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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 with professional skills courses.

Scripps' graduates

A basic philosophy of the program is that students need media experience while working toward their degrees. Experience is available on a laboratory magazine, Southeast Ohio; on a community Web site, ATHENSi.com; and many student publications and broadcasts.

Mission Statement

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is committed to providing an education that emphasizes professional excellence, critical thinking, and social responsibility.

To maintain and enhance our democratic society and the free exchange of ideas, journalism must be built on the principles of truth, accuracy, and independence. Our faculty search for these principles, our students strive for them, and our alumni live them.

Through a blend of professional education, practical experience, and intellectual exploration, we teach journalism in a way that it can be applied to many professions and to a rewarding life in a multicultural and fast changing world. Whether it's telling a story, building a brand, or engaging in research, we prepare students for their chosen professions now and as those professions change in the future.

Adopted April 24, 2013

Many students add to their experience by writing for and editing The Post, the independent daily campus newspaper; the Athena, the University yearbook; The Ohio Journalist, the school’s alumni publication; or for WOUB News, broadcasting on the university's public broadcast stations (AM, FM, television and cable). Students also work on the staffs of local newspapers and University publications. [read more about hands-on opportunities on campus]

Scripps' graduates

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.


Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The list of core values and competencies is taken directly from the ACEJMC website. As an accredited program, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism embraces these values and competencies through its curriculum and internship requirements, as well as in being committed to providing students with a wide range of on-campus hands-on media opportunities.

Individual professions in journalism and mass communication may require certain specialized values and competencies. Irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
  • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • think critically, creatively and independently;
  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.