Utah State has one of the best professional journalism programs in the West. Each year, JCOM students are recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists for their reporting. They get real-world experience writing for Hard News Café—an online news outlet with partnerships at several local newspapers. All print majors must spend a semester covering cops, courts and local government, and publishing breaking news for the site.
Print journalism students learn how to find, collect, and report the news. They typically find careers writing for either a newspaper or magazine. Most students in this emphasis write for the on-campus newspaper, The Utah Statesman or for the student-run online magazine Aggie BluePrint.
Ways to Get Involved:
Since 1996 student reporters have produced award-winning pieces for the online news outlet covering Cache Valley.
The Statesman is the independent student newspaper of Utah State University, published three times each week (Mon-Wed-Fri) of the academic school year. The Statesman is a student activity, open to students of all majors and class rank.
Aggie BluePrint is the brainchild of journalism students who felt the campus newspaper wasn’t enough to showcase student interests and ideas with the Cache Valley Community. The publication is designed to be interactive and open to all majors.
“Refining my writing ability has been critical to developing a skill that I know will serve me well in my occupation for the years to come. I have also been able to develop what I believe will be lasting connections with the JCOM faculty after I could sense that they truly take great care into the academic and even personal well-being of their students. The opportunities to develop greater communication skills have already helped me gain valuable internships and foster a fantastic network with professionals in journalism and related fields, all while as an undergraduate student.”