty
  • New Zealand — focusing on cultural identity with AU faculty
  • Cuba — focusing on race, gender and revolution with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Popular courses range from writing specialties in news, magazines, sports and opinions to technological skills in layout and multimedia.

Students are encouraged to consider a double major in English and journalism because the department works as a unit with many overlapping requirements.

Journalism students often participate in: