Journalists learn by doing, so students are encouraged to start committing acts of journalism as soon as they step foot on the Forty Acres.
Students at the Moody College of Communication have a variety of experiential learning opportunities.
In the Classroom
Our skills classes give students hands-on learning opportunities to create content similar to what they would be creating in a newsroom. This goes beyond the basics of reporting and writing, as the changing media landscape requires journalists to be more nimble and savvy.
Sample hands-on classes include:
Mobile Media App Development: Journalism and computer science students are grouped together to come up with ideas for a mobile media app, then build it to a functional level. The final, viable product is presented on Demo Day every spring, and media executives from the community listen to pitches, provide product guidance and rate usability and novelty.
Reporting Texas: It’s a newsroom experience right inside a classroom, which serves as a reporting hub for includes news stories, photographs, video packages and radio spots produced by undergraduate and graduate students, who work on deadline to cover news and events in Austin.
Involvement in student organizations is a great way to explore career options, develop your network and make an impact on the college, the campus and the community throughout your college experience.
Texas Student Media
On-campus media outlets offer students the opportunity to get their feet wet before interning at media outlets throughout Austin -- and the world. All students are encouraged to participate in Texas Student Media, regardless of their class standing. Texas Student Media includes:
- The Daily Texan: Campus' daily newspaper
- Texas Student Television: Nation’s only student-run, FCC-licensed TV station
- KVRX: University’s student-produced radio station
- Texas Travesty: UT’s official humor publication
- Cactus Yearbook: Annual university yearbook, and UT’s oldest publication
- BurntX: Digital-first, alternative news site
- The Drag: A podcast produced by Moody students, staff, and faculty
In the Community
Journalism students are encouraged to have at least one internship and can earn up to six credits for internships. It’s also possible for students to have multiple internships while in school. Internship opportunities are publicized on our Facebook, job boards and in your classes.
Many students will intern in Austin throughout the school year, but students can also return to their hometowns and intern at local media outlets during the summer.
Some students even go abroad to intern.
Recent student internships include:
- CBS London
- The Texas Tribune
- The Dallas Morning News
- Sports Illustrated
- The Washington Post
- Houston Astros Media team
- NFL Films
Around the World
Study abroad opportunities exist for students interested in engaging in journalism outside of Austin. Short-term summer programs can take students to the Czech Republic for photography, London for short documentaries, Australia for environmental reporting and Austria for global media literacy.