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.
The School of Journalism’s reporting hub 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. It’s a newsroom experience right inside a classroom.
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
Explore Texas Student Media
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.
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.