The journalism minor at Mills offers students the opportunity to study news reporting and writing in the context of a liberal arts education. The emphasis is on critical thinking, information gathering, clear writing, and digital storytelling. Students are taught to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the news reports they read in print and online, to seek out different points of view, to challenge conventional wisdom, and to create fair and balanced stories on complex topics.
Students who minor in journalism will explore the principles and practices of journalism while also engaging in an ongoing critical discussion about how news is shaped and whose stories are told. Students will study and practice reporting, writing, editing, and digital storytelling techniques, as well as develop a critical analysis of how the major media cover social, political, and economic issues.
The aim of the minor is to prepare students—as engaged participants in their country and the world—to evaluate news events and news sources, and to value the free flow of information in a democratic society. There is no journalism major at Mills. Instead, we encourage students to get a background in liberal arts and to develop expertise in one of the traditional academic majors.
Students are also encouraged to write, edit, and produce multimedia stories for The Campanil (the campus newspaper and online news platform), and to explore opportunities in multimedia reporting, radio, and video. The San Francisco Bay Area offers a wide variety of internships that enhance the academic program.
Professional Interests: Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; travel writing; screenwriting; speaker: sex trafficking issues, beekeeping
Professor of English and Journalism
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Professional Interests: The journalism revolution (digital media, social media, legacy news values, etc.), magazine and news writing and editing for traditional media; creative nonfiction (in print and other forms), historical and geographic narratives, environmental and natural history writing