Welcome From the Chair

Welcome to UMass Journalism! With an award-winning faculty and a dynamic curriculum, our department is dedicated to teaching undergraduates the foundational principles and the digital practice of journalism and public relations.

Our diverse community of nearly 400 journalism majors does it all. From producing multimedia reporting for Amherst Wire to interning at ESPN, from conducting academic research to publishing an editorial in the Washington Post, our students are thriving in print, television, radio and online newsrooms.

You’ll find our thousands of alumni at news outlets across the state and the country—as well as in graduate schools, strategic communications firms, classrooms, law offices and more. Chances are you’ve encountered the work of a UMass Journalism alum: perhaps you’ve heard “All Things Considered” co-host Audie Cornish, ’01, on the radio, or read a story by Washington Post military reporter Dan Lamothe, '04, or caught an NBC News Snapchat segment that Daniel Rodriguez, ’15, helped produce.

“The way to right wrongs is turn the light of truth upon them,” said the journalist and civil rights crusader Ida B. Wells. A century later it remains just as vital that the press performs its constitutional role to inform the public and stand up for what’s true. No matter how powerful or well-connected the individual, no matter how big the organization or small the injustice, we believe no story deserves to be protected from the truth.

Here in the UMass Journalism department, we draw on proud journalistic traditions so our students can tell the stories of our community bravely, ethically and creatively.

Best regards,
Brian McDermott

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