Program overview

Rider’s B.A. in Journalism will prepare you to think critically and produce powerful multiplatform and broadcast news, sports and features content to meet the needs of today’s dynamic digital field by combining traditional reporting and writing with digital video production, photography, data analysis and social media skills that are in demand today.

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Program requirements

Journalism students complete the requirements for the major by taking a variety of courses in news reporting and writing, broadcast production and digital media.

Keep the public informed

Rider's multiplatform and broadcast journalism majors graduate with polished, digital multiplatform portfolios to showcase their work and talents. Unlike at larger universities, freshmen and transfer students are able to immediately begin publishing articles, photographs and online video in the award-winning student newspaper, The Rider News, or gain broadcast experience at 107.7 The Bronc and the Rider University Network.

Common career fields:

  • Sports and Athletics
  • News and Politics
  • Travel and Food
  • Digital Web Sites
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Television
  • Entertainment

Internships and co-ops

Rider's Department of Communication, Journalism and Media offers one of the most extensive communication internship programs anywhere. Because the University is located in a media-rich corridor, opportunities usually outnumber available students. Rider has working relationships with organizations such as, ABC 7 New York, Condé Nast Publishing, the New York Giants and Comcast Sportsnet. Our students have also landed internships with the Trenton Thunder, Pinstripes Plus, and regional newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox 29 Philadelphia, The Times of Trenton, The Trentonian, The Courier Post, Asbury Park Press and The Hudson Reporter. In recent years, our students have also landed prestigious, paid summer internships at The Washington Post, The Austin-American Statesman and Barron's Financial News in New York City. 

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Mary-Lynn Buckley '18
Being a part of Rider’s communications program changed my life. From day one, I was challenged to build a network, apply myself, and not take ‘no’ for an answer.
Mary-Lynn Buckley '18

Engaged learning

Journalism, professional ethics and the analytical skills the field fosters are highly valued at Rider: each year, the student executive editor of The Rider News is awarded a full-tuition scholarship and the student managing editor is awarded a half-tuition scholarship. In addition, newspaper section editor posts are paid positions and serve as these students’ on-campus jobs.


Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Journalism (B.A.)

Nancy Wiencek

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Communication, Journalism, and Media

Fine Arts Building

nwiencek [at]

(609) 895-5420

Academic Focus: Communication

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