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Department Chair: Christopher Burnett

Office: Social Sciences and Public Affairs (SS/PA) Room 024

Telephone: (562) 985‑4981

Faculty: Lee Brown (Emeritus), Christopher Burnett, Jennifer Fleming, Heloiza Herscovitz, Christopher Karadjov, Gary Metzker, Daniel Paskin, Emma Daugherty, Gwen Shaffer, John Shrader, Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Carla Yarbrough

Career Possibilities

Journalist • Copy Writer • Editor • Online Journalist • Multimedia Journalist • Public Relations Practitioner • Proofreader • Technical Writer • Freelance Writer • Reporter • Newscaster • Critic • Sports Writer • Photojournalist • Radio/TV Scriptwriter • Sales Representative • Marketing Researcher • Educator • Fund Raiser (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate curricula in journalism and public relations. Students should contact the department office for referral to an appropriate faculty adviser for developing a study plan.

The department houses the campus newspaper, the Daily Forty-Niner, which serves the campus community and other constituencies as well as Dig magazine, the Online Forty-Niner, the Dig Online, the Summer Forty-Niner and Beach News, an online newscast.

Broadcast journalism students also work at radio outlets when opportunities present themselves. They also work with Advanced Media Productions to produce a weekly cable television program. Advanced students are strongly encouraged to participate in the department's internship program. Within the limits of its resources, the department helps graduating seniors and alumni find professional positions.

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