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Why study journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno?

A student holds a microphone up to a crowd in a soccer stadium while listening in headphones.A degree in journalism prepares you for a wide variety of careers in news, broadcasting and documentary, public relations and advertising, Spanish-language media, media studies and visual communication. You will gain real-world experience in our in-house start-ups and in internships and practicums at local, regional and national businesses. 

Becoming a journalism major means joining the Reynolds School of Journalism family. The school has an inclusive community of faculty, staff and students committed to facing the challenges of truth-seeking, advancing the media professions and serving the public good in a complex world.

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Emphases in the journalism program

As a journalism major, you will select an emphasis for your upper-division courses. Explore the five emphases offered in the Reynolds School below.

  • News, broadcasting & documentary

    Learn how to report on important issues and use photos, video, audio, data and social media to tell journalistic stories. Get your work published through the school's media start-ups – Reynolds Media Lab, the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science and Noticiero Móvil. Intern at local, regional and national news organizations with exclusive opportunities for Reynolds School students.

    This emphasis includes courses in broadcasting, digital storytelling, documentary film, podcasting, narrative and international reporting.

    News, broadcasting & documentary emphasis

  • Public relations & advertising

    Learn to understand and influence audiences by thinking creatively and communicating strategically. Join the Wolf Pack Relations agency to create and implement campaigns for local clients. Compete against universities around the country in the National Student Advertising Competition and the National Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Competition.

    This emphasis includes courses in public relations, advertising, social media marketing, health communications and crisis communications.

    Explore the public relations & advertising emphasis

  • Spanish-language media

    Learn to communicate in both English and Spanish as a journalist or public relations/advertising professional. Work on strategic campaigns with clients to reach Spanish-speaking communities and produce Spanish and English news content for our bilingual news outlet, Noticiero Móvil. Report on-air and online as a bilingual intern at KUNR Public Radio, the NPR affiliate on campus.

    This emphasis includes courses in English and Spanish in reporting, media production, media representation of Latinas/os, cross-cultural reporting and public relations and advertising.

    Spanish-language media emphasis

  • Media studies

    Learn how media systems work and why media professionals use certain types of communication on local, national and global levels. Work in our Center for Advanced Media Studies and with our faculty members to produce valuable research in the media studies field. Intern with Electronic Frontier Foundation to help compile data about different surveillance technologies around the country.

    This emphasis includes courses in First Amendment, global media, media and diversity, media economics, cybersecurity, media ethics and public information law.

    Media studies emphasis

  • Visual communication

    Learn to connect with audiences and solve problems using graphic design, photograph and film. Join our in-house student design agency, Alpha Design, to create visual communication work for local clients. Publish your work in our media start-ups, Reynolds Media Lab and the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science.

    This emphasis includes courses in web and mobile design, graphic design, video production, photojournalism and virtual reality.

    Visual communication emphasis

Dual majors and degrees

Want to double major or get two degrees? Consider pairing the journalism curriculum with Spanish or secondary education.

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Journalism and Spanish dual major

Earn a Bachelor of Arts with majors in journalism (bilingual media) and Spanish (media studies). This dual program provides background in Spanish linguistics, literature and culture as well as skills and knowledge to practice bilingual journalism or strategic communications.

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PackTeach Journalism

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in education/secondary social studies education and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. This dual degree program prepares you to work in journalism or teach high school journalism or social studies. 

Careers with a degree in journalism

Did you know that 90% of journalism graduates get a job within one year of graduation?

Below are just a few of the jobs that a degree in journalism will prepare you for. All of these jobs can be done bilingually with an emphasis in Spanish-language media. 

  • Communications or public affairs specialist
  • Copywriter, event planner or publicist
  • Engagement editor or social media manager
  • Graphic designer
  • Media consultant
  • Photojournalist or videographer
  • Podcaster or documentarian
  • Public relations or advertising account coordinator
  • Reporter, editor or producer
  • Web or UX designer

Students graduating with a degree in journalism also continue on to graduate work in law, business, social sciences and humanities.

Meet our alumni

Five Reynolds School alumni pose in the College Football Playoffs tunnel.

Journalism alumni ran the social media channels for the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2020.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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