What We Do
Digital Journalism at UNI focuses on reporting, news writing, editing and design, online journalism, photojournalism, and mass communication law and ethics, and is taught by experienced, award-winning faculty. The major and minor are popular with students from all areas across campus who want to write well and understand the best practices in journalism. We are a hands-on program, with courses taught by award-winning professors and professionals.
The program helps place students in internships at the Waterloo Courier, Waverly Newspapers, Meredith Publishing (the nation's largest magazine publisher, headquartered in Des Moines) and print, radio and television newsrooms throughout the Midwest. Our students also often write and edit for the campus newspaper, the Northern Iowan, UNI's glossy fashion and culture magazine, Uprising, and have done investigative reporting for IowaWatch.org.
Students studying journalism at UNI have won multiple Iowa Broadcast News Association awards for reporting and best overall newscast.
UNI Digital Journalism grads work for a number of news organizations in Iowa and around the country, including Radio Iowa, Iowa Public Radio, WOI-TV (Des Moines), KIMT (Mason City), KCRG (Cedar Rapids), KWWL (Waterloo), KWCH (Kansas City), WWL (New Orleans), J-14 magazine, Teen Vogue, the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, the Waterloo Courier, the Des Moines Register, and the Washington Post.
Our History (we've been doing this for more than 125 years!)
Journalism has been practiced at the University of Northern Iowa since 1892, at the founding of what is now the Northern Iowan newspaper. A journalism minor was first introduced in 1950 in the former Department of English and Speech.
The journalism minor remained part of the English Department into the early 1990s. In 1992, journalism moved to the Communication and Theatre Arts Department (which became, in 1993, the Department of Communication Studies), where it has become one of the department's most popular minor programs. In 2016, the Department of Communication Studies added a major emphasis in Digital Journalism to the Digital Media major, creating a new path for studying journalism at UNI.
Linh Ta (2015) immersed herself in journalism at UNI, starting as a first-year beat reporter for the Northern Iowan, then becoming news editor, and finally executive editor. Along the way, she worked with IowaWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization, interned with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, and the Des Moines Register. Linh won the 2019 Outstanding Young Iowa Journalist Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association. She recently moved from the Des Moines Register to join the new Iowa Capital Dispatch. Read more about Linh's story here.
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