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Welcome to the Journalism Department!

Ready to apply to the major in a future quarter? Check here! 

Journalism course override requests for Spring Quarter 2021 were due on February 8! Go here for information.


Check out our virtual office for important links and to make an advising appointment. 

See the Journalism Department Pre-Majors & Majors Canvas Page for updates and information if you're already a Journalism student. 

Advising materials are also on the Journalism Student Resources SharePoint. 

For further questions about the department, or to sign up as a pre-major or minor, please email Lydia Love or Jenny Bettis

Thank you!


Welcome to Western Washington University's Department of Journalism. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2011-2012. Our graduates can be found throughout the United States, writing and editing the news of the region, serving as public relations professionals in public and private organizations, working as photographers and multimedia specialists, and upholding the legacy of journalism.

Read our mission statement to learn more about our objectives.

Journalism students may choose from three tracks of study:

News Editorial

Public Relations

Visual Journalism

A combined major in Environmental Studies Journalism is offered by the Department of Journalism, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment.

All tracks require basic writing courses and a supervised internship in addition to specific courses relating to the chosen track. While enrolled in a program, students are offered a number of learning opportunities including: working as writers, photographers or editors on three university publications, learning from industry professionals who frequently speak in classes, and working hands-on with community organizations to gain experience in their chosen fields.

Our Department is unique because:

  • We specialize in writing with award-winning publications.
  • We produce excellence in the basics of the English language.
  • We trace our roots in journalism principles from the Cato Letters to the best current technology in use.
  • We emphasize journalism as a craft that plays a significant political and cultural role in America.
  • We stress real-world applications of skills through internships.
  • We provide enough intellectual curiosity and challenge that alumni go on to graduate school or other professions.
  • We emphasize the role of readers as citizens who need to be informed to take part in a democratic society.
  • Despite the fact that we are getting bigger and bigger, we know students face-to-face and by first name. And they know us.


Every little bit helps! Here is a quick and easy way to donate to the scholarships or the journalism department. Thank you!

  • Journalism Graduates Spring 2014.
  • Klipsun Photo Editor (Summer) Evan Abell tells about shooting for Klipsun and the Front.
  • Leslie James and Mary Lyle at the Scholars Week Poster Session Spring 2014.
  • Scholars Week honorees Josh Galassi and Lydia Love with their adviser Stephen Howie at the Scholars Week Banquet Spring 2014.
  • Klipsun Lead Designer (Summer) Hannah Johnson coaches a student (this group was mostly students from Sedro Woolley High School, with adviser Anna Ferdinand at left).
  • Elena Edington and Leslie James speak with Jennifer Keller at the Journalism Department reception for Scholars Week 2014.
  • Students interview LaDonna George at Hardware Sales as part of the J370 Digital Storytelling course.
  • Mary Lyle at the Scholars Week Poster Session Spring 2014. She is photographing Charmaine Riley's poster: "The Presence and Portrayal of African American Women on Comedy Television."
  • Mindon Win is recognized by Stephen Howie at the Journalism Department Picnic Spring 2014.
  • Guests in the Klipsun office during Back to Bellingham 2014.